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Zoom Worship Service, October 17, 2021 at 8:30 AM

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October 17, 2021

“As long as you notice, and have to count the steps, you are not yet dancing but only learning to dance. A good shoe is a shoe you don’t notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need not consciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church service would be the one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.” —C.S. Lewis

WELCOME: ANNOUNCMENTS AND SPECIAL DAYS

CALL TO WORSHIP:

Pastor: From the rising of the sun to its setting, my name will be great among the nations.

People: My name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

Pastor: I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations

*OPENING HYMN: #304 Lift High the Cross - Brown Hymnal

Refrain: Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred name.

1 Come, Christians, follow where our Savior trod, Our King victorious, Christ, the Son of God. [Refrain]

2 Led on their way by this triumphant sign,The hosts of God in conqu'ring ranks combine. [Refrain]

3 O Lord, once lifted on the glorious Tree, As Thou hast promised, draw men unto Thee. [Refrain]

4 Set up Thy throne, that earth's despair may cease Beneath the shadow of its healing peace. [Refrain]

5 For Thy blest Cross which doth for all atone, Creation's praises rise before Thy throne. [Refrain]

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

OLD TESTMENT READING : Isaiah 44:1-5

But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen! 2 Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you in the womb and will help you:
Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour

water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my spirit upon

your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring. 4 They shall spring up like a

green tamarisk, like willows by flowing streams. 5 This one will say, “I am the Lord’s,”
another will be called by the name of Jacob, yet another will write on the hand, “The Lord’s,” and adopt the name of Israel.

The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God

NEW TESTAMENT READING: Matthew 8:14-22

14 When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15 he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16 That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” 18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Christ

SERMON: Dr Randy Working - “The Challenge of Following Jesus”

CALL FOR OFFERING ** DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH: The Nicene Creed

Hymn #376 I Have Decided to Follow Jesus – Brown Hymnal

1 I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus, No turning back, no turning back.

2 The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me,

the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back.

3 Tho' none go with me, still I will follow, Tho' none go with me, still I will follow,
Tho' none go with me, still I will follow, No turning back, no turning back.

4 Will you decide now to follow Jesus? Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus? No turning back, no turning back.

PRAYERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER:

HOLY COMMUNION PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

We thank you, loving God, for this supper shared in the Spirit with your Son Jesus, who makes us new and strong, and brings us life eternal. We praise you for giving all good gifts in him, and pledge ourselves to serve you, even as you have served us in Jesus Christ the Lord, Amen.

*CLOSING HYMN #382 Be Thou My Vision – Brown Hymnal

1 Be thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art -
Thou my best thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son, Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

3 Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart, High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

4 High King of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven’s joys, bright heav'n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all. Amen.

BENEDICTION Pastor: The Lord be with you All: And also with you.

 

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