God’s Family Worships
Communion Sunday
October 3, 2021- 11:00 A.M.                                                                             
It is good to acknowledge the Lord, and to give thanks to our Redeemer, to come before His throne with singing, and to join His people in praise!  Amen.

The Fellowship of Praise
Prelude                  “Peace in the Valley”                      Arr. C. Jones
                                                                                     Cameron Jones       
*Call to Worship                                          Debbie Taylor                                         

Leader:  Make a joyful noise to God.
Congregation: Sing God’s praises.
Leader: God has led us through fire and water, and laid burdens on our back
Congregation: But now God has led us out into a spacious place.
Leader:  Rejoice in the Lord.
Congregation: Shout the glories of our God.
Leader:  Let us worship in gratitude and praise this day.
*Hymn of Praise      “When the Saints Go Marching In”  
by Sidney Bechet
Oh, when the Saints go marching in, Oh, when the Saints go marching in, I want to be in that number,
When the Saints go marching in.
And when the sun begins to shine, And when the sun begins to shine, I want to be in that number,
When the Saints go marching in.
Oh, when the trumpet sound its call, Oh, when the trumpet sound its call, I want to be in that number,
When the Saints go marching in.
Oh, when the Saints go marching in, Oh, when the Saints go marching in, I want to be in that number,
When the Saints go marching in.

*Invocation and Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors)

*Gloria Patri #734

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The Fellowship of the Family of God
Greetings and Announcements
Pastor's Welcome

The Fellowship of Giving
*Doxology #34

The Fellowship of Prayer
Joys and Concerns
Praise and Thanks
For the continued ministry of MPBC; and the love and support of our MPBC members and friends; for our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell and his family.
For Healing and Rehabilitation
Annette Adams; Annether Baines; Diane Brownlee; Patsy Browning; Beverly Capers (sister of Beatrice Haywood); Elizabeth Chelton (Granddaughter of Patsy Browning); Trisha Clark (granddaughter of Penny Lord); Neil Cunningham; The Goodman Family; Linda Guisewite (mother of Debbie Taylor); Floyd Hale and family; Priscilla Hall; Aretha Hampton; Shavon Harp (Niece of Annether Baines);
The Haywood Family; The Healy/Chase Family; Family of Cleone Kober;
The Kurut Family; Jack & Penny Lord; Linda, Stephanie & Joan McCarty; John & Flora Mitchell (Pastor Joel’s parents); Sam and Karen Mitchell;  
Family of Reverend Millie Myren; Beverly Nickerson; Haile Selassie (son of Bruce and Rev. Francine White); Barbara Shriver (mother of Gretchen Shriver); Robert Soria (grandson of Susan Soria); Debbie and Mack Taylor; Cassandra Taylor (JFK owner); Jean Turner; Michael Whaley; Jeremy Williams & Family; Ira Williams
For Guidance and Direction
For our MPBC family, our vision for the future, and for our young people
For Watchcare
All of our service men and women serving and all of our veterans; All of our missionaries, who serve in all parts of the USA and in many parts of the world; For the President of the United States, Joe Biden. For all the people who have suffered through natural disasters; For the city of Chicago, that violence will cease.

Pastoral Prayer

The Fellowship of the Word and the Table
Scripture Readings 

Nehemiah 2:1-13;20
Nehemiah Sent to Judah
2 In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was served to him, I carried the wine and gave it to the king. Now, I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 So the king said to me, ‘Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This can only be sadness of the heart.’ Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, ‘May the king live for ever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my ancestors’ graves, lies waste, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?’ 4 Then the king said to me, ‘What do you request?’ So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 Then I said to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favour with you, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my ancestors’ graves, so that I may rebuild it.’6 The king said to me (the queen also was sitting beside him), ‘How long will you be gone, and when will you return?’ So it pleased the king to send me, and I set him a date. 7 Then I said to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may grant me passage until I arrive in Judah; 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, directing him to give me timber to make beams for the gates of the temple fortress, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.’ And the king granted me what I asked, for the gracious hand of my God was upon me.

9 Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River, and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent officers of the army and cavalry with me. 10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard this, it displeased them greatly that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people of Israel.
Nehemiah’s Inspection of the Walls
11 So I came to Jerusalem and was there for three days. 12 Then I got up during the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put into my heart to do for Jerusalem. The only animal I took was the animal I rode. 13 I went out by night by the Valley Gate past the Dragon’s Spring and to the Dung Gate, and I inspected the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.20 Then I replied to them, ‘The God of heaven is the one who will give us success, and we his servants are going to start building; but you have no share or claim or historic right in Jerusalem.’

Sermon      “REBUILDING THE WALL”        Rev. Dr. Joel Mitchell

*Hymn            “How Great is Our God”        by Chris Tomlin
How great is our God
Sing with me 
How great is our God
And all will see
How great, how great is our God

Invitation to the Table

The Bread and the Cup

Communion Music       
The Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn   “Peace in the Valley”   by Thomas A. Dorsey
There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There’ll be no sadness, no sorrow
no trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me

* Benediction
Postlude                  “How Great is Our God”                Arr. C Jones



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