~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

September 19, 2021

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Servant God, humble our hearts and quiet our minds, that we may reflect your servant heart in everything we say and do. Plant your wisdom in our lives, that we might live your teachings and bear fruit at just the right time. With humble hearts, we pray. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 210) 

Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition

                                             

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Service will be posted

Sunday afternoon

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLOMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 8)

     Leader:  O God, our God, how glorious is your name in all the earth. 

     People: Your glory is sung by all creation.

     Leader:  When we look to the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars,  

     People: Who are we that you care for us and this world?

     Leader:  You are the God of life,

     People: Crowning us with glory and honor to serve you all our days.

     All:         O God, our God, how glorious is your name in all the earth!

From “Flames of the Spirit” by Ruth C. Duck

 

GATHERING HYMN

“Open My Eyes, That I May See” 

 

Open my eyes, that I may see 

Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;

Place in my hands the wonderful key,

That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear

Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;

And while the wave-notes fall on my ear,

Everything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

 

Open my mouth and let it bear 

Gladly the warm truth everywhere;

Open my heart, and let me prepare

Love with Thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for Thee, ready, my God, thy will to see;

Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Servant God, humble our hearts. Save us from our pride. Call us back to service and love, even when our focus is lost in the pursuit of power and prestige. Remind us to be childlike in faith and to be faithful as your children. Cover us with your grace and unify us in your peace, that we may embrace your wisdom from above and your humility from below. In your mercy and grace, we pray. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (pp. 210-211) 

Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition

 

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 3: 3-6, 13-18

Two Kinds Of Wisdom

 

If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.

 

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

GOSPEL READING

Mark 9: 31-37

Who Is the Greatest

 

For he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

HYMN

"Jesus Loves Me"

Jesus loves me, this I know,

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to him belong,

They are weak but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me, this I know,

As he loves so long ago.

Taking children on his knee

saying "Let them come to me".

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me, still today,

Walking with me on my way,

Wanting as a friend to give

Light and love to all who live.

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

 

JESUS LOVES ME

Ann B. Warner, 1860 / William B. Woodbury, 1862

TEACHING TIME

ANTHEM

"Rejoice, O Christian” arr. Michael McCabe

Chancel Singers

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

“O How Glorious, Full Of Wonder” 

 

O how glorious, full of wonder

Is your name o'er all the earth;

God, who wrought creation's splendor,

Bringing suns and stars to birth!

Rapt in rev'rence we adore you,

Marveling at your mystic ways.

Humbly now we bow before you,

Lifting up our hearts in praise.

 

When we see your lights of heaven,

Moon and stars, your power displayed,

Who are we that you should love us,

Creatures that your hand has made?

Born of earth, yet full of yearning,

Mixture strange of good and ill,

From your ways so often turning,

Yet your love does seek us still.

 

You have set us in communion

With the wonders of your hand,

Made us fly with eagle pinion,

Pilgrims over sea and land.

Soaring spire and ruined city,

These our hopes and failures show.

Teach us more of human pity,

That we in your image grow.

 

O how wondrous, O how glorious

Is your name in every land!

God, whose purpose shines before us

Toward the goal that you have planned.

Yours the will our hearts are seeking,

Conscious of our human need.

Spirit in our spirit speaking,

Make us yours, O God, indeed.

IN BABILONE

Curtis Beach, 1958 / Traditional Dutch Melody

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Friday, September 24

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

Saturday, September 25

Schuylkill Haven Borough Day

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

Tuesday, September 28

6:00PM – Consistory Meeting

 

Sunday, October 03

World Communion Sunday

​8:00AM - Chancel Singers rehearsal

9:00AM - Holy Communion Service

10:00AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

~ 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.