~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

August 29, 2021

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Creator God, you have loved us passionately into being. We come today seeking your presence and to know we are your beloved! Enter our sanctuary and enter our hearts that we may look into your loving gaze and see ourselves reflected there, as you see us. Let our love for you reflect and mirror your perfect love as we gather as your Beloved Community.  

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP 

     Leader:  God loves us with a steadfast love.

     People: Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

     Leader:  God loves us so much he gave us his Son

     People: Let us believe and have eternal life! 

     Leader:  God loves us with a great love, rich in mercy.

     People: Let us have faith to receive this grace!

     Leader:  Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good!                

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GATHERING HYMN

“Great Is Your Faithfulness”

Great is your faithfulness, O God, Creator
With you no shadow of turning we see.
You do not change, your compassions they fail not.
All of your goodness forever will be.

Great is your faithfulness!
Great is your faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed your hand has provided.
Great is your faithfulness, God, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
join with all nature in manifold witness
To your great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Great is your faithfulness!

Great is your faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed your hand has provided.

Great is your faithfulness, God, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace so enduring,
Your own dear presence to cheer and to guide.
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,,
Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside.

Great is your faithfulness!

Great is your faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed your hand has provided.

Great is your faithfulness, God, unto me!

FAITHFULNESS

Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923 / William M. Runyan, 1923

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Patient and ever‐faithful God, we come to you this morning confessing that we can be a grumpy and unsatisfied people. When things are not perfect in our eyes, we murmur and complain, and grumble and doubt. We lose hope in the people around us and, even worse, we lose hope in you. We challenge instead of accepting. We put you to the test rather than trust your caring love.  Forgive our doubts and complaining.  Forgive our loss of hope. Let your healing, life‐giving waters pour over us. Restore our souls. Amen.  

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ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Leader: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Leader: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

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.

FIRST READING

James 1: 17-27

Hearing & Doing The Word

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

GOSPEL READING

Mark 7: 24-30

A Woman’s Faith

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

 

HYMN

"What A Covenant"

What a covenant, what a joy divine, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms; 
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, 
Safe and secure from all alarms; 
Leaning, leaning, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms; 
O how bright the path grows from day to day, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, 

Safe and secure from all alarms; 

Leaning, leaning,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms? 
I have blessed peace with my Savior near, 
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,

Safe and secure from all alarms;

Leaning, leaning,

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

LEANING

Elisha A.  Hoffman, 1887/ Anthony J. Showalter, 1887

TEACHING TIME

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

      He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

      Born of the Virgin Mary,

      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      Was crucified, died, and was buried;

      He descended to the dead.

      On the third day he rose again;

      He ascended into heaven,

      He is seated at the right hand of the Father, 

      And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      The holy catholic Church

      The communion of saints, 

      The forgiveness of sins,

      The resurrection of the body,

      And the life everlasting. Amen. 

MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

     Leader: The Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

 

OFFERING

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

PARTING HYMN

“Just As I Am” 

 

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that your blood was shed for me,
And that you called inviting me,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

 

Just as I am, though tossed about

With many a conflict, many a doubt,

Fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, you will receive,
Will welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because your promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, your love unknown

Has broken every barrier down;

Now to be yours, and yours alone, 

O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

WOODWORTH

Charlotte Elliott, 1836 / William B. Bradbury, 1849 

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Monday, August 30

6:00PM – Consistory Meeting

 

Wednesday, September 01

4:30PM – Worship & Music Team

6:00PM - Fundraising Team

Sunday, September 05

9:00AM Holy Communion Service 

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The 2021 Gift & Basket Raffle will be a part of this year's Schuylkill Haven Borough Day on Saturday, September 25! This is a great opportunity to support your church by donating cash, gift cards, or other gift items and baskets for the raffle. There will also be a special preview night on Friday, September 24 from 6-8PM. Lets work together to make this year's Gift & Basket Raffle a fun event that supports the ministries of Saint John's Church! If you have any questions or are interested in helping, please contact Ann Rich or Mickey Casey.

We will be having our 2nd annual winter clothing giveaway on Saturday, October 23. Clean, gently used or new clothing can be dropped off at the church on Sunday mornings or during office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-3:00PM). There will also be two evening drop off opportunities on Thursday October 7 and 14 from 5-7PM. Help support this important outreach ministry if you are able.