Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Holy Communion on the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, 10:30 a.m.

 The livestream may be found here.

October 24, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

The Twenty-Second Sunday

after Pentecost



Christ healing blind Bartimaeus





The color green, used for the vestments and paraments for the Sundays after Pentecost, represents growth and life in the Holy Spirit. 


OLD TESTAMENT: In the midst of Jeremiah’s assault against the faithlessness of God’s people, he turns to a prophecy of healing. The LORD will gather again those whom he has scattered, restoring the unity of Israel and Israel’s relationship to him.


NEW TESTAMENT: One of the duties of any priest is to pray to God on behalf of the people. The writer to the Hebrews reminds his hearers that Jesus, being raised from the dead and ascended into heaven, prays always for the Church before the throne of the Father. His once-for-all perfect sacrifice assures that we may approach his Father in heaven, confident that Christ has done everything necessary for our salvation.

GOSPEL: In the Gospel according to Mark, Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and the cross is bracketed by two healings of those who cannot see. The first healing (8:22-26) is a ‘two-stage’ healing; the first time Jesus lays his hands on the man, he sees only dim, vague images. In the healing narrated in our passage today, Bartimaeus’s sight is immediately restored, and he follows Jesus. The point is not simply to narrate a history of Jesus’ ministry, but to communicate a theological truth. Peter’s confession of faith in the Messiah (8:29) was only a partial realization of Jesus’ identity. With the teaching in 8:31-10:45, (especially the summary in 10:45), Jesus has revealed the meaning of his Messiahship. Those who understand him in this teaching and in the cross, are those who see clearly and who follow.




OPENING MUSIC        Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright- Herbert Gorske

                   O Day of Rest and Gladness – Flor Peeters





In the name of the Father, and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.



Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Silence for reflection and self-examination.


Most merciful God,

  we confess that we are in bondage to sin

  and cannot free ourselves.

  We have sinned against you

  in thought, word, and deed,

  by what we have done

  and by what we have left undone.

  We have not loved you with our whole heart;

  we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

  For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

  Forgive us, renew us, and lead us,

  so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

  to the glory of your holy name. Amen


Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his

sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father,

and of the X Son, and of the Holy Spirit.






I will go to the altar of God,

  to the God of my joy and gladness.                                        Psalm 43:4a


X HYMNS OF PRAISE                                              O Day of Rest and Gladness

1      O day of rest and gladness,

        O day of joy and light,

        O balm for care and sadness,

        most beautiful, most bright:

        on you the high and lowly,

        through ages joined in tune,

        sing, “Holy, holy, holy,”

        to the great God triune.


2      On you, at earth’s creation,

        the light first had its birth;

        on you, for our salvation,

        Christ rose from depths of earth;

        on you, our Lord victorious

        the Spirit sent from heav’n;

        and thus on you, most glorious,

        a threefold light was giv’n.


3      Today on weary nations

        the heav’nly manna falls;

        to holy convocations

        the silver trumpet calls,

        where gospel light is glowing

        with pure and radiant beams

        and living water flowing

        with soul-refreshing streams.


4     New graces ever gaining

        from this our day of rest,

        we reach the rest remaining

        to spirits of the blest.

        To Holy Ghost be praises,

        to Father, and to Son;

        the church its voice upraises

        to you, blest Three in One.


Text: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1885, alt.



Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright

 1      Lord, teach us how to pray aright,

        with rev'rence and with fear.

        Though dust and ashes in your sight,

        we may, we must draw near.


2      We perish if we cease from prayer;

        oh, grant us pow'r to pray.

        And when to meet you we prepare,

        Lord, meet us on our way.


3      Give deep humility; the sense

        of godly sorrow give;

        a strong desire, with confidence,

        to hear your voice and live;


4     Faith in the only sacrifice

        that can for sin atone;

        to cast our hopes, to fix our eyes

        on Christ, on Christ alone.


5      Give these, and then your will be done;

        thus strengthened with all might,

        we, through your Spirit and your Son,

        shall pray, and pray aright.


Text: James Montgomery, 1771-1854, alt.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.


Have pity on us, God our Savior.

Grant us grace and courage to cast off our sins

and turn to you for healing.

  Show us in Christ the sure path of salvation

  and strengthen us to follow gladly in the way of the gospel.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




Let us take heart, for our Lord calls us.                                            from Mark 10:49

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.



FIRST READING                                                                     Jeremiah 31:7-9


7Thus says the Lord:
 Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
  and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
 proclaim, give praise, and say,
  “Save, O Lord, your people,
  the remnant of Israel.”
8See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
  and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
 among them the blind and the lame,
  those with child and those in labor, together;
  a great company, they shall return here.
9With weeping they shall come,
  and with consolations I will lead them back,
 I will let them walk by brooks of water,
  in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
 for I have become a father to Israel,
  and Ephraim is my firstborn.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                  

  Thanks be to God.



Choir sings first, then all:


Sung responsively between the choir and people.


1 When the Lord restored the for- | tunes of Zion,*

                then were we like | those who dream.

2 Then was our mouth | filled with laughter,*

                and our tongue with | shouts of joy.

3 Then they said a- | mong the nations,*

                "The Lord has done great | things for them."

4 The Lord has done great | things for us,*

                and we are | glad indeed.

5 Restore our for- | tunes, O Lord,*

                like the watercourses | of the Negev.

6 Those who | sowed with tears*

                will reap with | songs of joy.

7 Those who go out weeping, carry- | ing the seed,*

                will come again with joy, shoulder- | ing their sheaves.          R      



SECOND READING                                                        Hebrews 7:23-28


23The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
  26For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.


The Word of the Lord.                                                          

  Thanks be to God.




2 Timothy 4:18                                                          Setting by Paul D. Weber

Sung by the Choir                            

Alleluia. The Lord will rescue me from every evil and save me for his heavenly kingdom. Alleluia.


Gospel                                                                                       Mark 10:46-52


The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


46As [Jesus] and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.


The Gospel of the Lord.                                               

  Praise to you, O Christ.






X HYMN OF THE DAY                                            God, Whose Almighty Word

 1      God, whose almighty word

        chaos and darkness heard

        and took their flight:

        hear us, we humbly pray,

        and where the gospel day

        sheds not its glorious ray,

        let there be light!


2      Lord, who once came to bring,

        on your redeeming wing,

        healing and sight,

        health to the sick in mind,

        sight to the inly blind:

        oh, now to humankind

        let there be light!


3      Spirit of truth and love,

        life-giving, holy dove,

        speed forth your flight;

        move on the water’s face

        bearing the lamp of grace,

        and in earth’s darkest place

        let there be light!


4     Holy and blessed three,

        glorious Trinity,

        wisdom, love, might!

        Boundless as ocean’s tide,

        rolling in fullest pride,

        through the earth, far and wide,

        let there be light!


Text: John Marriott, 1780-1825, alt.



The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Apostles’ Creed.


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                and born of the virgin Mary.

                He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                was crucified, died, and was buried.

                He descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again.

                He ascended into heaven,

                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again to judge the living 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. Amen




Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.


A brief silence


Heavenly Father, open the eyes of our hearts, that we may see your Son clearly revealed in Scripture and follow him on the way of the cross. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Bring unity to the Church throughout the world. Strengthen bishops, pastors, and evangelists to proclaim your Gospel and to exercise authority with wisdom and faithfulness. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Give this congregation and its members zeal in prayer and firmness of purpose in serving you. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

Heal our nation and give us the spirit of forbearance instead of hatred. Grant to our leaders and all who are responsible for wealth the wisdom they need to become servants of those entrusted to them. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Grant us peace in our day, and be present with all who suffer because of natural and man-made disasters. Restrain the evil one who would incite in us anger, covetousness, party spirit, and strife.   Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.




We pray for the sick, the dying, the grieving, the unemployed and underemployed, and for all who are in want. In obedience to your command, we name before you those who need our prayers.


The pastor reads those names which have been submitted for prayer.

The people are invited to offer petitions and thanksgivings.


Be with them in their trouble, and show them your salvation.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We give you thanks for those who have gone before us in faith. Let us learn from their good examples, and be steadfast in sowing the seeds of well-doing that we may reap with joy when the harvest comes. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.




Revelation 5:12-14                                   Setting by Richard W. Gieseke

Sung by the Choir

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever! Amen!



As the grain once scattered in the fields

and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside

are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,

so, Lord, may your whole Church be gathered together

from the corners of the earth into your kingdom.                                  Amen


   The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.  

   It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord;                               

  He is our great high priest who lives always to intercede for us before your heavenly throne. By his word he calls us and heals our blindness of spirit, that we may joyfully follow him, giving thanks that through him we may draw near to you.

  And so with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 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!


You are indeed holy, almighty and merciful God;

                you are most holy, and great is the majesty of your glory.

You so loved the world that you gave your only Son,

                that whoever believes in him may not perish

 but have eternal life.

Having come into the world, he fulfilled for us your holy will

                and accomplished our salvation.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

                our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

                broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

                shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Remembering, therefore, his salutary command,

                his life-giving Passion and death,

                his glorious resurrection and ascension,

and his promise to come again,

                we give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

                not as we ought, but as we are able;

and we implore you mercifully

to accept our praise and thanksgiving,

and, with your Word and Holy Spirit,

to bless us, your servants,

                and these your own gifts of bread and wine;

that we and all who share in the body and blood of your Son may be filled with heavenly peace and joy,

                and, receiving the forgiveness of sin,

may be sanctified in soul and body,

                and have our portion with all your saints.


All honor and glory are yours, O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

                in your holy Church, now and forever.


 Christ is in our midst.

By the power of the Spirit,

we pray to his Father, saying:


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


The Lord has done great things for us,

  And we are glad indeed.                                                                           Ps. 126:4


AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)          




Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized.


They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated.


HYMN                                                                               Around You, O Lord Jesus

St.2 - Choir


1      Around you, O Lord Jesus,

        your own you gather still

        to share the feast you give us

        with grace our lives to fill.

        You say to us so lovingly,

        “Take, eat! This is my body!

        Take, drink! This is my blood!”


2      We hear your invitation,

        and heed, O Lord, your call;

        your word of consolation

        is spoken here to all.

        It draws us to your loving heart;

        it brings to us your blessing,

        which never will depart.


3      We are your own forever;

        until our final breath

        we will be true and never

        in joy, in grief, in death

        depart from you, for you are still

        among your people dwelling,

        as you have said you will.


Text: Frans Mikael Franzén, 1772-1847; tr. composite

After all have returned to their places, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.



POST COMMUNION HYMN                       Praise and Thanks and Adoration




Text: Thomas H. Kingo, 1634-1703; hymnal tr. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978


Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food, through Jesus Christ our Lord.





The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.                   




Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                         Thanks be to God.


Sun/ Oct 24        Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM


                                Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM 

Mon/Oct 25        Morning Prayer (livestream or in-person) 8:30 AM


Wed/ Oct 27      Evening Prayer (livestream) 7:00 PM

                                Bible Study (over Zoom) 7:30 PM

Fri/Oct 29           Morning Prayer (livestream or in-person) 8:30 AM

                                Halloween Horror Fest 7:00 PM, Upper Room

Sat/ Oct 30          NA Meeting 11 AM

                                SATURDAY EVENING WORSHIP 6:30 PM

Sun/ Oct 31         Choir rehearsal 9:30 AM


                                Prayer at the Close of the Day (livestream) 9:30 PM                               




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