TWENTY-SECOND Sunday AFTER PENTECOST
Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who’s number one, which leads Jesus to say something about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.
WORSHIP NOTES FOR TODAY
Offerings and tithes will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smart phone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, wherever the “+” appears within the liturgy. The sign of the cross, as explained and demonstrated in the 2018 edition of the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, is an ancient silent form of prayer which dates to the early 1st century church. A typical pattern for making the sign of the cross involves holding your thumb and first two fingers together (as a sign of the Trinity) and touching your forehead, lower chest, and both shoulders.
PRELUDE: Voluntary in C major, Z. 717- Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Please see the notes on Commemorations for biographical details.
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.
CHORAL INTROIT: Are You Able?- text: Karl Marlatt; music: Harry S. Mason
CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY (Mark 10:45)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Alleluia. Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Alleluia!
Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
GATHERING HYMN O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee (please see separate sheet)
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION
Blessed be the + holy Trinity,
the one who fashions us,
the one who heals us,
the one who reforms us again and again.
Let us confess our sin, calling for God’s transforming power.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
Source of all life,
we confess that we have not allowed
your grace to set us free.
We fear that we are not good enough.
We hear your word of love freely given to us,
yet we expect others to earn it.
We turn the church inward,
rather than moving it outward.
Forgive us. Stir us.
Reform us to be a church powered by love,
willing to speak for what is right,
act for what is just,
and seek the healing of your whole creation.
God hears our cry and sends the Spirit to change us
and to empower our lives in the world.
Our sins are forgiven,
+ God’s love is unconditional,
and we are raised up as God’s people
who will always be made new,
in the name of Jesus Christ.
Since God has embraced us in, with and through our Risen Lord, Jesus the Christ, let us then forgive and embrace one another in the love and peace of God. The Peace of Christ be with you all. And also with you.
OFFERING OF MUSIC: The Servant Song- Text: Mark 9:35, Richard Gillard; music: hymntune BEACH SPRING, adapted by David Schwoebel (2007)
ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verse 1 & 4)
SUNG PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 461 As Dew Falls Gently at Dawn (verse 1)
FIRST READING: Isaiah 53:4-12
This reading is from the last of four passages in Isaiah that are often called “servant songs.” Christians are probably most familiar with this servant song. In light of Christian faith, the servant’s healing ministry and redemptive suffering are understood to be fulfilled in the life and death of Christ.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 91: Within the Shelter of the Lord (please see separate sheets)
GOSPEL: Mark 10:35-45
On the way to Jerusalem the disciples ask Jesus to grant them seats of honor. Jesus responds by announcing that he and his followers will “rule” through self-giving service.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Longing for God’s will to be fulfilled among us, we pray persistently for the church, the world, and all people in need.
A brief silence.
Holy One, open lines of communication within your church, enabling us to listen to each person’s voice and to lift up each person’s unique gifts for your sake. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill creation from mountain peaks to the deepest valleys with your invigorating Spirit. Give strength and provision to animals that prepare for colder weather. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Grant your Spirit of humility to those who hold authority. Direct political leaders to live in service to their citizens, and turn our eyes and our hearts toward our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Guard and protect the ones who call to you out of despair, illness, or injury (especially). Deliver them from their struggles into havens where they can find healing and faithful companionship. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bear the pain of people who are denied justice, especially when it results in violence or death. Bring your peaceful rule into the world for the sake of those who are oppressed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Prepare a seat for all the saints in your holy realm. Bring us all into a righteous reality where honor is given to the lowly and where we all share in the life that you give. We remember this week from the Presbyterian Calendar of Commemorations: Henry Purcell; Paul Tillich; James of Jerusalem; Martin of Vertou; Gaudentius of Brescia; Quodvultdeus; and Michael Servetus. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Enfold all things in your compassion, O God, and bring us into your life through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who taught us to pray:
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP (Hebrews 5:1-10)
The teacher who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews uses imagery from scripture and from Jewish worship practices and presents Jesus as the great high priest who was obedient to God’s plan of liberation for humanity. Through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, he has become the source of eternal deliverance.
Let us therefore offer ourselves in service to those God loves. Let us offer our sacrifices to build community, bring peace, and be a blessing to those in need throughout the world. Amen.
During this time of offering you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what is means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to a love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?
OFFERTORY: Song Tune, Z. T694- Henry Purcell
HYMN OF PRAISE # 647 Give Thanks
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
God of life, you give us these gifts, these resources of our life and our labor. Take them, offered in great thanksgiving, and use them to set a table of grace and welcome, build a house of peace and hospitality, and extend a hand and heart to heal the whole creation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Light. Amen.
SENDING HYMN O Jesus, I Have Promised (please see separate sheet)
POSTLUDE: Scottish Folk Tune, in the Style of H. Purcell- tune, YE BANKS AND BRAES, setting by P. F. Tillen (2018)
NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year B), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018). Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, pg 1145.
From the Presbyterian Calendar of Commemorations:
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) – English composer. Purcell wrote for a variety of media, including church hymns and anthems, harpsichord and organ music, and opera. His legacy is a uniquely English form of Baroque music (the prevalent style of the era ca. 1650-1735). He is buried beside the organ in Westminster Abbey.
Paul Tillich (1886-1965) – German-American Christian existentialist philosopher and Lutheran Protestant theologian; widely regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century. From 1933 until 1955 he taught at Union Theological Seminary (NYC). Tillich is best known for his works The Courage to Be (1952) and Dynamics of Faith (1957), which introduced issues of theology and modern culture to a general readership. In academic theology, he is best known for his major three-volume work Systematic Theology (1951–63).
James of Jerusalem – brother of Jesus, an early leader of the Jerusalem Church of the Apostolic Age, to which Paul was also affiliated. He died in martyrdom in 62 or 69 AD.
St. Martin of Vertou (527-601) – French abbot and hermit, evangelist to the area around the modern French city of Nantes; founder of several religious communities, including the Abbeys of Vertou and Durieu.
Gaudentius of Brescia (d. 410 C.E.) – Italian priest, bishop, and theologian; bishop of Brescia, author of many letters and sermons which are still extant.
Quodvultdeus (d. 450 C.E.) – fifth-century church father and bishop of Carthage; exiled to Naples in about 439. Friend and spiritual student of Augustine of Hippo. His name means what God wills in Latin.
Michael Servetus (1509-1553) – Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer, and Renaissance humanist; a polymath versed in many sciences: mathematics, astronomy, meteorology, geography, human anatomy, medicine and pharmacology, as well as jurisprudence, translation, poetry and the scholarly study of the Bible in its original languages. Although he participated in the Protestant Reformation, he was tried and convicted of heresy and burnt at the stake after writing several books and tracts disagreeing with Calvinist theology.
THE GREAT APPLE PEEL
Monday, the 22 of October, is the great apple peeling fest. Starting at 10 am with all apple peelers will be in the church kitchen cooking up applesauce for the Nov. 18th Winter’s Farmers Market and the December 1st Santa Lucia Festival. Come to help make applesauce for both events. All apple peeler machines welcome because they make the process go so much faster. We will be working from 10 to 2 with a pizza lunch for all those participating.
Visions articles for the November edition are due to the office by Thursday November 25.
Thank you for supporting our Fruits of the Spirit mission by donating non-perishable fruit! If you have a chance, check out our thumbprint fruits on our Fruit of the Spirit tree in the lower level!
Oct. 7, 14, 21, and 28th – K-5th grade. We finish up our rotation on the Fruits of the Spirit today and will start looking at clean water and exploring the story of the Woman at the Well.
Oct. 21st – Focus on Storytelling and Art
Oct. 28th – Focus on Spiritual Practices (1-3rd grade will learn about communion with Pastor Christian) and Cooking
Stop in Nelson hall for the coffee hour first. We will begin in the lower level Room 102 around 10:45. The K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes will rotate separately, and we will conclude around 11:45.
Adult & Youth
Today’s Adult Study
Pastor Christian is leading the book study, Waking Up White.
Thinking about racism can be mighty uncomfortable. There are two wonderful gifts from this experience, though: when we pay attention to our discomfort, we can learn and change and love each other better, and we are all always (always, always, always!) held in the grace of Christ. Learning about how to interrupt racism is part of learning how to be a disciple of Christ. We’re learning how to love God and love others as ourselves.
For those who were unable to attend last week, but would like some background, you can watch the author of the book on TED Talks at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD5Ox5XNEpg
The final session of our Sunday School study, “Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”. We will conclude on Sunday, October 28th, with Kathryn Herman as a guest speaker. She will finish the presentation that she began last spring.
CHANGES TO THE OFFERTORY
It has come to the attention of the Worship Ministry Team that increasingly a majority of our members contribute their offering monthly, annually, or through direct deposit. This Sunday we are initiating an experiment to collect the offering at the end of the service. This change will allow us to make better use of volunteers (two ushers instead of four) and during the offertory time in the liturgy to celebrate other examples and opportunities for spreading the Gospel. We will still have ushers to prepare the sanctuary for worship and greet members and guests and collect prayer requests. For those members and guests who have an offering, the ushers will be stationed at the head of the center aisle with collection plates at the end of the service. Once we have had a few weeks to try the new process, we welcome comments and suggestions.
Candy Needed! Meet our Neighborhood Ghost and Goblins
All are invited to join the Evangelism Team and greet the neighborhood kids and their parents on Wednesday evening, October 31st as we join in Trick or Treating fun. For the past several years, a team from Evangelism has donned our Halloween finery and handed out candy and information about our church. We will have a fire pit and hot chocolate, plus lots of fun.
The time is 5:00-7:00 PM. Dust off your costumes and come join us! If you are unable to join us, we would appreciate your donations of candy or other treats for kids. Please place candy/treats in the kitchen and label for Trick or Treating.
Reservations and payments can now be made for the Santa Lucia breakfast and celebration. Sales will continue until all seats are sold. Reservations can be made through the church office (262)547-5100. Payment can be made by cash, check of credit card. Prices are $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-10 and free for those 4 years and under. Santa Lucia will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Doors will open at 8:45!
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HEALING HEARTS OF WAUKESHA
Waukesha Area Symphonic Band Presents “SEASONS” on Friday November 9, 2018 at 7:30pm. Proceeds go the Healing Hearts of Waukesha County. Admission is $10. Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, 218 N East Ave, Waukesha, 53189.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A PROGRESSIVE DINNER
Sponsored by SPC’s Fun and Fellowship Team
When: Saturday November 17, 4:30-8:30 pm
Where: First, we will all have appetizers together at one location to be determined. Next, we will all carpool to separate homes for a dinner. Lastly, we will all meet for dessert together at one location to be determined. You can participate in the whole event, join when you can, or leave early if needed.
Your Responsibility: Everyone will sign up to bring an appetizer OR a dessert. The meals will be funded by a small donation to be determined (~$10).
How: Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex OR call, talk to, or email Jody Leinss, Heather Hein or Jan Leech.
This is an adult only event. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting!
COME, MEET SOME NEW FRIENDS AND JOIN IN ON THE FUN!
CHRISTMAS CLEARING COUNCIL
The Deacons are going to support some families for Christmas through the Christmas Clearing Council. Usually just the Deacons pitch in with money to cover two families.
What would happen if we asked the whole congregation to join in support of Christmas Clearing Council? We hope to find out. The Deacon’s have placed envelopes and information about the Christmas Clearing Council in each pew. Please join the Deacons in their ministry to the community of Waukesha during the Christmas Holiday season.