October 28, 2018

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude: A Mighty Fortress is Our God     Helmut Walcha

Chiming of the Hour

*Hymn: #275 A Mighty Fortress is Our God


Joys and Concerns

Introit: #616 Our God Is an Awesome God

Call to Worship

One:                God is gathering us from many different places. We are all invited.

All:                  God lifts us up when we stumble and leads us back. God cares for us amid our pain and losses.

One:                We are delivered from our fears and saved from trouble. Happy are those who take refuge in a loving God.

All:                  Our lips pour forth laughter and joyous singing. We join in shouts of praise to God Most High.

One:                Taste and see how good God is. Trust in the One who awakens joy in place of tears.

All:                  We will bless our God in all times and places. Let us exalt God’s name together!

One:                Come, let us worship God together!

Prayer of Invocation (in unison)

All-powerful God, we invoke your presence among us, for we need the knowledge and energy you alone can provide. Your ways are wonderful beyond our understanding. When our strength is spent, our vision is clouded, and our hope is gone, you reach out to us in ways we often fail to discern. We take heart to think that you are calling us to yourself, opening our eyes to see your wonders as if for the first time. We want to be a part of your faithful remnant in a world that too often loses sight of the holy. Be with us, we pray. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

We confess, O God, that our lives have made of you a distant deity. We listen to what others say about you, but we have seldom glimpsed for ourselves who you are. We are dominated by our doubts instead of by our practice of prayer. We are not ready to repent in dust and ashes, but we do ask for mercy as we face up to sins we have not recognized and wrongdoing we have tried to ignore. Instill in us a new appreciation of righteousness, and help us to grow in the way you would have us go. 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: #581 Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.

Responsive Reading – Psalm 34: 1-8 (19-22)

(Page 625 in the Hebrew Scripture in the pew Bible)

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures

               Job 42:1-6, 10-17

(Page 600 in the Hebrew Scriptures in the pew Bible)

Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer

(Children will leave for Sunday School & Youth Group)

 *Hymn: #796 We Come to You for Healing, Lord

Offering of our Gifts

Anthem: Declare Your Makers Praise          Lloyd Larson

*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 10:46-52

(Page 57 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: “A Break in the Clouds”

Reverend Dr. Diane Monti-Catania

Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer

Response: #616 (Sung by all) Our God Is an Awesome God who reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power, and love; our God is an awesome God!

 *Hymn: #625 O Lord My God


Response: #625 (Sung by all) How Great Thou Art! How great thou art!

Postlude: Fugue in G Major “Jig”                    J.S. Bach

(* 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 hosts are Clare Rashkoff & Sheryl Knapp.

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:

Sheryl Kennedy for serving as our lay reader

Joe Catania & John Arnold for serving as ushers

 Prayer List

Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Joan & Richard Good, Fred Palmer, Dick Taber, Tom Splaine, Jack & Sue Ritchie, Laura Hawks, Harriet, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard


Today:                        11:00 am Annual Meeting

Monday:                      11:30 am Salisbury Duplicate Bridge Club

3:30 pm Parish Hall Library in use

Tuesday:                      5 pm SOAR Cooking Class

5:15 pm Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday:                 9 am Staff Meeting

7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday:                     4:30 pm Women’s Bible Study

7 pm HousaTonics

Friday:                         7:45 am Men’s Bible Study

7 – 10 pm Parish Hall in use

Saturday:                     9:30 am – noon Parish Hall in use

Next Sunday:               11:30 am Trustees Meeting

Pastor Diane will be attending the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto from November 1-8. For Pastoral emergencies, please contact a Deacon.


The 274th Annual Meeting, Part I, of the Congregational Church of Salisbury will be held following the worship service this morning for the purpose of:

  1. Discussion of the 2019 budget;
  2. Any other business that needs to come before the congregation.



















































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