When you worship with us in Traditional Worship at Bluff Park UMC, you will experience a friendly and relaxed form of historic Christian worship in a beautiful sanctuary designed for choral music. You will hear beautiful music from our Sanctuary Choir and our historic pipe organ. Dress is typically semi-formal, but wear what makes you most comfortable and know that you are welcome no matter what. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Desk near the sanctuary to find out more information!

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Traditional Worship
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 2, 2022

Altar Flowers

The altar flowers are dedicated to the Glory of God and in honor of Ellen Kerns’ birthday given by Joe Kerns.

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

God of Grace: We come to the table you have set. We feast on the richness of your mercy. Help me to experience you anew in bread and cup, reflecting upon just what all the gift of the Holy Sacrament of Communion means. Amen.

Welcome and Announcements

“Praise To The Lord”
arr. Dan Bird

*Processional Hymn No. 139

“Praise To The Lord The Almighty”

*Affirmation of Faith

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.

*Doxology – Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings 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.

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.

Choral Anthem

“For The Beauty Of The Earth”
John Rutter

*Prayer for Illumination

Since we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth, make us hunger for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.    

*Scripture Reading: John 6:22-29

The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not gotten into the boat with his disciples but that his disciples had gone away alone. But some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me not because you saw signs but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

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


“The Power of Communion”

Call to Confession

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   

Declaration of Forgiveness

L: Hear the Good News! Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven!
All: In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven! Glory to God! Amen.     

Celebration of Holy Communion, pp. 12-15

The founder of all Methodist church families, John Wesley, believed and taught that Holy Communion is a vital act of worship and an essential means by which God’s grace penetrates into our lives and our hearts. The hope is that each of us, as we continue to grow in our understanding of God’s great gift of love in Christ Jesus, will respond to God by giving our whole selves to His care and service. Regularly participating in Holy Communion (also known as The Lord’s Supper) reminds us that we have been forgiven of our sins and it educates us and strengthens us for the work of ministry. 

L: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
L: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise
L: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
And so, with  your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.
L: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
On the night in which he gave himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
When the supper was over, he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.
L: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.
All: Amen.

During Holy Communion this morning, we all have the opportunity to leave an additional offering on the altar rail. This offering is for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund where 100% of what is given goes to assist people in need. We often assist individuals or families with such emergency needs as food, water, shelter and utilities. An offering is not required, but any gift you share will make a difference in the life of someone who needs it.

*Hymn of Commitment No. 301

“Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross”

Please know that during the hymn you are invited to come and pray in the chancel at the altar as you feel led.

*Sending Forth with Blessing
*Choral Benediction

“Let Us Go Into the World”
Kenneth Dake


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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Traditional Worship Staff

Rev. Dr. Kevin Payne

Senior Pastor

Rev. Ross Furio

Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert

Minister of Care

Art DeWeese

Director of Traditional Worship

Jay Tumminello