"An Eyeful?"


  • In Person Sunday, October 10, 11 a.m. (Mask required for all)  This Sunday, Pastor Elvery's sermon is "An Eyeful?".  "Heavenly Perks" 10:30 a.m. - (in-person) on north sidewalk and grass area outside Narthex door
  • Worship Live Streaming at 11 a.m. Click here forhttps://www.facebook.com/1stPresHomewood/videos/661150771539408/ October 10th streaming of live service.  Note to viewers of Live Streaming: These services, as you may have noticed, are a work in progress. Thank you for your patience.



PRAYER FOR PEACE Scottish Blessing
If there is righteousness in the heart,
there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.

PRELUDE  |||  Saints Bound For Heaven |||  Edward Broughton

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP   |||  based on Psalm 19
Heaven is declaring God’s glory;
the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.
One day gushes the news to the next,
and one night informs another what needs to be known.
Of course, there’s no speech, no words—
their voices can’t be heard—
but their sound extends throughout the world;
their words reach the ends of the earth.

*HYMN 687  Our God, Our Help In Ages Past St. Anne

Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done
your will, we have broken your laws, we have rebelled against your love. We have not loved our neighbors, and we have refused to hear
the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

(silent prayer)



The God who created us, created us out of and for love and community. The same God continues to invite us and smooth the path through forgiveness. Jesus told Peter to forgive seventy-seven times because he knew God forgives infinitely more than that. Know and believe the good news.
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 |||  Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 |||  CEB
6 Seek the Lord and live, or else God might rush like a fire against the house of Joseph. The fire will burn up Bethel, with no one to put it out. 7 Doom to you who turn justice into poison, and throw righteousness to the ground! 10 They hate the one who judges at the city gate, and they reject the one who speaks the truth. 11 Truly, because you crush the weak, and because you tax their grain, you have built houses of carved stone, but you won’t live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you won’t drink their wine. 12 I know how many are your crimes, and how numerous are your sins—afflicting the righteous, taking money on the side, turning away the poor who seek help. 13 Therefore, the one who is wise will keep silent in that time; it is an evil time. 14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of heavenly forces, will be with you just as you have said. 15 Hate evil, love good, and establish justice at the city gate. Perhaps the Lord God of heavenly forces will be gracious to what is left of Joseph.

SPECIAL MUSIC |||  Jesus Calls Us |||  Lani Smith

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING |||  Mark 10:17-31 |||  CEB
17 As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” 18 Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. 19 You know the commandments: Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. Don’t cheat. Honor your father and mother.” 20 “Teacher,” he responded, “I’ve kept all of these things since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him carefully and loved him. He said, “You are lacking one thing. Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” 22 But the man was dismayed at this statement and went away saddened, because he had many possessions. 23 Looking around, Jesus said to his disciples, “It will be very hard for the wealthy to enter
God’s kingdom!” 24 His words startled the disciples, so Jesus told them again, “Children, it’s difficult to enter God’s kingdom! 25 It’s easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.” 26 They were shocked even more and said to each other, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them carefully and said, “It’s impossible with human beings, but not with God. All things are possible for God.” 28 Peter said to him, “Look, we’ve left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “I assure you that anyone who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, or farms because of me and because of the good news 30 will receive one hundred times as much now in this life—houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and farms (with harassment)—and in the coming age, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last. And many who are last will be first.” 

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God!

SERMON |||  "An Eyeful?"  |||  Rev. Dudley J. Elvery


*HYMN 757 |||  Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples |||  Kingsfold
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH |||  The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 74. What is required in the Eighth Commandment?
A. The Eighth Commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering
the wealth and outward estate of ourselves and others.
Q. 75. What is forbidden in the Eighth Commandment?
A. The Eighth Commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth, or may, unjustly
hinder our own, or our neighbor’s, wealth or outward estate.

…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 |||  Will You Come and Follow Me? |||  C.E.Walz

*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.

Lord, see in these portions of our wealth that we offer, our admission that our wealth, when all is said and done comes from and belong to
you. We return to you that which is yours. Amen.


*HYMN 741  |||  Guide My Feet Guide My Feet
*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 |||  Ye Servants of God |||  Douglas Wagner

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist

Flowers given by Bob James in memory of his beloved wife, Jonna.
Worship Liturgist: Charlene Hansen
Usher: Phil Dillman

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Isaiah 53:4-12 and Mark 10:35-45.


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