United Christian Church of Austin
October 17th, 2021


WELCOME                                         Rev. Anna



*CALL TO WORSHIP                         Liturgist 

You may rise in body or Spirit:

One: This is the season for thoughts of transition,

for one day it will be our time

to cross-over

to be with our ancestors

and You.

Do you ever wonder

why your human creatures

are so reluctant to consider

their crossing-over?

Do you sometimes ponder

the acceptance of the geese to their journey,

and hesitancy of humans

to affirm Your presence throughout the cycle of life?

All: We come together in the circle of our faith,

more pensive in autumn than other Sabbath mornings.

One: Sabbath derives from “peace”,

and so perhaps today would be a good time for all of us

to make our peace with all others.

All: In our worship

may You hear in our words and songs

our commitment to be in harmony

with your plan for our mortal existence, Amen.

Call to Worship adapted from R. Matthew Stevens, who is Métis, and a First Nations Anishinaabe elder.


CALL TO CONFESSION                      Liturgist


9 AM Only:

One: This morning, we will be hearing the list of names of black people killed in the last 12 months by U.S. law enforcement. After you hear the words, “Say their name,” please repeat the name you hear:

Jonathan Price, 31 years old, Jonathan Price, say his name:

Jonathan Price

Walter Wallace Jr., 21 years old, Walter Wallace Jr., say his name:

Walter Wallace Jr.

Kevin Peterson Jr., 21 years old, Kevin Peterson Jr., say his name:

Kevin Peterson Jr.

Quawan Charles, 15 years old, Quawan Charles, say his name:

Quawan Charles

Aiden Ellison, 19 years old, Aiden Ellison, say his name:

Aiden Ellison

Casey Goodson Jr., 23 years old, Casey Goodson Jr., say his name:

Casey Goodson Jr.

Bennie Edwards, 60 years old, Bennie Edwards, say his name:

Bennie Edwards

Vincent Belmonte, 18 years old, Vincent Belmonte, say his name:

Vincent Belmonte

Xzavier Hill, 18 years old, Xzavier Hill, say his name:

Xzavier Hill

Robert Howard, 30 years old, Robert Howard, say his name:

Robert Howard

Jenoah Donald, 30 years old, Jenoah Donald, say his name:

Jenoah Donald

Patrick Warren, 52 years old, Patrick Warren, say his name:

Patrick Warren

Dominique Williams, 32 years old, Dominique Williams, say his name:

Dominique Williams

Marvin Scott III, 26 years old, Marvin Scott III, say his name:

Marvin Scott III

Daunte Wright, 20 years old, Daunte Wright, say his name:

Daunte Wright

James Lionel Johnson, 28 years old, James Lionel Johnson, say his name:

James Lionel Johnson

Ma’khia Bryant, 16 years old, Ma’khia Bryant, say her name

Ma’khia Bryant

Matthew Williams, 35 years old, Matthew Williams, say his name

Matthew Williams

11 AM Only: Naming the Saints: “Say His Name” YouTube

BOTH 9 AM and 11 AM Services: Lector

One: Everliving God,

As we hear the names of those dearly departed,

We lament that the sin of racial hatred and prejudice

distorts your divine plan for our human lives.

In every person, every race, is your image.

But too often we are complicit in systems

that fail to recognize your image in all saints.

Forgive us.

Help us to follow in the footsteps of all the saints who fought for a more just and peaceful world. Amen.


Time For Children

CHILDREN'S SONG                Jesus Loves Me


SENDING SONG                Shalom Chavarim

The Word


Mark 10:35-45


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."

And he said to them, "What is it you want me to do for you?"

And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory."

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?"

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; 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."

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 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. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

One: This is the Word of God for all the people of God.

Many: Thanks be to God!

MEDITATION:                            Rev. Anna




You may share your joys and concerns out loud now. The pastor will end each request with 

   One: O God,

   All: Hear our prayer.


Using these or whichever words are closest to your heart, yet saying together:

Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kin-dom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kin-dom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.


Near the exit, there is a locked wooden offering box where you may place your tithe or loose change on the way out. Alternatively, you may text your gift to 512.842.6662 by putting a $ followed by the amount into the message. Or to be led to our online giving portal, click the orange button below. Thank you so much for your generous support.


Holy Communion


TABLE PRAYER                                                             


All are invited to the table of love, baptized or not, member or not, whether your faith is strong or you are doubting, all are welcome at God's table.


All are now invited

to come down the center aisle

one household at a time for communion,

beginning with the front pews

and leaving room for social distancing.

Please exit by the side aisles,

placing offerings in the plates.

I or a deacon will also be coming around

to give communion to those who prefer to remain seated;

just give us a nod, and we will serve you.

Gluten free communion is also available.

You may take communion as soon as you have received it.

So come now, for all things are ready…



One: Please rise in body or Spirit to dedicate these gifts.

One: This is the table

where saints and sinners assemble.

All: Thanks be to God,

there is room enough for me.

One: This is the table

where the angels hover ‘round.

All: Thanks be to God,

death has lost its sting.

One: This is the table

where every tear is wiped away.

All: Thanks be to God,

Christ draws close to the brokenhearted.

One: This is the table.

These are our gifts.

You are Christ’s body.

All: We are the blessed;

We are the broken.

We are all saints.


One: Please remain standing for our sending hymn, O When the Saints.





One: Now our worship has ended.

All: Let our service begin.


At the 9 am service on October 24th in the outdoor Sanctuary, we will bless our pets. Please have dogs on leashes and other pets in carriers.


We know you have talents and skills and gifts. Have you considered where you will join others to help serve UCC? If you have a place where God is calling you, contact personnel@uccaustin.org.

Dia de los Muertos


The last three Sundays in October, we will be celebrating the Saints of the Church and will be setting up our ofrenda again. If you have saints of your own you would like to honor, please send their pictures to church@uccaustin.org.

The Pumpkins are Coming! The Pumpkins are coming!

The Pumpkin Patch is back and, as you know, it takes a lot of willing helpers to unload half a semi-truck of pumpkins. Sign up to help on Friday, October 15 at 4 pm.


We are going to celebrate big time on Sunday, November 14. We will have worship at 9 am with the commissioning of Meghan Dever, the congregational meeting, and the 30th Anniversary celebration! You won't want to miss this.

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive for Bethany Faith Food Pantry

It's time to start collecting canned goods for our support of Bethany Food Pantry's Thanksgiving meal distribution. Check out the graphic above to see how your family can help! Donations can be brought on Sunday mornings during October, or placed in the marked box on the front porch of the church.


Everyone, but especially the young ones, is invited to a time of stories, crafts, games, and songs at the UCC Pumpkin Patch on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 -11:30 am. Miss Emily has some exciting things in store for you. Invite your friends and neighbors

Sign Up for Church Texts

Sign up to receive the church bulletin texted to you automatically each Sunday. You'll also get only the most important alerts sent right to your phone. We promise to send you an alert no more than once a week, and you can reply STOP at any time to unsubscribe. Just text bltn 3500 to 81411 to subscribe.

New Book Group in October!

Tuesday, October 5th at noon, you are invited to join in on ZOOM to discuss Barbara Brown Taylor's book "An Altar to the World." Each week is independent so you can join at any time. 

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