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"The 'Who' Comes Before the 'What'!"

21st Sunday After Pentecost/Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2020


"Our God Saves"

Brenton Brown | Paul Baloche

In the name of the Father,
in the name of the Son,
In the name of the Spirit,
Lord we come;

We're gather'd together
to lift up Your name,
To call on our Savior,
to fall on Your grace;

Hear the joyful sound
of our offering
As Your saints bow down,
as Your people sing;
We will rise with You,
lifted on Your wings,
And the world will see that

Our God saves,
Our God saves;
There is hope
in Your name;
Mourning turns
to songs of praise; 
Our God saves,
Our God saves.

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Holy God, help us to be present in worship this day, even as you are present.


"Sanctuary," No. 2164, The Faith We Sing

John Thompson and Randy Scruggs

Lord, prepare me

to be a sanctuary,

pure and holy,

tried and true.

With thanksgiving,

I'll be a living

sanctuary for you

then we know that God still goes that road with us.


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CALL TO WORSHP: Glenda Eastridge and Bonnie West

Liturgist 1: We do not gather in vain, for God is working in our hearts.
Liturgist 2: The love of Jesus Christ calls us together.
Liturgist 1: Our worship strengthens and empowers us to share the gospel.
Liturgist 2: The love of Jesus Christ shines in our lives.
Liturgist 1: Proclaim the good news with boldness.
Liturgist 2: The love of Jesus Christ is at work in the world!


Everlasting God, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Since the creation of the world, you have nurtured us with your love. And yet we shamefully acknowledge that we do not always share your love with others.


We are selective about who we choose as neighbors …
only those who are clean,
who look like us,
who talk right,
who seem safe.


Loving God, teach us to love you more fully. For in loving you, our lives will show love to all others, even as your love encompasses all your creation, in all generations.
We pray in the name of your greatest gift of love, Jesus Christ. Amen.


"O God, Our Help in Ages Past," No.117, The United Methodist Hymnal

R. Deane Postlethwaite

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home!

Under the shadow of thy throne,
still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.


Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, thou art God,
to endless years the same.


A thousand ages, in thy sight,
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night,
before the rising sun.


Time, like an ever rolling stream,
bears all who breathe away;
they fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
be thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home.


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Gracious God, give us humble, teachable, and obedient hearts, that we may receive what you have revealed, and do what you have commanded. Amen. 


1st Thessalonians 2:1-8


"O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee," No. 430, The United Methodist Hymnal

Washington Gladden


O Master, let me walk with thee
in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear
the strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
by some clear, winning word of love;
teach me the wayward feet to stay,
and guide them in the homeward way.


Teach me thy patience; still with thee
in closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
in trust that triumphs over wrong;


In hope that sends a shining ray
far down the future's broadening way,
in peace that only thou canst give,
with thee, O Master, let me live.


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1 Nehemiah 6:1-14


THE MESSAGE: The Rev. John Gargis

“The 'Who' Comes Before the 'What'!"



"Surrounded (Fight My Battles)," Jerry Sullivan


Lord of all we see and all that we cannot see: Give us this day a glimpse of the complexities of the world and the simplicity of living our lives centered in you; loving you with all our heart, soul, and mind, and loving our neighbors well. Bless the gifts we offer you; but in our giving, help us focus on these other more basic gifts. May the love we show you and others be a testimony of whom we follow and who is worthy of our devotion. In Christ’s holy name, we pray. Amen. (Matthew 22:34-46)

THE LORD’S PRAYER: Glena Eastridge

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


“God Be With You Till We Meet Again," No. 672, The United Methodist Hymnal

Jeremiah E. Rankin

God be with you till we meet again;
by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.


Till we meet, till we meet,
till we meet at Jesus' feet;
till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.



God be with you till we meet again;
neath his wings securely hide you,
daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.



God be with you till we meet again;
when life's perils thick confound you,
put his arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.


God be with you till we meet again;
keep love's banner floating o'er you,
smite death's threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.



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Whether you label yourself a "Christian," or are uncertain whether you believe in anything any more, you are welcome to worship at Green Meadow United Methodist Church. Single, married, partnered, divorced, gay, rich, poor, USAmerican, or immigrant, you are welcome here. Burned out on religion -- whether organized, or disorganized -- bedraggled and hungover, addicted or in recovery, just out of jail, you are welcome here. Have no idea about Holy Communion, hymnals, or when to stand or sit? Don't worry, the pastor didn't either when he first stepped into a United Methodist Church as an adult -- and he was welcomed, too. 

We're glad you're here! 


We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. Our mission is to be an open gathering place to nurture Christians in training who, equipped by the Holy Spirit, go into the world and share the light of Jesus Christ.


Whether it's building mission kits for flood victims, sending food buckets to Zimbabwe, working with Family Promise of Blount County, helping the Salvation Army's lunch ministry, or gathering peanut butter for the Community Food Connection, "Meadow Folk" are engaged in the missio Dei ... God's mission of love.


Sunday mornings at Green Meadow are, in a way, much of what you would expect when you come to a United Methodist Church: we gather for Sunday School and we worship together. We also share a breakfast once a month, and in months where we have a fifth Sunday, we have a potluck dinner.


We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. 


1633 Louisville Road

Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone: 865-982-5800


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