Hebrews 3 – 10/17/2021

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Greeting – Greet each other in the name of the Lord. Buenes Dias. Bienvenidos.

Call to worship:
L: God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.
All: Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though the waters roar and foam.
L: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
All: God is in the middle of the city, it shall not be moved.
L: Come behold the works of the lord. Be still and know that the Lord is God.
All: The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Psalm 46

Song – This Is My Father’s World – UMH 144:
This is my Father’s world and to my listening ears
all nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world, he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns, let the earth be glad!
Maltbie D. Babcock and Franklin L. Sheppard CCLI# 3163379

Almighty God, by the power of your Holy Spirit open our eyes, ears, hearts, and very lives to your presence so that today we may worship and serve you in faithfulness, be blessing and healing reminders of your love to all whose lives we touch. We offer our prayers in the name of Christ. Amen

Scripture – Hebrews 3:1-6:
3 Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,  2  was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God’s house.”  3  Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.  4  (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)  5  Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later.  6  Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.
L: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God!

Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.
Aaron Shust and Paul Baloche #7067212

Sermon – Rev. Gayle Porias

Prayer of Confession:
O holy and merciful God, we confess that we have not always taken upon ourselves the yoke of obedience, nor been willing to seek and to do your perfect will. We have not loved you with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, neither have we loved our neighbors as ourselves. You have called to us in the need of our sisters and brothers and we have passed unheeding on our way. In the pride of our hearts, and our unwillingness to repent, we have turned away from the cross of Christ, and have grieved your Holy Spirit.

(silent confession)

This is the message we have heard from God and proclaim to you, that God is light and in God there is not darkness at all. If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus the Son cleanses us from all sin. May almighty God, who caused light to shine out of darkness, shine in our hearts, cleansing us from all our sins, and restoring us to the light of the knowledge of God’s glory, in the face of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Offering and signs of reconciliation and love: Our tithes, time, talent, prayer and witness

Song – I Have Decided to Follow Jesus – TFWS 2129
I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back.
Though none go with me, still I will follow. Though none go with me, still I will follow.
Though none go with me, still I will follow. No turning back. No turning back.
CCLI# 24494

Prayer of dedication and Intercession

The Lord’s Supper
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts
All: We lift them up to the Lord
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join in 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.
P: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection you have birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. At his ascension you exalted him to sit and reign with you at your right hand.

Words of Institution:
On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took break, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is give 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.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them to 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 God, now and forever. 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. Amen.

Sharing the Bread and Cup:
All are invited, all are welcome to the Lord’s Table by our host Jesus Christ.
Come receive spiritual food and drink to nourish your soul and refresh and strengthen your spirit.

Song – Let Us Break Bread Together – UMH 618:
Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees).
Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees).
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me, (on me).
Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees).
Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees).
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me, (on me).
Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees).
Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees).
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me, (on me).
CCLI Song #7128525

Prayer of Thanksgiving


Song – You Are the Vine:
You are the vine, we are the branches, keep us abiding in you.
You are the vine, we are the branches, keep us abiding us in you.
And we’ll go (and we’ll go) in your love (in your love),
and we’ll go (and we’ll go) in your name (in your name),
that the world (that the world) will surely know your power to heal and to save.
Danny Daniels Randy Rigby CCLI# 52538

2021 Charge Conference has been set for Sunday, October 24 following worship.

The Finance Committee will be providing a monthly Cokesbury Financial Health report.
For 2021 to date:
Tithes and Offerings received through September: $81,233
Total Expenses: $91,086 (church operations and ministries- COM)
Shortfall: $9,853

The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly at the church on Mondays at 5:30pm in the church Fellowship Hall – all are invited to join and participate!
Please send or share all prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle so we may give each concern prayerful attention. 

Messy Church: November 14th 11:30am. Introducing new people to Jesus through hospitality, friendship, story and creativity. Includes a meal, Bible story, arts and crafts, activities, celebration. Check clipboards for ways you can support this ministry.

Questions God Asks Us” by Trevor Hudson- a small group discussion began Wednesday September 29th. You can participate every Wednesday at 7pm in-person (masks and social distancing) or by Zoom.

Sermon Series: based on Dr. Amy Oden’s book God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World.

A.C.T.S is in need of the following items:
Canned Vegetables, especially peas, 15 oz size, Low sodium canned vegetables, Snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, Single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Cleaning Supplies in general, Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items, Size 4T pull-ups, Size 6 diapers.

Operation Give Thanks: Gravy (canned, or dry packet),Pie Crust Mix, Cornbread or Biscuit Mix, Canned Vegetables, 15oz, Broth (canned 15oz), Instant Mashed Potatoes, Can or jar of gravy, or gravy mix packet, Stuffing Mix, Cranberry Sauce (canned), Yams or Sweet Potatoes (canned),Pumpkin or Fruit Pie Filling, Evaporated milk

Featherstone Elementary School is in need of the following items: Refillable water bottles (child size); winter coats, hats, gloves, underwear and socks, facial tissues.

Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection is November 15th to the 22nd. If you have your shoeboxes to Cokesbury by November 14th, we’ll be sure they are delivered to the Collection Point.