Worship for Sunday September 26, 2021; the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 21)

THE GATHERING 

                                                                                                         * Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: “Sonata in Bb Major” Adagio, by George P. Telemann

* Call to Worship 

If it were not for God, who is on our side, we surely would be swept away by sadness and fear.

Blessed be the Lord, our protector!

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Blessed be God’s holy name!

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

God of courage, you gave Esther the strength to speak out and the intelligence she needed to save her people. Help us believe you are still present and active in this world and that Your grace remains as an everlasting force in our lives. In Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

* Hymn of Praise #645 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”

* Invitation to Healing

The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up, and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore let us confess our sins and pray for one another so that all may be healed.

* Prayer of Wholeness

God of unity, we live in a world where our lives move between inclusivity and exclusivity. We often move toward the latter, trying to oust from our circles those who do not think like us, act like us, or look like us.  Forgive our need to reject and to always be on the lookout for those things that make us different. Give us the eyes of our Teacher, who knows unconditional love and compassion and sees us all as one, for it is in his name that we pray, Amen.

* Hymn #471 “O Lord, Hear My Prayer(Repeat 3x)

* Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys: Where We Have Seen God at Work

* Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Your Word is our salt; without it, we lose our being, our joy, and our ability to endure.  Open our hearts and our minds to listen, to really listen, to your Word today.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 pp. 613, 615 OT

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: James 5:13-20 p. 314 NT

“The word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:38-50 pp. 63-64 NT

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you, O Christ”

Meditation: “The Legacy of James” ~ Pastor Scott

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn of Response #718 “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”

* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967

New life in Christ takes shape in a community in which people know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are. They therefore accept themselves and love others, knowing that no one has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present our Offerings

Today and every day we see signs of God’s grace and abundance; but we also know that there is suffering and need in the world. Give freely of what you have been given, as a witness to God’s actions in the world.

Offertory: “Sonata in Bb Major” Cantabile, G. P. Telemann

*Doxology Hymn #606 using text below

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Blessed be the Lord, for God is good, and god’s love endures forever. Our Creator, help us to mirror your goodness through all that we can offer the world, and it is in your Son’s name that we pray the prayer he taught, saying:

* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…” Amen.

SENDING

* Closing Hymn #641 “When in Our Music God is Glorified”

* Charge

If it had not been for the Lord who was on our side, we would not have been freed or blessed.  Do not be a stumbling block; be salt, have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

* Blessing

May God, who is our strength, help us celebrate the freedom we have received, and remember his great deeds and grow in trust. May Jesus Christ, in whose name we find power, help us to honor his name with everything we do and say.  And may the Holy Spirit, who helps us to pray, motivate in us the practice of prayer, discovering, while praying, that there is indeed power in the name of Jesus.

         Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

         Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in the outdoor pavilion with appropriate social distancing for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection:

How can you see God as an active presence in your life and in the life of others?  How can you be grateful and adore God not only in the times when you are the subject of God’s blessing but also in times of trouble and tribulation?

Household Prayer: Morning

May the first words in my mouth today be the sound of the name of Jesus.  Lead me to reflect on his power as I seek to live my day, honoring the One who gave me salvation and a new life.  In his powerful name I pray, Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

God, was I an agent of hope and salvation to others as you have been to me?  As the day winds down, help me to think about those times during the day when I lived in your grace and the times when I failed to be salt in your world.  Keep on working in my life, through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that I can become more like you want me to be.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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Worship for September 19, 2021; Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 20)

THE GATHERING

                                                             * Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music:

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: “The Love of Jesus Medley” arr. Mark Hayes

* Call to Worship 

The one who welcomes you is here in word and bread and wine.

Young and old, all the baptized: welcome to the place of hope.

Jesus calls us all into the circle of his arms. Come.

Thanks be to God.

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

God of the first and the last, give us strength of mind, that we might walk the path of obedience and discipleship without wasting our time thinking about who is more important.  Instead, guide our thoughts and our emotions that we may be like children, totally dependent on you, welcoming all with hospitality and love.  In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: #188 “Jesus Loves Me!”

* Invitation to Healing

Recognizing that we are easily swayed by the wrong advice and that we have strayed from the ways of the Lord, let us confess our sins to God, with hope of finding love and mercy.

* Prayer of Wholeness

God of Wisdom forgive our foolishness.  We desire what we do not need and corrupt our relationships with envy.  You urge us to gentleness, but we stir up conflict.  Give us your grace, that we may harvest righteousness and peace, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Teacher, we pray.

* Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys: Where We Have Seen God at Work

* Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Your Word is our wisdom; it gives us insight, strength, and courage. Open our hearts and our minds on this day, that we might receive what. You want to give. Speak, Lord, to our souls!  Your people are listening…Amen.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Psalm 1 p.

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a p.

“The word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:30-37 p.

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Sermon: TL 9-19-2021 Wisdom to Live~ Pastor Scott

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: GTG #515 “I Come with Joy”

* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967

Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage.  People are free to seek life within the purpose of God: to develop and protect the resources of nature for the common welfare, to work for justice and peace in society, and in other ways to use their creative powers for the fulfillment of human life.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present our Offerings

We have been made capable of being good stewards of what God has given us. Let us, with gratitude in our hearts, give from what has been given to us, by grace.

Offertory: “The Gift of Love”(Hymn #693)

*Doxology Hymn #606 using text below

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

We thank you for the wealth you shower on us daily, O Lord, and we witness the marvelous goodness that comes from you. Transform these gifts into signs of welcome for all who are touched by their use. Transform us into people who bless others throughout each day, in Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: GTG #839 “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!”

* Charge

Go out into the world endeavoring to be the last of all and the servant of all. Welcome the children, for in doing so, you welcome Jesus. Submit yourselves to God, resist all evil; draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.

* Blessing

“Deep peace be with you…”

         Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

            Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

* Postlude: “Radical Man” ~ by Yohann Anderson

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in the outdoor pavilion with appropriate social distancing for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Question for Reflection

What can you do to discern between good advice and advice that will lead you on the wrong path?

Household Prayer: Morning

As we rise, we have so much to do!  We work without realizing that all we do can be a song of love to you and to the ones with whom you have surrounded us.  Lead me, O God, so that everything that I do in my life can be done in praise to you. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

As this day ends, I hope I have done my work with a gentleness born out of your wisdom.  Thank you, triune God, for the rest that you will provide and for the strength for a new morning. Amen.

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Worship September 12, 2021; the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Proper 19)

THE GATHERING

                                                                            * Those willing and able please stand

Prelude: ~ Steve LaFollette

Singing Bowl and Lighting the Christ Candle

* Call to Worship 

Look at the heavens!

They are shouting the glory of God.

The days and the nights declare the magnificence of God’s creative works.

Their voice goes through all the earth and their words reach the ends of the world.

Let our words of praise be acceptable to you.

Our Lord, our rock, our redeemer!

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

It says in the Bible, O God, that you created the world through your Word. Your Word is powerful! And so are our words. They can heal, create a smile, be a declaration of love; but they can also hurt and destroy a sense of self-worth. Give us your wisdom, God of the Word, so that as a church and as individuals, we use our words to build up and not to destroy. Amen.

* Hymn or Song of Praise GTG # 693, PH #335: “Though I May Speak”

* Invitation to Healing

Let us use our voices to declare those things we have said and done that have separated us from God, and from one another, that we may experience God’s mercy and receive God’s forgiveness.

* Prayer of Wholeness

You have called us, O God, and we have refused to listen; you have stretched out your hand and we have not taken it. We have taken what you have given us and used those gifts to hurt others, ourselves, and even to defy you. We have refused to be tamed by your wisdom. Forgive our inability to recognize you and live out the reality of your gospel. Give us the insight we need to understand. Your place in our lives so that our words and actions reflect the glory of God in the lives of others. In the name of the Messiah we pray, Amen.

* Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Celebrating Joys: Where We Have Seen God at Work

Community Announcements

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, O Lord. Be our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Psalm 19:1-14

 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: James 3:1-12

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:27-38

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 9-12-2021 Legacy Perspectives ~ Pastor Scott

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: GTG #718, PH #393 “Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said”

* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967

Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage.  People are free to seek life within the purpose of God: to develop and protect the resources of nature for the common welfare, to work for justice and peace in society, and in other ways to use their creative powers for the fulfillment of human life.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission – A Season of Peace

Invitation to Present our Offerings

God has given us the sun and made us stewards of all creation. God has given us our lives and our very beings. Let us give to God, from what God has given us.

Offertory: ~ Steve LaFollette

*Doxology GTG #606, PH #592 Using text below

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

God of wisdom may this offering serve as a powerful witness to this world in need. Guide us as we administer the gifts that you have given us for the building of your kingdom. In Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: GTG #826, PH #371 “Lift High the Cross”

* Charge

When people ask, “Who is this Jesus?” do not be ashamed of the gospel; share with them that he loved the world so much that he lived for us, suffered for us, died for us, and rose again for us, and invited them to follow him.

* Blessing

“Deep peace be with you…”

         Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

* Postlude ~ Steve LaFollette

Questions for Reflection

How do you seek God’s wisdom in your life?  What are the signs and symbols of God’s presence that surround your everyday life?

Household Prayer: Morning

Lord Jesus, as I open my eyes this day, I can see the heavens that tell of your glory. Allow me to be part of this creation that proclaims your handiwork and your real presence in the world. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Lord, as the day winds down, allow me to find satisfaction in the thought that I have taken my cross and followed you. Allow me to find rest in the knowledge that I did not act as if I was ashamed of you. And if I failed you, forgive me and allow me to find solace in the new mercies of the morning. Amen.

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Worship with Communion: September 5, 2021; The Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time; Proper 18

THE GATHERING

                                             * Those willing and able please stand

Welcome and Announcements    

Gathering with Bowl and Flame       

Prelude: “Give Me Jesus” arr. John Purifoy

* Call to Worship 

Merciful God, maker of us all, you plead the cause of the poor and afflicted,

Open our hearts to demonstrate God’s love and grace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us pray:

* Prayer of the Day    

Good and generous God, you have blessed us with favor and counted us as your people through our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.  Freed by your grace, let us extend your generosity to others, sharing our bread with the poor, pleading the cause of the afflicted, and receiving all who assemble in your name with the warmth of your love and the richness of your hospitality; in the good name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: GTG #610; PH #466 “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

* Invitation to Healing

Let us confess our sins to the Lord who surrounds us with loving grace forevermore.

* Prayer of Wholeness

God of favor, we have not been true to you.  You have chosen the poor in the world, but we have dishonored them.  You plead the cause of the afflicted, but we crush them.  We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We have favored the rich and despised the poor.  We have dismissed the needy with empty words.  Soften our hearts and make straight our ways.  Heal our unbelief and turn us back to you.  Amen.

* Kyrie GTG Hymnal #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response GTG Hymnal #591: “Halle, Halle, Halle” (Chorus 2x)

Celebrating Joys: Where We Have Seen God at Work

Sung Response: GTG Hymn #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Healing God, you do all things well. Illumine our hearts by your Holy Spirit, that we may receive your words and demonstrate your grace. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

 “The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17

“The word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 7:24-37

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Brief Participatory Reflection: TL 9-5-2021 Conversions~ Pastor Scott

Participation Questions for Reflection

Try to recall the first time in your life when you did not retreat in the face of opposition. How is your experience like that of the Syrophoenician woman putting her case to Jesus? Where in your life today is that same courage calling you to speak out? What could you do this week to take steps in that direction?

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn of Response: GTG Hymnal #762; PH #407 “When the Poor Ones”

* Affirmation of Faith: ~ Adapted from section 4, A Brief Statement of Faith, PC(USA)

“We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord in your mercy,” “Hear our prayers.”

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Those who are generous are blessed through the good name of Jesus Christ our Savior, by whom we have received the favor of our God – better than silver or gold.  From the riches of God’s grace, let us present our gifts of gratitude to bless those in need. As ushers come forward to receive our morning offering, let us examine our minds and hearts in preparation for offering ourselves at the Table of our Lord.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “At Communion” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Whether I kneel or stand or sit in prayer

I am not caught in time nor held in space,

But, thrust beyond this posture, I am where

Time and eternity are face to face;

Infinity and space meet in this place

Where crossbar and upright hold the One

In agony and in all Love’s embrace.

The power in helplessness which was begun

When all the brilliance of the flaming sun

Contained itself in the small confines of a child

Now comes to me in this strange action done

In mystery. Break time, break space, O wild

And lovely power. Break me: thus am I dead

Am resurrected now in wine and bread.[1] 

Offertory: “Song from Valders” by Edward Grieg  

* Doxology: GTG Hymnal #608; PH #592 (Using text as follows)

Praise God, from whom all blessing flow

Praise Christ, all creatures here below

Praise Holy Spirit, evermore

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen.

* Prayer of Dedication

Holy God of holy ground, like Moses, we question our fitness to serve heaven’s purposes on earth.  Overcome our qualms with the assurance of your presence; bless these offerings that, through them, we may do your will; in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

* The Lord’s Prayer (…debts…debtors…)

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

This is the joyful feast of the people of God! People will come from north and south and from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke, and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

This is the Lord’s table.  Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast that he has prepared.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  Lift up your hearts.  We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

How can we thank you, O God?  For sun and moon and stars, for breath and life and all things good, for your steadfast promise and your faithful love, for the day that is surely coming when all things will be made new.  With saints, with angels, and with the whole creation, we join the ancient and eternal hymn:

Hymn GTG Hymnal #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

Together, we continue:

We give you thanks, Holy God, for Jesus, who came to be your living Word, to baptize us with Spirit and fire, to feed the hungry, to humble the mighty, and to announce the good news of your coming realm. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.”

We remember how, when the hour had come, Jesus took his place at the table with the apostles and spoke these words: “Take, eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Believe in me and never thirst.”

After supper he poured a cup and spoke these words: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever; and all God’s people said: Amen!

All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God.

Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People. Zoom participants are invited to share your own bread and cup together at home. When you have finished partaking of the sacraments, join in (muted) singing:

Hymn of Reflection: Glory to God Hymnal #507 “Come to the Table of Grace”

Prayer following Communion 

Let us pray together:

We give you thanks, Lord Jesus Christ, for the gifts of grace we have received from your hand.  Now send us forth to reflect your light, proclaiming your saving death and resurrection until you come again in glory.  Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn: GTG Hymnal #203; PH #367 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”

Charge:

Go from here renewed and strong, knowing that the Lord is alive, almighty, and present. Look for the blessings that await you this week. Weep with those who weep. Rejoice with those who celebrate. Tell the story of hope.

Benediction: “Deep peace be with you…”

         Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!

Mt. Tabor Congregational Song:

“Go now in peace! Go now in peace! May the Love of God surround you: Everywhere! Everywhere, you may go!”

[1] Madeleine L’Engle, from Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts and Reflections (San Francisco, CA: Crosswicks, Ltd., Harper Collins Publishers, 1996) 85.

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Worship August 29, 2021; 22nd. Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: #411 “God is Here Today”

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” arr. Jane Holstein

* Call to Worship 

God has lavished us with every perfect gift from above.

And called us to living intimacy through the Beloved One, Jesus Christ.

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

Lord God, who brings us mornings and beginnings, touch our heart to hear your call today.  Grant us faith to rely on your extraordinary power in us that the life of Jesus may be made visible as we glorify you alone.  Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: #14 “For the Beauty of the Earth”

* Invitation to Healing

Let us confess our sins to our loving God who calls us close through our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.

* Prayer of Wholeness

Loving, righteous God, you have called us to yourself, but we have gone away. Forgetting your living Word, we cling to dead traditions.  Deceiving ourselves, we abandon your commandments. Hypocrites, we honor you with our lips while our hearts are far from you. Cleanse our hearts from evil intentions; cleanse our tongues from evil words so that our worship may be pure and undefiled and we may live with you in love for others. Amen.  Please continue in silent prayer

* Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #647 “Give Thanks”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Light behind all Lights, there is no variation or shadow due to change in you.  Let your Spirit illumine our hearts through your holy Word, turning us from the emptiness of our human traditions to the fullness of life in the Beloved One, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

First Reading: Song of Solomon 2:8-13

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: James 1:17-27

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 8-29-2021 Revisiting Generations and Membership~ Pastor Scott (Spoken sermon differed slightly than prepared text)

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: #698 “Take, O Take Me as I Am”

* Affirmation of Faith: From A Brief Statement of Faith, Section 1

“In life and in death we belong to God.  Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to Present our Offerings

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. Filled by God’s generosity, let us offer our gifts with gladness through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Offertory: “Dedication” by Enrique Granados

* Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Living God, thank you for your gifts of life – fragrant flowers, fruitful vines, singing creatures, and or own lives, renewed in Christ. Let your grace infuse the gifts we offer with life-giving power for those in need. We pray all this in the name of Christ our Lord, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: #697 “Take My Life”

* Charge

Listen to the life-giving words of the Beloved One, Jesus Christ our Lord! Look into God’s perfect law of liberty and persevere in God’s blessing! Live in God’s love, caring for those in need from a heart filled and blessed by the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ our Lord.

* Blessing

God has blessed you forever with every perfect gift from above, freeing you to rise and live in God’s embrace.

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us in the pavilion for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Questions for Reflection

How can we know the difference between human tradition and the commandments of God? How can we know that we serve God from the heart?

Household Prayer: Morning

Lord Jesus,

Help me walk blamelessly and do what is right, to speak the truth in love, to avoid gossip and slander, and do good to all I meet, that I may abide in your presence and dwell in fellowship with the Holy Trinity. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Lord, you have been my light this day.  As evening comes, be my light in the darkness.  With meekness I welcome the word you have implanted in my heart, and with confidence I claim the power of salvation in Jesus Christ.  And let me rest from my labors, confident that in you there is no shadow of fear. Amen.

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Worship August 22, 2021; the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: Hymn #5 “God the Sculptor of the Mountains”

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “Song Without Words” by Mendelssohn

 * Call to Worship 

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good.

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

Jesus has the words of eternal life.

He is the Holy One of God.

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

God our strength, you have brought us into you holy place through Christ who has the words of eternal life.  As you made us alive by his flesh and blood, cause us to boldly witness to the gospel, welcome the stranger, and pursue peace, standing through the struggles of our times.  Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: #2 “Come, Thou Almighty King”

* Invitation to Healing

Because God is near to the brokenhearted, let us consider how we have lived, confessing our sins and trusting in God’s mercy to save.

* Prayer of Wholeness

Merciful God, we confess that we have not followed your way with our whole hearts and minds and actions. You call us to love and serve you, yet we choose false and empty idols. You call us to new life in Christ, yet we turn aside and fall back in fear. Forgive us, God of grace. Grant us, by your Word and Spirit, the wisdom and strength to love and serve you faithfully; through Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

* Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord” ~ Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Almighty God, through the reading of Holy Scripture, feed us with your living Word and reveal to us the way of everlasting life. Amen.

First Reading: 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 6:14-18

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 6:56-69

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 8-22-2021 Dynamic Covenants~ Pastor Scott

Question for Reflection

Are there people of other nationalities, ethnic groups, or faith traditions in your workplace, neighborhood, community, or congregation? What are some ways in which you and your congregation can express the welcome of God to those who are different from you? In what other ways can you think of to covenant with A) One another B) Visitors/Neighbors C) Larger Community D) Presbytery of the Cascades, or E) the PC(USA) as a whole?

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: #394 “Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation”

* Affirmation of Faith: ~ John 6:63

Jesus said: “It is the spirit that gives life…the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to the Offering

Our God has bestowed us with favor and honor through Christ, who has given us the words of eternal life. From this fullness, let us now offer our gifts of thanksgiving in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Offertory: “Harmony of the Angels” by Burg Muller

* Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

 * Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Living God, we give you thanks for Christ, the bread from heaven, through whom we offer these gifts of time, talent, and our very selves. Enable these gifts to express you’re your steadfast love and impart your sustaining strength to all those in need.  We pray this in the name of Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: #301 “Let Us Build a House!”

* Charge

Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power. Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm as you boldly proclaim the gospel of peace in word and deed.

* Blessing

May the living God give you strength, may you be nourished by Christ, and may the Holy Spirit fill you with life! In the name of our Creator God, the Redeeming Son, and the Sustaining Spirit.  Friends, this worship is ended, let our service begin.

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Household Prayer this week: Morning

Lord God, my sun and shield, a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.  Let the favor of your presence strengthen me and accompany me everywhere I go today.  Prepare me to be a sanctuary, that your light and love may radiate through me.  Through Christ my Lord. Amen.

Household Prayer this week: Evening

Lord God my strength, your Spirit never tires; your love never fails. I bring you my struggles, stresses, questions, and worries of this day. Where else can I go? You have the words of eternal life.  Let your promises sustain my soul and comfort my heart as I rest in you, through Christ my Lord. Amen.

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Worship for August 15, 2021, The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: Hymn #631 “In the Presence of Your People~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: Loneliness” by Aram Khachaturian ~ Pastor Scott

* Call to Worship 

One: The God of wisdom sent Jesus Christ, the bread of life

Many: To teach us his ways, feed us with his flesh and blood, and fill us with the Holy Spirit.
All: Thanks be to God!

One: Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

God our Living Parent, we give you thanks for sending our Lord Jesus Christ to give his life as bread for the world.  Fill us now with your Spirit that we may make the most of the time, understanding your will and expressing your wisdom in the midst of the people you have chosen.  Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: #409 “God is Here!” ~ Pastor Scott

* Invitation to Healing

Let us admit that we often neglect to submit all our will to God, even though God is gracious and merciful and keeps covenant with us.

* Prayer of Wholeness

All-knowing yet Gentle God, we are your children; but we often turn from your wisdom and walk in our own ways.  We have lived carelessly and squandered time.  We have been foolish and failed to understand your will.  We have been sunk into our own desires.  Forgive us and fill us with your Spirit.  Clear our minds from clutter that we may discern what is right and walk in your ways.

                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

* Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy~ Pastor Scott

* Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord” ~ Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Great God of steadfast love, we study your works and delight in your ways. Illumine our understanding by your Holy Spirit, that we may revere your name, grow in wisdom, and discern the way to go. Amen.

First Reading: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 p. 417, 419 (OT)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20 p. 262 (NT)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 6:51-58 p. 133-134 (NT)

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 8-15-2021 Collaboration-Applying the Fourth Task~ Pastor Scott

Questions for Reflection

“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you’” (1 Kings 3:5).  If God said to you, “Ask what I should give you,” how would you respond?

What collaborators are available to us in reaching out to our community, our visitors, our neighbors?  What about other faith groups?  How now, should we live?

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: #761 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”

* Affirmation of Faith: ~ John 6:35, 11:25,

Jesus said: “I am the bread of life.” “I am the resurrection and the life.” “It is the Spirit that gives life.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Invitation to the Offering

Christ, our living bread, has given his flesh for the life of the world. Filled with the Spirit, let us offer our gifts of thanksgiving to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Offertory: The Lost Doll by Bela Bartok. ~ Pastor Scott

* Doxology Hymn #608 ~ Pastor Scott

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

 * Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication/The Lord’s Prayer

We give thanks to you, God, for sending your Son Jesus to be living bread for the world. Breathe on these gifts we bring – be they of our earnings, our toil, our talents, our time – and through them may your life feed, strengthen, and bless this world, through Christ, our bread of life.  Amen.

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: #743 “O God, You Are My God” ~ Pastor Scott

* Charge

Be filled with the Spirit and make the most of the time. Walk in wisdom and grow in understanding of God’s will, feeding on Jesus Christ, our living bread.

* Blessing

May the God of steadfast love feed you, fill you with the Spirit, and guide you with wisdom; in the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal. 

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Household Prayer this week: Morning

I praise you, Lord, and give you thanks for the gift of this new day.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit.  Let your songs fill my heart.  Give me a discerning mind to walk in your ways, making the most of the time as I go about among your people.  Amen.

Household Prayer this week: Evening

Gracious and merciful God, I have gone out and come in today seeking to do your will, yet there is so much that I do not understand or discern.  I commit to you my questions, concerns, and anxieties.  Grant me peaceful sleep as I rest in your wisdom and steadfast love.  Amen.

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Worship for August 8, 2021; Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING        

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music        

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” arr. Kenon D. Renfrow

* Call to Worship 

By the power of the Holy Spirit our steadfast loving God reaches out to us, drawing us to Jesus.

Thanks be to God!

Let us pray:

* Prayer of the Day    

Redeeming God, you satisfy our soul’s hunger through Jesus Christ, the bread of life.  Filled with your steadfast love, let us live in love, working honestly to share with the needy, feeding others with the bread of kindness, tenderness, and forgiveness. Amen

* Hymn of Praise: #523 “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”

* Invitation to Healing

The Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness rather than light.  Let us allow the Light of the World to illumine our own inner darknesses and lead us into Christ’s loving light. Let us pray together:

* Prayer of Wholeness

God of peace, we have rejected your redemption
and forged our own way.
                         2 Sam. 18:5–8

We hang between heaven and earth, caught up
in our own folly.                                           
2 Sam. 18:9

We have held fast to falsehood, deceiving others
and ourselves.                                                   
Eph. 4:25

We have sinned against you and done violence
to others.                                                     
2 Sam. 18:15

Bitterness and wrath, anger and wrangling,
slander and malice consume us.                      
Eph. 4:31

Evil runs rampant in our hearts.                            Eph. 4:27

If you, O Lord, should mark our iniquities, Lord,
who could stand?
                                          Ps. 130:3–6

But there is forgiveness with you so that
you may be revered.

Our soul waits in hope for your word to redeem us

so that we may begin anew, a new day with you. Amen.

                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

* Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. The Lord be with you!

And also with you! (Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping)

* Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

God of daybreak,                                               Ps. 130:5–6

our souls wait for your light

more than those who watch for the morning.

Let your Holy Spirit illumine our hearts                    Eph. 4:30

with the light of your redemption,

a new day, a new life in Christ. Amen.

First Reading Psalm: 130:1-8 p. (OT)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 4:25-5:2 p. (NT)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 6:35, 41-51 p.  (NT)

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection & Participatory Thoughts: TL 8-8-2021 The Third Task~ Pastor Scott

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: #729 “Lord I Want to Be a Christian”

* Affirmation of Faith: ~ John 6:35, 11:25,

Jesus said: “I am the bread of life.” “I am the resurrection and the life.” “It is the Spirit that gives life.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Offertory: “How Can I Keep from Singing” #821 in hymnal

* Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

 * Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: #754 “Help Us Accept Each Other”

* Charge and Blessing

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Additional Questions for Reflection:

“Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:31–32). Have you ever experienced bitterness, wrath, anger, wrangling, slander, or malice in yourself or from others? How do you overcome and find grace to forgive?

Household Prayer: Morning

God of the morning watches, my soul waits for you, and I hope in your word.  Bread of life, nourish, strengthen, and accompany me throughout this day, that I may labor honestly, share with the needy, and imitate your love. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

God of peace, I have struggled through the battle of life this day. If you should mark my iniquities, how can I stand? But there is forgiveness with you. Let your steadfast love cleanse, comfort, and keep me through this night. Amen.

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Worship August 1, 2021; Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Welcome to Camp Sunday!

Gathering

* Stand if willing and able

Welcome and Announcements

Centering with the Singing Bowl and Lighting the Christ Candle

Prelude: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arr. Kenon D. Renfrow   

* Call to Worship

Come into God’s Presence (a Capella round)

Come into God’s Presence singing: “Alleluia!” “Alleluia!” “Alleluia!”

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

O God, fill our weakness with your strength; bind up our brokenness with your unity; calm our fears with your peace.  Let us be about the tasks of your love. Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: “Lord I Lift Your Name On High” CF Songs p. 32

* Invitation to Confession

Sometimes we make mistakes.  Sometimes we need to start over again and try to find ways to do what’s right.  Sometimes we need help to do this, so we pray:

* Prayer of Confession

Dear God, we would like to grow into faithful disciples of Jesus, the one who came from you to save us. Bind us together and let us bear witness to the truth that your love holds everything together in perfect unity. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

* Song: Create in Me a Clean Heart Oh God(Capo 4)

C                      G           F             C                                        G         F-C

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God; And renew a right spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God; And renew a right spirit within me.

F                      G                    C –                   am     F                      

Take me not away from thy presence, Oh Lord!  Take not thy

 G                        C          F             G C –            am – F

Holy Spirit from me.    Restore unto me, the joy of thy salvation,

                   G              F-C

And renew a right spirit within me.

* Assurance of Inclusion and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this good news: God is One and God is Three: Love constantly flowing in, out, and through – the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another; the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you!

You are invited to share God’s Peace with your neighbors. 

* Sung Response: “He’s Got the Whole World” CF Songbook p. 26

Celebrating Joys: Where have you seen God at work?

Song: “Peace Like A River” ~ Campfire Songbook p. 16

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

We come to you in this quiet moment, O Lord, to hear your voice and be inspired to become better people of your Way.  Help us to listen, learn, then act for the good of your world.

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 4:1-6

Meditation on the Second Task of Transitional Ministry: TL 8-1-2021 The Second Task

Sharing our Reflections in conversation with Scripture:

Questions for reflection:

  • What feelings stirred within you as you heard/read this passage?
  • What do you find most challenging about living in community?
  • In what ways has your faith community changed and matured you?
  • What might your faith community look like in its next chapter?

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Song: “Love Canon”

Em       D      C   B7                 Em          D   C B7

Love, love, love, love;              Christians this is your call;

Em               D       C             B7                Em  D       Em    (B7)

Love your neighbor as yourself           For God loves all.

* Affirmation of Faith:

John 13:34 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

Prayers of the People/Intercession

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Song: “Give Ear To My Words” Campfire Songbook p. 37

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: “Children of the Heavenly Father” arr. Kenon D. Renfrow

Doxology

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

We come from north and south from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast he has prepared. It is a right and joyful thing to offer thanks to you, O God, the source of all creation. Your holy energy flows in animals and plants, makes them move, and gives them the desire to live. You brought forth the world in love, and in your great love creation finds at last its proper end. And so with the hosts of heaven we join the everlasting hymn of praise:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

You fill our world with glory and light, and yet our mortal eyes cannot behold so bright a truth. Then you sent us Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.” We give you thanks that on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take, eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  “Believe in me and never thirst.” After supper, he poured the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Great is this mystery of faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

According to Christ’s commandment:

We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

Let us pray together:

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.  Calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask: That we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; that we may be faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world, that we may live in anticipation of the fullness of God’s realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen! All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People

Hymn of Reflection #507: “Come to the Table of Grace” (Join as able)

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray together:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the worldin the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for othersin the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SENDING

* Closing Song: “This Little Light of Mine” ~ Campfire Songbook p.

* Charge and Blessing

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

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Worship July 25, 2021; The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING        

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: “Praise Ye the Lord”         

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “There’s Something About that Name” arr. Fred Bock

* Call to Worship 

Come into God’s Presence (a capella round)

*                            *                            *

Come into God’s Presence singing: “Alleluia!” “Alleluia!” “Alleluia!”  

Let us pray:

* Prayer of the Day    

Triune God, shepherd of your people Israel, you provide for us far more than we expect or imagine possible. Calm our fears; speak peace to us; lead us beyond ourselves. Gather us with all the saints in the church to glorify you for your mighty deeds. We pray in the strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: #37 “Let All Things Now Living”

* Invitation to Healing

Let us confess to our God, for the Lord is just in all his ways and kind in all his doings. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

* Prayer of Wholeness

God, you uphold those who are falling and raise up all who are bowed down. Therefore we confess our sins – both things we have done and thing we have left undone – in every confidence that you will open your hands to us in an embrace of forgiveness and love. Amen.                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

* Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord”  

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Holy God, may this your Word give us the power to comprehend, with all the saints, the length and width, the height and depth of the love of Christ and fullness of life in you. Amen.

First Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 p. 390 (OT)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21 p. 260 (NT)

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: John 6:1-21 p. 132 (NT)

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: TL 7-27-2021 The First Task~ Pastor Scott

Questions for Reflection

What is our history? Where are we in history? How, now, shall we live? 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: #440 “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”

* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32-3

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission.  His human life involves the church in the common life of all people; his service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well being….So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord.

Prayers of the People/Intercession

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Minute for Mission

Offertory: “Bourree” arr. George Frideric Handel

* Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

 * Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: #526 “Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”

* Blessing and Charge

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us across the way for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Additional Question for Reflection

How does Christ feed you today?  How does Christ feed the world?

Household Prayer: Morning

God of the sunrise, ground me and root me in love today.  As I move through all the different roles I play – parent, child, student, worker, church member, supervisor, volunteer, retiree – be my companion and strengthen my inner being where I live with you. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

God of the embracing darkness, thank you for dwelling in my heart.  I was able to accomplish some things today and not others.  Thank you for letting me rest in the promise that you are able to accomplish abundantly more in my life than all I can ask or imagine.  I will sleep in peace.  Amen.

 

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