Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
America’s present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
- Warren G. Harding
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude “As Cometh Automne” John of Salisbury
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
In the face of all that devastates our lives you abundantly feed us
in the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Praise to you, Eternal God!
Empower us with your Spirit
that all our sons and daughters, may prophesy, dream dreams,
and declare your vision of salvation to all.
† Hymn “Blow Ye the Trumpet, Blow” No. 379
Blow ye the trumpet, blow! The gladly solemn sound
let all the nations know, to earth’s remotest bound:
Refrain: The year of jubilee is come!
The year of jubilee is come!
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.
Jesus, our great high priest, hath full atonement made;
ye weary spirits, rest; ye mournful souls, be glad: (Refrain)
Extol the Lamb of God, the all atoning Lamb;
redemption in his blood throughout the world proclaim. (Refrain)
Ye slaves of sin and hell, your liberty receive,
and safe in Jesus dwell, and blest in Jesus live: (Refrain)
Ye who have sold for nought your heritage above
shall have it back unbought, the gift of Jesus’ love: (Refrain)
The gospel trumpet hear, the news of heavenly grace;
and saved from earth, appear before your Savior’s face:
The year of jubilee is come! The year of jubilee is come!
Return to your eternal home.
Morning Prayer (unison)
Merciful God, your steadfast love endures forever. We are grateful that when we are hungry in body or spirit, you give us food. Strengthen and renew our ministries with those who are physically and spiritually hungry. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the bread of life. Amen
To Hear the Word
From the Epistle 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 Aimee Delany is the Liturgist.
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
† The Psalter Psalm 65 No. 789
Sung Response: Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices.
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion;
and to you shall vows be performed,
To you who hear prayer all flesh shall come because of their sins.
When our transgressions prevail over us, you forgive them.
Blessed are those whom you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple!(response)
By dread deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation;
who is the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of the farthest seas;
who by your strength you established the mountains; being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples; so that those who dwell at earth’s farthest bounds are afraid by your signs;
you make the the morning and the evening resound with joy. (response)
You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water; you provide its grain, for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty; the tracks of your chariot drip with fatness.
The pastures of the wilderness drip, the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy. (response)
Anthem “Draw Us In The Spirit’s Tether” Harold Friedell
Draw us in the Spirit’s tether; For when humbly, in thy name,
Two or three are met together, Thou art in the midst of them:
Alleluya! Alleluya! Touch we now thy garment’s hem.
All our meals and all our living Make us sacraments of thee,
That be caring, helping, giving, We may true disciples be.
Alleluya! Alleluya! We will serve thee faithfully.
Sermon “I will repay” Rev. Travis Knoll
Bible Lesson Joel 2: 23-32: O children of Zion, be glad and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he has given the early rain for your vindication, he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the later rain, as before. The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent against you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame.
Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn “Spirit of God” No. 500
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
wean it from earth; through all its pulses move;
stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art,
and make me love thee as I ought to love.
I ask no dream, no prophet ecstasies,
no sudden rending of the veil of clay,
no angel visitant, no opening skies;
but take the dimness of my soul away.
Has thou not bid me love thee, God and King?
All, all thine own, soul, heart and strength and mind.
I see thy cross; there teach my heart to cling.
O let me seek thee, and O let me find.
Teach me to feel that thou art always nigh;
teach me the struggles of the soul to bear.
To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh,
teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.
Teach me to love thee as thine angels love,
one holy passion filling all my frame;
the kindling of the heaven-descended Dove,
my heart an altar, and thy love the flame.
† Affirmation from Romans 8:35,37-39
L: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness or peril or sword?
All (unison): No! In all things we are more than conquerors through the One who loved us. We are sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thanks be to God! Amen.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory “Hostias” Mozart
We offer Thee, O Lord, our prayers and sacrifices of praise: accept them for those souls whom we remember: let them pass, Lord, from death into life, as once Thou promised to Abraham and his children.
† 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.
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 “God Hath Spoken” No. 108
God has spoken by the prophets, Spoken the unchanging Word;
Each from age to age proclaiming God the One, the righteous Lord!
’Mid the world’s despair and turmoil One firm anchor holding fast:
God eternal reigns forever, God the first and God the last.
God has spoken by Christ Jesus, Christ, the everlasting Son,
Brightness of the Father’s glory, With the Father ever one;
Spoken by the Word incarnate, God of God ere time was born;
Light of light, to earth descending, Christ as God in human form.
God is speaking by the Spirit, Speaking to our hearts again,
In the age-long word declaring God’s own message, now as then.
Through the rise and fall of nations One sure faith is standing fast:
God abides, the Word unchanging, God the first and God the last.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, secure that God will repay the losses—
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response “May The Grace of Christ” Stainer
May the grace of Christ, our savior,
And the Father’s boundless love
With the Holy Spirit’s favor
Rest upon us from above.
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude “Allegro con Slancio” Beckett