Sunday September 18, 2016

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

Everybody can be great.  Because everybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.  You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.  You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve.  You don’t have to know the second theory of thermo-dynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.

–Martin Luther King, in Coretta Scott King, The Words of Martin Luther King

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “In Illo Tempore”             Gregorian Proper

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

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

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

† Call to Worship

Answer us when we call, O God.
Be gracious and hear our prayer.
Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!
You have put gladness in our hearts.

† Hymn “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” No. 358

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind, in purer lives thy service find, in deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard, beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord, let us, like them, without a word, rise up and follow thee.

O sabbath rest by Galilee, O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee the silence of eternity, interpreted by love!

Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm.

Morning Prayer (unison) –Gelasian Sacramentary, alt.

Almighty God, who has redeemed us and adopted us as your own children: Look upon us in your mercy, that those who are made new in Christ may be assured of true freedom and an eternal inheritance; Through the same Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God in glory everlasting.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Hebrew Scripture Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Susan Allenback is the Liturgist.

My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: “Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her?” (“Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?”) “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?

O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!

† The Psalter Psalm 4, with sung response No. 741

Sung Response: There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You have given me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.
How long, O people, shall my honor suffer shame?
How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies? Selah
But know that the Lord has set apart the righteous as God’s own;
the Lord hears when I call. (sung response)
Be angry, but do not sin;
commune in your own hearts when in your beds, and be silent. Selah
Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.
There are many who say, “O that we might see some good!
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord!”
You have put more joy in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.
In peace will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. (sung response)

Anthem “Christ, the Solid Rock” James Biery

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

From the Gospel Luke 16: 1-13

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Sermon “The Almost Impossible Thing” Dr. Emora Brannan

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “I Surrender All” No. 354

All to Jesus I surrender; all to him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live.

Refrain: I surrender all, I surrender all,
all to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender; humbly at his feet I bow,
worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now. (Refrain)

All to Jesus I surrender; make me, Savior, wholly thine;
fill me with thy love and power; truly know that thou art mine. (Refrain)

All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to thee;
fill me with thy love and power; let thy blessing fall on me. (Refrain)

All to Jesus I surrender; now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation! Glory, glory, to his name! (Refrain)

† The Apostle’s Creed 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

Offertory “Father Eternal” Richard Shephard

Father eternal and Lord of mankind, Shelter Your homeless ones in the sanctuary of Your love;
Be a bright flame before them, A guiding start above them, A smooth path below them, A loving shepherd behind them.
Let them walk even now in Your home, In the courts of the City of Christ and in the peace of Heaven.

† 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. Amen.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” No. 664

Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,
The people of God from His dwelling take leave.
The supper ended. Oh, now be extended
The fruits of our worship in all who believe.
The seed of His teaching, receptive souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
Gpd’s grace did invited us, and love shall unite us
To work for God’s kingdom and answer the call.

With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living,
The tasks of our everyday life we will face.
Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring,
Embracing God’s children of each tribe and race.
With Your grace You feed us, with Your light now lead us;
Unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving
Give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Response : We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “God Be With You” Vaughan 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.
When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Moderato Esultante” Peel



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