TWENTY-third Sunday AFTER PENTECOST
Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be heard as a threat to unjust powers-that-be? Bartimaeus won’t give up or go away quietly, but repeats his call for help more loudly. Do we ask so boldly? And are our prayers an honest answer to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
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: Amazing Grace- American hymntune NEW BRITAIN (1829), setting by Mark Hayes
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: Open Our Eyes, Lord- text & music by Robert Cull
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus,
to reach out and touch him, and say that we love him.
Open our eyes, Lord, and help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord, we want to see Jesus.
CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY (2 Tim. 4:18)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Alleluia. St Paul writes, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack
and save me for the heavenly kingdom.” Alleluia.
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.
GATHERING HYMN # 649 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
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: Rock by Rock, Stone by Stone- text & music by Michael Hassell, hymn The Church’s One Foundation, text by Samuel J. Stone (1866), music by Samuel S. Wesley (1864)
CHILDREN’S TIME & PRESENTATION OF BIBLES
ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verse 1 & 4)
SUNG PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 461 As Dew Falls Gently at Dawn (verse 1)
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 31:7-9
This passage speaks not only of the southern kingdom, Judah, and its homecoming from exile in Babylon, but also of the northern kingdom (“Israel” or “Ephraim”) and its restoration. The northern tribes of Israel had been lost in exile to Assyria more than a century before Jeremiah prophesied.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 126, HYMN # 74 When God Restored Our Common Life
GOSPEL: Mark 10:46-52
Bartimaeus comes to Jesus with faith, asking that he might see again. Recognizing Jesus’ identity, Bartimaeus is the first person to call him “Son of David” in the Gospel of Mark.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
HYMN, to be announced
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 and faithful God, make your church complete through the redeeming work of Christ, our great high priest. Set us apart for holy action, and reform this world through us. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
Satisfy the needs of your creation through clean, flowing water, especially in dry and barren places. Bring rainfall in due measure, and let life blossom from it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Set your compassion in us, and draw our attention to people who are too often neglected. By their leadership, teach us how vast and powerful your mercy is. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Gather those who are suffering, and make well-being and salvation take root in their lives. Bring hope to those who are sick or suffering in any way today (especially). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Pour out your Spirit on this assembly through the sharing of the sacred word, water, bread, and cup. Continually reshape us to be a community of welcome for people from near and far. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Let your grace be made known through the witness of saints who share your good news. Increase our faith until your word flows freely from us. We commemorate this week: Simon and Jude; Abraham of Rostov; Clarence Jordan; Julian, Eunus, and Besas; John Wyclif;Fyodor Dostoevsky; Wolfgang; Alphonsus Rodriguez; Austremonius, Apostle of Auvergne; Victorinus of Pettau; Leon Bloy; Martin de Porres; and Malachy O’More. We especially commemorate all reformers of the Church throughout the ages among All the Saints. We especially lift up the unsung women of the Reformation: Katherine von Bora, Katharina Schutz Zell, Ursula von Münsterberg, Argula von Grumbach. Anna Rhegius, Elisabeth von Braunschweig, Elisabeth Cruciger, Queen Jeanne d’Albret of Navarre, Idelette de Bure, Marie Dentière, Queen Jane Grey, Duchess Catherine Willoughby, and Olimpia Fulvia Morata. 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.
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP (Hebrews 7:23-28)
The Teacher who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that human priests of old offered sacrifice for their own sins and served only until their death. In contrast, Jesus is God’s Son, the holy, sinless, resurrected high priest. Death did not terminate his priestly service, but through his death he has interceded for our sins. He is the Great and Eternal High Priest for all of us and intercedes on our behalf every moment of our life.
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: I’m Beginning to See the Light- D. Ellington, H. James, D. George, J. Hodges
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 # 450 Be Thou My Vision
POSTLUDE: Be Thou My Vision- Irish hymntune SLANE (first published 1909)
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:
28 Simon and Jude (Matt. 10: 4, Mark 6: 3; Luke 6: 15– 16; Acts 1: 13; Jude) – tradition has it that Simon and Jude (often called Thaddeus) were the tenth and eleventh apostles to be called by Jesus. It is said that Simon and Jude went together as missionaries to Persia, and were martyred there.
29 Abraham of Rostov (11th century) – Russian monk and abbot, founder of the Monastery of the Theophany in Rostov, venerated as a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church; Clarence Jordan (1912-1969) – Founder of Koinonia Farm.
30 Julian, Cronion Eunus, and Besas of Alexandria (d. 250) – Summoned by authorities to answer a charge of Christianity, Julian was too crippled with gout to walk there. He was carried to court by two Christian servants, one of whom was Saint Cronion Eunus. Besas, a Roman soldier who tried to shield the two condemned men from abuse from the crowd, was seized by the mob and killed; John Wyclif (1384) – Priest and Prophetic Witness; Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) – Russian Novelist.
31 Wolfgang of Regensburg (924– 994) – Bavarian priest, teacher, and bishop; missionary to the Magyar people of Hungary; Alphonsus Rodriguez (1533-1617) – Jesuit Lay Brother and Porter.
31 Reformation Day (1517) – October 31, 1517 was the day German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony, in the Holy Roman Empire, an event now seen as sparking the Reformation. The Ninety-five Theses were quickly translated from Latin into German, printed, and widely copied, making the controversy one of the first in history to be aided by the printing press. Within two weeks, copies of the theses had spread throughout Germany; within two months throughout Europe.
“Luther set a stone in motion that was unstoppable and changed the world forever.”- Angela Merkel
Link to the women of the Reformation
1 All Saints’ Day – The Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and the living. The origin of the feast is unknown, although it is known that churches in the British Isles were already celebrating All Saints on November 1 at the beginning of the 8th century, to coincide with or replace the Celtic festival of Samhain. (Pronounced SAOW-an, the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter)
1 Austremonius [Apostle of Auvergne] (3rd– 4th centuries) – one of seven bishops sent from Rome in about 250 BCE to Gaul (modern day France) to preach the Gospel; not much is known of his history, but he is said to have been martyred by beheading in Clermont.
2 Victorinus of Pettau (d. c. 304) – priest and bishop of Pettau (now the city of Ptuj in Slovenia), noted theologian and writer of Scriptural commentary; he was the first writer to compose his works in Latin instead of Greek; Leon Bloy (1846-1917) – Pilgrim of the Absolute
3 Malachy O’More (1094– 1148) – Irish priest, archbishop and abbot of Armagh, reformer of the church of Ireland of the 12th century. His biographer, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, says Malachy was distinguished by his meekness, humility, obedience, modesty, and true diligence in his studies. He is the first native born Irishman to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church; Martin de Porres (1579-1639) – Dominican Lay Brother.
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. 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
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.
Please share the names of the Saints you would like included in the bulletin for the remembrance and celebration of All Saints Day next Sunday, November 4th.
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. 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. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Nov. 19th!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.
Help provide animals for people in need around the world as a way of giving some much need resources. Currently, the Church School is raising money for Heifer Project to buy bees. How many can we get? Please help support the children in their mission by contributing to their effort. Please make out your check to Southminster and put Heifer Project in the memo line. God bless!
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 meet together for appetizers at Avalon Manor. Next, we will travel to separate, prearranged homes for a dinner. Lastly, we will all meet together for desserts at the home of Bill and Jan Leech. In case of inclement weather, we will do desserts at church. 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 if able. The meals will be funded by a small donation to be determined (~$10). If you would like transportation throughout the event please indicate that when you sign up and we will arrange a carpool for you.
HOW: Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex OR call, talk to, or email Jody Leinss (email@example.com; 262-993-8675), Heather Hein (firstname.lastname@example.org; 262-422-7408) or Jan Leech (email@example.com; 414-550-2480).
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.
MUSIC OF FAITH: November 9, 2018, 8pm
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Oconomowoc
Adults $15, seniors $13; tickets available at the door, at Waukesha State Bank, or at choralunion.org
The Waukesha Choral Union is pleased to be joined on their fall concert by choirs from surrounding Waukesha County churches, and the Chancel Choir from SPC is proud to be one of those featured choirs. In addition to the Choral Union’s performance, each choir will perform a few selections on their own, and join voices with singers from all across the Waukesha area in a mass choir finale.