St. Luke's

United Church of Christ




No Matter Who You Are Or Where You Are On Life's Journey, You Are Welcome Here!

Weekly Bulletin


727 N. Main St., Independence, Missouri 64050  

Rev. E. Paul Emily, Pastor  

Pastor’s Phone: 816-379-5726   Church Phone:  461-0302

Margie Foley, Organist/Pianist

Matthew Bennett, Conductor/Violinist

Nanette Moore, Administrative Assistant/Director of Christian Education
Pastors Emeriti:  Rev. David Lyon & Rev. Ralph Koch

*If comfortable doing so, you are invited to stand.
The hymns today come from The Celebration Hymnal.


OCTOBER 17, 2021


“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore






PRELUDE ~"I Have Loved You"                                           

Michael Joncas


*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN No. 664 “Take My Life, Lead Me, Lord”                                              



Take my life, lead me, Lord, Take my life, lead me, Lord,
Make my life useful to Thee;
Take my life, lead me, Lord, Take my life, lead me, Lord
Make my life useful to Thee.


Take my life, teach me, Lord, Take my life, teach me, Lord,
Make my life useful to Thee;
Take my life, teach me, Lord, Take my life, teach me, Lord,
Make my life useful to Thee.


Here am I, send me, Lord, Here am I, send me, Lord,
Make my life useful to Thee;
Here am I, send me, Lord, Here am I, send me, Lord,
Make my life useful to Thee.



One: We may come here for a glimpse of glory,

All:    But Jesus asks us:  Can you drink the cup that I drink? The cup of struggle and joy;

         suffering and hope.

One: We may come here to get close to Jesus,

All:   And Jesus asks us: Can you be baptized with my baptism? Baptized into the reign of

        God, where the Spirit breaks down barriers among all people and creates new relationships!

One: We may come here for honor or fame,

All:   But Jesus challenges us: “To become great you must serve!”

One: Why are we here?

All:   To drink the cup of fullness of life;

         To immerse ourselves in Jesus’ struggle for justice and peace;

         To learn how to serve so that the world may be healed.





We confess, Gracious God, that we seek positions of honor and privilege. We compete with others and compare ourselves to them. We talk about serving you but fail to serve one another. Forgive us and let us follow the way of Christ, who came not to be served but to serve. Amen.



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.





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, for ever.  Amen.


SPECIAL MUSIC ~ "Christ, the Cornerstone"                                             

Steven Scott                                                  


SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:32-45


SERMON: “How May I Help You?”

*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN No. 424 “The Servant Song”                                           



Brother, sister, let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.


We are pilgrims on a journey;
We're together on this road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.


I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
Speak the peace you long to hear.


I will weep when you are weeping;
When you laugh, I'll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we've seen this journey thro'.


When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony,
Born of all we've known together
Of Christ's love and agony.


Brother, sister, let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.






OFFERTORY ~ "Make Me a Channel of Blessing"                                 

Bob Burroughs



Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

Praise God, all creatures here below;

Praise God above, ye heavenly host:

Creator, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


*PRAYER OF DEDICATION (In Unison)       

We give with joy, loving God, in thanks for all we have received from you. We dedicate these gifts that more people may hear the good news of the gospel. Equip us to be an inviting, caring community in which all of your children find a genuine welcome and are lifted up to new joy. Amen.


*CONGREGATIONAL HYMN No. 597 (vs 1,2,4,6)“Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated”            


Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.


Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.


Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.


Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.




POSTLUDE ~ "Just a Little Talk with Jesus"                                   

Cleavant Derricks


The Liturgist today is Paula McKinney.



Thank you to Pat Phillips for filling in for Margie today.



For Preschool, Elementary, and Youth.
Sunday, October 31st, 9:30 AM
We will have treats, snacks, crafts, etc.
Be sure and wear your costumes.

Adults are encouraged to bring candy
to pass out to the kids.


We will celebrate our annual Totenfest Service
on Sunday, November 7th, during our worship service.
Please join us for this very special service of remembrance.

Remember to set your clocks back one hour.



If you are worshiping in person, please “Check-in” on Facebook, then, share the service, comment on it and like it. You are encouraged to have your device out during the service.
If the music inspires you, tell Matthew and Margie by
commenting about how wonderful it was or say thank you.
If the sermon speaks to you, comment with how it touched you.
If there is a great story during Children’s Moment or a kid makes you laugh,
comment and tell what it was.
If someone makes a comment that you like, reply to them.
We encourage you to connect with those worshiping online as well as in person.


If you are worshiping online, share and comment on the service. Comment on the things listed above, reply to and/or like other people’s comments.
Again, it is so important to stay connected and these are simple ways to do that.



10:45 AM Online Worship
5:00 PM Confirmation Class
Monday—Friday, 9:45 AM Live with Pastor Paul in Windows Facebook Group
Monday, 6:00 PM Girl Scout Meeting
Wednesday, 9:30—1:00 ABC Quilting
For more information about any of these, please email the church office at



If you wish to make a donation to St. Luke’s,there are several options available:

1. Check mailed to church office at 727 N. Main, Independence, MO 64050

2. Internet donation – you may now donate from a secure site by clicking on the Give Now button below. 

3. Electronic funds transfer – your offering can be automatically deducted
from your checking or savings account.

To sign up, click here.  After completing the form, contact the church office for instructions.

4. Vanco Mobile App - download the free app on Google Play or the App Store. Enter St Lukes (without punctuation) as the church name Select St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Independence. From there you can create an account and use the app for donations.

5. Text the word GIVE to 816-312-5053 and you will be directed to a secure site for giving.


If you are visiting today we would love to connect with you.
Text CONNECT to 816-312-5053 .



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