~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

September 26, 2021

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

I come today, just as I am, with tears and laughter. I come to you, Jesus, Healer and Life-giver.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 214) 

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Service will be posted

Sunday afternoon

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLOMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  We are gathered today as a community of peace and love. Is anyone here today suffering? 

People: We will pray with you.

Leader:  Is anyone here today rejoicing? 

People: We will rejoice with you. 

Leader:  Is anyone here today longing for healing?

People: We will wrap each other in prayer.

Leader:  You are welcome to this house of peace and love.

People: We come as we are, joyful and hurting. We come to you, Healer, Life-giver.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 214) 

Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition

GATHERING HYMN

“We Yearn, O Christ, For Wholeness”

 

We yearn, O Christ, for wholeness and for your healing touch;

Too long have we felt helpless, our burdens seemed too much.

Forgetting all pretenses we make our pleadings heard,

In hope and expectation await your gracious Word.

 

We long to have companions who travel by our side,

Strong friends to call and answer with whom we are allied;

As we lift up each other when struggles lay us low,

Community develops, our faith and caring grow.

 

We need your living presence, O Christ of Galilee,

A presence that revives us and sets our spirits free.

No longer are we fearful, your love pervades each place.

Empower us with courage to calm your healing grace. 

PASSION CHORALE

Dosia Carlson, 1986 / Hans Leo Hassler, 1601

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

We come from a busy week of tasks and obligations. In this quiet time, we have a chance to reflect on how we have lived our lives this week. We have an opportunity to explore the hopes that you have— hopes for compassion for the weak, justice for the mistreated, and love for friends and strangers. We thank and praise you for your love and power. We rejoice that you have helped us to be like you; and we regret when we have not been like you. Pick us up where we have fallen. Touch us with your renewing grace, Healer on the Way. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B. J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 215) 

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 5: 7-11

Patience In Suffering

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

GOSPEL READING

Mark 9: 38-50

Temptations To Sin

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

 

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

 

“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

HYMN

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to our God in prayer!

Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to our God in prayer!

Are we weak and heavy laden, burdened with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to our God in prayer!

Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to our God in prayer!

Jesus' arms will take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

ERIE

Joseph Ccriven, 1855 / Charles C. Converse, 1868

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

“O For A World” 

O for a world where everyone respects each other's ways,

Where love is lived and all is done with justice and with praise.

O for a world where goods are shared and misery relieved,

Where truth is spoken, children spared, equality achieved.

We welcome one world family and struggle with each choice

That opens us to unity and gives our vision voice.

The poor are rich, the weak are strong, the foolish ones are wise.

Tell all who mourn: outcasts belong, who perishes will rise.

O for a world preparing for God's glorious reign of peace, 

Where time and tears will be no more, and all but love will cease.

AZMON

Miriam Therese Winter, 1987 / Carl G. Glaser, 1828

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

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

Sunday, October 10

9:00AM - Worship Service

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

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.