10/14/18 21st Sunday after Pentecost + Service of Morning Prayer

 The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an

Bold print, the community speaks as one.

Twenty-first Sunday AFTER PENTECOST

Morning Prayer (Book of Common Worship 2018)


The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.



This morning the adults and youth who were commissioned this past summer as missionaries to work with AMEN St Louis will be leading worship and sharing their experiences.

 This morning’s order of service is Morning Prayer. The Christian discipline of daily prayer goes back to the ancient Church practices, as well as the set times of prayer in Judaism. At morning prayer we give thanks for the gift of new life in Christ and seek God’s grace for the day ahead. The Thanksgiving for Baptism highlights our common baptismal pattern of daily prayer, with its rhythm of dying and rising with Christ. The services of Daily Prayer in community may be led by any baptized member. For more on the importance of daily prayer and the Presbyterian understanding and practice, see the Book of Order’s Directory for Worship, W-5.0102.

 Ordinarily, an offering is not received during Daily Prayer. Hence, the ushers will be in the Narthex (great entrance hall) to collect any tithes or offerings.

 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.


PRELUDE: Wareham- William Knapp (1738), setting by Hal H. Hopson


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.



Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


MORNING HYMN #320 The Church of Christ in Every Age



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, Eternal God,

for you nourish and sustain all living things

by the gift of water.

In the beginning of time,

your Spirit moved over the watery chaos,

calling forth order and life.

In the time of Noah,

you destroyed evil by the waters of the flood,

giving righteousness a new beginning.

You led Israel out of slavery,

through the waters of the sea,

into the freedom of the promised land.

In the waters of Jordan

Jesus was baptized by John

and anointed with your Spirit.

By the baptism of his own death and resurrection,

Christ set us free from sin and death,

and opened the way to eternal life.

We thank you, O God, for the water of baptism.

In it we were buried with Christ in his death.

From it we were raised to share in his resurrection,

through it we were reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, in joyful obedience to your Son,

we celebrate our fellowship in him in faith.

We pray that all who have passed through the water of baptism

may continue forever in the risen life

of Jesus Christ our Savior.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,

be all honor and glory, now and forever.

Friends, let us remember your baptism and be thankful.

In the name of the Father and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit.


OFFERING OF MUSIC: Ain’t-a That Good News —American Spiritual, setting by Kevin McChesney


MORNING PSALM # 33 Praise the Lord, God’s Glories Show



ALL SING # 487 These Treasured Children (verse 1 & 4)


SUNG PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION #458 Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet


FIRST READING: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15

Amos was a herdsman by profession and a prophet by God’s call. During a time of great prosperity in the northern kingdom of Israel, the prophet speaks to the wealthy upper class. He warns his listeners that fulfilling God’s demand for justice brings blessing, while corruption and oppression incur God’s wrath.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


PSALM 90, HYMN #687 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past


GOSPEL: Mark 10:17-31

Jesus has been teaching his disciples about what is most valued in God’s eyes. Now, a conversation with a rich man brings his message home to the disciples in a way that is surprising but unforgettable.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


BRIEF MEDITATION  Reflections on summer mission work in St. Louis


CANTICLE HYMN #99 My Soul Gives Glory to My God


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.

Almighty God, holy and righteous, cut our hearts open by your living word. Break down our pride and self-assurance, and transform us by your gentle mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bless workers who clear fields to prepare for the barren season to come. Bring the harvest of your creation to completion, even as we look forward to the blossoming of new life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Exercise and establish your true justice in courtrooms, in prisons, and in neighborhoods. Guide those who manage great wealth to do so with generosity and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pour out favor this day upon those who are afflicted and feel far removed from you (especially). Send them companions who will show them you are ever near. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Build up relationships among people of different beliefs and backgrounds. Use the cooperation between this congregation and others in our community to reveal your goodness. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 Here other intercessions may be offered.

Gather us with all the saints whom you have made righteous in the death and resurrection of Christ. Through him give us all the gifts of your kingdom and life eternal. This week we remember from the Presbyterian Calendar of Commemorations: Gaudentius of Rimini; Odilo; Hugh Latimer; Nicholas Ridley; Ignatius of Antioch; Julia Ward Howe; Luke the Evangelist (Luke and Acts); Varus; Artemius of Antioch; and Acca.

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.


OFFERING OF MUSIC: Fruit of the Spirit- folk song


HYMN #749 Come! Live in the Light!




A sign of peace may be exchanged by all.


POSTLUDE: March- Nicholas Flagello


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.


Music Contributors: The Children’s Choir; The Melodious Minsters


Peace & Global Witness Offering

On October 7, we celebrated World Communion Sunday, we are still collecting offering. 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.


Christian Formation

Church School

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. 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 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


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.



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.



Our Wired Word group will meet Wednesday, October 17 at 9:00am in the private dining room at Avalon Square. “A recent survey of Protestant churchgoers found that most say God wants them to prosper financially. This news gives us an opportunity to not only consider the claims of what’s been called the “prosperity gospel,” but also look at the way Christians who don’t buy those claims nonetheless expect things to work out for them as a result of their faithfulness. So those will be the subjects of our next Wired Word.”


Santa Lucia!!

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!



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.



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.



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!



Fall Deacons Beacon

At the August Deacons’ meeting, Alice Lundstrom and Kevin Allen, our co-moderators, gave each of us a binder to help us keep organized and to better serve Southminster.

At the September and October Deacon’s meetings, we finalized plans for the Fall Luncheon at Avalon Square to be held on Saturday November 10th.  Entertainment will be the Senior Civic Theater Players. Each Parish Group now has two Deacons.  Your Parish Deacons will introduce themselves via phone call, email or “snail” mail.  There are also Parish Lists posted in the Narthex.


The Fall season is here and your needs may have changed.  Please contact one of your Parish Deacons if you need meals – visits – phone calls – rides to church, doctor appointments, or the grocery store – someone to rake leaves or prune shrubs – whatever you need, we will find someone to help you. We are always praying for you, but if you need a special prayer for yourself, a family member or friend, please let us know.  Even though the seasons may change, we will continue to share God’s love with you.


From the Presbyterian Calendar of Commemorations:

Gaudentius of Rimini (d. c. 360) - priest and bishop of the early church in Rome. Honored as a martyr in the Roman Catholic Church, he was lynched by followers of Arius, a teacher who espoused beliefs in opposition of those of the church.

Odilo (d. c. 954) - no information found.

Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley (d. 1555) – English bishops. Remembered as the Three Oxford Martyrs, Latimer, Ridley, and Thomas Cranmer were convicted of heresy under the Catholic Queen Mary I and burned at the stake in 1555.

Ignatius of Antioch (d. c. 107) – early bishop and writer. His letters to the various churches in different cities, like those of Paul, are influential in the foundation of Christian theology.

Julia Ward Howe (1819– 1910) – American writer, poet, and social activist, Howe worked extensively for women’s suffrage and abolition. She is the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Luke the Evangelist (Luke and Acts) – one of the Four Evangelists, the four traditionally ascribed authors of the canonical Gospels; he is thought to have been a physician and a disciple of Paul. He is venerated as a patron saint of artists, physicians, bachelors, surgeons, students and butchers.

Varus (d. 307) – a soldier stationed in Upper Egypt who had the task of guarding a group of monks awaiting execution. When one of the monks died while incarcerated, Varus embraced the Christian faith and asked to be able to fill the place of the deceased; he was taken prisoner and executed.

Artemius of Antioch (d. 363) – general of the Roman Empire, he was executed by the Roman emperor Julian for destroying pagan temples and idols and persecuting pagan people. He is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox tradition.

Acca of Hexham (c. 660– 742) – English abbot and bishop, Acca was both an accomplished musician and a learned theologian. His life story is at least partially unknown; he spent his later life in St. Andrew, Scotland, but returned to Hexham and is buried there.


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