Grace United Methodist Church
Monday, September 27, 2021
Valley Stream, New York
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Order of Worship



September 26, 2021

10:00 A.M.


Live in person in the sanctuary and

Via Zoom and Facebook

Meeting ID: 883 8493 0735
Passcode: 086482
phone:  929 205 6099



Centering Prayer

Holy God, center us this morning.  Guide our thoughts, words, ideas, teaching and learnings.  Help us to receive from you that cup of water that refreshes and renews, and our reward is so great that all we can return is our thanks.  Center, guide, lead, and teach us today and always.  Amen.


Opening Voluntary – “This Is My Father’s World” by C. Rice


Choral Introit


Opening Prayer

Jesus, Brother and Savior, we are grateful to find our way back to you.  We have carried out another week’s worth of responsibilities.  We have watched another week’s worth of news programs and have listened to another week’s worth of predictions.  Sometimes we have slept well; sometimes not.  But here we are, before you once again, open to your presence.  Revive us with your love and power.  Fulfill your kingdom promises in our lives, in our church, and in our world.  In the name of God who created us and the Spirit who breathes new life in us, we pray. Amen.  (AWA, 2021)


Opening Hymn #160 - “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”

Prayer of Confession

Brother Jesus, Teacher of the Way, we come from a busy week of tasks and obligations.  In this quiet time, we have a chance to reflect on how we have lived our lives this week.  We have an opportunity to explore the hopes that you have—hopes for compassion for the weak, justice for the mistreated, and love for friends and strangers.  We thank and praise you for your love and power.  We rejoice that you have helped us to be like you; and we regret when we have not been like you.  Pick us up where we have fallen.  Touch us with your renewing grace, Healer on the Way.  Amen.  

(AWA, 2021)

Words of Assurance

Jesus forgives us when we wander.  He raises us up to live with courage and hope and love.  Praise be to our Brother and Savior!  (AWA, 2021)



New Testament Reading – James 5:13-20 (The Prayer of Faith)

13 Are any among you suffering?  They should pray.  Are any cheerful?  They should sing songs of praise.  14 Are any among you sick?  They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.  15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.  16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.  17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.  18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.  19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20 you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.


L: Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.


Gospel Reading – Mark 9:38-50 (Another Exorcist, Temptations to Sin)

38 John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us."  39 But Jesus said, "Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.  40 Whoever is not against us is for us.  41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.  42 "If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.  43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.  47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.  49 "For everyone will be salted with fire.  50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. 

L: Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.

Hymn before Message #591 - “Rescue the Perishing”    



Message                                                                                   Pastor Nation


 Litany of Faith      “God Is Able”        UMH 106


The Lord’s Prayer and Choral Response

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your 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.  Amen.


Passing of the Peace of Christ

We are the gathered, much-loved, and loving community of Christ.  Let us bid one another peace in Christ’s name.  (AWA, 2021)


Invitation to Tithes and Offering

Another way that we become a flavorful and peaceful community is by sharing the gifts of our lives with the world.  We are a compassionate and generous people, so let us give joyfully.  (AWA, 2021)


Choral Selection – “Grace” by M. Hayes


Doxology - Hymn #95 – “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”


Prayer of Dedication


Closing Hymn #577 - “God of Grace and God of Glory”   


Dismissal with Blessing


Closing Voluntary – “March From Athalia” by F. Mendelssohn 


Our Liturgist is Pat Eshun and our Reader is Naomi Brown.


Prayer ListAlice Shubrick (friend of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Susan Short and her daughter ♥Sarah Short (friends of Nancy Wasek), ♥Faith Pollack (friend of Sing Larson), Servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan, ♥Families of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan, ♥Pearl Hamilton, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Those families who are impacted by Hurricane Ida, ♥People of Haiti, ♥Christine Doeringer, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Douglas Hayes, ♥Ulysses Ceazer (friend of Svetlana Hamlet), ♥Bob LoBello, ♥Hensbert Neville Brooks (husband of Mahalia Brooks), ♥Debbie and Kenny Keeney (parents of Lisa Becker), ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥All United Methodist Women in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Chrissy Widera (friend of Pam and Samantha O’Brien), ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Maudlyn and Keible Scarlett, ♥Amy Cooke (sister of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Bob von Schmid (son-in-law of Adam and Christine Doeringer), ♥Kenneth Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Michael Kurz (son of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Airman Jayvee Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Iris Molina, ♥Olga Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥John Simpson, ♥People in Afghanistan, especially the Christians and women there, Victims of the recent floods and fires and their families, Health care workers fighting the Delta Variant, those who are suffering, and grieving families.  Note:  Prayer List names will continue to be listed for two weeks.  After that period of time, the names will be removed unless you call us with current information. 


Our Blood Drive is being held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, beginning at 2:30PM through 8:30PM.  It is being held in the Gym.  Masks are required.