Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 10 o’Clock
I love the name of honor, more than I fear death. -Julius Caesar
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude: “In Illo Tempore” Gregorian Proper
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 (from Psalm 81)
Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
Raise a song, sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.
Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our festal day.
In distress we called, and the Lord rescued us.
† Hymn: “All Praise to Thee” No. 166
All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine, didst yield the glory that of right was thine, that in our darkened hearts thy grace might shine: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou cam’st to us, in lowliness of thought; by thee the outcast and the poor were sought, and by thy death was God’s salvation wrought: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let this mind be in us which was in thee, who wast a servant, that we might be free, humbling thyself to death on Calvary: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Wherefore, by God’s eternal purpose, thou art high exalted o’er all creatures now, and given the name to which all knees shall bow: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let every tongue confess with one accord in heaven and earth that Jesus Christ is Lord; and God the Father be by all adored: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Morning Prayer (unison) from a church wall in Mexico, 20th cent
Give us, Senor, a little sun, a little happiness, and some work. Give us a heart to comfort those in pain. Give us ability to be good, strong , wise, and free, so that we may be as generous with others are we are with ourselves. Finally, Senor, let us all live as your own one family. Amen
To Hear the Word
The Epistle: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Eleanor Packard is our Liturgist.
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?”
Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Musical Selection: “O Eternal God” Kevin Mayhew
Lauren MacDonald, Mezzo Soprano
O eternal God, helper of the helpless, comforter of the comfortless, hope of the afflicted, bread of the hungry, drink of the thirsty and Savior of all who wait upon You: I bless and glorify Your name; I adore Your goodness and delight in Your love. Take from me every tendency toward sin or vanity; let my desires soar upwards to Your love, that I may hunger and thirst for the bread of life and the wine of Heaven, and know no love but Yours.
Sermon: “Honor and Blessing” Rev. Travis Knoll
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” No. 339
Come, sinners, to the gospel feast; let every soul be Jesus’ guest. Ye need not one be left behind, for God hath bid all humankind.
Sent by my Lord, on you I call; the invitation is to all. Come, all the world! Come, sinner, thou! All things in Christ are ready now.
Come, all ye souls by sin oppressed, ye restless wanderers after rest; ye poor, and maimed, and halt, and blind, in Christ a hearty welcome find.
My message as from God receive; ye all may come to Christ and live. O let his love your hearts constrain, nor suffer him to die in vain.
This is the time, no more delay! This is the Lord’s accepted day. Come thou, this moment, at his call, and live for him who died for all.
† The Apostle’s Creed (unison) No. 881
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.
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: “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” No. 340
Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, full of pity, love, and power. I will arise and go to Jesus; he will embrace me with his arms; in the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify; true belief and true repentance, every grace that brings you nigh. I will arise and go to Jesus; he will embrace me with his arms; in the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.
Come ye weary, heavy laden, lost and ruined by the fall; if you tarry till you’re better, you will never come at all. I will arise and go to Jesus; he will embrace me with his arms; in the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.
Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream; all the fitness he requireth is to feel your need of him. I will arise and go to Jesus; he will embrace me with his arms; in the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go now, to listen more, presume less, and seek to serve.
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: “Toccata in D Minor” Bach
David Heiligman, Guest Organist