Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Act of Remembrance for 9/11 and Prayers of Healing

Morning Worship at 11:00 am

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”    ― Isaiah 43:2


*Please Stand, As You Are Able


Prelude The Leafe Soone Shall Fall Trad. English


Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge


Introit This is the Day the Lord Hath Made Lucius Chapin

This is the day the Lord hath made; He calls the hours His own.

Let heaven rejoice, let earth be glad, And praise surround the throne.

* Call to Worship Psalm 91 (without musical response)      Hymnal 810-811

L: (1)     Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,

L:     Who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,

L:     Will say to the Lord,

ALL:     (2)     ”My refuge and my fortress;

ALL:     My God, in whom I trust.”

L: (3)     For the Lord will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

L:     And from the deadly pestilence

L: (4)     And will cover you with his pinions;

ALL:     Under the Lord’s wings you will find refuge.

ALL:     God’s faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

L: (5)     You will not fear the terror of the night,

L:     Nor the arrow that flies by day,

ALL:     (6)     Nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

ALL:     Nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

L: (7)     A thousand may fall at your side,

L:     Ten thousand at your right hand,

L:     But it will come near you.

ALL:     (8)     You will only look with your eyes

ALL:     And see the recompense of the wicked.

L: (9)     Because you have made the Lord your refuge,

L:     The Most High your habitation,

ALL:     (10)     No evil shall befall you,

ALL:     No scourge come near your tent.

L: (11)     For God will give his angels charge over you

L:     To guard you in all your ways.

ALL:     (12)     They will bear you up on their hands

ALL:     Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

ALL:     (13)     You will tread on the lion and the adder,

ALL:     The young lion and the serpent you will trample under

ALL:     Foot.

L: (14)     Because they cleave to me in love, I will deliver them;

ALL:     I will protect them, because they know my name.

L: (15)     When they call to me, I will answer them;

L:     I will be with them in trouble,

L:     I will rescue them and honor them.

ALL:     (16)     I will satisfy them with long life

ALL:     And show them my salvation.


* Song O God Our Help in Ages Past Hymnal 117

1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!

2. Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure; sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting, thou art God, to endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages, in thy sight, are like an evening gone; short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.

5. Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all who breathe away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

6. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

Scripture Lesson

From the Hebrew Scriptures       Isaiah 43:1-13     Liturgist, Betsy Fisk

But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
who are deaf, yet have ears!
Let all the nations gather together,
and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them declared this,
and foretold to us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,
and let them hear and say, “It is true.”
You are my witnesses, says the Lord,
and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor shall there be any after me.
I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no savior.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses, says the Lord.
I am God, and also henceforth I am He;
there is no one who can deliver from my hand;
I work and who can hinder it?

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

People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon “With Strength in Tribulation”    Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring


* Song How Firm a Foundation Hymnal 529

1. How firm a foundation, yet saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in his excellent word! What more can he say than to you he hath said, to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2. “Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed, for I am thy God and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

3. “When through deep waters I call thee to go, the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow; for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

4. “When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply; the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

5. “The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose, I will not, I will not desert to its foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”



Pastor:  Sixteen years ago, the September 11 attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others.  In addition to the 2,605 United States citizens who perished, 372 non-U.S. citizens were also victims as well as the 19 perpetrators.

Leader: We light this candle remembering victims at the World Trade Center in New York.

People:                Remember, O God, those who suffered the loss of loved ones.

Leader: We light this candle remembering victims at the Pentagon in Virginia.

People:                Remember, O God, all who have died in the conflict with terrorism

Leader: We light this candle remembering victims on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

People:                Remember, O God, those who are still filled with fear or anger.

Pastor:  May these candles remind us of the light of hope in the midst of great darkness.

ALL:        Our hope is in Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.  Amen.


Special Music God of Grace and God of Glory   John Purifoy

God of grace and God of glory,

On Your people pour your power.

Crown your ancient church’s story,

Bring her bud to glorious flower.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

For the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us,

Scorn you Christ, assail His ways:

Fears & doubts too long have bound us,

Free our hearts to work and praise.

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

For the living of these days

Set our feet on lofty places,

Gird our lives that they may be

Armored with all Christ-like graces

In the fight to set men free

Grant us wisdom, grant us courage

For the facing of this hour.


Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People:                And also with you

Pastor:  Let us pray as we sing

Prayer Song Through It All Hymnal 507

Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God; through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon God’s word.

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 Through It All Hymnal 507

Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God; through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon God’s word.


Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to Receive the Offering    O Lord, This is My Desire Kevin Mayhew

O Lord, this is my desire: to walk along the path of life that You have appointed for me,
in steadfastness of faith, in lowliness of heart, in gentleness of love.
Let not the cares and duties of this life press upon me too heavily,
but lighten my burden, that I may follow Your way in quietness, filled with thankfulness for Your mercy.

Prayer of Dedication       Prayer of St. Francis Hymnal 481

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

* Presenting our Gifts       Let There Be Peace On Earth Hymnal 431

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.

[With God our creator, children all are we. Let us walk with each other in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me; let this be the moment now].

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow: to take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me



Pastor:  As God spoke to Israel and speaks to us still today:

“You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;

do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God;

I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

People:                We embrace God’s promise to be with us.

Leader:                 Jesus said, “Peace be with you.”

People:                Christ is our peace.



Choral Response Let Us Now Depart In Thy Peace Bristol

Let us now depart in Thy peace, blessed Jesus, Send us to our homes with God’s love in our hearts. Let not he busy world claim all our loyalties; Keep us ever mindful, dear Lord, of Thee.


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude In Alium               Crabbe




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