October 14, 2018

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude: Trumpet Tune                           Jeremiah Clarke

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #465 What a Friend We Have in Jesus


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #590 Halleluia

Call to Worship

One:                Come, all who look for God with unseeing eyes. Come, all who listen for God but hear nothing.

All:                  Oh, that we knew where to find God! We want to hear and understand God’s Word.

One:                The word of God is living and active. It pierces and judges and opens us to God’s grace.

All:                  We cannot hide from God who knows us. God understands our thoughts and intentions.

One:                Leave everything to follow Jesus in this hour. This is the time to embrace new ways.

All:                  Here we set the patterns for everyday life. Here we are strengthened for every day’s challenges.

One:                Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

We seek to gather as children of your realm, reigning God. This is the time and place of your dominion. We recognize that you, not we, prescribe the rules under which life can be rich and full and free. Help in this hour to embrace the best we know. Open our thoughts and feelings so we may learn better ways. We approach you with boldness, daring to question and make requests, knowing that your grace and mercy exceed our wildest imaging, and your guidance is ever available to those who ask. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, hear us if you can. Know that many times we feel forsaken and terrified more than supported and comforted. We cry out and hear no answers. We suffer and find no relief. We are tempted to blame you even though we are the ones who cut off communication. We complain in the midst of plenty and groan over imagined slights. When we feel mocked and scorned and despised, we turn inward with the hurt instead of opening ourselves to your healing touch. Have mercy on us, and help us in our time of need. Hear now our silent confessions as we turn to you, seeking your mercy, forgiveness and grace.

Moment of silent prayer

Assurance of God’s Love

Gloria Patri: Glory Be To The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen, Amen….

Responsive Reading – Psalm 22:1-15

(Page 615 in the Hebrew Scripture in the pew Bible)

Anthem: # 695 Change My Heart, O God

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures Job 23:1-9, 16-17

(Page 580 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer

Children will collect donated food, we will bless the food and the children will leave for Sunday School & Youth Group)

*Hymn: #722 Lord Speak To Me That I May Speak

Offering of our Gifts

Offertory: Gloria                                 Antonia Vivaldi

*Doxology: #607 Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit ever more; praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

Gospel Reading – Mark 10:17-31

(Page 56 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: “Never Stop Praying”

Leo Gafney

Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer

Response: #469 Lord, Listen to your Children Praying (sung by all) Lord, listen to your children praying; Lord, send your Spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying. Send us love; send us power; send us grace.

*Hymn: #744 Arise, Your Light Has Come


Response: #600 Amen

Postlude: Toccata                                Eugene Gigout

(* Please stand if able.)

Welcome Statement

We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.

This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.

We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.

As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

If you are visiting us today, Welcome!

Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!

Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Today’s host is Alice Kent.

Please see an usher if:

You would like to use a hearing device

If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery

Many thanks to:

Leo Gafney for serving as our guest preacher today

Kathy Mera for serving as lay reader

Prayer List

Dick Taber, Tom Splaine, Jack & Sue Ritchie, Laura Hawks, Harriet, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard

Family & Friends of Barbara Smith (Amy Clulow’s mom)


Today:                        11 am Discussion following worship with Leo Gafney

11 am Mural Painting

11:30 am Trustees Meeting

Monday:                      3:30 pm Parish Hall Library in use

5 pm Christian Action Meeting in the Conference Room

Tuesday:                      5:15 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday:                 7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:                     4:30 pm Women’s Bible Study

7 pm HousaTonics

Friday:                         7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

Next Sunday:               11:30 am Budget Informational Session

3 pm Two Harps Concert























































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