October 21, 2018 | 22nd Sunday after Pentecost
First United Methodist Church
John and Jennifer Collins, Co-Pastors
601 North Cedar, Abilene, Kansas 67410
785-263-2623 — http://www.abilenefirstumc.org


If you’re willing to fill one out, attendance inserts are available from the ushers.

Please note that bold type indicates congregational participation. An asterisk (*) indicates that you are invited to stand as you are able.

“H” stands for The United Methodist Hymnal, “F” stands for The Faith We Sing, and “W” stands for Worship and Song.


If, for any reason (health, comfort, personal preference, etc.), you need to or would prefer to remain seated during the hymns please do so. Don’t give into peer pressure. You be you!


  • Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress those wiggles in God’s house.
  • Consider sitting toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to engage.
  • Quietly explain the parts of the service and actions of the pastors, musicians, and leaders.
  • Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn by mimicking you.
  • If you have to leave the sanctuary with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”


  • Remember that the presence of children is a gift of hope for the future.
  • Remember that the way we welcome children in worship directly affects the way they think about the church, Christianity, and even God.
  • Let children know that they are at home in God’s house.
  • A smile of encouragement is always welcome to parents with small, active children.

If, for any reason (health, comfort, personal preference, etc.), you need to or would prefer to remain seated during the hymns please do so. Don’t give into peer pressure. You be you!


Greeting One Another

RE-GATHERING* — Awesome God — F-2040


Prelude and Lighting of Candles


Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading — Psalm 104:1-13 (NRSV)

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
2 wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
3 you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
you ride on the wings of the wind,
4 you make the winds your messengers,
fire and flame your ministers.
5 You set the earth on its foundations,
so that it shall never be shaken.
6 You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke they flee;
at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
8 They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys
to the place that you appointed for them.
9 You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills,
11 giving drink to every wild animal;
the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;
they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

HYMN* —  I Sing the Almighty Power of God —  H-152

Children’s Message

Choral Anthem [10:30] — On My Knees

Scripture Reading — Hebrews 5:1-10 (NRSV)

1 Every 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. 2 He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3 and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4 And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5 So 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”;

6 as he says also in another place,

“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

7 In 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. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9 and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10 having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

 HYMN* — Mighty to Save —  W-3038

Scripture Reading — Mark 10:35-45 (NRSV)

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



RESPONSECome, Thou Almighty King, vs. 4 — H-61

Prayers of Confession and Words of Assurance

A Stewardship Moment

Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings

RESPONSE*Doxology — H-95

Prayer of Thanksgiving


HYMN* —  Are Ye Able — H-530

Dismissal with Blessing*



Please note: prayer concerns will be listed in a bulletin for four (4) weeks unless the church office is notified otherwise.

FIRST UMC MEMBERS AND FRIENDS: Rose Rogers, Paul Hettenbach, Walt Hartman, Margie Miller, and those grieving the loss of Ralph Hilton.

COMMUNITY PRAYER CONCERNS: Kim Goodman, Shirley Spidell (friend of Diane Wyatt), DeAnn Cornwall (friend of Kristy Engle) and those grieving the loss of Kendall Fortner (Nancy Gugler’s nephew).

THOSE WORSHIPING FROM HOME: Ruth Alt, Velma Becker, Joe Clemence, Steve Crump, Daisy Dester, Ruth Dieter, Walt Hartman, Neva Heck, Helen Kappel, Pam Paul, Marla Rutz, Donna Smith, Martha Zutavern, Ray Power, Phyllis Newell, and Ken Brown.

THOSE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES: Greg Austin, Tim Barns, Kayla Berven, Billy Brockman, Matthew Brinker, Ross Covington, Jessica and James Green, Gavin Hanna, Cameron Hoskins, David Hoskins, Ryan Kriesch, Samuel Miller, Arthur Sprouse, and James L. Wise, Jr.

DISTRICT PRAYER CALENDAR: Today we pray for the
Salina First United Methodist Church and their Pastor:
Eric Rook


The UMW will be having an Election Day Coffee; on Tuesday, November 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with Coffee, Cinnamon Rolls, a Bake Sale, and Tea Towels for sale.
**Bake Sale items are needed** Please help the UMW with this fundraiser by getting out your mixing bowls and spoons and bake up a batch of greatness.

The youth group will be selling Christmas Wreaths and greenery again this year from Thursday, October 18th – Wednesday, October 31st. They will be available to order in the Narthex before and after church Sunday, October 21st or Sunday, October 28th. Wreaths will be available for pickup on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 25th. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to special trips and activities for our youth.

There will be NO youth group on Halloween.

Sunday, November 4th is our Vintage Years Sunday; when we will be honoring those turning 90 years old in 2018. According to our records; Gil Green, Bill Sexton, Donna Smith, Jerry Taylor, and Dorothy Veach join this elite group this year. If you know of any other members of our congregation who have/are turning 90 in 2018, please contact Wendy Fielder in the church office to ensure no one gets missed.

It’s that time of year again – youth Christmas Pageant rehearsals will begin on Sunday, November 4th during Sunday school hour at 9:20 a.m. on the third floor. Performances will be on Sunday, December 9th during both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. All children and youth are encouraged to participate.

We will be taking donations for the College Student – Final Care Packages from Sunday, October 28th – Wednesday, November 14th. *We anticipate about 20 participants this year and your donations are greatly appreciated* Baskets will be in the Narthex for collection; leftover Halloween candy, popcorn, cookies, funds for shipping etc. are appreciated. *Parents of college students: Please notify Wendy R. of your child’s name and current college address so that no-one gets left out! Care packages will be sent on Saturday, November 24th. If we do not receive an address, your student will not receive a package.

A nursery is provided for children during each service. It is located in Room 205 near the south entrance to the church. If you need assistance locating the nursery, our ushers and greeters will be happy to direct you.

Are you interested in joining the Abilene First United Methodist Church as a member and making a formal commitment to God, the church, and yourself? If so, please communicate with one of the pastors in person or using the pastoral contact information found in the bulletin.

WE’RE ON THE RADIO AND STREAMING ONLINE: If you can’t make it to church, but would like to listen to one of our services live, simply tune into KABI 1560 AM AT 10:30 a.m. If you have a computer but not an AM radio, you can stream the KABI broadcast live at http://www.kabithegeneral.com. To supplement this we’ve also added video (with audio) streaming at http://www.pscp.tv/AFUMC/follow.

EMAIL UPDATES: Jenny and John use a service called TinyLetter to send out blog posts by email every day or so.  This way you can keep up with the blog simply by checking your email inbox. You can also reply with an email of your own and let us know what you think. You can sign up at tinyletter.com/jcollins11


Online Calendar at https://abilenefirstumc.org/calendar/

Please note that bold type indicates congregational participation. An asterisk (*) indicates that you are invited to stand as you are able. “H” stands for The United Methodist Hymnal, “F” stands for The Faith We Sing, and “W” stands for Worship and Song.

A church of open hearts, open minds, and open doors.

To make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Angie Hoerner, Piano
Braden Adams, Drums
Blair Adams, Acolyte
Betty Eckman and John Purvis, Liturgists
Mike Engle and Joy Clemence, House Sound
Liz Collins, Broadcast Sound
Shannon James and Miller Unruh, Slides
Clark Williamson, Director of Music Ministries
Wendy Robinson, Director of Children and Youth Ministries

John and Jennifer Collins, Pastors
Phones: 620-252-9822 (Jenny) and 620-252-9622 (John)
Email: john@revcollins.com and jenny@revcollins.com

Wendy Fielder, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 785-263-2623 — Email: office@abilenefirstumc.org