Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 10 o’Clock
Do or do not. There is no try.
-Yoda, from the Star Wars trilogy
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude: “Patrem Omnipotentem” Gregorian
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Introit: (unison) “Morning has broken” No. 145
Morning has broken like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!
† Call to Worship No. 6
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you
The risen Christ is with us.
Praise the Lord!
† Hymn: “Thy Word is a Lamp” No. 601
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way, still you’re there right beside me, and nothing will I fear as long as you are near. Please be near me to the end.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Now I will not forget your love for me and yet my heart forever is wandering. Jesus, be my guide and hold me to your side, and I will love you to the end.
Morning Prayer (unison)
O God, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty. We thank you that you do not leave us alone but labor to make us whole. Help us to perceive your unseen hand in the unfolding of our lives, and to attend to the gentle guidance of your Spirit, that we may know the joy you give your people. Amen.
To Hear the Word
Hebrew Scripture: Amos 8:1-12
Carol Curtis is the Liturgist.
This is what the Lord God showed me—a basket of summer fruit. He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me,
“The end has come upon my people Israel;
I will never again pass them by.
The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,”
says the Lord God;
“the dead bodies shall be many,
cast out in every place. Be silent!”
Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
saying, “When will the new moon be over
so that we may sell grain;
and the sabbath,
so that we may offer wheat for sale?
We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
and practice deceit with false balances,
buying the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”
The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
Shall not the land tremble on this account,
and everyone mourn who lives in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile,
and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?
On that day, says the Lord God,
I will make the sun go down at noon,
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
I will turn your feasts into mourning,
and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on all loins,
and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son,
and the end of it like a bitter day.
The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,
when I will send a famine on the land;
not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
but they shall not find it.
Musical Selection: “O Rest in the Lord” from Elijah – Mendelssohn
Madeleine Gray, Mezzo Soprano
Oh rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him,
and He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.
Commit thy way unto Him, and trust in Him,
and fret not thyself because of evildoers.
The Epistle: Colossians 1:15-28
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Sermon: “Doing or Sitting?” Rev. Travis Knoll
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “I Goin’a Sing” (sing, pray, sit, do) No. 333
I’m goin’a [sing] when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, I’m goin’a sing when the Spirit says sing, and obey the Spirit of the Lord.
[Substitute on each verse]
I’m goin’a [pray]…
I’m goin’a [moan]…
I’m goin’a [shout]…
Mission Statement (unison)
We understand as our mission: To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy, learning, and life through the revitalization of our congregation, the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions, while recognizing our unique presence and mission in the city. We feel this is where God’s Spirit is leading our congregation at this time in our history.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 393
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn: “Be Thou My Vision” No. 451
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou and thou only, first in my heart, great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.
Great God of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, to do and to sit as God leads
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Congregational Response: (unison) “Shalom to You” Trad. Hebrew
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all your living & through your loving,
Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude: “Allegro Spiritoso” Jackson