Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11:00 am

“To find grace, we need not look so very far ahead. We need only look at the present moment. God gives us grace right now, in the very moment we need it most.”  ― Jocelyn Soriano, 366 Days of Compassion: One Year Devotional

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

Prelude Introbio                Gregorian

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 105 (without musical response) Hymnal 828
L: (1)     O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name,

L:     Make known God’s deeds among the peoples!

ALL:     (2)     Sing to the Lord, sing praises!

ALL:     Tell of all God’s wonderful works!

L: (3)     Glory in God’s holy name;

L:     Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

ALL:     (4)     Seek the Lord and his strength;

ALL:     Seek the Lord’s presence continually!

L: (5)     Remember the wonderful works of God has done,

L:     The miracles and judgments God has uttered,

ALL:     (6)     O offspring of Abraham, God’s servant,

ALL:     Children of Jacob, God’s chosen ones.

L: (7)     The Lord is our God,

L:     Whose judgments are in all the earth.

ALL:     (8)     The Lord is mindful of his everlasting covenant,

ALL:     Of the word commanded for a thousand generations,

L: (9)     The covenant made with Abraham,

L:     His promise sworn to Isaac,

L: (10)     And confirmed to Jacob as a statute,

L:     To Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying,

ALL:     (11)     ”To you I will give the land of Canaan

ALL:     As your portion for an inheritance.”

*             Song O Worship the King         Hymnal 73

1. O worship the King, all glorious above, O gratefully sing God’s power and God’s love; our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days, pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

2. O tell of God’s might, O sing of God’s grace, whose robe is the light, whose canopy space, whose chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, and dark is God’s path on the wings of the storm.

3. The earth with its store of wonders untold, Almighty, thy power hath founded of old; hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree, and round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

4. Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light; it streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

5. Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail; thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

Scripture Lesson

From the Gospel                              Matthew 20:1-16

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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

People:  Thanks be to God.

Sermon “New Word:  Gracenomics”        Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

*             Song Grace Greater than Our Sin         Hymnal 365

1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, there where the blood of the Lamb was split. Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin!

2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, threaten the soul with infinite loss; grace that is greater, yes, grace untold, points to the refuge, the mighty cross. Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin!

3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide. What can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide, brighter than snow you may be today. Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin!

4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe! You that are longing to see his face, will you this moment his grace receive? Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within; grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin!

*             Affirmation of Faith Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church       Hymnal 884

ALL:     We believe in the one God,

ALL:     Creator and sustainer of all things, Father of all nations,

ALL:     The source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love.

ALL:     We believe in Jesus Christ,

ALL:     God manifest in the flesh,

ALL:     Our teacher, example and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.

ALL:     We believe in the Holy Spirit,

ALL:     God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength.

ALL:     We believe in the forgiveness of sins,

ALL:     In the life of love and prayer,

ALL:     And in grace equal to every need.

ALL:     We believe in the Word of God

ALL:     Contained in the Old and New Testaments

ALL:     As the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice.

ALL:     We believe in the church,

ALL:     Those who are united in the living Lord

ALL:     For the purpose of worship and service.

ALL:     We believe in the reign of God

ALL:     As the divine will realized in human society,

ALL:     And in the family of God,

ALL:     Where we are all brothers and sisters.

ALL:     We believe in the final triumph of righteousness

ALL:     And in the life everlasting. Amen.

Special Music When Morning Lights the Eastern Sky    Garrett Parker

When morning lights the eastern skies,
O Lord, Thy mercy show;
On Thee alone my hope relies,
Let me Thy kindness know.

Teach me the way that I should go;
I lift my soul to Thee;
For refuge from my cruel foe
To Thee, O Lord, I flee.
Thou art my God, to Thee I pray;
Teach me Thy will to heed;
And in the right and perfect way
May Thy good Spirit lead.

For Thy Name’s sake, O gracious Lord,
Revive my soul and bless,
And in Thy faithfulness and love
Redeem me from distress.

Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People:                And also with you

Pastor:  Let us pray

Pastoral Prayer

Pastor:  Let us pray as we sing

Prayer Song The Lord’s Prayer (West Indian Version)               Hymnal 271

1. Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed-a be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, hallowed-a be thy name.

2. Done on earth as it is in heaven, hallowed-a be thy name. Give us this day our daily bread, hallowed-a be thy name.

3. And forgive all our debts, hallowed-a be thy name. As we forgive our debtors, hallowed-a be thy name.

4. Lead us not into temptation, hallowed-a be thy name. But deliver us from evil, hallowed-a be thy name.

5. Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory, hallowed-a be thy name. Forever and ever, hallowed-a be thy name.

6. Amen, amen, amen, hallowed-a be thy name. Amen, amen, amen, amen, hallowed-a be thy name.

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering     Prayer for Our Time        Hal Hopson



Almighty Father, Who does give
The gift of life to all who live,
Look down on all earth’s wrong & strife,
And lift us to a nobler life.

Lift up our hearts, O King of Kings,
To brighter hopes and kindlier things.
To visions high of a larger good,
And holier dreams of brotherhood
Your world is weary of its pain;
Of selfish greed and fruitless gain;
Of tarnished honor, falsely strong,
And all its ancient deed of wrong.

O hear the prayer your people pray
Uprising from all lands today,
And o’er the vanquished power of sin,
O bring Your great salvation in.

Prayer of Dedication
God, our Heavenly Provider,
We rejoice that you invite everyone to a place of purpose in your kingdom.
Through Christ, your Son, you give us a vision of the world as your vineyard,
where each person can contribute the gifts you have given.
Free us from envy and comparing our circumstances to others.
Give us strength by your Spirit to live joyfully as generous servants of your realm.
We present your tithes and our offerings with thanks and praise in Jesus’ 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:  By grace we have been saved!

People:                This is not our own doing, but a gift from God!

Leader:                 As Christ taught, may the grace we’ve been shown be our example in daily life.

People:                May the grace of our God be reflected in all we say and do.

ALL:        The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us always.

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 Con moto preciso            Jackson

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