EDS E N D L OR W E H T RCH U 9.5.2021 H C E TH EEDS N D L R WO E H T H C R U H THE C EDS E N D L OR W E H T RCH U H C E TH EDS E N D L OR W E H T RCH U H C E S D TH E E N D THIS WEEKEND ORL W E H T ALTAR FLOWERS H memory of Connie L. March, from her RinCloving Altar flowers areU given H C E TH husband Joe March; daughter Kim Long and family. CONNECTIONS BOOKSTORE OPEN SUNDAYS • 9AM - NOON CONNECTION CENTERS OUTSIDE THE SANCTUARY & ROBERTSON CHAPEL Stop by the Connection Centers to get your questions answered, sign up for groups, serving opportunities, and events, and learn about ways to connect here. RESTLESS CHILD AREA GATHERING AREA (LEFT OF SANCTUARY) & CENTRAL PASSAGE Enjoy our live services in these spaces if your child needs a break during worship. DONUTS & COFFEE FELLOWSHIP HALL After service come meet new people while enjoying coffee and donuts. This week’s featured ministry: Adult Discipleship. Stop by to sign up and learn more about Steps Groups!
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SERVE WITH COMMUNICATIONS PHOTOGRAPHERS • VIDEOGRAPHERS • BLOGGERS • SOCIAL MEDIA The communication team’s role is to reach and engage people with the Gospel. Many roles collaborate together to reach more people through digital channels using weekend content. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or sign up.
STEPS GROUPS LAUNCHING SEPTEMBER 12 • IN-PERSON & ONLINE Are you looking to connect with others at St. Luke’s and grow in your faith? One of the best ways to do that this fall is to join a Steps Group. Steps is a six-week small group experience that will help you see your own faith story, understand how we live out our Christian faith at St. Luke’s, and find ways to grow in your faith in this church community. You discover answers to questions like: Who is Jesus? Why is my faith important? What is biblical justice? And more! There are groups for all ages and stages of life, and there are online and in-person options. Learn more and sign up at stlukesumc.com/group-finder.
TAYO ROCKSON EVENT: THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EXPANDED WORLDVIEW SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 • 6:30-8PM • IN-PERSON: ROBERSTON CHAPEL | ONLINE: FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE Why is it that even though we live in an increasingly globalized and digital world, many people still don’t know how to be accepting of other cultures? Why are people more concerned with building walls instead of bridges? How can we as members of our society fix the inequalities that exist today? These are the questions author, consultant, and professor Tayo Rockson asked himself. They are the questions we ask ourselves. Hear his answers when he presents “The Importance of an Expanded Worldview” on Saturday, September 18, 7-8:30pm in Robertson Chapel. Tickets for the in-person event are $20 and can be purchased at stlukesumc.com/events. Proceeds from this event will benefit Malembe Rise!, a 501c3 committed to working alongside Congolese teachers and students in the Democratic Republic of Congo as they lead their community with knowledge, skill, empathy, and innovation. KIDS BIBLE PRESENTATION SEPTEMBER 19 • 9:30AM IN TRADITIONAL & 11AM IN CONTEMPORARY • 12:15PM BRUNCH • 1-3PM FIELD DAY All 3rd grade students will be presented a personalized Bible during worship Sunday morning (at the service of your choosing). After worship, children and their families are invited to attend a casual brunch at 12:15 in the Great Hall to kick off the Field Day events. Field Day events will be held outside (weather permitting) and will be a fun and creative way for your child to become acquainted with their new Bible to understand God’s Word in a personal and age-appropriate way. If your child would like to receive a Bible, but is unable to attend the event, or If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kimberly Boesing at Kimberly.email@example.com. Sign up at stlukeusumc.com/kids. MIDDLE SCHOOL INVITE NIGHT: MISSION IMPASTABOWL SEPTEMBER 24 • 6:30-9:30PM • THE LODGE nvite Night is an on-campus event with crazy themes open to 5th-8th graders and their friends in the community. Come enjoy snacks, worship, teaching, and shenanigans all evening long! Join us for a crazy team-building game that takes over the campus with fun prizes! Dress in all black for this covert operation! If you’ve done Mission Impossible before, you haven’t done it like this! It’s just $5, and guests are free! Signup at stlukesumc.com/students.
RUMMAGE SALE OCTOBER 1 FROM 6-8PM & OCTOBER 2 FROM 8AM-2PM Come shop our 2021 Rummage Sale! All proceeds benefit Local and Global Missions. Drop off your donations at the Great Hall (Door 6) on Wednesday, September 29 through Thursday, September 30 from 9AM to 6PM and Friday, October 1 from 9AM to noon. Then join us for the member sale on Friday, October 1 from 6 to 8PM and the public sale on Saturday, October 2 from 8AM to 2PM. We also invite you to volunteer. Have fun sorting and socializing with other St. Luker’s Wednesday through Friday before the sale. • Cashiers - Friday night from 5:45-8:15PM & Saturday for 2 hour shifts between 7:45AM & 2PM • Clean-up - Saturday from 2-4PM Learn more and sign up to volunteer at stlukesumc.com/events. TRUCK TOWN OCTOBER 2 • 3PM • PARKING LOT We invite you and your kids to join us for Truck Town at St. Luke’s in the parking lot! This is a touch-a-truck style community event where families will be able to explore various vehicles by climbing into, on, and around. The Kona Ice Truck will be there too! Signup here.
DIVORCE CARE ONLINE OR IN-PERSON • SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER While divorce is always hard, many are facing additional obstacles due to the impact of the pandemic that makes this season of life even more difficult. St. Luke’s wants you to know that you are not alone. We will offer DivorceCare in person this fall with no registration fee. You can purchase a workbook through DivorceCare directly for $15 plus shipping (order by contacting DivorceCare at 800-489-7778). Signup at stlukesumc.com/group-finder. GRIEFSHARE WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 15 - DECEMBER 8 Do you dread lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your loved one’s belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you’ll go on? Join us for GriefShare, a 13-week study that lets you find help and healing for the hurt of losing a loved one. Signup at stlukesumc.com/group-finder. MORE SUPPORT GROUPS Are you looking for support groups on topics like grief, cancer, depression, infancy loss, single parenting, and more? Visit stlukesumc.com/group-finder to sign up for and get details about a group that will walk alongside you and care for you in your greatest time of need. NEED PRAYER? Submit your prayer request at stlukesumc.com/prayer.
Condolences to Evan Shook on the death of his mother, Judge Deborah Shook.
TRADITIONAL ORDER OF WORSHIP Prelude | Clarice Stegall, organ, No. 1 in C Minor - Felix Mendelssohn Welcome and Call to Worship Leader: Brothers and sisters, God calls us to worship so we can become Church for all. All: Help us find and give hope through Jesus Christ. Leader: We are called to extend the love of God to all people, no matter who they are, where they are from, or how different they may be from us. All: Help us find and give hope through Jesus Christ. Leader: We are called to care beyond ourselves, and demonstrate your concern for the hurting and the suffering. All: Help us find and give hope through Jesus Christ. Leader: While the world often feels like a place that is upside down, let us work to turn the world right-side up! All: Help us find and give hope through Jesus Christ. Opening Hymn | Christ for the World We Sing #568 Anthem | Go Light Your World - Chris Rice, arr. Bruce Greer Prayer of Confession/Assurance | Rev. Mindie Moore
ALL: God of mercy and justice, we confess our struggle to live as you would have us live in this world that feels upside down. For those times when we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves: forgive us. When we have neglected the suffering and the sick: forgive us. When we have failed to advocate for those who face injustice and inequity: forgive us. For believing we cannot make a difference in the world and in a faith tradition that has such widespread disorder: forgive us. Help us to reach beyond ourselves and find the ways you wish us to disrupt the status quo to do your good work. (Silent Confession) Leader: Remind us Lord that as far as the east is from the west you take our sins from us, and as your forgiven people hear us as we lift our prayers of praise and concern to you...
Prayer Time and the Lord’s Prayer | Rev. Mindie Moore
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 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.
Announcements Call for Offering Offertory Song | Arise Shine Out, Your Light Has Come - Brian Wren, arr. Mark Hayes Scripture Reading | Acts 17:1-9 | Leanne Jackson Message | Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross Communion Closing Hymn | Jesu Jesu - vs 1, 2, 3 #423 | All Who Love and Serve Your City - vs 1, 2, 3, 5 #433 Benediction | Dr. Jevon-Caldwell Gross Song | I Dream of A Church - Mark A. Miller Postlude | Clarice Stegall, organ All Creatures of Our God & King - John A. Behnke