Sunday Worship Materials – Ver 4

SUNDAY WORSHIP – 10/24/2021

22th Sunday After Pentecost, Color – Green, Year B
UMH – United Methodist Hymnal, TFWS – The Faith We Sing, BOW – Book of Worship.
Chestnut Street UMC follows the Revised Common Lectionary.

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PRELUDE: —————- Jayne Thompson———————Church Organist

Worship Leader:  Pastor Sela Rousseau

CENTERING HYMN:   TFWS #2015  – “Bless His Holy Name”

MISSION STATEMENT:  “We are the evidence of God’s presence in the world”

CALL TO WORSHIP:  Responsive –

L. I will come to you in the silence,
P. I will lift you from all your fear.
L. You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice,
Be still and know I am here. Do not be afraid; I am with you.
P. Do not be afraid; I am with you. I have called you each by name.
L. Come and follow me; I will bring you home.
All: I love you, and you are mine. Master, let me see again.
(Adapted from TFWS Hymnal #2218)

HYMN:   UMH  #57  “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”


L. Our beloved parent – LORD JESUS.
We pray for our children and their families. May our love and resources bring them closer to you and one another. Stir our hearts and let us see you in their eyes.
P. God, increase our faith.
L. You have declared that your Kingdom belongs to the children.
According to the Book of Deuteronomy, you instructed our forefathers
to read and teach your Word daily to our children and their children – from generation to generation.
P. God, open our hearts and increase our faith.
L. Thank you for reminding us that we need to re-examine our vision, faith journey, and Kin(g)dom building.
P. God, increase our faith.
L. Thank you for being our Teacher, Co-Creator, and Collaborator.
P. God, we are grateful.
L. Please open our minds and our hearts to receive your Holy Spirit. Please help us listen and see the movement of the Holy Spirit among us, our children, and our community.
P. God, increase our confidence so that we intentionally lean into grace.
L. Many children are lost and forgotten due to economic distress. Many children are yearning for fellowship with other children but don’t have the means. Many children don’t know what love is. Many children don’t learn and understand you as their best friend ever.
P. Jesus, increase our faith and give us love.
L. Lord, let us act upon our faith in You and each other and take care of our children.
Send us out of the Church to minister to our children and tell them that Jesus loves them.
P. God, empower us and increase our faith.
L. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.
P. Jesus, let me see again.
L. Come, Holy Spirit, and anoint us and send us into the community to proclaim your Word so others can see and experience your love and grace.
All: Jesus, increase my faith and open my heart to see You. Amen.


WORD OF ASSURANCE:   —————  Pastor Seal Rousseau

Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22 ——————— Tom Adams

Job 42:1-6, 10-17 ———————— Judy O’Donnell

HYMN   UMH  #454     “Open My Eyes, That I May See”


PEOPLE’S PRAYER:  ————— Linda Kimball

Linda: Let us bow our heads and open our minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit.
L. Gracious and loving God, when the waves are crashing, and my faith is drowning, though I may forget you, hold me, Lord.
P. Lord, increase my faith.
L. When the cliffs are steepest, and my hope is weakest
P. Lord, increase my faith.
L. When dark clouds have gathered, and my love is battered,
P. Lord, increase my faith.
L. Thou I may desert you, hold me, Lord. Faith may be eternal; hope will last forever.
P. Lord, increase my faith. Amen.
(Adapted from Worship & Song Hymnal)

HYMN   TFWS   #2086   “Open Our Eyes Lord”

THE LORD’S PRAYER: – UMH # 895 – in unison —— Denise Adams

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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.

THE GIVER’S PRAYER: – in unison ———————— Laity
God, may your Holy Spirit warm my heart and cause me to share my blessings with others. I am grateful for your love Lord Jesus. Amen.

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SPECIAL SONG:   Jane Thompson

HYMN:  UMH #95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”


Living and loving God, you are the God of abundance. Encourage us to do all the good we can to minister to all children. Enable us to love your children through this means of grace. Open our eyes, Lord, to see you. We pray in your Son’s name Jesus Christ our Lord and Teacher. Amen.


Mark 10:46-52 ——————————— Pastor Seal Rousseau

SERMON:  “Let Me See Again”

HYMN:   UMH  #394  “Something Beautiful” x 2

BENEDICTION: —————————- In Unison

Let me go and do all the good I can,
By all the means I can,
In all the ways I can,
At all the places I can.
At all times, I can.
To all the people I can,
As long as ever I can. “Master, let me see again.”
(Adapted from the Covenant Prayer by John Wesley).

POSTLUDE: UMH #672 verse 1————Jayne Thompson

(WORDS: Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1880, MUSIC: William G. Tomer, 1880)



The Peoples Prayer