Sunday, September 11, 2016

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

When you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.

—Rick Warren

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “When Falleth the Leafe”   Peerson

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Choral Introit “Gently Raise the Sacred Strain” Thomas Griggs

Gently raise the sacred strain,
For the Sabbath’s come again
That we may rest.

† Call to Worship

As a shepherd seeks a lost sheep
so God seeks and saves the lost.
Let us rejoice in our found-ness,
And share the good news of grace with one another!

† Hymn “Come, Thou Fount” No. 400

Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

Morning Prayer (unison) For Our Country No. 429

O God, keep our whole country under your protection.  Wipe out sin from this land; lift it up from the depth of sorrow, O Lord, our shining light.  Save us from deep grief and misfortune, Lord of all nations.  Bless us with your wisdom, so that the poor may not be oppressed and the rich may not be oppressors.  Make this a nation having no ruler except God, a nation having no authority by that of Love.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Epistles 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Laura Gamble is the Liturgist.

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Anthem “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” trad. arr. Larson

My Shepherd will supply my need, The God of Love supreme;
In pastures green you let me feed, Beside the living stream.
You bring my wand’ring spirit back. When I forsake your ways;
You lead me, for your mercy’s sake, In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death, Your presence is my stay;
One word of your supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Your hand in sight of all my foes, Does still my table spread;
My cup with Blessings overflows, Your oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God Attend me all my days;
O, may Your house be my abode, And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest, While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest, But like a child at home.

† The Psalter Psalm 14:1-7 (responsive, sung response) No. 746

Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none that does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on all people, to see if there are any that are wise, who seek after God.
They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse; there is none that does good, no, not one.
Have they no knowledge, the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon the Lord?
There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.
O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad.

Sermon “God is with the righteous…” Rev. Travis Knoll

Luke 15:1-10: Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” No. 616

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.

† Our Mission

We understand as our mission: To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy, learning & life through the revitalization of our congregation, the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions, while recognizing our unique presence & 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

Offertory “Gracious Lord, Hear Our Plea” Balakireff

Gracious Lord, hear Thou our plea:
O make us ever more like Thee.
As Thou hast lived, so may we live
In love and meek humility,
That living, we may follow Thee,
And dying we may dwell with Thee.
Thy Love is great, Thy Mercy true,
Thy Word is life, Thy Pardon sure.
O Gracious Lord, hear Thou our plea:
O make us ever more like Thee,
Evermore like Thee.

† 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.

Pastoral Prayer

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.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” No. 381

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care;
in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way;
keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be;
thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.

Early let us seek thy favor, early let us do thy will;
blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, trusting in God’s grace, to share it with all of his children.
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” Williams

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you,
God be with you till we meet again.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Allegro Molto” Blake


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