In Person and Livestream Worship Service—a service to souls!
Westport Presbyterian Church—The Phoenix is rising!
October 23, 2022, 11:00 am
(Video will be posted LIVE on the church’s FB page at 11am and then cross-posted here. If the video doesn’t load properly here, you should be able to click on the Watch on Facebook link and watch as a guest, even if you don’t have Facebook)
PRELUDE: Partita on a balletto—Girolamo Frescobaldi
RESPONSIVE CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS:
Leader: Hope is not a feeling of certainty that everything ends well.
People: Hope is simply a feeling that life and work have a meaning.
Leader: Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture.
People: It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.
Leader: Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times
People: The kind of hope that I am thinking think about, and understand above all
Leader: Is a dimension of the soul, not the state of the world.
People: Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
Leader: But the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
HYMN: How Firm a Foundation #463 GTG
RESPONSIVE CALL TO CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
There is something basically wrong with our world, We don’t have to look too far to see that. Look in the hearts and souls of human beings. The great danger facing us today is not the atomic bomb, created by physical science, That you can drop on the heads of millions of people, as dangerous as that is.The real danger is that atomic bomb which lies in the hearts and souls of humans Capable of exploding into the vilest of hate and the most damaging selfishness. That’s the atomic bomb we must fear today The problem is within the heart and the souls of people.That is the real basis of our confession! The danger we pose to ourselves and to others to the earth itself, And to all living beings on earth. Amen. –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SUNG PRAYER FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS TO EMBRACE US WITH GRACE: The Summons #726 GTG
BIBLE READINGS: Psalm 84 Hebrews 11: 29—12:2
ANTHEM: Crown Him Lord of All! —Marty Parks; Luke Gilmore, violin; Karen Elmer, guest singer
Leader: May the words of my mouth
People: And the meditations of our hearts
Leader: Be acceptable in Your sight,
People: O Lord, Our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.
SERMON: On the Possibility of Learning Faith
HYMN: Somebody’s Knockin At Your Door #728 GTG
PRAYER: Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, Congregational Sung Response
Come, Bring Your Burdens to God (sing twice) #851 GTG
OFFERTORY: For You There Is No Song—Leslie Adams; Emma WitbolsFeugen, mezzo soprano
UNISON PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly before your God. When we come to believe that what we proclaim on any day can be transformed into real action God will know that we are ready to give all we are to God. Amen.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY NEWS
• We are planning a FRIENDSGIVING Pot Luck Meal after church on Sunday, November 13. Time to reconnect with fellow Westport Presbies, friends and families. Mark your calendars. Sign Up Sheets in the back.
• Thanks to everyone making Westport Showers happen on Sunday and Thursday and Westport Weekday Food Refuge every weekday. We are grateful for your support, and we praise God for your faithfulness. We need men’s pants, length, 32-34, all waist sizes, men’s shoes sizes 10-14. Winter coats and Gloves for men and women. Thank you.
• Vote 411.org is LIVE!! This online voter guide publication is available in every state and is specific to that state. To see what is on your ballot, go to www.vote411.org/ballot. Fill in your address and your ballot should appear with your races, ballot measures, judges, etc. There is also information according to county, explanation of what a yes or no vote means for each measure and answers to survey questions given to every candidate. A great resource publication. Share this information with your friends and neighbors. There are many candidates for various offices on the ballot. Please become an informed voter and urge all you know to vote knowledgeably.
• The League of Women Voters of Kansas City is collaborating with the Kansas City Public Library to present Ballot Measure Information Sessions on proposed constitutional amendments which require voter approval this November. There is North Kansas City Public Library session at 10 am on Saturday October 29. The proposals have an impact on localvoters: One would allow the state legislature to require Kansas City to increase police spending without state reimbursement. Among other measures on the ballot, is a call for a Missouri Constitutional Convention while another seeks to legalize recreational marijuana and expunge nonviolent marijuana offenses from criminal records. North Kansas City Public Library to register.
• YourMissouriJudges.org is a great place to go to read judicial performance reviews of the judges on the ballot. Click their photo and then “Lawyer Survey” to see the review. These judges resolve issues from property disputes to life and death situations. To find out more about how the court system works in Missouri, go to www.MissouriPlan.com.
• Presbyterian Urban and Immigrant Ministry Network meets here Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m.