Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11:00 am

“Let us be the first to give a friendly sing, to nod first, smile first, speak first,
and—if such a thing is necessary—forgive first.”    ― Apples of Gold  collected by Jo Petty

Prelude Piacevole Gurney

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 32 (without musical response) Hymnal 766

L: (1)     Blessed are those whose transgression is forgiven,

L:     Whose sin is covered.

ALL:     (2)     Blessed are those whom the Lord does not hold guilty,

ALL:     And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

L: (3)     When I did not declare my sin, my body wasted away

L:     Through my groaning all day long.

ALL:     (4)     For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

ALL:     My strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

L: (5)     I acknowledged my sin to you,

L:     And I did not hide my iniquity;

ALL:     I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;

ALL:     Then you forgave the guilt of my sin.

L: (6)     Therefore let those who are godly

L:     Offer prayer to you;

ALL:     At a time of distress, the rush of great waters

ALL:     Shall not reach them.

L: (7)     You are a hiding place for me,

L:     You preserve me from trouble;

L:     You encompass me with deliverance.

ALL:     (8)     I will instruct you and teach you

ALL:     The way you should go;

ALL:     I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

L: (9)     Do not be like an unruly horse or a mule, without

L:     Understanding,

L:     Whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle.

ALL:     (10)     Many are the pangs of the wicked;

ALL:     But steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

L: (11)     Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous;

ALL:     Shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

* Song There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy Hymnal 121

1. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in God’s justice, which is more than liberty.

2. There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good! There is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in his blood.

3. For the love of God is broader than the measure of our mind; and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.

4. If our love were but more simple, we should rest upon God’s word; and our lives would be illuminated by the presence of our Lord.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

Scripture Lesson

From the Gospel Matthew 18:21-35   Nancy Brannan

Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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

People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon “Extending Forgiveness”   Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

* Song Are Ye Able Hymnal 530

1. “Are ye able,” said the Master, “to be crucified with me?” “Yea,” the sturdy dreamers answered, “to the death we follow thee.” Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

2. Are ye able to remember, when a thief lifts up his eyes, that his pardoned soul is worthy of a place in paradise? Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

3. Are ye able when the shadows close around you with the sod, to believe that spirit triumphs, to commend your soul to God? Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

4. Are ye able? Still the Master whispers down eternity, and heroic spirits answer, now as then in Galilee. Lord, we are able. Our spirits are thine. Remold them, make us, like thee, divine. Thy guiding radiance above us shall be a beacon to God, to love, and loyalty.

Affirmation of Faith

Leader: Let us declare our faith in the Lord.

ALL: You are risen and alive, you are Lord.

Upon your ascension into heaven,
You established your throne to watch over the whole universe.

You stand over and above all that is best in life as its source.

You stand above all that is worst as the ultimate victor.

You stand above all powers and authorities as judge.

You stand above all failure and weakness and sin as forgiveness and love.

You alone are worthy of total allegiance, total commitment.

You are Lord, ‘My Lord and my God.’  Alleluia! Amen!

Special Music When Dearest Lord, When Shall It Be Jane Marshall

When, dearest Lord, when shall it be
That I shall find my all in Thee;
The fullness of Thy promise prove,
The seal of Thy eternal love.
 

Ah wherefore did I ever doubt?
Thou wilt in no wise cast me out,
A helpless soul that comes to thee
With only sin and misery.

Lord, I am sick:  my sickness cure;
I want: do thou enrich the poor:
Under Thy mighty hand I stoop,
O lift the abject sinner up.
 

Lord, I am blind:  be Thou my sight;
Lord, I am weak:  be Thou my might;
A helper of the helpless be
And let me find my all in Thee.

–Charles Wesley

Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you

Pastor:  Let us pray as we sing

Prayer Song Something Beautiful Hymnal 394

Something beautiful, something good; all my confusion he understood; all I had to offer him was brokenness and strife, but he made something beautiful of my life.

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 Something Beautiful Hymnal 394

Something beautiful, something good; all my confusion he understood; all I had to offer him was brokenness and strife, but he made something beautiful of my life.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering Keep Me as the Apple of An Eye Robert Fielding

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.

Prayer of Dedication
Gracious God,
With a loving and open heart, you have forgiven our sins and blessed us as your children.
With gratitude for what you’ve done, we offer these gifts and our service,
that you may empower them with your Holy Spirit to do more than we could ever imagine.
As we freely release these gifts to your care, freely release us to invite others to your community of faith where they will join us in worship and service in your name.  Amen.

* Presenting our Gifts Freely, Freely Hymnal 389

1. God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

2. All power is given in Jesus’ name, in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

* CLOSING WORDS

Pastor:  God’s grace has welcomed us and God’s spirit has empowered us.

People: We rejoice in God’s hospitality and commission.

Leader: Jesus asks us to show the world the forgiveness we’ve experienced.

People: With the love of Christ in us we will be agents of forgiveness and reconciliation.

ALL: MAY OUR LIVES BEAR WITNESS TO OUR FAITH.  AMEN.

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 the busy world claim all our loyalties; Keep us ever mindful, dear Lord, of Thee.

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude Allegro distinto Bayall

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