Home Worship for Sunday, October 17 2021

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. 


If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

Prelude: Grace Greater Than Our Sins

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Call to Worship: To Follow You

Leader: Throughout the ages, disciples have said, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

People: Lord, give us the freedom to follow you in the ways of love.


Leader: We come from busy homes, filled with little time to consider Christ in our lives.

People: Lord, give us the strength to follow you in the ways of peace.


Leader: In times of struggle, we look to God for help.

People: Lord, give us the opportunity to follow you in the ways of kindness.


Leader: Today, we celebrate the Holy Spirit, who shows us the joy of following God.

People: Lord, give us the patience to follow you in the ways of faith. Amen.


(https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3972/worship-elements-june-26-2016)

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Prayer for our Freedom in Christ

459 Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you created us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.


Grant to us such piety of heart and strength of purpose that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it. 


In your light may we see life clearly and in your service find perfect freedom; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


(The Book of Worship 1965, alt.)

Scriptural Suggestions for Praying for Freedom In Christ

Here are some Scriptural suggestions to have at hand when praying for Freedom in Christ. You are invited to print these out, perhaps to place in your Bible or to carry them with you. As needed, when troubled or burdened, remind yourself about your Freedom in Christ by simply reading these Scriptures:

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"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." Psalm 56:3


"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7


"The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1


"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1


"Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7


"But now, this is what the Lord says...Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." Isaiah 43:1


“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27


“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21


Source: Prayer Resources Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Camillus, New York.

Scripture: John 8:1-11 CEB

“And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he returned to the temple. All the people gathered around him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The legal experts and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. 


Placing her in the center of the group, 4they said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. 5In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone women like this. What do you say?" 6They said this to test him, because they wanted a reason to bring an accusation against him. 


Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 


7They continued to question him, so he stood up and replied, "Whoever hasn't sinned should throw the first stone." 


8Bending down again, he wrote on the ground. 


9Those who heard him went away, one by one, beginning with the elders. Finally, only Jesus and the woman were left in the middle of the crowd. 


10Jesus stood up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Is there no one to condemn you?” 


11She said, "No one, sir.” 


Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, don't sin anymore.”

Message: "Alive in the Story of Creation: Freedom!"

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee

Series: We Make the Road by Walking


God is on the side of the slaves, not the slave owners. Jesus, steeped in this tradition, sees the confrontation with the woman caught in adultery as another person to set free. Freedom is of God, not just spiritual, physical, economic, environmental freedom is important to God.

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Blessing from Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.