Round Hill Community Church Order of Worship
October 10, 2021
A Time for Centering: We use this time to make the transition between “getting here” and “being here.” Take these few minutes of quiet time to get in touch with the calm places, the still, deep places in you; the spirit. Relax your body, quiet the inner dialogue of your mind. Focus on feeling, on being. Be receptive to your center - your reservoir of inner peace, strength, love. Be aware of being with others. Feel the spirit of community.
PRELUDE The Quiet Center J. Lilly
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
INTROIT God, We Gather as Your People David Lohman
God, we gather as your people to raise our song above,
and we dare to claim the promise of Your love. Though the day may not yet be here,
we trust it soon will be when your children will be free.
Oh, may our hearts and minds be opened, fling the church doors open wide.
May there be room enough for everyone inside.
For in God there is a welcome, in God we all belong. May that welcome be our song.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God comes into a world filled with uncertainties and darkness.
All: God seeks out the voids of belief and conviction.
Leader: God embraces the wounded and broken.
All: God knocks down the walls of division and strife.
Leader: God is the candle shining in the darkness of our days.
All: God is the light of our lives.
Leader: God is the one who makes all things new.
All: Praise be to God, now and forevermore!
Loving God, whose touch can heal the broken places of life, touch us today . . .
God of peace, whose spirit of peace can quiet our spirits of confusion and despair, reassure us today . . .
Forgiving God, whose call to repentance promises grace upon grace, place your mercy in our souls today . . .
You heal the sick and liberate the imprisoned. You bring justice in the midst of oppression and strength in the midst of weakness. Pour out your spirit of power upon us today.
Open our hearts to new faithfulness and compassion. Redirect our waywardness, and hold us gently in your goodness.
We confess our need to you, and we turn to you with hearts filled with hope, remembering the promises you have made to us.
We ask it through Christ Jesus, Amen.
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 and ever. Amen.
(Children will be escorted to their classrooms for faith formation.)
HYMN Come, and Let Us Sweetly Join O. Gibbons
Come, and let us sweetly join, Christ to praise in hymns divine;
give we all with one accord glory to our common Lord.
Jesus, dear expected Guest, thou art bidden to the feast;
for thyself our hearts prepare; come, and sit, and banquet there.
Sanctify us, Lord, and bless, breathe thy Spirit, give thy peace;
thou thyself within us move, make our feast a feast of love.
SCRIPTURE LESSON Mark 9:30-37 New Revised Standard Version
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
SERMON Be, Do, Have The Rev. Shannon A. White
ANTHEM Spirit, Open My Heart Irish Melody
Spirit open my heart To the joy and pain of living
As you love may I love In receiving and in giving Spirit, open my heart
Write your love upon my heart as my law, my goal, my story.
In each thought, word, and deed, may my living bring you glory.
May I weep with those who weep, share the joy of sister, brother.
In the welcome of Christ, may we welcome one another.
ROUND HILL COMMUNITY CHURCH PRAYER
Our Heavenly Father, shed forth thy blessed spirit upon all our lives. Make each one of us an instrument in thy hands for good. Purify our hearts, strengthen our minds and bodies, fill us with Christian love. Let no pride, no self-conceit, no rivalry, no ill will ever spring up among us. Make us earnest and true, wise and prudent, giving no just cause for offense; and may thy holy peace rest upon us this day and every day throughout the coming week, sweetening our trials, cheering us in our work, and keeping us faithful to the end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BENEDICTION Guide My Feet Spiritual
Guide my feet while I run this race, for I don’t want to run this race in vain!
Stand by me. . .
I’m your child…
POSTLUDE Jesus Loves Me (Clair de Lune) Debussy/Bradbury