October 24, 2021

Organ Prelude: Poco Largo from the Twelfth Sonata, Henry Purcell

Call to Worship                    BOX 449
L: Trust in the Lord and do good.
P: May the Lord give strength to the people!
L: O taste and see that the Lord is good!
P: God is our refuge and strength.

Opening Prayer         BOW 461                    Linda Earhart  
We believe, O Lord, that you have not abandoned us to the  dim light of our own reason to conduct us to happiness, but that you have revealed in Holy Scriptures whatever is necessary for us to believe and practice. How noble and excellent are the precepts, how sublime and enlightening the truth, how persuasive and strong the motives, how powerful the assistance of your holy religion. Our delight shall be in your statutes, and we will not forget your Word. Amen.

Confession                 BOW 478
Holy and awesome God, we stand in your presence filled with regret for our many sins and failings. Though there is greatness in us, and a deep longing for goodness, we have often denied our better selves and refused to hear your voice calling us to rise to the full height of our humanity. For there is weakness in us, as well as strength. At times we choose to walk in darkness, our vision obscured. We do not care to look within, and we are unwilling to look beyond at those who need our help. O God, we are too weak to walk unaided. Be with us as a strong and wise friend and teach us to walk by the light of your truth.

Hymn                         Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart                   UMH   160
1. Rejoice, ye pure in heart; rejoice, give thanks, and sing; your glorious banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King. Rejoice, (Rejoice,) rejoice, (rejoice,) rejoice, give thanks and sing.
2. Your clear hosannas raise, and alleluias loud; whilst answering echoes upward float, like wreaths of incense cloud. Rejoice, (Rejoice,) rejoice, (rejoice,) rejoice, give thanks and sing.
3. Yes, on through life’s long path, still chanting as ye go; from youth to age, by night and day, in gladness and in woe. Rejoice, (Rejoice,) rejoice, (rejoice,) rejoice, give thanks and sing.
4. At last the march shall end; the wearied ones shall rest; the pilgrims find their heavenly home, Jerusalem the blest. Rejoice, (Rejoice,) rejoice, (rejoice,) rejoice, give thanks and sing.
5. Praise God who reigns on high, the Lord whom we adore, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, one God forevermore. Rejoice, (Rejoice,) rejoice, (rejoice,) rejoice, give thanks and sing.

First Reading Psalm 39                              Linda Earhart
1I said, “I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will keep a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.” 2I was silent and still; I held my peace to no avail; my distress grew worse, 3my heart became hot within me. While I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: 4“Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. 5You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. Selah 6Surely everyone goes about like a shadow. Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; they heap up, and do not know who will gather. 7“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. 8Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool. 9I am silent; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it. 10Remove your stroke from me; I am worn down by the blows of your hand. 11“You chastise mortals in punishment for sin, consuming like a moth what is dear to them; surely everyone is a mere breath. Selah 12“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; do not hold your peace at my tears. For I am your passing guest, an alien, like all my forebears. 13Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more.”

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Choir Offertory:   Come Away With Me,     John D. Horman
  Come away with me to a quiet place, apart from the world with its frantic pace, to pray, reflect, and seek God’s grace.  Come away with me, Come away.
          Come and pray with me on a gentle sea, on top of a hill in the Galilee, in gardens like Gethsemane.  Come away with me.  Come away.
           Come today with thoughts of the countless ways that God’s steadfast love blesses all our days and join with me in silent praise. Come away with me.  Come away.
            Come and say, in words whispered from your soul, the feelings and actions you can’t control, Your spirit needs to be made whole.  Come away with me.  Come away.
             Come away with me to a quiet place, to God’s loving arms waiting to embrace all those who come in hope of grace.  Come away with me.  come away.

Offertory Prayer       WSL 105                                            
Awesome, holy, and loving God, we acknowledge that tears and smiles are both an important part of life. May these gifts be instrumental in wiping away tears and bringing smiles to your children through the world. Our prayer is that no one will miss the joy. Make it be so. Amen.

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The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Second Reading –1 Thessalonians 2:1-9
You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 3For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 5As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 6nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 7though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 8So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. 9You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

Hymn             Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus                UMH 854
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, (wonderful face), and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Message       “The Disease to Please”       Rev. Tom Davis-Shappell

Hymn             Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling               UMH   348
1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; see, on the portals he’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me. Come home, (Come home), come home; (come home); you who are weary, come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!
2. Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me? Why should we linger and heed not his mercies, mercies for you and for me? Come home, (Come home), come home; (come home); you who are weary, come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!
3. Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing, passing from you and from me; shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming, coming for you and for me. Come home, (Come home), come home; (come home); you who are weary, come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!
4. O for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me! Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me. Come home, (Come home), come home; (come home); you who are weary, come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!


Organ PostludeSt. Anthony’s Chorale, Josef Haydn

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version.