God of compassion, we have exalted ourselves rather than you. We have turned a blind eye to those in need, instead of helping them see your limitless love. Rescue us from our sins, O God. Forgive us. Heal us, and help us to better follow you. …. (silent prayers of confession) … We call upon you, for you are near, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: Know that the Perfect One, the Son of God, the High Priest of Grace, will forgive. As we are loved and forgiven by God, may others see God in us,
All: Thanks be to God. Amen!
* GLORIA PATRI
* PASSING THE PEACE
SPECIAL MUSIC: Purple Hymnal #275 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament: Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Epistle: Hebrews 7:22-28
Gospel: Mark 10:46-52
MESSAGE “Now I See!”Dr. James M. Vest
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from The Belhar Confession, South Africa, 1986)
We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects, and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end. We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family . . .
We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made
manifest in the church … [and] that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation through
Jesus Christ. [Amen].
* HYMN Open My Eyes, That I May See
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS (See bulletin insert)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION AND THANKSGIVING
We thank you, God, for providing these gifts, as we dedicate them and our lives as expressions of your love for the world. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.