October 17

CCLI license #1913561

Lakeview Presbyterian Church
Service of the Word for October 17, 2021
The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Questions for Reflection: Have you ever felt you were at the end of your rope?  thought about quitting, just giving up?  What kept you going?

Prelude:  "Table of Plenty"-Schutte sung by Keisha Prime

Come to the feast of heaven and earth
Come to the table of plenty
God will provide for all that we need
Here at the table of plenty

O come and sit at my table
Where saints and sinners are friends
I wait to welcome the lost and lonely
To share the cup of my love

Come to the feast of heaven and earth
Come to the table of plenty
God will provide for all that we need
Here at the table of plenty

O come and eat without money
Come to drink without price
My feast of gladness will feed your spirit
With faith and fullness of life

Come to the feast of heaven and earth
Come to the table of plenty
God will provide for all that we need
Here at the table of plenty

My bread will ever sustain you
Through days of sorrow and war
My wine will flow like a sea of gladness
To flood the depths of your soul

Come to the feast of heaven and earth
Come to the table of plenty
God will provide for all that we need
Here at the table of plenty

Call to Worship

Praise the Lord, for God is great indeed!
Let us sing praises for God’s glorious works.
Give glory, honor, and thanksgiving to the Lord, who makes and sustains all things.
Praise God for life, for the beauty of the earth, and the joy of living.
Let us praise the Lord!

Opening Prayer  
O God, you have given us much so that we can be a blessing to others.  Show us the path of humility so that we may find the joy of sharing, the peace of unity, and be the light of Christ in the world.  In the name of the one who came to serve, we pray. Amen.

Opening Hymn  “My Hope is Built”    TPH # 379

Call to Confession

Let us confess our sins before one another seeking unity in our vulnerability and to God trusting in God’s mercy.

Prayer of Confession
Merciful and gentle God, we have wanted reward without sacrifice.  We have been unwilling to be honest with our secret thoughts and have not humbled ourselves in obedience.
Forgive our hubris, gracious God.  Correct our ignorant ways and help us to know your glory through servanthood.  Guide us to be true followers of your way, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
People of God, your sins are forgiven, for the Lord who made all things knows our weaknesses.  Therefore, be reconciled to the community in mutual service and love.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Prayer for Illumination
O God, your Word gives us counsel for our understanding.  Enable us to receive it today, in the name of your son, our Lord. Amen.

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures: Job 1:1, 2: 1—10
There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
One day the heavenly beingscame to present themselves before the LORD, and Satanalso came among them to present himself before the LORD.  The LORD said to Satan,"Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it."   The LORD said to Satan,"Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil. He still persists in his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him for no reason."  Then Satan answered the LORD, "Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives.
But stretch out your hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face."  The LORD said to Satan,"Very well, he is in your power; only spare his life."
So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and inflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.  Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. 
Then his wife said to him, "Do you still persist in your integrity? CurseGod, and die." But he said to her, "You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Hymn (please remain seated)    “For the Beauty of the Earth”   TPH # 473

Reading from the Gospel of Mark 10: 35—45
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you."  And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?"  And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."  But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?"  They replied, "We are able." Then Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared."

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.  But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.  For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

Sermon:   “That’s Life”  The Rev. Russell Lehman

Sermon by The Rev. Russell Lehman

*Affirmation of Faith
We believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and nourishes the Church from the beginning of the world to the end.

The Church is holy; the Church is universal; it is the fellowship of God’s children, called together from the whole of humanity to proclaim God’s wonderful deeds.

We believe that the genuine faith in Jesus Christ is the only condition for membership in this Christian church.

We praise God that race, class, gender, or culture does not determine who belongs to this Church.

We believe that the Church belongs to God and that it should stand where God stands: against injustice and with those who are wronged.
We commit ourselves to reject all forms of injustice in ourselves and amongst us; and to struggle against all forms on injustice and every teaching that allows injustices to flourish.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (Ecumenical)
  Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
  your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
  Give us today our daily bread.
  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.

Minute for Mission:

Statement about Offering our Gifts 
God is ever faithful and has blessed us with much.  With grateful hearts, let us offer back to God what we have, with love and thanksgiving.

      Donations can be mailed to Lakeview Presbyterian Church at 1310 22 nd Av S,  St Petersburg, FL, 33705 or given online through our website  lakeviewpresbyterianchurch.org

Special Music "Amazing Love" -Newsboys sung by Keisha Prime

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, to honor You

You are my King
You are my King
Jesus, You are my King
You are my King

Prayer of Dedication

Gracious God, we offer you these gifts.  Multiply them so that they might help build your kingdom on earth and be of service to the body of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

*Hymn   “How Firm a Foundation”                     TPH # 361



The Son of Man came to serve, not to be served. Let us follow Christ’s example, and give our all to God and one another.
May the knowledge and love of the one who knit the earth together rest with you and give us strength together, for the glory of our God.

Postlude “Never Let Go”            Redman