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Bulletin and Announcements for October 24


PRESERVICE MUSIC

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS


GATHERING HYMN:837 Many and Great, O God

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.

C: Amen.

P: Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God our comforter:

C: like lost sheep, we have gone astray. We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity. We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression. We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed. Free us from our sin, gracious God. Listen when we call out to you for help. Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

P: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous. Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.

C: Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (Read in unison)

Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.



READINGS

Jeremiah 31:7-9 (Pew Bible Old Testament, pg. 753)

Psalm 126 (Read responsively)

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,   then were we like those who dream. 2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3The Lord has done great things for us,   and we are glad indeed. 4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negeb. 5Those who sowed with tears   will reap with songs of joy. 6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves.


Hebrews 7:23-28 (Pew Bible New Testament, pg. 212)

Holy Gospel: Mark 10:46-52 (Pew Bible, New Testament, pg. 44)

P: The Holy Gospel of Mark Chapter 10 and I read in Jesus’ name.

C: Glory to you O Lord. (Reading of the Gospel)


P: The Gospel of the Lord

C: Praise to You, O Christ.


CHILDREN’S SERMON


SERMON

HYMN OF THE DAY: 779 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound


STATEMENT OF FAITH: THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

P: Hear us, O God,

C: your mercy is great.


PEACE

Please share a sign of peace with those around in whatever way you are most comfortable.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


OFFERING

We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. For members and friends, the mission and ministry of this congregation is completely dependent upon your generous giving. Our offering is a significant act of worship, and we now worship God through our giving. If you have brought your offering with you today, please place it in the basket in the back as you leave. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. Thank you for supporting our ministry.

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, 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 and ever. Amen.


SENDING HYMN: 820 O Savior, Precious Savior


BENEDICTION

L: Go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.

C: Thanks be to God.



THE FLOWERS AT GRACE are in honor of Tom and Marty Stowell’s birthdays.

Grace Worship Assistants scheduled for October 31: Greeters/Ushers: Barb Nofsinger; Reader: Shirley Preuss; PowerPoint: Kris Stauffacher; Communion set-up: Renee Urban; Communion Assistants: Eileen Miller and Renee Urban. Let the Office know if you cannot complete these tasks so someone else can be asked to do it.

COMMUNION INSTRUCTION for children will be given soon. If you have a child you would like to attend, let the church office know (608-462-5398).

Know a child who needs a BIBLE? We will have a Bible Distribution event during worship on October 31. Let the office know which children need Bibles and their ages so we can have Bibles on hand for all who need them.

Know someone interested in Baptism? Arrangements can be made to baptism during worship services. Contact the parish office for a Baptism Request Form and arrangements will be made.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center offers the following six-week, in-person series: Grief Circle 10am-Noon, Wednesdays, November 10-December 15. This group is for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. It is a place to share thoughts, feelings, and concerns. For information call 608-791-5295 or www.FSCenter.org.

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