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Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
October 24, 2021

Altar Flowers

The Altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God, and in loving memory of Johnny Medders on the occasion of his October 27th birthday. Given by his daughter, Carol Medders.

A personal prayer to help you prepare your heart and mind for worship this morning:

God of light, let your Holy Spirit come into our darkness and open our hearts, that your word may show us the blessings you intend for all creation. Amen.

Prelude
Welcome and Announcements
*Hymn No.378

“Amazing Grace”

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.

 *Affirmation of Faith “The Apostles’ Creed” No. 881

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

*The Gloria Patri No. 70

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.

Call to Confession

The God of mercy hears our cries. Let us confess our failings and needs to each other and to the one who commands us to come and be healed as we pray together the Prayer of Confession.

Prayer of Confession

Holy God, you know us better than we know ourselves. You see our need when we are blind to it. You have made us to be yours. In your compassion, forgive us for our lack of faith and the harm we do to others and to your earth. Forgive us for turning away from your will, for ignoring the cries of our neighbors, for failing to listen to what is most nourishing even for ourselves. Let our faults fall from your eyes as you open ours. Hear this and answer, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.            

Declaration of Forgiveness

People of God, beloved of the Lord, the one who created you and maintains your every breath calls you to receive mercy and be forgiven. Go in peace, in the firm assurance of pardon, so that today and every day your path may be strong and free, in the name of the Holy Trinity, one God, now and forever.

Concerns of the Church Family
Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer
The 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. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:22-32

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go, unless you bless me.” So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.” The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip. Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the hip socket, because he struck Jacob on the hip socket at the thigh muscle.

L: The Word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Sermon                 

“Prayerful Willingness”

 The Offering
Offertory Anthem

“A Jubilant Song”
Allen Pote

Sing to the Lord a jubilant song.  Sing to the Lord a jubilant song.
Rejoice and sing and let the earth be glad.  Let the heavens be filled with joy. And a jubilant song.
Sing Alleluia to the Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Tell of His salvation from day to day.  Shout His marvelous works among the people.  For great is the Lord, great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!
Sing to the Lord a jubilant song.  Sing to the Lord a jubilant song.
Rejoice and sing and let the earth be glad, let the heavens be filled with joy, and a jubilant song!
Lord you have been our refuge, from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were made, or the land and the seas were born.
From age to age you are God, and we pray for the coming of your Kingdom.
We shall rejoice, we shall be glad, all the days of our lives.
Sing to the Lord a jubilant song. Sing to the Lord a jubilant song.
Rejoice and sing and let the earth be glad, let the heavens be filled with joy, and a jubilant song.
A jubilant song!  A jubilant song! Sing to the Lord, a jubilant song!

*Doxology No. 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Hymn No. 496

“Sweet Hour of Prayer”

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me at my Father’s throne
make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
my soul has often found relief,
and oft escaped the tempter’s snare
by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
the joys I feel, the bliss I share
of those whose anxious spirits burn
with strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
where God my Savior shows his face,
and gladly take my station there,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
thy wings shall my petition bear
to him whose truth and faithfulness
engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face,
believe his word, and trust his grace,
I’ll cast on him my every care,
and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Reception of New Members – The Hoffman family
*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“Forth In Thy Name”
Charles Wesley/Gordon Young

Postlude

Wednesday with Friends Program by Jim Langley
Join us as we kick-off our first Wednesday with Friends with a program by Jim Langley on The First White Settler in Bluff Park. The program will be in the Fellowship Hall.  Though it’s past the deadline to order lunch; you can still join us for the program, fun, fellowship and a glass of tea or cup of coffee!  For more information, please send an email to adultministry@bpumc.org.

Halloween Drive-Thru
Our Community Halloween Drive Thru takes place this Wednesday, October 27th from 6-7pm in the parking lot.  Families in our community are invited to drive through our church’s parking lot, which will be filled with Halloween decorations, cars decorated for Halloween/Fall, music, lights, members of our church in costume, and members of our church waving signs. At the end of the drive thru, each child in each car will receive a bag of candy! This is a community event, so invite friends and neighbors!

Blankets for the Homeless
Adult and Student Ministries are partnering to collect full-size bed blankets for the homeless through the end of November. You can bring a new warm full-size blanket to the main office Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm or drop them off in Narthex or at the back of the chapel during an in-person worship event. You can also send them with your child/youth when they attend an event.  Full-size blankets are best because they can be wrapped around a person several times to provide additional warmth. If you would like to make a donation for us to buy the blankets, you can use this link: https://bit.ly/3nkSge7. Thank you!

Commitment Sunday
Commitment Sunday is November 7, 2021. Pledge cards are being mailed out and they will be available in worship.  Please note that the commitment cards are double-sided.  One side is for the 2022 Ministry Operating Budget and the other side is for second-mile giving to our one-year capital campaign called Bridging Our Legacy To Our Shared Future.  You can also make your 2022 pledges and financial commitments online at www.bluffparkumc.org/give

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We would love to pray you. Submit a prayer request below and our team with be praying for you. You can also pray for other needs posted below.

Prayer List:

Jackie Walton and her family, Denise Gurley, Steve White and his family, Don Dover and his family, Jo Ann Huddleston and her family, Debra McCallum and her family, Pam Phagan, Ava Fountain, Jenny Britain, Ann Gilliland and Gary Yates, Jan Rogers, Glynda Culver, Sally Holland, Donna Burson, Kaleigh Stokes, Jerry Thorn  Olivia Howard, Lisa Avant, Joan Davis, Gail Cooch, Wes and Allison Wells, Tina and Rick Hardy, AV Marlow, Sue Crunk, Bill and Peggy Fields, Linda Sanders, Frank Williams, Marvin Broome, Rochelle Kornegay, Butch Quinn, Pan Cahoon, Sylvia Harper and her family, James Brooks, Jackie Teaford, Jackie Causey, Venice Russell, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Kay Adams, Pat Westbrook, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, James Brooks, Butch Hopper, Joe Bains, Kandis Scudder, Chris Atkinson, Jackie Fort, Jamie Howell, Jo Ann Freeman, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Matt and Pat Reeder, Derilda Joiner, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Wayne Freeman, Joe Thomas, Sue Crunk, Charlotte Word, Ann Rabb, Connie Steele.

Prayers for Our World:

For the indigenous people living in rural areas outside Rocafuerte, Ecuador who have not had safe water since an earthquake destroyed their water system five years ago. And, for the United Methodist Volunteers who are helping install a new water system.

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Worship Staff

Rev. Mike Holly

Senior Pastor

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Art DeWeese

Director of the Sanctuary Choir

Jay Tumminello

Organist/Pianist

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