Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

* Choral IntroitHear My Prayer, O Lord (John Marshall)

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto Thee, through Jesus Christ our Savior, Amen.

* Call to Worship

On this morning, as every morning,
we are surrounded by God’s grace.
In these moments, as every moment,
we are called to costly discipleship by Jesus.
Throughout this day, as every day,
we are taught peace and hope by the Spirit.

* Opening HymnWhen Morning Gilds the Skies UMH 185

1. When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries: May Jesus Christ be praised! Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair: May Jesus Christ be praised!

2. The night becomes as day when from the heart we say: May Jesus Christ be praised! The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear: May Jesus Christ be praised!

3. Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound: May Jesus Christ be praised! In heaven’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this: May Jesus Christ be praised!

4. Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine: May Jesus Christ be praised! Be this th’eternal song through all the ages long: May Jesus Christ be praised!

Prayer of Invocation (All)
Lord, we have come this day to hear your words of healing love & hope. Enter our hearts & our spirits & teach us to follow you. Give us courage & strength to be your faithful disciples. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemCome Into His Presence (Bruce Ballinger)

Come into His presence with thanksgiving,
Come into His courts with a song of praise.
Give Him all the glory, for He’s worthy;
He’s the Great I AM, the Ancient of Days.
For He has made us, and not we ourselves.
And He has saved us from the gates of Hell.

A Reading from the Psalms – Psalm 116:1-9                                                                Denzel Enos, Liturgist

I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I pray, save my life!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
The Lord protects the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
I walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.

Call to Confession (Leader)

We all make mistakes, many of them. We hurt ourselves, we hurt others, we hurt God with our words and deeds, with our silence and inaction. Let us confess to God our sins, trusting in the One who blesses us with mercy.

Unison Prayer of Confession

Spring of Wisdom, we confess that we have not denied ourselves and followed. We turn our backs on your outstretched hands of grace, and stumble into the arms of the world. We speak poisonous gossip about others, rather than tell of their glory as your child. We fire off words that find no rest until they pierce another’s heart.
Forgive us, Rock and Redeemer. Give us speech which flows like cool water through another’s parched spirit; give us silence with which to witness your wonders; give us words to proclaim Jesus is the Christ, our Lord and our Savior, the One who leads us to life.

Words of Assurance

L: With gentleness, God speaks to us; with graciousness, God forgives us;
with joy, God embraces us.
P: With our lips, we praise God; with our words, we thank God;
with our silence, we find God in our hearts. Thanks be to God. Amen.

* HymnLord, Speak to Me UMH 463

1. Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of thy tone; as thou has sought, so let me seek thine erring children lost and lone.

2. O strengthen me, that while I stand firm on the rock, and strong in thee, I may stretch out a loving land to wrestlers with the troubled sea.

3. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach the precious things thou dost impart; and wing my words, that they may reach the hidden depths of many a heart.

4. O fill me with thy fullness, Lord, until my very heart o’erflow in kindling thought and glowing word, thy love to tell, thy praise to show.

5. O use me, Lord, use even me, just as thou wilt, and when, and where, until thy blessed face I see, thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 8:27-38

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Sermon – “Life Lessons”                                                                                                           Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory My Life Is In You, Lord (Daniel Gardner)

My life is in You, Lord, My strength is in You, Lord;
My hope in in You, Lord. I will praise You all my life,
I will praise you with all of my strength, With all of my life.
All my hope is in You.

* 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)

Open our ears to the struggles around us;
open our voices to speak out for justice;
open our hearts to welcome the forgotten;
open our treasures so they may be used to care for all your children.
This we pray in the name of Jesus the Messiah. Amen.

* Closing HymnI Love to Tell the Story UMH 156

1. I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story, because I know’ tis true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do. I love to tell the story,’ twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

2. I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams. I love to tell the story, it did so much for me; and that is just the reason I tell it now to thee. I love to tell the story,’ twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

3. I love to tell the story;’ tis pleasant to repeat what seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet. I love to tell the story, for some have never heard the message of salvation from God’s own holy Word. I love to tell the story,’ twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

4. I love to tell the story, for those who know it best seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest. And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,’ twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long. I love to tell the story,’ twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

* Dismissal with Blessing

God sends us into the world with words of hope.
Morning by morning, we will speak these words and live them out for others.
Jesus calls us into the world with words of justice.
Moment by moment, we will listen to the oppressed
and challenge the unjust powers around us.
The Spirit fills us with words of grace and peace.
Day by day, we will sing these words, so all may hear of God’s presence in their lives.

* Choral ResponseLord, Let Us Now Depart In Peace (George Whelpton)

Lord, let us now depart in peace, Who in Your name are gathered here;
Disclose the brightness of Your face, And be forever near. Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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