St. Matthew's UMC www.stm-umc.org

Sunday October 17, 2021

21st Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude & Welcome

Thank you for worshiping with us this morning! You can stream this service, as well as any of our other videos at www.stm-umc.org/live

Call to Worship

O Magnify the Lord; Sanctuary Choir

Cross and Light of the World

Hymn of Praise: God of Grace and God of Glory

God of grace and God of glory, / on thy people pour thy pow’r. / Crown thine ancient church’s story, / bring its bud to glorious flow’r. / Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, / for the facing of this hour, / for the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us / scorn thy Christ, assail his ways! / From the fears that long have bound us, / free our hearts to faith and praise. / Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, / for the living of these days, / for the living of these days.

Cure thy children’s warring madness; / bend our pride to thy control; / shame our wanton, selfish gladness, / rich in things and poor in soul. / Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, / lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, / lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

Save us from weak resignation / to the evils we deplore. / Let the search for thy salvation / be our glory evermore. / Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, / serving thee whom we adore, / serving thee whom we adore.

Affirmation of Fatih

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;* the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic** church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Call to Prayer

Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the Living God, / Fall afresh on me, / Spirit of the Living God, / Fall afresh on me. / Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. / Spirit of the Living God, / Fall afresh on me.

Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, Forever. Amen.

Choral Response

Amen; Sanctuary Choir

Stewardship Testimony

Anse & Courtney Rigby


Connect to the pastors! Andy Stoddard: andy@stm-umc.org, Erin Hicks: erin@stm-umc.org, Brian Johnson: brian@stm-umc.org

Offering of Ourselves & Our Gifts

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Or you can mail your tithes and offerings to: 7427 Old Canton Rd, Madison, MS 39110



Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Children's Moment

Kate Gibbs

Hymn of Preparation Onward, Christian Soldiers

Onward, Christian soldiers, / marching as to war, / With the cross of Jesus / going on before! / Christ, the royal Master, / leads against the foe; / Forward into battle, / see his banner go!


Onward, Christian soldiers, / marching as to war, / With the cross of Jesus / going on before!

At the sign of triumph / Satan's host doth flee; / On, then, Christian soldiers, / on to victory! / Hell's foundations quiver / at the shout of praise; / Brothers, lift your voices, / loud your anthems raise! [Refrain]

Like a mighty army / moves the church of God; / Brothers, we are treading / where the saints have trod; / We are not divided; / all one body we, / One in hope and doctrine, / one in charity. [Refrain]

Onward, then, ye people, / join our happy throng, / Blend with ours your voices / in the triumph song; / Glory, laud, and honor, / unto Christ the King; / This thro' countless ages / men and angels sing. [Refrain]

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 98:4-6

4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

Anthem: My Jesus I Love Thee

Old Testament Reading: Joshua 6:12-16

12 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord passed on, blowing the trumpets continually. The armed men went before them, and the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets blew continually. 14 On the second day they marched around the city once and then returned to the camp. They did this for six days. 15 On the seventh day they rose early, at dawn, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. 16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city.

Message:“Forward in Unity" - Rev. Andy Stoddard

Invitation to Discipleship

Hymn of Commitment: O Church of God, United

O Church Of God, United / To Serve One Common Lord, / Proclaim To All One Message, / With Hearts In Glad Accord. / Christ Ever Goes Before Us; / We Follow Day By Day / With Strong And Eager Footsteps / Along The Upward Way.

From Every Land And Nation / The Ordered Ranks Appear; / To Serve One Valiant Leader / They Come From Far And Near. / They Chant Their One Confession, /They Praise One Living Lord, / And Place Their Sure Dependence / Upon His Saving Word.

Though Creeds And Tongues May Differ, / They Speak, O Christ, Of Thee; / And In Thy Loving Spirit, / We Shall One People Be. / Lord, May Our Faithful Service / And Singleness Of Aim / Proclaim To All The Power / Of Thy Redeeming Name.

May Thy Great Prayer Be Answered / That We May All Be One, / Close Bound, By Love United / In Thee, God’s Blessed Son: / To Bring A Single Witness, / To Make The Pathway Bright, / That Souls Which Grope In Darkness / May Find The One True Light.


Cross and the Light of the World

Choral Response

Bind Us Together; Sanctuary Choir


The Sanctuary flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Eddie Conger from his family.


We give thanks for all that God has already given you, and we welcome you in Christian love. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

Thanks again for worshiping with us today at St. Matthew's. If you have any additional questions, contact us at 601-856-9581 or visit our website - www.stm-umc.org. You can also contact Andy at andy@stm-umc.org.


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