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St. Paul Lutheran Church

St. Paul Lutheran Church


Sunday, October 17th, 2021


21st Sunday after Pentecost







Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.

* Announcements

Welcome: Rev. Darrell Urban


Please bring your offerings to the basket at the front of the church. Thank you for your gifts.



P         We pause to ask God what he would have us do and listen for his response.


All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

P         Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.

C        Amen.

P         Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P         God our comforter:

C        like lost sheep, we have gone astray.

We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity.

We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression.

We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed.

Free us from our sin, gracious God.

Listen when we call out to you for help.

Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves.


P         All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous.

Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.

C        Amen.


*GATHERING SONG:       O Christ, Your Heart Compassionate         ELW722        



P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C         And also with you.  


*CANTICLE OF PRAISE                                                                          Pg. 148



P          Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.




God speaks to us in Scripture readings, preaching and song

* First Reading: The 1st reading is from the book of Isaiah 53:4-12

This reading is from the last of four passages in Isaiah that are often called “servant songs.” Christians are probably most familiar with this servant song. In light of Christian faith, the servant’s healing ministry and redemptive suffering are understood to be fulfilled in the life and death of Christ.

4Surely he has borne our infirmities
  and carried our diseases;
 yet we accounted him stricken,
  struck down by God, and afflicted.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions,
  crushed for our iniquities;
 upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
  and by his bruises we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray;
  we have all turned to our own way,
 and the Lord has laid on him
  the iniquity of us all.
7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
  yet he did not open his mouth;
 like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
  and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
  so he did not open his mouth.
8By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
  Who could have imagined his future?
 For he was cut off from the land of the living,
  stricken for the transgression of my people.
9They made his grave with the wicked
  and his tomb with the rich,
 although he had done no violence,
  and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
 When you make his life an offering for sin,
  he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
 through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
  11Out of his anguish he shall see light;
 he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
  The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
  and he shall bear their iniquities.
12Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
  and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
 because he poured out himself to death,
  and was numbered with the transgressors;
 yet he bore the sin of many,
  and made intercession for the transgressors.

A         Word of God, word of life.              C   Thanks be to God.


* PSALM:  Psalm 91:9-16

You have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your habitation. (Ps. 91:9)

9Because you have made the | Lord your refuge,
  and the Most High your | habitation,
10no evil | will befall you,
  nor shall affliction come | near your dwelling.
11For God will give the angels charge | over you,
  to guard you in | all your ways.
12Upon their hands they will | bear you up,
  lest you strike your foot a- | gainst a stone. R
13You will tread upon the lion | cub and viper;
  you will trample down the lion | and the serpent.
14I will deliver those who | cling to me;
  I will uphold them, because they | know my name.
15They will call me, and I will | answer them;
  I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue and | honor them.
16With long life will I | satisfy them,
  and show them | my salvation. R


*Second Reading: The 2nd reading is from the book of Hebrews 5:1-10

Using imagery from scripture and from Jewish worship practices, Jesus is presented as the great high priest who was obedient to God’s saving plan. Through his suffering and death he has become the source of eternal salvation.

1Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

  5So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
 “You are my Son,
  today I have begotten you”;
6as he says also in another place,
 “You are a priest forever,
  according to the order of Melchizedek.”
  7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.


A         Word of God, word of life.                C   Thanks be to God.





P          The holy Gospel according to Mark 10:35-45

C         Glory to you, O Lord

On the way to Jerusalem the disciples ask Jesus to grant them seats of honor. Jesus responds by announcing that he and his followers will “rule” through self-giving service.

35James 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.” 36And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38But 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?” 39They 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; 40but 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.”
  41When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So 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. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”


 P         The gospel of the Lord.                                  C         Praise to you, O Christ.



* HYMN OF THE DAY:                 On Eagle’s Wings                  ELW787

* APOSTLES creed

P          Let us profess our faith reciting the Apostles’ Creed found on page 105 of your hymnal.




A         Set free from sin and death and nourished by the word of truth, we join in prayer for all of God’s creation.

A brief silence.

A         Holy One, for the gift of the church handed down through the ages and for all who carry on the servant ministry of Jesus, we praise you. Send your Holy Spirit upon all who are discerning calls to ministry in its many forms and equip them with your gifts. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

A         Creating One, for the lush and abundant habitat you provide for all your creatures, we praise you. Provide healing for the earth so that waterfowl, reptiles, wild horses, dolphins, and all living things flourish as you intend. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

A         Suffering One, for all who work toward peace and who lead nations with a servant’s heart, we praise you. Bring justice for all who suffer violence, persecution, discrimination, hunger, poverty, and homelessness, and create places of refuge for all people. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

A         Merciful One, for all who do the work of healing in mind, body, and spirit, we praise you. Surround and comfort all who struggle with depression, anxiety, cancer, diabetes, dementia, or any illness, that all may be healed. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

A         Sustaining One, for all who volunteer for the vitality of this congregation, we praise you. Strengthen and encourage greeters, ushers, office volunteers, bakers, counters, committee and group leaders, teachers, students, evangelists, singers, builders, nurturers, and all who serve with generous hearts. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

A         Risen One, we thank you for those who have shaped your church and shared your gospel. Through the witness of your saints, continue to inspire us with hope until we all are gathered at your eternal feast. Hear us, O God.

C         Your mercy is great.

A         Confident that you hear us, O God, we boldly place our prayers into your hands; through Jesus Christ, our truth and life.

C         Amen.



The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other in the peace of the risen Christ.

P          The peace of Christ be with you always.                    C And also with you.


Please join us in singing “Let There Be Peace On Earth” – lyrics printed on pew cards.



P          God of abundance, you cause streams to break forth in the desert and manna to rain from the heavens. Accept the gifts you have first given us. Unite them with the offering of our lives to nourish the world you love so dearly; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



P          All who hunger and thirst, come. The table is ready.



P          The Lord be with you.                                               

C         And also with you.

P          Lift up your hearts.                                        

C         We lift them to the Lord.

P          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God        

C         It is right to give God our thanks and praise



P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God. You reveal your glory as the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your eternal glory. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:





*EUCHARISTIC PRAYER                                                                       pg: 109

Pastor to offer Eucharistic Prayer-    

C         Amen.




*Lord’s Prayer                                         

P          Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit; let us pray as Jesus taught us:

A         Our Father, who art in heaven, …..


P          All who hunger and thirst, come. The table is ready.


A         Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.



P          People of God, you are Christ’s body, bringing new life to a suffering world.

The holy Trinity, ☩ one God, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.


*SENDING SONG:                          Let All Things Now Living               ELW881                                            


P          Go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.

Thanks be to God.


C         Thanks be to God.






*LOST need to find-                    


We are looking for three 6ft white tables.  One was used for coffee hour and the other two were down in the storage area.  They disappeared during Covid! If borrowed please return. We need to use two for the concerts on the green. 

Thank you   I appreciate it!


* Our New England Synod representative Rev. Steven Wilco Associate to the Bishop can be reached at 413-658-4222.

*Plymouth Food Pantry-

We are always looking for donations to help out our local community. We ask that you bring your gifts to church Sunday and leave them in the donation bin.

Most wanted items… Cereal (Children Flavors), Canned Ravioli/Spaghettios, Pasta Sauce, Soup(Chunky/Chicken Noodle), Baking Supplies, Boxed Potatoes, Canned Corn or Peas, Baked Beans, Coffee, Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Salad Dressing), Personal Care (Deodorant, Large Adult Diapers), Laundry Detergent.

* *WOMENS WEEKEND @ CAMP CALUMET– Each weekend in the month of November we have been invited to share in fellowship at Camp Calumet. Anyone who is interested in attending. The cost is $190.00 for the weekend. In includes your lodging, fellowship activities, snack Friday at gathering, 3 meals on Saturday & breakfast and lunch Sunday. Please contact Melissa with any questions. 860-384-3540.



Sunday school


OCTOBER 17, 2021


Please join us for Sunday morning service 9:00 am

During service we will have Sunday school in the social hall.


Fun activities with a message from God.


 Bring a friend to

Sunday school.












*We are updating our prayer list. Please let Melissa know if you would like someone added to the prayer list. (860) 384-3540 or






Sharon Gray

Ron Luther


Charlie Gray

Terry Luther

Shirley Reimer

Alexis Sharp

Anita DiVita

Kim Culvey

Robin Miessau

Alice Colburn

Mary Lynn Gagnon

Kerry Ekstrom

Audrey Schipul

Nadine Witkin


Bold names are members, non-bold names are Non-members.

 Also, victims of disaster and those affected by and serving in wars, and all those we name aloud or in our hearts before you now.



October 17, 2021


Sharing the Glory



When you picture Jesus in power and glory, what comes to mind? Maybe a heavenly vision of an enthroned Christ, surrounded by saints and angels and the whole heavenly host? This is the kind of image that must have been in the minds of the disciples James and John in today’s gospel when they came to ask Jesus if they could be seated at his left and right side in his glory. Yet, Jesus redirects their desire for glory toward a different picture—active service to those around them.

The picture of Jesus’ power in the gospels is not one of king but of servant Lord. We do not see Jesus seated on a throne, issuing orders, and being served, but as an unassuming man, living among people, listening to their needs, and sharing God’s healing mercy with them. Throughout his life, Jesus revealed his power and glory through the love and compassion he showed to those who were suffering, through forgiveness for those overwhelmed with guilt, and by speaking truth to worldly powers. Jesus calls his followers to share in his power and glory by being at his left and right hand as he stoops to wash feet, as he touches those considered unclean, as he is mocked by worldly powers. This is where true glory and power are found.

Christ gathers his followers together in one body for worship today in order to serve them with his word, with the waters of rebirth, and with his own body and blood. In these simple acts, his glory and power are present. They call us to carry Christ’s love out into the world, sharing it in our homes, at our jobs, and with the people around us who need to know God’s power in their life.




OCT, NOV & DEC 2021

If you cannot serve as scheduled, please arrange a replacement and notify Melissa

(860) 384-3540 or so that the correct names will appear

In the bulletin.    

Thank you to all who have volunteered!!!!!!


Lay Reader

Communion Assistant


Carolyn Cote



Susan Martel



Mike Loranger



Melissa Adames



Carolyn Pollack



Nadine Knight



Sharon Gray



Marsha Johnson



Jolene Dutkiewicz






Susan Martel



P/P means prepackaged for shorter service in the summer



St Paul Lutheran Church at the Plymouth Block Party Oct. 16, 2021


white lily flower

Photo by Trina Snow on




Please note: We stand with many in the faith community – including His Holiness  Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – who are calling us to remember that we who call ourselves Christian are not to condemn another because of their faith or ethnicity. As a nation of immigrants, we proudly endorse the heritage of this land, proclaiming with Emma Lazurus the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Notice: Pledges (time, financial gifts and your personal talents) allow the church some idea of what we may plan for the future. Pledges may be mailed in to 134 Main Street Terryville CT 06786 Attn: Finance, dropped in the offering plate or communicated to the staff. Remember God only asks for 10% off the top – won’t you consider tithing this year?



Contact us, click on our Email Link

St Paul Luther Church Christmas Season December  2019


Saint Lucinda Sunday 2nd week in Advent



Christmas Eve 2019

christmas eve church.jpg

Aug. 16, 2015 – St Paul served 110 people at Cathedral of the night, click on this link for pictures…

Cathedral Of the Night

St Paul children’s dowel team in action, click here


Confirmation Food Drive


Annual Meeting


“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie ten Boom

Our Advent altar

Members color in our Advent banner


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