Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11 O’Clock
Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, Grow.”
– The Talmud
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude “O Quale Sanctus” Medieval Hymn
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
Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem
For the Lord has comforted his people
† 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)
Morning Prayer (unison)
O God, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty. We thank you that you do not leave us alone but labor to make us whole. Help us to perceive your unseen hand in the unfolding of our lives, and to attend to the gentle guidance our your Spirit, that we may know the joy you give your people. Amen. Ruth Duck, 20th cent
To Hear the Word
From the Gospel Luke 17:11-19 John Strawbridge is the Liturgist.
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
Anthem “Jesu, Grant Me This, I Pray” C.H. Kitson
Jesus, grant me this, I pray, Ever in thy heart to stay;
Let me evermore abide Hidden in thy wounded side.
If the evil one prepare, Or the world, a tempting snare,
I am safe when I abide In thy heart and wounded side.
If the flesh, more dangerous still, Tempt my soul to deeds of ill,
Naught I fear when I abide In thy heart and wounded side.
Death will come one day to me; Jesus, cast me not from thee:
Dying let me still abide In thy heart and wounded side.
† The Psalter Psalm 66:8-12 (sung response) No. 790
Sung Response: O people, be glad and sing for joy! Declare God’s glory in every land!
Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of God’s praise be heard,
who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net; you laid afflictions on our loins;
you let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us forth to a spacious place. (Sing response)
Sermon “Babylon” Rev. Travis Knoll
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7: These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn “Where He Leads Me” No. 338
I can hear my Savior calling, (x 3)
“Take thy cross and follow, follow me.”
Refrain: Where he leads me I will follow, (x 3)
I’ll go with him, with him all the way.
I’ll go with him through the garden, (x 3)
I’ll go with him, with him all the way. (Refrain)
I’ll go with him through the judgment, (x 3)
I’ll go with him, with him all the way. (Refrain)
He will give me grace and glory, (x 3)
and go with me, with me all the way. (Refrain)
† 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 “Day By Day” Martin How
Day by day, day by day,
O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly, day by day.
† 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 “Leave it There” No. 522
If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold, And you have to get along with meager fare,
Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird—Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
Refrain: Leave it there, leave it there, Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain, And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal—Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through—Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,And your body bends beneath the weight of care;
He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end—Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go, to make your home where you find yourself
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 “Allegro Festale” Bairnson