The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an
Bold print, the community speaks as one.
Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?
The first Sunday in October is designated as World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with all our brothers and sisters around the world. Paul tells us that we are to “discern the body” when we partake of Holy Communion, mindful that we note our relationship to all our brothers and sisters in Christ in the celebration. One is not to go hungry while another is drunk! (I Cor. 11:21). This is scandalous behavior opposed to the Way of Christ. Thus it is appropriate that World Communion Sunday is also a time when we receive the annual Peace and Global Witness Offering as a way of continuing the ancient Christian practice of sharing what we have with brothers and sisters in need.
As Pastor Christian is on vacation, please welcome the Rev. Fiona Nicolaisen as preacher and presider at the Lord’s Table.
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 form of prayer. 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.
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.
CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY (1 John 4:12)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Alleluia. St. John teaches, “If we love one another, God lives in us
and God’s love is perfected in us.” Alleluia.
Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
GATHERING HYMN #506 Look Who Gathers at Christ’s Table
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from the Confession of Belhar)
As we gather in the name of Christ, let us remember the faith which we have received through baptism.
We believe in God–the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
who gathers, protects and cares for the church.
We believe the church is one worldwide communion of saints, called from the entire human family.
We believe the church is the single community of believers,
reconciled with God and with one another.
We believe that through the working of God’s Spirit,
unity is a binding force and also that we must seek this unity, which must become visible to the world.
We believe that the sin of division, separation and hatred between people and groups has been conquered by Christ.
We commit ourselves to protecting the unity of the church universal.
We pledge to make this unity active in all of our words, thoughts and deeds.
To the one and only God,
Father, + Son and Holy Spirit,
be the honor and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
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: Let the Children Come- text and music: Mark Burrows, based on Matthew 19:14
Waacheni watoto waje kwangu. Let the children come to me, do not hinder them. Make a place for laughter, where love is always near, a place of peace of joy where every girl and boy will know that they are welcome here.
ALL SING #487 These Treasure Children (verses 1 & 4)
SUNG PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION #461 As Dew Falls Gently At Dawn (verse 1)
FIRST READING: Genesis 2:18-24
Genesis 2 stresses that people are not meant to live in isolation but in relationship. Out of love for humanity, God creates them male and female, to provide companionship for each other and to become with each other “one flesh.” The Hebrew words used here are ish (man) and ishshah (woman).
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Mark 10:2-16
Jesus announced and enacted in history the new reality of God’s surprising activity. These two stories demonstrate this new reality: Women and children are accepted and valued.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
A BRIEF TEACHING
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 God, send your blessing out into the world through missionaries, evangelists, and servants of your church. Through them spread good news to all who need it. Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
We praise you for the animals of the field, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and all the works of your hands. Let our care for all you have made reflect your desire for the health of all creation. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Rule the nations of this world with the same grace you employ to align planets, stars, and moons. Where there is disorder, move us toward righteousness and justice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Deliver your care to your children who feel unworthy of care. Bend down low to lift up people who struggle to find others who will embrace them in time of need. (We pray especially for…). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bring reconciliation among this community. Heal relationships that are broken. When we face division, open our eyes to signs of new life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Along with all the saints, form us into a holy and loving community in which people can find abundant compassion and peace. Through us bring others into your unbreakable covenant. This week from the Presbyterian Calendar of Commemorations, we remember: John Woolman; Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg; John Duns Scotus; Abraham; Maharsapor; Lucretia Mott; Ulrich Zwingli; Wilfrid of York and Theodore Beza. 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.
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP
We approach the table today, but we don’t approach it alone. We approach it on this World Communion Sunday with Christians around the world, in congregations large and small, speaking every language and one language. So, part of our approach this morning is to remember in our offering our connection to the work of the church in every corner of God’s creation. We do this using the PC(USA) Peace and Global Witness Offering, which goes to support advocacy, education, and educational outreach with communities of faith all across the globe. Truly, God has blessed us with the rich, varied, and abundant gifts of creation. From God’s abundance, let us also give abundantly.
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.
HYMN OF PRAISE #507 Come to the Table of Grace
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Gracious God, you create more than we could ever hope to return. You share more than we could ever hope to deserve. And yet, we pray, accept these humble gifts. May they honor and glorify you in all creation, and may they empower us for the work of witness and service, for the sake of justice, and for the sake of peace, now and forever. Amen.
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE (Matt. 5; Ps. 34: 8)
Blessed are you who hunger for justice, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who thirst for righteousness, for you will drink deeply of the cup of joy. Blessed are you who yearn for reconciliation, for you will find peace. Blessed are you who are persecuted in the name of religion, for yours is the commonwealth of heaven. Blessed are we— for Christ calls us to his table, where there is room for everyone, and plenty for all. O taste and see that the Lord is good.
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (EUCHARIST)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. Even when we were dust, when our story begins in dust, you were there, your word was there, your breath into the lifeless void. And upon your word all creation sprang into life.
When we were in the wilderness, terrified, timid, you were there, your word was there, with manna just enough for today, with water even from the driest rock, with the abundant grace upon which our story always rests. And when we fell short, slaves to power and greed, you were there, your word was there, on the lips of prophets, and in the hearts of servants, in stories of revolution and revelation and liberation, calling us even now to acts of courage and witness and peace. Therefore, we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Indeed, blessed are you, O Christ, our Lord, for risking yourself among us, vulnerable and rejected; for teaching among us, teaching the radical hope of God; teaching grace to a world bent on vengeance, teaching love to a world bent on destruction, teaching peace to a world bent on tearing itself apart. You were there, your word was there, even to the point of death itself. Even faced with terror and hatred and the brokenness of the world, you rose again, to new life, to new creation, to resurrection, that we might know something other than the dust, that we might expect something other than the end, that we might work for something other than ourselves.
Speak to us again, in, with and through these abundant gifts of bread and drink, with which we joyfully celebrate your dying and rising, as we await the Table of the Kingdom yet to come, and as we dedicate ourselves again to you, thankful, and transformed, as living and holy sacrifices, that our lives may proclaim the one crucified and risen. Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break together, and the cup we share together, may retell our common stories together and reshape our common bonds together, and remember our common grace together, in the communion of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ, the one in whose life and death you have torn down our divisions.
May we be one with all who share this feast, on this day, of all days, with all your children at every corner of your table. May we share this abundant cup with all those who thirst for your justice. May we share this abundant bread with all those who hunger for your righteousness, may we be united with every corner of your story, united in hope, united in vision, united in purpose, united in ministry in every place.
As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us from this table to be the body of Christ in all the world. Send us with a spirit of courage, a spirit of power and love, that we may be witnesses in all creation to the unending story of your word breathing life into the dust.
Keep us faithful, and fruitful, and hopeful, and peaceful, until we come at last to the one table of your Kingdom, to feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm, with you and with your Word, through Christ and in Christ, the one who came for us, died for us, and rose for us, the one who prays even for us, the one who first taught us to pray, saying:
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.
BREAKING OF THE BREAD
Speak to us, O Lord, in the breaking of the bread,
and make us one with you.
We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way Jesus took the cup, saying:
This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.
Speak to us, O Lord, in the breaking of the bread,
and make us one with you.
All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.
PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION & BLESSING
Holy and compassionate God, in bread and wine you give us gifts that form us to be humble and courageous. May your words come to life in our serving and in our witness, that we might speak a living voice of healing and justice to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our rock and our redeemer. Amen.
Gracious God, you took the form of a servant, offering yourself as food, comfort, and strength to a sick and hurting world. Anoint with a servant heart those who take your word and sacrament to our sisters and brothers in their homes, in prisons, and in hospitals. Grant grace, mercy, healing, and hope to those who feast on your body and blood and receive your words of new life. May we all recognize that we have a place and a home in the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
God, Creator of all things, speaking reformation into being; Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, raising the dead; Holy Spirit, living voice, calling and enlightening the church: Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.
SENDING HYMN #526 Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
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. Invitation to Discipleship, Prayer of Dedication, and Great Prayer of Thanksgiving from Presbyterian World Mission Agency (https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/PGW16-World-Communion-Sunday-Worship-resource.pdf)
Peace & Global Witness Offering
On October 7, we celebrate World Communion Sunday. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) also marks the day by a call to peacemaking, urging us to be followers of the Prince of Peace. One concrete way that we do that is by receiving the Peace & Global Witness Offering. Through this special offering, we work together with others in our presbytery, our synod and nationally through the General Assembly’s Peacemaking Program to learn and live out the ways of peace. Southminster will retain 25 percent of the offering we receive, and we will be giving our share to Plowshare Center, a gift shop in Waukesha that provides a venue for third world artisans and ensures them a fair wage for their work, and has a mission to “Make Peace Relevant to the World Around Us”. Another 25 percent goes to our presbytery or synod, and the remaining 50 percent goes to the General Assembly for peacemaking involvement throughout the world. Please prayerfully consider giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering.
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.
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!
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 basement!
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. 7th – Focus on Spiritual Practices (Fruits of the Spirit) and Science
Oct. 14th – Focus on Mission and Games
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 off in Nelson hall for the coffee hour first. We will begin in the basement 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 leading 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
If you did not see the liturgist schedule in your e-mail inbox a few weeks ago, please be sure to check with the schedule on the bulletin board in the narthex. If you were on the schedule last year, you have the same assignment this year unless you notified Linda Melton of your desire for a change. As always, if you are unable to serve when scheduled, swap with someone else on the schedule and notify Shelby of the change.
THE GREAT APPLE PEEL
Monday, October 22 at 10:00 am will be the start of the Great Apple Peel. The Santa Lucia Ladies are inviting church members to join in an appealing morning of apple sauce making. We will be using as many apple peeling- coring tools as possible and putting the slices into large Nesco roasters for cooking. It takes about two hours to cook the apple sauce.
This week in the Presbyterian Calendar of Commemorations:
John Woolman (1720– 1772) – North American merchant, tailor, essayist, journalist, and itinerant Quaker preacher, and an early abolitionist in the colonial era. Woolman travelled throughout North America and England to preach Quaker beliefs, and advocate against slavery and the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustices and oppression, and conscription (the practice of compulsory military service, now known as “the draft”). Beginning in 1755 with the outbreak of the French and Indian War, he urged tax resistance to deny support to the military.
Heinrich Melchior Mühlenberg (1711– 1787) – German Lutheran pastor, sent to North America as a missionary to the Pennsylvania colonists. Mühlenberg is considered the founder and patriarch of the Lutheran Church in the United States. Mühlenberg and his wife Anna Maria had a large family, several of whom had a significant impact on colonial life in North America as pastors, military officers, and politicians. Their descendants continue to be active in Pennsylvania and national political life.
John Duns Scotus (c. 1265– 1308) – Scottish Franciscan theologian and philosopher; with Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham, considered to be the three most important philosopher-theologians of the High Middle Ages. Though almost nothing is known about his life, the writings of Duns Scotus have had considerable influence on both Catholic and secular thought.
Abraham (c. 1700 BCE) – The common patriarch of the three Abrahamic religions. In Judaism, he is the founding father of the Covenant, the special relationship between the Jewish people and God; in Christianity, he is the prototype of all believers, Jewish or Gentile; and in Islam he is a link in the chain of prophets that begins with Adam and culminates in Muhammad.
Maharsapor (d. 421) – Persian nobleman, he was tortured and imprisoned during a persecution of Christians under the Persian king Yezdigerd. After spending three years in a dungeon, he was again interrogated, but he refused to deny his faith. The judge thereupon ordered Maharsapor to be left to die of starvation in a pit. A few days later, when the pit was opened, the lifeless body of Maharsapor was discovered in a kneeling posture, indicating he had died while praying.
Lucretia Mott (1792– 1880) – U.S. Quaker, abolitionist, speaker, women’s rights activist, and social reformer. She had formed the idea of reforming the position of women in society when she was amongst the women excluded from the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840. Mott helped write the Declaration of Sentiments during the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention. She was a mentor to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who continued her work.
Ulrich Zwingli (1484– 1531) – Leading figure in the Swiss Reformation. Preached and worked for various reforms inside the Roman Catholic Church, including liturgical reforms and allowing priests to marry. After a decade of controversy and dispute in Switzerland and throughout northern Europe, war finally broke out in 1531. Many pastors became soldiers, as did Zwingli; he died on the battlefield in October 11, 1531.
Wilfrid of York (633– 709) – English bishop, abbot, and saint. Historians have been divided over Wilfrid; he lived ostentatiously, ruled a large number of monasteries, and claimed to be the first Englishman to introduce the Rule of Saint Benedict into English monasteries. Some modern historians see him mainly as a champion of Roman customs against the customs of the British and Irish churches, others as an advocate for monasticism.
Theodore Beza (1519– 1605) – French Reformed Protestant theologian, teacher, reformer, and scholar who played an important role in the Reformation. He was a disciple of John Calvin and lived most of his life in Geneva. Beza succeeded Calvin as a spiritual leader of the Republic of Geneva, which was originally founded by John Calvin himself. Wrote numerous works in both the fields of humanism and theology; was also an influential Biblical scholar.