Nottingham Presbyterian Church

October 17, 2021



Approaching God






Call to Worship (based on Ps. 90: 12-17)


One: We come, weary from a week of work. We come, frustrated by injustices that continue unabated; overwhelmed by the needs of the world.

Many: We come, delighted by the beauty of creation. We come, uplifted by the smile of a child, by the love of family and friends.

One: However we come – tired or full of energy, overwhelmed or full of hope, we come to the loving God who receives us all. We come to focus on God our Redeemer and to receive God’s empowering hope.

All: Let us worship God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!


*Hymn # No. 620   Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven


Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, to his feet your tribute bring;

Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore his praises sing:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.


Praise him for his grace and favor to his people in distress;

Praise him still the same as ever, slow to chide and swift to bless:

Alleluia ! Alleluia! Glorious in his faithfulness.


Father-like, he tends and spares us; well our feeble frame he knows;

In his hands he gently bears us, rescues us from all our foes.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet his mercy flows.


Angels, help us to adore him; you behold him face to face.

Sun and moon bow down before him, dwellers all in time and space:

Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace.


(Text: Henry Francis Lyte, 1834, alt.; Music John Goss, 1869, public domain. Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.).


Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Holy God, you call us to be holy, to be your loving children, and to care for one another. We confess that we find these things so very difficult to do all the time. We confess that we hide our weaknesses behind facades of power. We allow much to distract us from the calling which you offer us as a privilege. We turn the privilege of serving with you into a heavy burden duty. We shine our “good deed” badges and imagine that you are pleased. We plead ignorance and fail to educate ourselves about the needs of the world. Lord, you make us able to respond to your grace with humility in ways that give you honor. Forgive us when we fail to give you credit and fail to act in ways that would cause many to praise you for your grace. Forgive us. Greet us each day, we pray, with your grace that grants us the courage to seek mercy for all. In Christ’s name, we pray. (a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)


Assurance of Pardon

One: Remember this always: God is faithful. Forgiveness is not something God owes us; forgiveness is a gift of grace that goes well beyond our power to repay. Trust in God whose promises are trustworthy. Live as forgiven people!


Many: God sent his Son Jesus Christ to challenge, encourage and forgive sinners. Jesus came to live among sinners like us, to love us with the Father’s love, so that all might know true forgiveness. By God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Alleluia!


*Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!

   As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

     world without end! Amen. Amen.


*Passing the Peace


Hearing God’s Word

Today’s Readings are from the New International Version of the Bible


Epistle Lesson     Hebrews 5: 1-10


Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.


5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,


“You are my Son;

   today I have become your Father.”


6 And he says in another place,

“You are a priest forever,

   in the order of Melchizedek.”


7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.


Leader: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!


Children’s Moment


Gospel Lesson           Mark 10:35-45


35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”


36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.


37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”


38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”


39 “We can,” they answered.


Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”


41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!


Sermon          Humble Ability



Our Response to God


*Hymn        Are You Able (insert)


1 "Are ye able," said the Master,

"To be crucified with me?"

"Yea," the sturdy dreamers answered,

"To the death we follow Thee."



Lord, we are able.

Our spirits are Thine.

Remold them, make us,

Like Thee, divine.

Thy guiding radiance

Above us shall be

A beacon to God,

To love, and loyalty.


2 Are ye able to remember,

When a thief lifts up his eyes,

That his pardoned soul is worthy

Of a place in paradise? [Refrain]


3 Are ye able when the shadows

Close around you with the sod,

To believe that spirit triumphs,

To commend your soul to God? [Refrain]


4 "Are ye able?" Still the Master

Whispers down eternity,

And heroic spirits answer

Now, as then, in Galilee. [Refrain]


Author: Earl Marlatt (1926); Tune: BEACON HILL (Mason) in public domain

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*Affirmation of Faith (Unison) (from the Brief Statement of Faith)

God’s redeeming work in Jesus Christ embraces the whole of human life: social and cultural, economic and political, scientific and technological, individual and corporate. It includes the natural environment as exploited and despoiled by sin. It is the will of God that God’s purpose for human life shall be fulfilled under the rule of Christ and all evil be banished from God’s creation.


Biblical visions and images of the rule of Christ, such as a heavenly city, a father’s house, a new heaven and earth, a marriage feast, and an unending day culminate in the image of the kingdom. The kingdom represents the triumph of God over all that resists God’s will and disrupts God’s creation. Already God’s reign is present as a ferment in the world, stirring hope in people and preparing the world to receive its ultimate judgment and redemption.


With an urgency born of this hope, the Church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a better world. It does not identify limited progress with the kingdom of God on earth, nor does it despair in the face of disappointment and defeat. In steadfast hope, the church looks beyond all partial achievement to the final triumph of God.




Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below,

Praise God above ye heaven host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.





The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom, come.


   Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

   Lead us, not into temptation,

   but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

   and the glory forever. Amen.


*Hymn #  No. 441   Hear the Good News of Salvation

Hear the good news of salvation, Jesu sided to show God’s love.

Such great kindness! Such great mercy! Come to us from heaven above.

Jesus Christ, how much I love you! Jesus Christ, you save from sin!

How I love you! Look upon me. Love me still and cleanse within.


All the sins I have committed, to my Savior now I bring.

I bow down with tears of anguish; Christ forgives and so I sing:

Jesus Christ, how much I love you! Jesus Christ, you save from sin!

How I love you! Look upon me. Love me still and cleanse within.


(Text: Native American (Dakota); John B. Rensvile, 1879; trans. Emma Tibets, 1955; vers Jane Parker Huber, 1989; Music: Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813. English translation copyright Metrical Version 1989 Jane Parker Huber (admin. Westminster/John Knox Press. Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)



*Nottingham Presbyterian Church Mission Statement


We the people of Nottingham Presbyterian Church strive to be Christ-centered, friendly and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to surrender our individual desires in order to do God’s will. We are led by God to be a light in this world by:

•         Bringing the love of Jesus to our community with an accepting, nurturing and compassionate environment.

•         Expanding our missions and worship experiences to meet the needs of the community and the world.

•         Passionately and enthusiastically developing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

•         Seeking to develop partnerships with local and global organizations in pursuit of God’s vision.



*Charge and Benediction


NPR interview on The Rescue (mentioned in sermon) can be found at


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