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Sunday, October 24th, 2021


October 24


Prelude: Open My Eyes By Clara H. Scott and Phil Perkins


Open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth thou hast for me. Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!


Open my ears that I may hear voices of truth thou sendest clear. And while the wave notes fall on my ear, ev’rything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!


Open my mouth and let me bear gladly the warm truth ev’rywhere. Open my heart and let me prepare love with thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for thee, ready, my God, thy will to see. Open my mouth, illumine me, Spirit divine! Acknowledgement


Gathering Song: Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun, CP 383

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun does its successive journeys run; God’s kingdom stretch from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and realms of every tongue dwell on his love with sweetest song, and infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on his name.

Blessings abound where'er he reigns; the prisoners leap to lose their chains; the weary find eternal rest, and all who suffer want are blest.

Let every creature rise and bring peculiar honors to our King, angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen.


The Gathering In our gathering together let us marvel at life, recognising its wonders and its signs. The blowing wind, the rising and setting sun,the fruiting trees, the falling leaves and drying grasses.


In their beginning, in their ending, they offer evidence of continuing creativity In all creation, visible and invisible.


Together we pray We receive fragments of holiness, glimpses of eternity, brief moments of insight. Let us gather them up for the precious gifts that they are and, renewed by their grace, move boldly into the unknown.


Jubilate Deo

Jubilate everybody serve the Lord in all your ways and come before His presence singing Enter now his courts with praise For the Lord our God is gracious and His mercy’s everlasting. Jubilate jubilate jubilate deo Jubilate everybody serve the Lord in all your ways and come before His presence singing Enter now his courts with praise


Children’s Ministry

Children’s Song- Hallelu Hallelu

Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord

Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord


The Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the book, Job 42.1–6, 10–17

Then Job answered the Lord: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. “Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?” Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. “Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you declare to me.” I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then there came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and they ate bread with him in his house; they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him; and each of them gave him a piece of money and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; and he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them an inheritance along with their brothers. After this Job lived for one hundred and forty years, and saw his children, and his children’s children, four generations. And Job died, old and full of days.

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God


Psalm 34.1–8, (19–22) Refrain: The Lord has done great things for us.

Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness! You are clothed with majesty and splendour.

The Lord has done great things for us.


You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak and spread out the heavens like a curtain. You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind. You make the winds your messengers and flames of fire your servants.

The Lord has done great things for us.


You have set the earth upon its foundations, so that it never shall move at any time. You covered it with the deep as with a mantle; the waters stood higher than the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.

The Lord has done great things for us.


They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, to the places you had appointed for them. You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows the time of its setting.

The Lord has done great things for us.


You make darkness that it may be night, in which all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God. The sun rises, and they slip away and lay themselves down in their dens.

The Lord has done great things for us.


A Reading from the letter to the Hebrews 7.23–28

Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. Consequently, he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.

Listen for the Leading of the Spirit Thanks be to God


Gradual Hymn: From Miles Around by Jane Marshall

From miles around the sick ones came,

in hope that One they heard was Lord

would make their souls and bodies well

with healing touch or saving word.


And still they come, new preys of plague,

while often in their rooms of prayer

God's people worship, safe and sound,

unheeding, even unaware.


Recall us to our mission, Lord,

to reach for those cut off, in pain;

to offer friendship, strength, and peace

and be a faithful Church again.


The Gospel

The Lord be with you And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 10.46–52

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

The Gospel of Christ Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ


Homily


The Shema

Hear, O Israel, God is One. Love God with heart, mind, soul and strength. Hear, O Israel, God is One. Love God with heart, mind, soul and strength. As ourselves, let us love one another. Nothing’s greater than this.

Hear, O Israel, God is One. Love God with heart, mind, soul and strength. Hear, O Israel, God is One. Love God with heart, mind, soul and strength.


Offertory Hymn: Will You Come and Follow Me? CP430

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known, will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare? Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen, and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name? Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show. Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.


Prayers of the People

Loving God, thank you for the mercy, healing, forgiveness, and salvation you lavish upon us in Jesus! Give us courage and persistent faith, so we always trust and follow him along his Way.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Purify and shape your Church make it lovely with holiness, beautiful with mercy, and radiant with truth. Use it to enlighten the spiritually blind, and equip it to lead them along Christ’s way.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Console and heal those who are persecuted because of their faith. Help them find richness in faith, hope, and love.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Bless this congregation with such lively faith that we always see opportunities to bring other people to Jesus and his healing love. Make us eager to be companions to those who don’t yet know him. Help us to be their guides along Christ’s way.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, blindness isn’t just a metaphor. It’s a physical reality. We lift before you the challenges and needs of those who are impaired in vision, hearing, and mobility. Help us to bring the light of your love and the music of your Word to them. Help us also to provide the assistance, training, and support they need to flourish.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide the leaders of our country with common sense, humility, and virtue. Teach them that power, wealth, and fame matter less than wisdom, justice, mercy, and integrity. Use them to lead their people along your way.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Thank you for the brave, wise, and good among us who risk so much to protect life, health, liberty, and justice. Renew and sustain their strength and resolve. Use them to mend communities fractured by sickness, violence, and injustice, and to lead many along your way.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Like Bartimaeus’s friends, we plead that Jesus would bring healing and encouragement to all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Especially we pray for: {List}. Bring them healing and hope, light and life. Refresh all who care for them, so together they may walk along your way.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Loving God, we entrust into your care our beloved dead. Ease the sorrow of those whose grief runs deep. Give us strength to encourage and support each other as we follow our blessed Savior along the way that leads to your spacious house and our eternal homecoming.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Incline your ear to our prayers, dear Lord; and answer them according to your most gracious and holy will, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Collect of the Day


Lord God our redeemer, who heard the cry of your people and sent your servant Moses to lead them out of slavery, free us from the tyranny of sin and death, and by the leading of your Spirit bring us to our promised land; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer


The Blessing


Announcements


Closing Hymn: Alleluia Glory to God, CP457

Refrain

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Glory to God who does wondrous things;

let all the people God’s praises now sing;

all of creation in splendour shall ring:

alleluia!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


See how salvation for all has been won;

up from the grave our new life has begun;

life now perfected in Jesus, the Son;

alleluia!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Now in our presence the Lord will appear,

shine in the faces of all of us here;

fill us with joy and cast out all our fear;

alleluia!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Call us, good Shepherd; we listen for you,

wanting to see you in all that we do;

we would the gate of salvation pass through:

alleluia!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Lord, we are open to all that you say,

ready to listen and follow your way;

you are the potter and we are the clay:

alleluia!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


If we have love, then we dwell on the Lord;

god will protect us from fire and sword,

fill us with love and the peace of the word:

alleluia!


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Dismissal

Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia


Postlude: Piano Solo, Go Down Moses/ Wade in the Water, Arranged by Larry Shackley