22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Community in Christ Lutheran Church

October 24, 2021

Welcome to worship! We are glad you are here today!

If you are visiting with us, please let us know if there is anything you would like to know about our family of faith.

Prelude

Announcements 

Confession & Forgiveness

Hymn -                         "God, Whose Almighty Word"                                                                                                                      ELW 673

Greeting 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

Canticle of Praise                                                                                                                                                                            

 

Prayer

Eternal light, shine in our hearts. Eternal wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance. Eternal compassion, have mercy on us. Turn us to seek your face, and enable us to reflect your goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Reading – Jeremiah 31:7-9

7Thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, 

“Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.” 8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. 9With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. The Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

Psalm 126

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream.
2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has        done great things for them.” 
3The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.
4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses of the Negeb.
5Those who sowed with tears will reap with songs of joy.
6Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. 

Reading - Hebrews 7:23-28

23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. 26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Children’s Sermon 

Gospel – Mark 10:46-52

The Holy Gospel according to Mark, the 10th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

46As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. The Gospel of our Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Hymn of the Day         "Amazing Grace"                                                                                                                                          ELW 779

Apostles' Creed

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy, 

Hear our prayer

Sharing of the Peace

The Peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.

Offering & Special Music 

At this time in our service, ushers will approach for the giving of our tithes and our offerings while we listen to the gift of music. Please place your offering in the plate without handling the plate.  If you are joining us on the livestream, you may also, of course, continue to use the resources of online giving or physical mail-in option for your gifts.

 

Offering Prayer

God of abundance, you cause streams to break forth in the desert and manna to rain from the heavens. Accept the gifts you have first given us. Unite them with the offering of our lives to nourish the world you love so dearly; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and 

Lord. Amen.

Holy Communion

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Lord’s Prayer

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 and ever. Amen.

Distribution of Communion & Special Music/Hymns

                             "Word of God Speak"                                                                                                                    

                             "What Feast of Love"                                                                                                                                          ELW 487  

Post Communion Blessing & Prayer

And now may the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen us and keep us in his grace. Amen.

Let us pray,

Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.. Amen.     

Song           "On What Has Now Been Sown"                                                                                                                                   ELW 550

Benediction

Dismissal

Go in peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Postlude

Adapted From Sundays and Seasons.com. SAS014958 Copyright 2021 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. 

Announcements:

Community In Christ's Church Council has called a congregational meeting to be held on October 24th at 10am: The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and approve the Council's recommended water mitigation plan which intends to relieve the flooding concerns which have primarily impacted the pre-school section of the church.

Office Update: Office Administrator, Stephanie Wheeler, will be out of the office on Monday, October 25th.

Director of Inviting Ministries: CIC is seeking a new Director of Inviting Ministries. The DIM is entrusted to embody and foster a sense of Christian hospitality and inclusion within CIC’s family of faith. This part-time position involves a range of interpersonal and technological skills that will aid in people feeling welcome and a part of the congregation. If you are interested in learning more about the position or applying, please contact the church office 704-892-0120, swheeler@communityinchrist.net 

Help Wanted!: The Coffee Cart is looking for hosts! Contact Carol Moser to learn more at cbmoser@aol.com

Altar Guild Ministry: Interested in joining The Altar Guild? There will be an instructional, training meeting on, Sunday, November 7th at 12 p.m. Let the church office know if you would like to attend—swheeler@communityinchrist.net

Tuesday Morning CIC Bible Study: Meets in the Narthex & on Zoom every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Card Ministry: We’ll be meeting Tuesday, October 26th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Spirit Center. Need more information? Contact: Kathy Shugarman at shugs02@gmail.com or 940-300-2290.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: We will continue to meet in person in the CIC Spirit Center on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  If you are interested in coming to the in-person meetings, please contact Kathy Dutton and she will send you the necessary information mamabissy@gmail.com.

WELCA: Is collecting shampoo only for the Lakewood Care Center in Denver through October 24th. Please place donations in the bin in the narthex. Questions contact Laverne Waskielis at 704-576-8675.

Adult Sunday School: will meet in the Spirit Center at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. There will be a camera so people can join us via Zoom.  The class will be starting with the Video study of Ephesians by N.T. Wright. On Sunday, October 31st, we will meet at 9 a.m. in the Spirit Center. Questions? Contact Mark Myers at mark.myers82@gmail.com.

Christmas Pageant: If your child would like to participate in the Christmas Pageant, please contact Sandy with name and age of child as well as your preferred contact information. Email sandy@communityinchrist.net with this information by Sunday, October 31st. (If you have questions about participation, you can shoot those her way as well!) 

Calendar

October 24 - 8 a.m. - Adult S.S. (Spirit Center & Zoom); 9 a.m. Worship (Parking Lot); 9:45 a.m. - Children's S.S. (Spirit Center, Fellowship Hall) Coffee (Breezeway); 10 a.m. Congregational Meeting (outdoors); 10:30 a.m. Worship (Indoors & Livestreamed);

6 p.m. Confirmation (begins under breezeway)

October 26 - 10:30 a.m. Bible Study (Narthex & Zoom); 6:30 p.m. Card Ministry (Spirit Center)

October 27 - 1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (Spirit Center)

October 28 - 6 p.m. - Handbell Choir (Spirit Center); 7 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Oct 31 - 9 a.m. - Adult S.S. (Spirit Center & Zoom); 10 a.m. Worship (Parking Lot) followed by Festive Food, Fun All Activities

& Trunk or Treat

 

October 31st Reformation Celebration

  • 10 a.m. - Our ONE worship service this day includes the Affirmation of Baptism of 4 of our youth. The service will take place simultaneously in the sanctuary as well as being broadcast on the livestream on TVs set up in the breezeway for outdoor worship.

  • 11 a.m. – Bring a chair and stay to be served up a Reformation Picnic outdoors. Stay tuned to Take Twos and Sunday Announcements as the date approaches for more detailed information.

  • 11:45 a.m. (approximately) – Participate in Trunk or Treat as vehicle or as a kid enjoying the stories on display!

 

Join us for a Trunk-or-Treat event at around 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 31st!

WHO: All are welcome to decorate their trunks in a People of the Bible or Bible Story Theme. (And KIDS … either wear your costume to worship that day if your parents say it is okay or change into it after worship)

WHAT: Participate in a People of the Bible or Bible Story Themed trunk decorating.

WHERE: & WHEN: The CIC Parking Lot—Sunday, October 31st, beginning around 11:45 a.m.

HOW: 1. It’s okay if multiple cars have the same theme! 2. Cars can also work together to tell a bigger story ... just be sure we know you need to park near one another. In consideration of allergies, please think about handing out non-food treats (think: playdoh, stickers, glow sticks, Halloween rings, etc). If you'd like to include a small treat, some candies that are more allergy friendly include: Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Starbursts, Swedish Fish, Laffy Taffy, Dum Dums, and Nerds.

RESPOND: Register a vehicle for Trunk-or-Treat on the Sign-Up Genius: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094BA8AF2FA46-trunkortreat.

Please be in touch with Pastor Lisa if you have any questions (pastorlisa@communityinchrist.net).

 **Please review regathering safety protocols here.