First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
Worship for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 10, 2021
Photo by Zach Long
It may help to center yourself into worship by lighting a candle, as a symbol of God’s presence with you during the time of worship. You may also want to pay attention to lighting, the position of your body, and the availability of distractions.
“Support of life. Life of Support.”
Breath prayers involve breathing in the first phrase, and breathing out the second.
You may wish to simply pray for a moment before starting, or you may wish to pray while listening to the prelude.
“Tierce En Taille” by Francois Couperin
Call to Worship
One: O LORD, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?
Many: Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart
One: who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
Many: in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the LORD; who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
One: who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent
Many: Those who do these things shall never be moved.
Hymn #384: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Connecting in Prayer
open my eyes that I may see the needs of others;
open my ears that I may hear their cries;
open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the
strong, nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
and use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
that I may be able to do some work of peace for you. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father (Creator) 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, for ever. Amen.
Word and Reflection
Passing of the Peace
If you are worshiping with others, please pass the Peace of Christ.
Whether you are alone or with others, please take a moment to find God’s peace within, and then to share it with the world. You may want to reach out to speak peace to another during this week.
Hymn #548: In Christ There Is No East or West
Scripture Reading – Romans 3:21-26
Sermon: Paul and the Cherry Pickers – Rev. Bill Pattison
Photo by Larry McArthur
If you wish, you are welcome to use this time to make a donation to the church online, or to put a check in the mail.
The time of offering is not only about our financial gifts to the church, it is about offering our lives to God and the building of the kindom. This is a time for reflection: What is being asked of us? What is being given to us? What are we able to offer? What do we need?
Offertory: Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow by Johann Pachelbel
Hymn #438: Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
Be in peace as God gives you peace. Amen.
“Dialogue on the Trumpet” by Francois Couperin