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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Stewardship Commitment Sunday
October 17, 2021
Morning Worship 10 am

Watchword for the Week: For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Andrew L. Heil

Prelude: Tribute
Craig Phillips (2001)

Call to Worship

Hymn 555 – Come Now, Almighty King
T. Italian Hymn

Scripture lessons: 

Isaiah 53: 4-12

Psalm 91: 9-16

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,
the Most High your dwelling place,
no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.

Hebrews 5:1-10

Liturgy: Stewardship, pages 154-157 (stopping at end of hymn)

Invitation to Present Stewardship Commitments 
Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen

Presentation of Commitments

Liturgy: Stewardship, pages 157-158

Gospel lesson: Mark 10: 35-45

Sermon:  Just Ask

Hymn 652 - God Whose Giving Knows No Ending
T. Beach Spring

Reflection on Giving

The offertory provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can express our gratitude in response to God: with time, treasure, talents, and testimony.
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Anthem: Prayer
H. Leslie Adams (1961)
Jackson Ray, Tenor
Text by Langston Hughes



Prayers for the Church and the World
Rev. Heil

Hymn: Lord, You Give Beyond All Measure
T. Zurich
Text by Nancy Sawtelle*

1. Lord, you give beyond all measure:
Gifts of beauty, gifts of grace,
Gifts of earth and gifts of heaven,
Gifts for all the human race;
Sacred gift of Christ, most blesséd,
Freedom from our sins confesséd,
All we have comes from above.
Thank you, Lord, for boundless love.

2. We are called to faithful service 
for the blessings from your hand,
To return the gifts you’ve granted, 
stewards in your perfect plan.
Free us from our earthly treasure; 
us unite in heav’nly pleasure.
May we sense from heav’n above
how to live out Boundless Love.

3. Lord, I offer but a portion
what you have on me bestowed.
Seal my heart; make me an off’ring,
forward in Christ’s way I go.
I commit my time and treas’ry:
talent, skill with which you’ve blessed me.
I return to you above 
gifts received: your boundless love.


Choral Response (congregation and choir): Bless Us Richly, Lord, verse 1 (insert)

Postlude:  Rejoice, the Lord Is King
T. Darwall
Setting by Healey Willan (1960)

Lord, You Give Beyond All Measure text ©2007 by Nancy Sawtelle.

In preparation for our 250th anniversary celebration, Home Church commissioned a choral work from composer Jill Bruckart, a member of College Hill Moravian Church in Bethlehem. The text, written by Zinzendorf, is the first hymn text sung in worship on November 13, 1771, the founding day of the Salem Congregation. Sister Bruckart composed a new hymn tune for this text and built the choral anthem around it. Today, the congregation is invited to sing Verse 1 of this new hymn, “Bless Us Richly,” along with the choir as the choral response to the benediction.

We thank Scott Carpenter for serving as our organist today.

The flowers are placed in the Sanctuary today in loving memory of Lloyd W. Disher, Flora and Cicero Disher and Jack Rose and in honor of Ann Rose by Hazel Disher, Wayne Disher, and Suzanne Disher Miller.

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