Sunday, October 2, 2016

World Communion Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

Those who are worn out and crushed by this mourning, let your hearts consider this:
this is the path that has existed from the time of creation and will exist forever.
Many have drunk from it and many will yet drink.
As was the first meal, so shall be the last.
May the master of comfort comfort you.
Blessed are those who comfort the mourners

Jewish Blessing of the Mourners

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Introibo”    Gregorian Mass 5

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Choral Introit “O Worship the Lord”      Anon.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
Serve Him with gladness, all the earth. Amen.

† Call to Worship

We live in a strange land today captive to consumption beyond our needs,
boxed into politics without confession,
entertaining ourselves yet feeling empty,
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?
We’ve been washed, but we are not yet clean.
We’ve been baptized but we’re not yet free.
We are in a strange land today.
We live in the land as aliens and strangers. The culture is seductive and we become resistant to living as disciples of Jesus.
We cave in to it; get lost in it; in it we forget our story.
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

† Hymn “It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord” No. 352

Refrain: It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.

Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. (Refrain)

Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. (Refrain)

Not my father, not my mother, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
Not my father, not my mother, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. (Refrain)

Morning Prayer (unison) For those who Mourn No. 461

Gracious God, as  your Son wept with Mary and Martha at the tomb of Lazarus, look with compassion on those who grieve.  Grant them the assurance of your presence now and faith in your eternal goodness, that in them may be fulfilled the promise that those who mourn shall be comforted; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Gospel Luke 17:5-10  Betsy Fisk is the Liturgist.

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

† The Psalter Psalm 137 (sung response) No. 852-3

Sung Response: Now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  For my hope is in you alone.

By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there we hung up our lyres.
For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
O Lord, remember, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, “Raze it! Raze it! Down to its foundations!”
O daughter of Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who repay you with what you have done to us!
Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock! (sung response)

Anthem “I Will Greatly Rejoice” Harold Darke

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall be joyful in the Lord.
For He hath clothed me with garments of salvation;
He hath covered me with the paths of righteousness.

As a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

The Lord hath done great things for us whereof we rejoice.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy;
he that goeth forth and weepeth shall doubtless come again with joy
and bring his sheaves with him.

Sermon “Weep with those who weep” Rev. Travis Knoll

Lamentations 1:1-6: How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal. She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has no one to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies. Judah has gone into exile with suffering and hard servitude; she lives now among the nations, and finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress. The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the festivals; all her gates are desolate, her priests groan; her young girls grieve, and her lot is bitter. Her foes have become the masters, her enemies prosper, because the Lord has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe. From daughter Zion has departed all her majesty. Her princes have become like stags that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer.

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “There is a Fountain” No. 622

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
and there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away.
Wash all my sins away, wash all my sins away;
and there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away.

Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood shall never lose its power
till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream thy flowing wounds supply,
redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;
redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing thy power to save,
when this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.
Lies silent in the grave, lies silent in the grave;
when this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “For This Bread” John Purifoy

When morning lights the eastern skies, O Lord, Thy mercy show;
On Thee alone my hope relies, Let me Thy kindness know.

Teach me the way that I should go; I lift my soul to Thee;
For refuge from my cruel foe To Thee, O Lord, I flee.

Thou art my God, to Thee I pray; Teach me Thy will to heed;
And in the right and perfect way May Thy good Spirit lead.

For Thy Name’s sake, O gracious Lord, Revive my soul and bless,
And in Thy faithfulness and love Redeem me from distress.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.
With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

Please stand.

The Great Thanksgiving (with Musical  Setting B: pp. 19-20, call and response)

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.

Please be seated.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

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

Pastoral Prayer

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” No. 626

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary, as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture, in the body and the blood;
he will give to all the faithful his own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way,
as the Light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day,
that the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six-winged seraph, cherubim, with sleepless eye,
veil their faces to the presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord Most High!

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, trusting God even in grief
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “In the Name of Jesus” Trad. Moravian

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Toccata in C” Ward

 

 

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