"Communion, Connection and Inclusion"

The nineteenth sunday after pentecost
Sunday october 3


  • In Person Sunday, October 3, 11 a.m. (Mask required for all)  This Sunday, Pastor Elvery's sermon is "Communion, Connection and Inclusion". Today we also celebrate Communion.  "Heavenly Perks" fellowship begins in the Aki Garden at 10:30 am. 
  • Worship Live Streaming at 11 a.m. Click here for the October 3rd streaming of live service.  If participating in today's Communion please have your juice and bread ready.
  • Note to viewers of Live Streaming: These services, as you may have noticed, are a work in progress.  Thank you for your patience.


virtual heavenly perks will be from 12 noon to 2 pm (use picture link below)


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Next Sunday we will be reading: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 and Mark 10:17-31.

bulletin for October 3 2021

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I offer words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.  ~Henri Nouwen

PRELUDE ||| We Are Marching In the Light of God ||| John Behnke
(Phil Dillman, Drum; Mary Ann Wenzelman, Organ)

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP ||| based on Luke 13 & Isaiah 42
People will come from east and west, north and south,
and sit down to eat in God’s kingdom.
Look! Those who are last will be first
and those who are first will be last.”
The Lord, has called us for a good reason.
The Lord will grasp our hand and guard us,

and give us as a covenant to the people,
as a light to the nations,
to open blind eyes,
to lead the prisoners from prison,
and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon.

*HYMN ||| Tell Me the Stories of Jesus Stories of Jesus ||| (United Methodist Hymnal #277)

Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you. You call, but we have not listened. We walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed. God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness.

(silent prayer)


Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!


MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Rev. Dudley J. Elvery

(Instead of passing a pad, we ask that you sign the register in the Narthex as you leave, if you haven’t done so already.)


FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Genesis 2:18-24 ||| CEB
18 Then the Lord God said, “It’s not good that the human is alone. I will make him a helper that is perfect for him.” 19 So the Lord God formed from the fertile land all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky and brought them to the human to see what he would name them. The human gave each living being its name. 20 The human named all the livestock, all the birds in the sky, and all the wild animals.
But a helper perfect for him was nowhere to be found. 21 So the Lord God put the human into a deep and heavy sleep, and took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh over it. 22 With the rib taken from the human, the Lord God fashioned a woman and brought her to the human being. 23 The human said, “This one finally is bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh. She will be called a woman because from a man she was taken.” 24 This is the reason that a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife, and they become one flesh.

SPECIAL MUSIC Two Variations on "Bread of the World" ||| Robert Lau
2 Some Pharisees came and, trying to test him, they asked, “Does the Law allow a man to divorce his wife?” 3 Jesus answered, “What did Moses command you?”
4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a divorce certificate and to divorce his wife.” 5 Jesus said to them, “He wrote this commandment for you because of your unyielding hearts. 6 At the beginning of creation, God made them male and female

7 Because of this, a man should leave his father and mother and be joined together with his wife, 8 and the two will be one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. 9 Therefore, humans must not pull apart what God has put together.” 10 Inside the house, the disciples asked him again about this. 11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if a wife divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13 People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. 15 I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he hugged the children and blessed them.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON ||| "Communion, Connection and Inclusion" ||| Rev. Dudley J. Elvery


*HYMN 530 ||| One Bread, One Body One Bread, One Body
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Apostles’ Creed
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 Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on 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 Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

…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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For
thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS ||| OFFERTORY ||| In Memory of His Mercy ||| Ruth Elaine Schram

*DOXOLOGY ||| 606 Old Hundredth
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.

See in our gifts our loyalty to you. We commit ourselves to both show forth and work for your kingdom to come in our midst and around the world. Amen.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

…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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Please come forward down the side aisle. Take a piece of the bread and a cup and eat. Please dispose of the cups in the waste baskets by the table. We have gluten free bread available. Return to your seat by the center aisle.

God of grace, you renew us at your table with the bread of life. May this food strengthen us in love and help us to serve you in each other.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.


*HYMN 310 ||| I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord ||| St. Thomas

*PRAYER OF BLESSING from St. Patrick
We arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
We arise today through God's strength to pilot us;
God's might to uphold us, God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to look before us, God's ear to hear us,

God's word to speak for us, God's hand to guard us,
God's way to lie before us, God's shield to protect us,
God's hosts to save us afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
We arise today
Through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation. Amen.

POSTLUDE ||| Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ ||| John Behnke
(Phil Dillman, Drum; Mary Ann Wenzelman, Organ)

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
Worship Liturgist: Eleanor Steiner Usher: Phil Dillman
THE PEACE & GLOBAL WITNESS OFFERING will be received today. This offering supports peacemaking and evangelism efforts regionally and around theworld. Our congregation retains 25% for this type of mission. The Session has designated our portion to be sent to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for those affected by Hurricane Ida. If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot! Please give generously. Make check payable to First Presbyterian Church of Homewood and indicate on the memo line “Peace & Global Witness.” See enclosed envelope and insert.

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