Belong | Grow | Serve

The Gathering at Bluff Park is a new modern worship community in the heart of Bluff Park. We exist to gather friends around God's table to find belonging, grow in faith, and serve the world. At our core is the belief that we are at our best when we are gathered around the table together, sharing a meal, and listening for God's voice in our lives. At the Gathering, there is space for you to discover deeper communion with God, your community, and the world. Come join us!

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The Gathering Worship Service is live-streamed every Sunday starting at 10:00am CST.


Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 2, 2022


Welcome/Opening Prayer








Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


“The Table of Grace”



Invitation, Confession, Pardon and Peace

Prayer of Confession

L: We have not believed you or trusted in your power.
ALL: Lord, help our unbelief.
L: We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.
ALL: Cleanse us, Lord.
L: We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others, weakened and unable to repair ourselves.
ALL: Heal us, Lord.
L: We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.
ALL: Ground us, Lord!
L: When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
ALL: In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven. Glory to God!

L: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be always with you!
ALL: And also with you.

The Great Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.
ALL: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.
ALL: We lift them to you, Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
ALL: It is right to praise you, Lord.

L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
Always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Holy Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
your name is praised among all peoples.

Therefore we praise you,
joining our voices with your people on earth
and all the company of heaven
who for ever sing this hymn to the glory of your name:

ALL: Holy, holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might
Heaven and earth are full…
Full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes
In the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna in the highest!

L: You are holy, Almighty One!
Blessed are you, Jesus Christ!
In the power of the Spirit
you created all things, blessed them, and called them good.
You called to yourself a people
To make your mercy and truth known in all the world.
We betrayed your calling;
ALL: You were faithful.
L: We wandered from the way;
ALL: You called us to return, and led us home.

L: And still we turned from your ways,
abused your creatures,
and made ourselves slaves to sin and death.

At the right time
you came and dwelt among us,
as one of us,
bringing good news to the poor,
healing the sick, raising the dead,
sharing table with the unrighteous,
and teaching the way that leads to life.

By your incarnation, life, suffering, execution and resurrection
You gave birth to your church,
delivered us from slavery
and made a new covenant with us
by water and the Spirit.

On the night of your betrayal, Lord Jesus,
you took bread, blessed it, broke it, gave it to your disciples and said,
“This is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
You did the same with the cup after the supper, saying,
“This cup that is poured out is the new covenant in my blood.”

Blessed Trinity, in remembrance of all you have done to save us,
we offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we sing (proclaim) the mystery of our faith:

Christ has come among us. Christ has died.
Christ has risen. Christ abides with us.
Christ will come again.

L: Pour out your Spirit on us
Pour out your Spirit on these gifts
Make these gifts the body and blood of Christ
ALL: Make us, through them, Christ’s body alive in the world.

L: We thank you, Father!
ALL: Let Your Kingdom come.

L: Come, Lord Jesus!
ALL: Be our daily bread.

L: Holy Spirit!
ALL: Send us to the world.

L: Holy, Blessed Trinity!
ALL: One God forever and ever! Amen.

Tithes and Offerings


Communion Prayer





Wednesdays with Friends – Faith Focus on October 12th: Art DeWeese
Join us on Wednesday, October 12th at 10 AM in the Sanctuary when our own Art DeWeese (Director of Traditional Worship) will tell us about the pipe organ, its history, repairs, and use. He will also discuss the role of the choir in worship. If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed. To register, go to the Events Tab on the BPUMC Website or call the church office. An optional boxed lunch will be available immediately after the program for $10 for those who register and pay by Sunday, October 9th.

Halloween Carnival
We will be having a Halloween Carnival in the parking lot of our church on Saturday, October 29th from 2-4pm! There will be a trunk-or-treat, a pumpkin patch, carnival games, face painting, live music, a dunk tank, and more! In order to make this event as great as it can be for the kids of our church and the kids of our community, we need your help! We need as many people/groups as possible to decorate a car and hand out candy for our trunk-or-treat, and we need candy donations! There will be candy donation bins in the narthex and both entrances on the first floor, and if you would like to sign up to help with our trunk-or-treat, please email Melissa Hendon at!

Church Serve Day: Volunteers Needed on Saturday, October 15th, 8 AM to Noon
Can you help clean-up our church grounds? If so, please meet at 8 AM on Saturday, October 15th by the church playground. (Even an hour of your time would really help!) Dress for the outdoors. We will have t-shirts and water to drink. Please bring yard tools, labeled with your name: pruning shears, loppers, rakes, shovels, etc. Families are welcome! If you can join us, please email Susan Reynolds-Porter at or call her at the church.

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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:

Glen McGarity and his family, Sylvia Harper and the family of Horace Pate, Marjorie Dulin, Joe Black and his family, Marvin Broome and his family, Sandra Morgan and her family, Carol Westbrook and Elizabeth Davis and their family, Sheree Beavers and her family, Bruce Cooper, Jennifer Johnston, Martha Clayton, Ann Bice, The family of Patricia Shanlever, The people of Ukraine, Pan and Michele Cahoon, Mark and Becky Blankenship, Matt and Pat Reeder, Barbara Wilson, Betsy Delionback, Frances Bellows, Catherine Hallmark, Ann Gilliland, JoAnn Huddleston, Lisa Avant, Bill and Peggy Fields, Mildred Stokes, Pam Parker, Gayle Pierce, Joan Cook, Kandis Scudder, Jamie Howell, Jim Ketchersid, Juanita Knight, Peggy Williams, Myra Gray, Maya Wright, David Walker, Carolin Platt, Roxie and Larry Langham, Dot Watterson, Pauline Hendricks, Charlotte Word, John McCrary, Connie Steele.

Prayers for Our World:

For the people of Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba, the U.S. and other areas that have been and are continuing to be impacted by hurricanes.

Prayer for the Capital Campaign:

Gracious and Giving God,

We seek to be good stewards of your gifts. We remember, as your apostle James writes that, “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” We know we are blessed by you, and we want to be your blessing to others.

As we journey with you and each other on this capital campaign, we are seeking your guidance, wisdom, and direction. We want to retire a debt to make way for new possibilities. We want to be found faithful in the promises we have made to you, as well as the promises we have made to each other and those who have come before us. We remember the covenant we made, that we vowed in your name, where we would support the missions and ministries to which we are called by our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.

So, Almighty Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, call us. Call us to step out in faith in your grace. Help us to not reduce this journey to little more than a fundraiser, but rather take us on a voyage that brings us closer to you, closer to each other, and opens our eyes anew to see your blessings as gifts entrusted to us for the betterment of the world; as your kingdom has come, is coming, and will come in the fullness of time. Show us, that it is not in our strength alone that we seek this undertaking, but in your power, as you make a way. Show us that you will provide for every need. As your prophet Malachi proclaimed: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.”

Help us to hear where you are speaking to us, and may we offer our gifts as a sacrifice of praise and faithfulness to the work you are doing in us, through us, and for us. Bless us, Loving God, so that we might continue and grow in being your blessings to our neighbors. For it is in the name of Jesus Christ, and in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit we pray. Amen.

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Gathering Worship Staff

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Davis Haines

Director of Creative Worship

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