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October 2, 2022
10:30 AM ET

Prelude: Let Us Break Bread

Charles Callahan (b. 1951)
Sue Paro, organ

Welcome and Announcements, Poem, and Chime

Rev. Cynthia Good

Gathering Words

Sara Stackhouse, Worship Leader

We come before God, not alone
But in the company of one another.

We share happiness with each other – and it becomes greater

We share our troubles with each other – and they become smaller

We share one another’s griefs and burdens – and their weight becomes possible to bear.

May we never be too mean to give, nor too proud to receive.

For in giving and receiving we learn to love and to be loved; we encounter the meaning of life, the mystery of existence – and discover you.

Opening Prayer

God of us all, we gather in your name aware of people around the world who gather in cathedrals and campgrounds, in wooden chapels and under trees. We gather with different mother tongues and yet we hear your word through them all. Open our minds to difference, open our hearts to variety, open our minds to other views. May we know you better through each other. May we follow your son faithfully. Amen.

Passing the Peace

The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
Please wave, blow kisses, or put your hands on your heart and extend them to the other person. On Zoom, please unmute to greet your fellow online worshipers; on Facebook, write a comment!

Hymn: God, Whose Love is Reigning o’er Us

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Scripture: Luke 17:5-10 from Laughing Bird – Nathan Nettleton

Those who Jesus had chosen as his ambassadors approached him and said, “Make our faith grow bigger!”

But the Lord replied, “Faith is not something that is bigger or smaller. You only need faith the size of a poppy seed to be able to say to a huge tree, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it would obey you.

“Think about this: If you employ someone to be your servant, full-time, you expect him to do what you pay him for, don’t you? If he comes in from a day working your land or shearing your sheep, you are not going to tell him to put his feet up while you run his bath and fix his dinner, are you? Instead you will tell him to take his boots off, fix your supper, and wait on your table until your meal is over. After that, you’ll let him knock off and fix his own meal. You don’t pin a medal on him for just doing what he’s paid for, do you?

“So remember that it is the same with you. When you have done what is required of you, don’t go expecting anyone to put your name up in lights. Instead say, ‘We are nothing special. We were just doing our job,’ and leave it at that.”
(©2001 Nathan Nettleton

The word of God for us. Thanks be to God.

Children’s Time

Terry Rice

Song: We Gather to Recharge

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Scripture: Mark 14:32-42 from the Common English Bible

Jesus and his disciples came to a place called Gethsemane. Jesus said to them, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John along with him. He began to feel despair and was anxious. He said to them, “I’m very sad. It’s as if I’m dying. Stay here and keep alert.” Then he went a short distance farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if possible, he might be spared the time of suffering. He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible. Take this cup of suffering away from me. However—not what I want but what you want.”

He came and found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you stay alert for one hour? Stay alert and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation. The spirit is eager, but the flesh is weak.”

Again, he left them and prayed, repeating the same words. And, again, when he came back, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open, and they didn’t know how to respond to him. He came a third time and said to them, “Will you sleep and rest all night? That’s enough! The time has come for the Human One to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up! Let’s go! Look, here comes my betrayer.”

The word of God to us. Thanks be to God.

Music: Umoja Tunaimba (“United We Sing”)

Victor C. Johnson (b. 1978)
Calvary Choir; Matt Dorson, percussion


Asanda Kupe

Hymn: Saranam, Saranam

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Sharing of Prayers and Prayer of the People

We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…

Our 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 forever. Amen.

Mission/Stewardship Moment

Kaitlyn Threhane


Gifts given in the special envelopes (located in the pew racks) to World Communion Sunday support scholarships for ethnic students and continue a legacy of educating national and international United Methodist students who will change their communities.

Doxology: God of Love and God of Power

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Sharing in Communion

Hymn: O-So-So

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Postlude: Dialogue

Louis Marchand (1669–1732)
Sue Paro, organ