Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost / Labor Day Weekend


Words of Welcome and Announcements

* Choral IntroitCome, Sinners to the Gospel Feast (vs. 5) UMH 616
5. Ye who believe his record true shall sup with him and he with you; come to the feast, be saved from sin, for Jesus waits to take you in.

* Call to Worship

L: Our God is an awesome God who breathed into emptiness and created all that is.
P: With love and care, God shaped the world in all its diversity – with mountains and valleys, rivers and deserts, and people of all colors and sizes.
L: And threading through it all are beautiful dreams of justice, compassion, liberation, & peace. P: O God, creator of our past, our present, and our future, we thank you for the many blessings you bestow on us each moment.
L: Be with us now. Draw near to us as we draw near to you.
P: Lead us in paths of righteousness. Fill our hearts with compassion and a thirst for justice. Teach us to be co-creators, with You, of a world where all belong and share in the abundance you have given us. Praise be to God.

* Opening HymnHoly, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty UMH 64

1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, through the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Laboring God, we praise you for the wonder, beauty, and goodness of your creation, for the order in the universe, and for the rhythm of work and rest you established. To our amazement, you have made us co-workers with you in your ongoing creating. We come together to celebrate this privilege, and to reflect, as your spirit guides us, upon the meaning and joy in working creatively with you all our days. May the work of our worship be pleasing to you, we pray. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

A Reading from the Old Testament – Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8                    Nancy Brannan, Liturgist
So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.
You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!” For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?

Call to Confession (Leader)

On this Labor Day Sunday let us, in a special way, lift up all people who labor, either for pay or as volunteers, in jobs or at school, at home or in the workplace, in the U.S. & around the world.

Unison Prayer of Confession (All)

We are workers, God, just like you. But we confess that our work is not always done in a manner that affirms and honors each other. Our work is not always done in a spirit that is pleasing to you. We confess that, on some occasions, we have blindly bought goods made by people who are paid too little or work in unsafe conditions. We admit that we have failed to end an unjust system in which some workers have jobs that provide good wages and benefits while other may have no job, or one that pays little and provides few benefits.
Creator God, help us to be your people, working for a world where all workers are valued. A world where those who clean houses are also able to buy houses to live in. A world where those who grow food can also afford to eat their fill. And one where those who serve us — in stores, schools, hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, and many other places — are also served by us. It will be a world where all workers everywhere share in the abundance that you have given us.

Words of Assurance (Leader)

Our God is a God of grace & transformation. When we ask, God gives us the courage & strength to live out our faith in the workplace & the marketplace, as well as in the sanctuary.

* HymnGuide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah UMH 127

1. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; (want no more) feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield; (strength and shield) be thou still my strength and shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; death of death and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side. Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee; (give to thee) I will ever give to thee.

A Reading from the New Testament – James 1:17-18, 21-27
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Sermon – “Doers of the Word”                                                                                              Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – What Does The Lord Require?                                                                 Erik Routley, arr. BSM

What does the Lord require
For praise and offering?
What sacrifice, desire,
Or tribute do you bring?
Do Justice, 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 Justice, love Mercy, walk humbly with your God.

All who gain wealth by trade,
For whom the worker toils,
Think not win God’s aid,
If greed your commerce soils.
Do Justice, 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.

*Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer (All)

May these gifts bring light to those who walk in darkness, hope to those who live in despair, and justice to those who are oppressed. Grant to each giver a sense of participation in the most important opportunity of all time: to share your love with the world. To this end, we dedicate our offerings and ourselves. Amen.

The Lord’s Supper

The Great ThanksgivingMusical Setting C UMH 20

L: The Lord be with you.

ALL:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

ALL:  We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

ALL:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The pastor gives thanks appropriate to the occasion, remembering God’s acts of salvation, and concludes:

L: And so,

L:     With your people on earth

L:     And all the company of heaven

L:     We praise your name and join their unending hymn:

The Invitation

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer after Receiving

Eternal God, we thank you for making this no ordinary meal. It has been one in which we have been fed and nourished with Jesus, the living bread. May we go from here, refreshed and eager, to nourish others with his life and love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

* Closing HymnGo, Make of All Disciples UMH 571

1. “Go, make of all disciples.” We hear the call, O Lord, that comes from thee, our Father, in thy eternal Word. Inspire our ways of learning through earnest, fervent prayer, and let our daily living reveal thee everywhere.

2. “Go, make of all disciples,” baptizing in the name of Father, Son, and Spirit, from age to age the same. We call each new disciple to follow thee, O Lord, redeeming soul and body by water and the Word.

3. “Go, make of all disciples.” We at thy feet would stay until each life’s vocation accents thy holy way. We cultivate the nature God plants in every heart, revealing in our witness the master teacher’s art.

4. “Go, make of all disciples.” We welcome thy command. “Lo, I am with you always.” We take thy guiding hand. The task looms large before us; we follow without fear; in heaven and earth thy power shall bring God’s kingdom here.

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: We are commissioned as carriers of love.
The attention we give to others is contagious.
P: We seek to honor all people by listening to them.
We want to provide practical help to those in need.
L: We are sent out to do good and to be merciful.
Our trust is in God, who equips us to serve.
P: We seek to minister impartially.
Both friends and strangers are our concern.
L: Be strong, fear not, for God will save.
Those who trust God will realize God’s blessing.
P: God has blessed us with a good name.
We are heirs of God’s dominion forever. Amen.

* Choral Response – God Be with You (vs. 1)                                                                                      UMH 672
1. God be with you till we meet again; by his counsels guide, uphold you, with his sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, (till we meet,) till we meet, (till we meet again) till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet) till we meet, (till we meet), till we meet, (till we meet again) God be with you till we meet again.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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