"Let Me See Again"
PRAYER FOR PEACE ||| Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
PRELUDE ||| O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing ||| Tom Birchwood
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
Come, you who are weary.
Lay down your burdens, for God can carry them.
Come, you who are joyful.
Join in God’s praise with the choir of the saints.
Come, you who are doubting.
Behold the One who brings sight to the blind.
*HYMN 465 ||| What a Friend We Have In Jesus ||| Converse
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us. Heal us of our blindness, O, Lord, for it is a blindness we have chosen. We close our eyes when faced with suffering of the world and turn our gaze away from the needs of our neighbors, lest we recognize your image. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on us. Heal us of our blindness, and open our eyes to the beauty of your grace.
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The good news in Christ is that when we face ourselves and God with the awareness of our need, we are given grace to grow and courage to continue the journey. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Psalm 34:1-8 ||| CEB
1 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be in my mouth. 2 I praise the LORD—let the suffering listen and rejoice. 3 Magnify the LORD with me! Together let us lift his name up high! 4 I sought the LORD and he answered me. He delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to God will shine; their faces are never ashamed. 6 This suffering person cried out: the LORD listened and saved him from every trouble. 7 On every side, the LORD’s messenger protects those who honor God; and he delivers them. 8 Taste and see how good the LORD is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!
SPECIAL MUSIC ||| I Hear Thy Welcome Voice ||| John Purifoy
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Mark 10:46-52 ||| NRSV
46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 50 So, throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON ||| "Let Me See Again" ||| Rev. Jane Tuma
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN 418 ||| Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling ||| Softly and Tenderly
*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 judge the quick and dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; and the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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 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 ||| Wonderful Words of Life ||| Joel Raney
*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.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Generous God, we thank you that we have these gifts to return to you. Use them to reach out to those who need to know about your love. Use us to reach out and share your love and grace. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN 450 ||| Be Thou My Vision Slane
*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 ||| Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven ||| Don Wyrtzen
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: Ed Wahl
Ushers: Earl Anker, Laura Dillman, Ray Nielsen, Wanda Nielsen
Today we welcome back to our pulpit the Rev. Jane Tuma. Jane is a minister member of the Presbytery of Chicago and has served as the pastor of Morgan Park Presbyterian Church. She is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary and has an advanced degree in Biblical Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Mark 12:28-34.