Worship Service Oct 1

18th Sunday after Pentecost / Ordinary Time

Worship is the highest activity of a person whose sole and ultimate aim is God’s glory.


Gathering and Prelude

Call to Worship 

Response to the Call: Fairest Lord Jesus 189 all

Welcome, Greeting, Service Overview

Prayer of Illumination

Worship Moment

Hymn of Faith: Rejoice the Lord is King 715 all

Responsive Reading: Psalm 78   799

Apostles Creed: hymnal #881 

Gloria Patri – hymnal #71 

Offering Dedication and Offertory 

Doxology – hymnal #95 

Life of the Church 

Centering Song: Precious Memories

Prayers of the People 

Scripture: Philippians 2-5-18

Sermon: Whine or Shine?

Communion Hymn: Let Us Break Bread Together  618 all

Holy Communion

Commissioning and Benediction

Prayers of the People

Pastor: All mighty Lord,You are the great King of all the earth. You subdue the nations before us and put our enemies under our feet. Our hearts are confident in You, Father. Because of this confidence, we will sing Your praises among the nations for Your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.  Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

People: Today we give thanks that you love us despite how we sometimes act or think. Thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with Your wisdom that teaches us how to share love with others.  Forgive us as we repent of our sins, seek to know you more fully and live for you more faithfully.

Pastor: Lord lead us to love you with all our heart, mind and soul. In the same Spirit, we also commit to loving our neighbors as ourselves. We confess that the Holy Spirit fills and controls us as we commit to doing Your will. We commit to living a righteous life. We will be patient and will not return evil with evil.  We will let our light shine so that people will see our good works and glorify You, our Father.

People: Holy Spirit, show us how to truly love the Father with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Reveal to us those habits, mindsets and attitudes that prevent us from being truly surrendered to the Father. Help us to not deceive ourselves by thinking we are walking in love while using our tongues to belittle other who have been made in the Father’s image. In this world where we are told to put ourselves first, help us to truly put the Father first in our lives, and to esteem others better than ourselves.

Pastor: Show us our need of you so that we can receive your help. Hear our prayers for the church universal as we lift up Alexander Chapel UMC to you.  Keep us faithful to your vision and mission. Keep us ever mindful of how you

protect and care for your church. Lord, continue to walk with us and teach us your ways.

People: May we continually honor your name, praising you for the good news of your kingdom. Make us effective caretakers of all you have entrusted to us.  We give thanks for our blessing. Hear our prayers for the church and our pastors. Watch over them.  Grant to Pastor Ray and Marjory your wisdom, strength and tender care. Continue to speak into our lives and lead us to follow you faithfully.

Pastor: Today we pray for 

Our nation seeking forgiveness for how we have failed to follow you faithfully. Guide our leaders at every level of government to seek your ways.

We pray for all who place themselves in danger for our wellbeing

For those who are sick, the lonely and the grieving we pray for hope and healing

Hear our continued prayers for all who have requested the prayers of the church

People: Lord hear our prayers. As Pastor Ray brings the message, touch him afresh with your Holy Spirit power. Speak through him in ways that penetrate our souls and transform our lives.

All:  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 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.  Amen 

Life of the Church

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at  Front Door. We dedicate our gifts on Communion Sundays.

Medical Lending Closet Flyers are available to distribute to friends and places that will post them. 

The daily prayer chain goes out after 8pm. Send requests to prayer@alexanderchapel.org. Questions? Contact Pastor Marjory.

The next Ladies Loving the Lord lunch is October  19, 11:30 at The Fireplace Restaurant. All ladies are invited! 

Fellowship 4U – . Bring your lunch or snack and visit with one another  on the 4th Sundays of the month. The next one is Oct 22.

Charge Conference is October 15, 4pm at Salem UMC.

The Fall Ladies Bible Study led by Pastor Marjory begins tomorrow, Oct 2. Please contact Pastor Marjory if you did not receive the information email.