Gathering in Worship Offered by the People of the

Church of Christ, Union

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

October 8, 2017   10:30 am 


Thesis #9: All are called to be prophets, which is to interfere with injustice.

Thesis #12: “Jesus does not call us to a new religion but to life” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer). Spirituality is living life at a depth of newness and gratitude, courage and creativity, trust and letting go, compassion and justice.

—Matthew Fox, A New Reformation:  Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity                       

From there to Here

Welcome & Announcements

Welcome to this service of worship!  During the service, you are invited to rise in body or in spirit, standing or sitting, at points in the service marked “ ”.”

Please sign in using the pew folder, passing it back down the row so all can greet one another by name, and place the sheet in an offering plate. We’re glad you’re here!

Prelude Nun danke alle Gott J.S. Bach

¨  Call to Worship

 One: Friends, when we are isolated, grieving, and alone, God calls us to life.

All: When we gather, when we reach to others, when light is shared, we are called to life.

One: In our worship this day, let us call to the Life of Lives. Let us reach to one another that light may be shared. Let us worship God standing firm on the foundation of God’s love.

¨  Opening Hymn #400  Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation Regent Square

¨  Prayer of Approach and Confession 

One: Dear God, in your presence I confess myself a great sinner.  The Ten Commandments would cast me directly into hell.  But your precious Gospel teaches me that it is the highest wisdom to know and believe that out of your love, you are merciful through Christ, and you help poor and condemned sinners.  Therefore my confession of faith and my confession of sin is this:  

“I am indeed a sinner, but God is merciful to me.”  I was your enemy, but you made me your friend.  I was condemned, but you desired that I be blessed and made an heir of heaven.  Indeed, this is your will.  You have permitted this truth to be preached to me and have commanded me to believe, for the sake of your Son whom you have given to me.

All: My Lord Jesus Christ, you are indeed the Good Shepherd, and I, alas, am a lost and straying sheep.  I have fear and anxiety.  I would gladly belong to your flock and be with you and have peace in my heart.  I hear from your Word that you are as anxious for me as I am for you.  I am eager to know how I can come to you to be helped.  Come to me, O Lord.  Seek me and find me.  Help me also to come to you and I will praise you and honor you forever.  Amen.  

— Attribution: Martin Luther, 16th Century, translation by Charles Kistler (1917)

¨  Words of Assurance

One: If we say we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn’t in our hearts. But if we confess our sins to God, God can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. (1 John 1:8-9).

Friends, believe the good news of the Gospel. Freed, we transform.

All: Thanks be to God! Amen.

¨  Passing the Peace of Christ

All who come to this sanctuary are welcome companions on this day! You are invited to turn to those nearest you and greet them with words of peace and joy. 

The Living Word among us

Anthem I Want to Walk as a Child of Light Kathleen Thomerson

Union Church Choir

I want to walk as a child of the light; I want to follow Jesus. God sent the stars to give light to the world. The star of my life is Jesus. In Him there is no darkness at all, the night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

 I want to see the brightness of God; I want to look at Jesus. Clear sun of righteousness, shine on my path and show me the way to the Father. In Him there is no darkness at all The night and the day are both alike The Lamb is the light of the city of God Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ; I want to be with Jesus. When we have run with patience the race, we shall know the joy of Jesus.

Hebrew Scripture Lesson Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20

Children’s Moment                                        as the children return to their seats we sing:

May God’s presence guard, protect and guide you.  God bless you, God bless you.Our savior’s loving arms be ever ’round you. God bless you, God bless you.

Following the Children’s Moment, children kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to Children’s Church in Cowan Chapel. They are also welcome to stay in the service if they prefer. The Children’s Worship Center in the back of the sanctuary has toys, books, and drawing materials for children (or parents) who would like help staying present in the service. For children preschool age & under, care is available in the Nursery, downstairs in Room 104 off the playground.

Gospel Lesson Matthew 21:33-46

Sermon Called to Life: Standing in the Midst of Death  Rev. Kent Gilbert

Here We Stand                               Michael Harrington: Pride Education Project, Matthew Frederick: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Each and every week we stand with partners who are called to life and making a difference. Each Sunday in October we will be celebrating the work of the church with these partners as we are called to life in Christ’s service.

GIfts Given for Love to Flow

Our gifts help sustain this particular community of caring by sustaining the building, pastors and staff, and all the materials that make our ministry of healing, justice, and teaching available to all in need. In addition, a good portion of our contributions flows out to aid to those in need via many external agencies.

This can now be done online or by text to 859-448-3403 (Example: Text “$50.00 Offering” to contribute to the ongoing ministries, or add “youth,” or “missions” or designation of your choice to benefit one in particular.

Your contribution is love made visible. Thank you!

Offertory                    Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing arr. Diane Bish

¨  Doxology  We give thee but thine own, what e’re the gift may be,  Schumann

        All that we have is thine alone, a trust, O God, from thee!  

Praying it Forward

Ringing of the Peace Bell

The Union Church Peace Bell was created by Jeff Enge in honor of Union Church member Carl Eschbach (1904-1998).  A twin bell hangs in Berea’s sister province in Japan and is also rung in the hope of peace for all nations.

Silent Prayer and Prayers of the Community

Our Lord’s Prayer

One: Our Maker, our Mother, and …

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:                                 

     For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

From Here to There

  Introduction and Invitation to Membership

Union Church is a vital and growing family of faith, a home to those committed to the way of Christ’s sacrificial love and service. All who feel led to join will be received in joy, and are welcome to come forward during the Closing Hymn. Thanks be to God for these ministers among us.

¨  Closing Hymn #403 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less Solid Rock

¨  Questions of the Congregation and New Members

¨  Covenant of Welcome

And we, the members of this church, renewing our own covenant    to God and to each other, do now heartily welcome you to our fellowship, promising to watch over you in love, and praying that  you, and we, may be true witnesses for Christ, a light in the world, and continue to increase in usefulness and joy in his service.

¨  Benediction & Sending Forth

¨  Postlude Wir danken dir, Gott J.S. Bach

Especially in our prayers

Each week we join millions of Christians who pray for one another through the ecumenical prayer cycle and, locally, the Berea Ministerial Association’s prayer cycle.  Let us hold the people of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama and our brothers and sisters at Bearwallow Pentecostal Holiness Church in our hearts, and pray for them.

Please hold these concerns in your prayers, today and throughout the week. Prayer requests to be printed may be sent to the office anytime before 10:00 am Fridays.

¨ Our church family members in nursing homes, or who are homebound:  Ruth Butwell, Edith Hansen, Mary Miller, Alva Peloquin, Gloria VanWinkle.

¨ We lift in light the 472 persons killed in mass shootings this year alone, including the 58 killed in Las Vegas last Sunday Night, the 337th incident this year. As of this printing, there have been 4 more mass shootings since.* We remember and pray for the well-being of the 1,761 persons who were injured by mass gun violence so far this year in the United States where weapon ownership is a right, but healthcare is not. May the Lord give us courage to turn from evil.  (*Source:

¨ Mim Pride, recovering well at home from her hip surgery

¨ LaRee Jacobs, getting better from her fall and subsequent sprains and breaks.

¨ Dick Drake, who had a small stroke this week. Dick is recovering at St. Joe Berea, Room 310

¨ The peoples of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean islands, Houston, Florida, Mexico City, and all places affected by disaster. May we be filled with compassion and motivated to act. Donations to Church World Service will help!

¨ Neighbors and friends in fear of ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) raids in our area, and for DACA students and their families. May we all strive for a safe and respectful path forward to be good neighbors.

¨ Rusty Mullins’ father, Tony Irelan

¨ Nancy Hindman

¨ Rebecca Bradshaw-Cates, recovering from surgery for ovarian cancer.

¨ Rev. Rachel’s cousin, Jeff Small, father of two small kids, who is on a heart transplant waiting list.

¨ Dan Rohrer, who is suffering from a severe liver disorder.

¨ Hazel Morris’ sister, Phyllis, approaching the end of life.


You Matter! Please Sign the Register, Check in on Facebook/Twitter and try a nametag! It’s hard to get to know people elsewhere, but we don’t want it that way at church.  Let’s all try to get to know each other better.

Join the church today!  Union Church is a vital and growing family of faith, a home to those committed to the way of Christ’s sacrificial love and service. All who feel led to join will be received in joy! New members are received every second Sunday of a month. YOU are welcome here!

500 Years! October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant reformation, a tumultuous series of church reform movements that reshaped relationships to God in Roman Catholic and dissenting churches alike. The Protestant movement began when a young monk, Martin Luther, posted a series of 95 discussion points on the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany.

Famously stating “Here I stand, I can do no other,” he resisted corruption and theological beliefs he saw as harmful to God’s people. To learn more about the effects of this act on the whole of western culture an excellent book is Rebel in the Ranks, by Brad S. Gregory. Dr. Gregory also has an exceptional reformation analysis in an audio lecture series published by Great Courses. These are available from

Rev. Kent and Rev. Rachel will be looking forward, too, and encourage you to engage the work of Matthew Fox, who has written extensively about Christian reform for the 3rd millenia of faith. His short book, A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity,  details 95 new theses for our modern church. All this month, you’ll find them used as our meditations at the beginning of our bulletins.

Rev. Kent and Rev. Rachel will be away in the next couple of weeks. Rev. Kent will be leading the Berea delegation to our sister city in Japan from October 9-17 and Rev. Rachel will attend a family wedding in Wales the 5-17th.  Rev. Carla Gilbert will be available to provide pastoral care.

Buy a quilt raffle ticket today! $1 each, $5 for 6, $20 for 25. Money goes to support Mission Projects.

Directory—we’re going to print more directories on October 20, to be available on the 22nd at worship. If you have any changes to info or photos, please email or bring to the church office by the 18th. Thanks.

One Great Hour of Sharing and Week of Compassion Disaster Relief: Our hearts are rent by the devastation in Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, Mexico and all the places where disaster has struck our neighbors. OGHS and WoC are both working hard and will be there when the news crews leave. Disease is the inevitable second act in the Caribbean and your help to prevent water-borne illness is desperately needed. A check made to either church with “disaster relief” in the memo line will help in the months of recovery that will be needed.

Habitat’s Rent-a-Worker program is starting back up! Our program provides you with a few extra hands for any work that you may need done around your house and/or your property and operates on a strictly donation basis. During the Fall of 2017 our team members will be available on: Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 PM & Wednesdays 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Email or call 859-985-3616. We look forward to hearing from you!

October 13: Neesa Medina, Honduran feminist sociologist, will speak at Berea College’s Peanut Butter and Gender series from 11:45-1:00 pm in Draper 106. All are welcome to attend this Michelle Tooley Witness for Peace Lecture, which includes lunch. 

Music Theory: Oct 15, 12:00pm  Did you miss our first theory class during the summer? Well, you didn’t miss your chance to learn the basics of music theory! We will be hosting another one hour class after church on October 15, 2017 to help reinforce what we previously learned, and to learn some more!  Even if you weren’t at the first, this class will still teach you the basics.  Come right after church in the conference room.

October 18: Info session regarding Medicare and health insurance implications and challenges for 2018 will be held at church in the Classroom, October 18, 6:30 pm. It will be led by Karen Hoskins, an insurance professional who did the same for us last year.

Activist Training Day: October 21 in Berea, KY! Berea Student Inter-sectional Coalition, Appalachian Medical Solidarity, and Radical Action for Mountains’ and Peoples’ Survival present a day of training designed to prepare new activists to pull off a successful action, and to build the skills of experienced activists. Join from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM for a day of skills-building

The event includes a light breakfast, a substantial lunch and dinner, snacks, and limited free housing accommodations. We will coordinate carpooling to the best of our ability.  Register at for Berea Rising. 

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Halloween Spectacular October 22, 6-10 pm. The evening will start at 6pm where you can enjoy painting pumpkins and other activities while listening to live music on the lawn. Then come down the basement for some more spectacular activities!
There, we will be having our chili cookoff where you get to vote with your dollars on the winner! Learn more about Kentuckians For The Commonwealth and the work we do together in our shared community.

You are cordially invited to the Steiner-Reck 40th Anniversary Concert and Celebration on October 29, at 4:00 pm.  This concert and celebration will be to honor and celebrate our beloved 42-rank Steiner-Reck organ, completed and dedicated in October of 1977.  This concert will bring guest organists from around Central Kentucky to help showcase the artistry and masterful musical craftsmanship our beloved instrument has.  Guest artists will include Schuyler Robinson from the University of Kentucky, Jon Johnson from the Church of the Good Shepherd (Lexington, KY), and Gabriel Evans from Union Church and Berea College.  All are welcome to come celebrate this wonderful event.  A reception will follow the concert in the Community Room.  

Poster by Jessica Holly, picture drawn by Charlsa Hensley.


Oct. 15 Music Theory, 12 noon

Oct. 18 Insurance & Medicare info session, 6:30 pm

Oct. 22 KFTC Halloween Spectacular Friendraiser, 6-10 pm

Oct. 26 In These Fields, a folk opera, performed as part of the Celebration of          Traditional Music weekend, 8 pm

Oct. 29 Hymn Sing, 9 am

Oct. 29  40th Anniversary of the Organ is celebrated with a concert, 4 pm


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