~ SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT ~

September 05, 2021

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

 

This service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you wish to partake, please take a moment before viewing the service to prepare

a small piece of bread or cracker and a small cup of juice or wine. 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Remember God’s gracious abundance and give thanks. Remember Christ’s call upon our lives to be faithful. Open yourself to the Holy Spirit. For this is the time to praise God.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 202). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

 

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Sunday afternoon

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP 

     Pastor:   We gather here to worship God,

     People: Whose steadfast love endures forever.

     Pastor:   We gather surrounded by God’s Holy Spirit,

     People: Who encourages us to walk faithfully with Christ. 

     Pastor:   Praise be to God, whose goodness and mercy fill our days.

     People: Praise be to God, whose ways lead to peace and justice.  

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 202). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

GATHERING HYMN                                                           

“In Christ There Is No East Or West”

In Christ there is no East or West,

In Christ no South or North;

But one community of love

Throughout the whole wide earth.

In Christ shall true hearts everywhere

Their high communion find;

God's service is the golden cord

Close-binding humankind.

In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek,

And neither slave nor free;

For men and women live in God

And all are kin to me.

In Christ now meet both East and West,

In Christ, meet South and North;

On joyous, true community

Throughout the whole wide earth! 

ST. PETER

John Oxenham, 1908 / Alexander R. Reinagle, 1836

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of us all, your grace and mercy fill our lives every day. We give you our thanks and praise. Too often, we forget or ignore your presence in our lives. Too often, we treat your children unequally, deeming some more important than others. Too often, we forget that our daily actions need to reflect our faith. Forgive us, and lead us to embrace abundant life for all of your children. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J.. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (pp. 202-203). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

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

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: 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.

GLORIA PATRI

Henry W. Creatorex, 1851

 

FIRST READING

James 2: 1-9

Warning Against Partiality

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you? You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

GOSPEL READING

Mark 7: 31-37

Jesus Cures A Deaf Man

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

HYMN

“Here, O My Lord"

 

Here, O my Lord, I see you face to face;

Here would I touch and handle things unseen;

Here grasp with firmer hand the eternal grace,

And all my weariness upon you lean.

Here would I feed upon the bread of God,

here share the cup, the gracious gift of heaven;

Here would I lay aside each earthly load,

Here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.

Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear;

The meal, but not your love, is past and gone.

This joyful feast confirms that you are here,

Now and forever, as our shield and sun.

MORECAMBE

Horatius Bonar, 1855 / Frederick C. Atkinson, 1870

TEACHING TIME

OFFERING

     Invitation

     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.

OLD HUNDREDTH

Thomas Ken, 1674 / Louis Bourgeois, 1551

     Prayer Of Dedication

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Pastor: Luke the evangelist wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

People: In company with all believers, in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

Pastor:   God be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor:   Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them to God.

Pastor:   Let us give thanks to God most High.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Pastor:  Holy God, our loving Creator . . . we offer ourselves to you as we unite our voices with the entire family of your faithful people everywhere.

 

Response: “Holy Holy Holy”

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full, are full

Of the majesty of thy glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

SERAPHIC HYMN

Alonzo P. Howard, 1838-1902

          

WORDS OF INSTITUTION & LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

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.

 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD & POURING OF THE WINE

 

SHARING OF THE ELEMENTS

                                    

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 

We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of your son Jesus Christ.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen!


PARTING HYMN

“Sent Forth By God's Blessing” 

 

Sent forth by God's blessing, our true faith confessing, 

The people of God from this dwelling take leave. 

The service is ended, O now be extended

The fruits of our worship in all who believe,

The seed of the teaching, receptive hearts reaching, 

Shall blossom in action for God and for all.

God's grace did invite us, and love shall unite us

To work for God's realm and to answer the call.

With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, 

The tasks of our everyday life we will face.

Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring

Embracing God's children of each tribe and race. 

With your grace you feed us, with your light now lead us,

Unite us as one in this life that we share. 

Thank may all the living with praise and thanksgiving

Give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.

ASH GROVE

Omer Westendorf, 1964 / Welsh Folk Melody

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Wednesday, September 08

6:00PM - Fundraising Team

Sunday, September 12

9:00AM - Worship Service

Saturday, September 18

8:00AM - Men's Fellowship Breakfast

3C's Restaurant, Port Clinton

Sunday, September 19

8:00AM - Chancel Choir rehearsal

9:00AM - Worship Service

10:00AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

Friday, September 24

6:00-8:00PM - Gift & Basket Raffle

Saturday, September 25

Schuylkill Haven Borough Day

9:00AM-4:00PM - Gift & Basket Raffle

~ 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.