Liturgy for October 3, 2021

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Call to Worship

One thing I have asked of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life;
to behold the beauty of the Lord
and to seek Him in His temple.

From Psalm 27

Song

Prayer of Confession

In the light of the resurrection, we are still troubled by this world. That even though you have conquered death there is still brokenness around every corner.

May the light of Christ shine in this world. 

In the light of the resurrection  we have hope for those who are hopeless, we grieve with those who are grieving in their loss, conflict and pain

May the light of Christ shine upon them.

In the light of the resurrection, we are heartbroken by the reality that war, poverty and racism still destroys the lives of so many
and that we haven’t nearly done enough.

May the light of Christ shine upon them.

In the light of the resurrection we bring the headline news this year.

we are saddened that so many let fear into their hearts and we refuse to be controlled by the lies we hear.

May the light of Christ strengthen us.

In the light of the resurrection we bring ourselves, our struggles, our fears the heart’s yearnings, the hidden dreams,

the unfulfilled potential. and we give those things over to death,

May the light of Christ shine upon us.

Amen.

(From Austin Mustard Seed)

Old Testament Reading::Genesis 2:18-24

18 The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called “woman”, for she was taken out of man.’

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Responsive Reading::Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 

what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,  
the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Gospel Reading::Mark 10:2-16

2 Some Pharisees approached him with a question. ‘Is it permitted’, they asked, ‘for a man to divorce his wife?’ They said this to trap him.

3 ‘Well,’ answered Jesus, ‘what did Moses command you?’

4 ‘Moses permitted us’, they replied, ‘to write a notice of separation and so to complete the divorce.’

5 ‘He gave you that command’, said Jesus, ‘because you are hardhearted. 6 But from the beginning of creation

male and female he made them; 7 and that’s why the man must leave his father and his mother
and cleave unto his wife; 8 so that the two become one flesh.

‘There you are, then: they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 What God has joined, humans must not split up.’

10 When they were back indoors, the disciples asked him about this.

11 ‘Anyone who divorces his wife’, said Jesus, ‘and marries someone else commits adultery against her. 12 And if she divorces her husband and marries someone else she commits adultery.’

13 People brought children to Jesus for him to touch them. The disciples reprimanded them. 14 But Jesus was angry when he saw it, and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me! Don’t stop them! The kingdom of God belongs to people like that. 15 I’m telling you the truth: anyone who doesn’t receive the kingdom of God like a child will never get into it.’

16 And he hugged them, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

New Testament Reading::Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12

1 In many ways and by many means God spoke in ancient times to our ancestors in the prophets; 2 but at the end of these days he spoke to us in a son.

He appointed this son to be heir of all things; through him, in addition, he created the worlds.

3  He is the shining reflection of God’s own glory, the precise expression of his own very being; he sustains all things through his powerful word. He accomplished the cleansing needed for sins, and sat down at the right of the Majesty Supreme.

4  See how much greater he is than the angels: the name he was granted is finer than theirs.

2:5 You see, God didn’t place the world to come (which is what I’m writing about) under the control of angels. 6 Someone has spoken of it somewhere in these terms:

What are humans, that you should remember them? What is the son of man, that you should take thought for him?

7 You made him a little lower than the angels, you crowned him with glory and honour,

8  and you placed everything under his feet. When it speaks of everything being subjected to him, it leaves nothing that is not subjected to him. As things are at present, we don’t see everything subjected to him. 9 What we do see is the one who was, for a little while, made lower than the angels – that is, Jesus – crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by God’s grace he might taste death on behalf of everyone.

10 This is how it works out. Everything exists for the sake of God and because of him; and it was appropriate that, in bringing many children to glory, he should make perfect, through suffering, the one who leads the way to salvation. 11 For the one who makes others holy, and the ones who are made holy, all belong to a single family.

This is why he isn’t ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters, 12 when he says,

I will announce your name to my brothers and sisters; I will sing your praise in the middle of the assembly,

thoughts on scripture passages

the Lord’s Supper

Prayers of the People

If you have something you’re thankful for, end your prayer with…
“Let us bless the Lord” and everyone will respond together, “Thanks be to God.“
If you have something you’d like prayer for, end your prayer with…
“Lord, hear our prayer” and everyone will respond together, “Lord, have mercy.“

The Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

Doxology

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!
Amen.

                                                                                          – from Jude

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