Sunday, October 18, 2020

New occasions teach new duties; time makes ancient good uncouth.
James Russell Lowell

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Good morning FCCG! Our Joys, Concerns and Announcements this week include:

  • Our birthdays and anniversaries this week: Pat & Ted Cuscaden’s birthdays (October 18th), and Keith Dobbin & Bob Gillette’s anniversary (October 23rd). Let us know if we missed your birthday or anniversary!
  • The Mission Board will meet at church on Sunday, October 18th, at 11:15am. If you are interested in joining this board and helping decide where we put our mission efforts, plan to attend (please remember your face mask).

Introit ………………… Take My Hand
by The Kry
Introit Selected by Pastor Becca

CALL TO WORSHIP       
Rise up in heart and mind to bless God’s holy name.
Open your arms and your souls to receive the covenant.
We are here to praise God and to receive mercy. 
We have come in response to God’s steadfast love.
God welcomes you and offers renewal.
Compassion and competence are God’s gifts to you.
God is merciful, gracious, and slow to anger.
God protects us and allows us to lie down in safety.
God calls you to use your gifts for the sake of justice.
God seeks to equip you here to make a difference.
God raises us up as followers of Jesus.
God equips us as ministers of the new covenant.

OPENING HYMN …………………….. #288 O God of Vision

PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Living God, we read your word in the lives of people who embody your Spirit. Some of them surround us today and link us to you.  All of us have the potential to become your letters to the world. That is what we want to be. That is why we gather, to find that integration of faith and deed, trust and discipleship, that will make us authentic witnesses to your steadfast love.  Make yourself known among us so we will experience your presence inside us and in all the gaps between us.  Amen.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Let us confess our sin against God and against each other, and may God have mercy.
May Christ have mercy.
May God have mercy.
Creating and sustaining God, your great commandment in Christ is that we love one another as Christ has loved us. We confess that we fail to embrace your liberating love. We divide where you would have us unite. We exclude where you would have us embrace. We choke the breath from your Word when its truth does not accommodate our fears. Forgive our hardness of heart. Mend our broken human family. Breathe into us the living Word of all-inclusive love.  We ask in the name of your child, our Brother, Jesus, the healer of our souls. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear now these words of assurance:
God’s grace is abundant. God’s love is never ending. Know that you are blessed and forgiven. Know that you are loved by Christ and go out to share that love with all the worlds’ people.

GLORY PATRI ………………………………………. #35

All readings are from the English Standard Version bible.

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON ………………………………… Jeremiah 31:31-34

Marion Gibney reads the Old Testament Lesson

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

PSALTER LESSON ……………………………………………………. from Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.

Lynnly Buchanan reads the Psalter Lesson

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and all that is within me,
   bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
   and forget not all God’s benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
   who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
  so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.

Lynnly Buchanan reads the Psalter Lesson

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
   so great is his steadfast love toward those who are faithful;
as far as the east is from the west,
   so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
   so the LORD has compassion for the faithful. For God knows how we are made;
   he remembers that we are dust.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.

Lynnly Buchanan reads the Psalter Lesson

As for mortals, their days are like grass;
   they flourish like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
   and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD
   is from everlasting to everlasting
   on those who are faithful,
   and his righteousness to the children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
   and remember to do his commandments.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.

EPISTLE LESSON ……………………………………………… Galatians 3:1-5

Greg Pauly reads the Epistle Lesson

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain —  if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith? 

HYMN …………………………………………………………………… #265 Spirit of God

GOSPEL LESSON ………………………………………………… Mark 2:18-22

Pastor Clancy reads the Gospel Lesson

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins —  and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

SERMON …………………….. Wineskins………………….. Rev. Rebecca Clancy

SPECIAL MUSIC ……………………… We Are Called to Follow Jesus,
performed by the St. Paul Inspirit Ensemble

TITHES AND OFFERINGS
How can we give to our Creator, who owns all things?  How shall we honor the Christ who moves among us as one who serves? Let us give that this church may be empowered to advance God’s will.
Loving God, we recognize that we lack nothing we really need. When we ask that your will be done, our vision is stretched beyond our immediate situation. We are thankful that we can give in Jesus’ name. We are grateful that our wealth can ease the hunger of our sisters and brothers. We celebrate the promise that lies beyond the cross. Bless the offering we bring.  Amen.

DOXOLOGY

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CLOSING HYMN ……………………………………………….. #458 Ours the Journey

Benediction
May the Lord watch between me and thee, while we are apart one from the other, Amen.

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Please keep the following individuals in your prayers this week:

  • Nancy Hannah’s friend, Sharon (illness);
  • The family of Marilyn Cuscaden (death of Marilyn);
  • Jodi Holleran’s mom (illness);
  • Mercedes Nuss (illness);
  • Jess Reddy’s friend, Keeley (illness);
  • Sue Cechner’s friend, John (Illness);
  • Danièle Gibney’s friend, Pam (successful surgery and quick recovery);
  • Marion Gibney’s friends, Bria and Family (death of her Grandma);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s friend, Alice (illness);
  • Barb and Dick Sharp’s nephew, Jeff (illness);
  • Carolyn and Gail’s son, Collin (unit deployed to Afganistan);
  • Lisa Peterson (illness);
  • Linda Moran (illness);
  • Faith DiMaria’s brother, Steve, and family (illness);
  • The Connolly Family (lots of prayers);
  • Those affected by violence as well as those serving in the military;

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