Welcome to ICYMI Worship! ICYMI stands for In Case You Missed It; our ICYMI series gives a brief snapshot of worship each week so that you can worship in your home, on the road, or wherever life takes you.
At Cross of Christ, our basic worship order is based on worship patterns from Hebrew traditions and biblical accounts of the earliest Christians:
We GATHER with songs and prayer,
We HEAR God’s word,
We SHARE a meal of bread and wine,
We are SENT into the world to love and serve.
Let us know how this format works for you.
TODAY IS THE TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
“Build Your Kingdom Here”
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Isaiah 53:4-12 This reading is from the last of four passages in Isaiah that are often called “servant songs.” Christians are probably most familiar with this servant song. In light of Christian faith, the servant’s healing ministry and redemptive suffering are understood to be fulfilled in the life and death of Christ.
Psalm 91:9-16 You have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation. (Ps. 91:9)
Hebrews 5:1-10 Using imagery from scripture and from Jewish worship practices, Jesus is presented as the great high priest who was obedient to God’s saving plan. Through his suffering and death he has become the source of eternal salvation.
THIS WEEK’S GOSPEL
Mark 10:35-45 On the way to Jerusalem the disciples ask Jesus to grant them seats of honor. Jesus responds by announcing that he and his followers will “rule” through self-giving service.
PASTOR DAVE’S SERMON SNAPSHOT: “Not So With You”
Jesus tells his followers that the ways of the world – looking out for number one, advancing oneself, lusting after power and position – are
not the ways of God’s kingdom, where the servant is the highest place of honor. May we be open to being taught by the Suffering Servant as we gather to worship in his name.
SONG OF THE DAY
“Will You Let Me Be Your Servant”
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Freed by God in Christ to live and love and serve, we pray for the church, those in need, and for all of God’s creation.
Gifting God, you sent your Son as a model of the godly life and as the only sacrifice able to take away the sin of the world. Make us ever mindful of the cost of your mercy and, inspired by our Lord, make us humble servants of your kingdom and of all our neighbors. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
Suffering Savior, you knew the pain of rejection, of betrayal, of undeserved insults, of physical torture, even of death itself. In your compassion, come to all who suffering in any way, especially those who are persecuted for their faith in you in places like North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen, where tens of thousands of Christians are martyred each year. Stir the church in free lands like ours to stand with our brothers and sisters in places of persecution, and make us bold in standing for religious freedom for all people in all nations. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
Christ our High Priest, through you we have access to the Father, whose mercy is great and whose love knows no boundaries. In your name we lift up our members, loved ones, neighbors, and all in need. We continue to pray for victims of recent hurricanes and other natural disasters. We pray for the complicated and heartbreaking plight of asylum seekers. We pray for those who have asked for our public prayers: Anna Bero, Rev. Winston Bone, former member John Boyd, Ellie Dennison, Linda Ernst, Phyllis Hahn, Ruth Huehnerhoff, Eileen Johnson, Priscilla Kanestrom, Wanda McGee, Wanda Nelson’s daughter Nrya and son Spike, Marlys Paulson, John Paulson, and Marilyn Van Brero. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
Into your wide embrace, faithful God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your boundless mercy through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
All are welcome to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist.
YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO THE “PRAY-GROUND” – This special space in the Sanctuary is designed for our youngest worshippers and their families. Children age 8 and under are welcome to color, play games, enjoy age-appropriate books, and just have their own space in the back of the transept – the southeast corner of the Sanctuary. We LOVE having children in worship! We hope this special place helps make them and their families feel both welcome and comfortable.
BLESSING OF THE QUILTS AND SCHOOL KITS – During worship today we dedicate quilts and school kits before they are shipped to those in need. Special thanks to all who support this important ministry through the gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION – Today 10:15 to 10:55 am, in the Library, we wrap up our series, “Christian Clichés: Half-Truths, Fake Faith, and the Uncovering of Unhelpful Sayings Based on the Bible – Or Not!” Our final cliché is “You Can’t Outgive God. “ Join Pastor Dave as he leads this interesting study that will get you re-thinking, refocused, and reaffirmed in the core teachings of your Christian and Lutheran faith.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL – We’re taking a “whirl” of a journey this year through stories in our NEW Whirl Story Bibles. Please join us as we start with the creation story and move through the Old Testament, meeting interesting biblical people with fascinating stories to tell us. Our program for kids ages 4-10 will meet in the Youth Room between services starting today and is designed for any child to drop in at any time.
TANZANIA 2020 TEAM MEETING TODAY– All who are interested are invited as we meet from 5-7pm in the Library.
SOPHIA WAY EMERGENCY WOMEN’S SHELTER AT CofC – In October and November, Cross of Christ is hosting about 35-40 women each night in the Fellowship Hall in partnership with Sophia Way. Meals are needed – we’ve already had several nights without anyone signed up to provide food. We would like to ensure that the women have a nice nutritious meal each evening. Please sign up to provide a meal online. The link is http://signup.com/go/tMaKqVQ Dinner is served at 8:30 pm – food needs to be delivered at 8. For more information, contact Volunteer Host Coordinator Dorinda Otto.
SUPPORT FOR PERMANENT EASTSIDE WOMEN’S SHELTER – A Desserts and Family Fun Fundraiser for The Sophia Way’s capital campaign to create a 24/7 enhanced shelter in Kirkland for women who are experiencing homelessness will be hosted by Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willows Road in Redmond, on Thursday, November 15, from 7-9 pm. Email Karina@sophiaway.org to RSVP. Permanent recognition at the new shelter for groups that bring 10 or more guests!
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION – Pastor Judy is collecting box tops for the PTA of her children’s school throughout the year. They can be found on various boxes, like Cheerios, Kleenex, etc. Just clip them out and stick them in her mailbox. Thank you!
SCOUT HOLIDAY WREATH ORDERS – Preorder your holiday greens Sunday, October 28, and Sunday, November 4, from Boy and Cub Scouts who will be taking orders in the Narthex.
PRAYERS FOR HOMEBOUND MEMBERS – Marilyn Van Brero, Ellie Dennison, Ed and Phyllis Hahn, Doris Lundquist, Bill and Betty McConnell, Mary Moen, Marlys Paulson, Jane Pittenger, and Norman Stromer.
“Build My Life”
By God’s grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are called to
Grow in Faith
Share the Gospel
Serve others, and
Thanks be to God!