Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Worship at 10:00 am

 

“May we all seek the kind of healing, that only Christ can bring! May we allow him to remove all pain and suffering!”    -Excerpt from a poem by Jim Pemberton

 

Prelude Sursum Corda Gregorian

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

 

Introit As We Gather Coomes

As we gather, may Your Spirit work within us; as we gather, may we glorify Your name,
knowing well that as our hearts begin to worship, we’ll be blessed because we came.

 

* Call to Praise and Prayer

Pastor:  Rising One, come to us this day.  Transform dark to light.

People:  Returning One, come to us this day. Hear and then soften the sounds of our cries.

Leader: Rising One, come to us this day.  Wake us and move us to dance.

People: Returning One, come to us this day. Sing in us songs of peace.

Leader: Rising One, come to us this day.  Appear over and over again to us.

People: Returning One, turn toward us as we turn toward you to declare your glory

 

* Song What A Friend We Have in Jesus Hymnal 526

1. What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

2. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge; take it to the Lord in prayer. Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In his arms he’ll take and shield thee; thou wilt find a solace there.

 

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

 

Special Music What Does the Lord Require? Erik Routley

What does the Lord require for praise and offering?
What sacrifice, desire or tribute did you bring?
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

Rulers of earth, give ear! Should you not justice know?
Will God your pleading hear while crime and cruelty grow?
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

How shall our life fulfill God’s law so hard and high?
Let Christ endue our will with grace to fortify.
Then justly, in mercy, we’ll humbly walk with God..

 

Scripture Lesson

From the New Testament Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

Story and Sermon “A Healing Touch”   Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

 

* Song of Response Heal Me Hands of Jesus Hymnal 262

1. Heal me, hands of Jesus, and search out all my pain; restore my hope, remove my fear; and bring me peace again.

2. Cleanse me, blood of Jesus, take bitterness away; let me forgive as one forgiven and bring me peace today.

3. Know me, mind of Jesus, and show me all my sin; dispel the memories of guilt and bring me peace within.

4. Fill me, joy of Jesus; anxiety shall cease, and heaven’s serenity be mine, for Jesus brings me peace!

 

Prayers of Healing and Intercession

O God, the giver of health and salvation, we give thanks to you for the gift of oil as your holy apostles anointed many who were sick and healed them, so pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on this gift of oil, that those who in faith and repentance receive this anointing may be made whole; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

After all who desire have been anointed, we continue with prayer as follows.

 

Pastor:  Let us pray as we sing

Prayer Song Healer of Our Every Ill (verses 1 and 2) Marty Haugen

Refrain:
Healer of our every ill,
Light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.

1. You who know our fears and sadness,
grace us with your peace and gladness.
Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts……….(refrain)

2. In the pain and joy beholding
how your grace is still unfolding,
give us all your vision, God of love……….(refrain)

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

 

Prayer Song Healer of Our Every Ill (verses 3-4) Marty Haugen

Refrain:
Healer of our every ill,
Light of each tomorrow,
give us peace beyond our fear,
and hope beyond our sorrow.

3. Give us strength to love each other,
every sister, every brother.
Spirit of all kindness, be our guide……….(refrain)

4. You who know each thought and feeling,
teach us all your way of healing.
Spirit of compassion, fill each heart.

 

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering

Prayer of Dedication

O Lord, our God, send down your Holy Spirit upon us
to heal our brokenness, perfect our gifts, and bless the offering
of our lives through Jesus Christ our risen and living Savior.  Amen.

* Presenting our Gifts   Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow Hymnal 94

 

* Stepping Out in Faith into the World

Pastor:  May the presence of God the Creator,

People:  Be with you and with us all to give us strength.

Leader:  May the presence of God the Redeemer,

People:  Be with you and with us all to give us peace.

Pastor:  May the presence of God the Sustainer,

People:  Be with you and with us all to give us comfort.

Leader: May the presence of God the Sanctifier,

People:  Be with you and with us all to give us love.

 

* Congregational Response Leave it There Hymnal 522

1. 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. Leave it there, (leave it there) leave it there, (leave it there) take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. (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. (Leave it there)

2. 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. Leave it there, (leave it there) leave it there, (leave it there) take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. (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. (Leave it there)

3. When your enemies assail, and your heart beings 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. Leave it there, (leave it there) leave it there, (leave it there) take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. (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. (Leave it there)

4. When your youthful days are done, 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. Leave it there, (leave it there) leave it there, (leave it there) take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. (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. (Leave it there)

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

* Postlude Allegro Semplice Barnes

 

 

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