Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* 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

L: Sometimes worship is a parade, a celebration,
A gathering of people expressing their joy.
P: Sometimes worship is an adventure, a quest,
A gathering of people searching for meaning.
L: Sometimes worship is a funeral, a fast,
A gathering of people seeking comfort in their grief.
P: Among us today are people who have come to march,
people who have come to search,
people who have come to weep…
L: Yet we have all come to acknowledge God
And to touch each other.
P: We come with open minds, open hearts, open arms;
That we might find that for which we have come
And that, as well, we all might be surprised.

* Opening HymnHeralds of Christ UMH 567

1. Heralds of Christ, who bear the King’s commands, immortal tidings in your mortal hands, pass on and carry swift the news you bring; make straight, make straight the highway of the King.

2. Through desert ways, dark fen, and deep morass, through jungles, sluggish seas, and mountain pass, build now the road, and falter not, nor stay; prepare across the earth the King’s highway.

3. Lord, give us faith and strength the road to build, to see the promise of the day fulfilled, when war shall be no more, and strife shall cease upon the highway of the Prince of Peace.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord of mercy and compassion, be with us this day as we hear of the healing love of Jesus. Remind us that we are also recipients of his compassion and we are called to bring the same hope and love to others. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem – Christ Will Be Lifted Up (Mary McDonald)

“It is finished,” He cried;
My Lord was crucified
As He hung upon the cross and died.
But His death on Calvary became a victory;
And Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

Christ will be lifted up, robed in majesty and crowned with grace.
Every eye shall see,
Every knee shall bow,
When we see our King face to face!

We will rise and go to Him when Christ shall come again.
Heaven’s glory will descend when Jesus comes.
Let us follow now in faith until that glorious day when Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

A Reading from the Psalms – Psalm 146:6-10                                                         Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

Who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

Call to Confession (Leader)

We find it a lot easier to play favorites, rather than treating everyone equally. We find it simpler to classify others as ‘them,’ instead of discovering what makes them beloved in God’s eyes. We cling to fear, when we could grasp hold of God’s enduring love. Let us confess together all we have done, and not done, which brings hurt to others, and harm to ourselves. Join me, as we pray together, saying:

Unison Prayer of Confession

How glibly we say we trust you, Holy One, and how quickly our fears silence our words. We find you at the side of the poor, while we cozy up to the rich and famous. You stand behind the counter serving the hungry at the soup kitchen, while we are stocking our freezers and pantries till they overflow. We look down at those whose hands are dirty, but your hand of mercy pulls them into your embracing love.
Forgive us, O Lord, and do good to us when we have trouble doing good for others. Surround us with your love; surround us with your grace; surround us with your peace; surround us with the Spirit of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Assurance of Pardon

L: Be strong, do not fear! God comes, to fill your parched souls with living water,
to open your eyes to the grace which is yours.
P: God comes, for no other reason than to save us. This is indeed good news.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

* HymnHelp Us Accept Each Other UMH 560

1. Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us; teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace. Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

2. Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith. Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some, to love them as we find them, or as they may become.

3. Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved in living situations to do the truth in love; to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.

4. Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need, who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread, we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on; renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 7:24-37

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Sermon – “Marginalized”                                                                                                         Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryMy Shepherd Will Supply My Need (arr. Lloyd Larson)

My Shepherd will supply my need,
The God of love supreme;
In pastures green You let me feed
Beside the living stream.
You bring my wondering spirit back
When I forsake your ways,
And lead me for Your mercy’s sake
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death,
You presence is my stay;
One word of Your supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Your hand, in sight of all my foes,
Does still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Your oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days.
O may Your house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come,
No more a stranger nor a guest,
But like a child at home.

My Shepherd will supply my need;
The God of love supreme.

* Presentation of Offering Praise 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)

We offer the treasures of this world as a way of recalling all of us to a right relationship with you, O God, the source of all wisdom and truth. Your design for life is more to be desired than the finest gold. To learn from you and to serve you is our highest joy. May our offerings and our daily lives communicate this message. Amen.

* Closing HymnForward Through the Ages UMH 555

1. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine; gifts in differing measure, hearts of one accord, manifold the service, one the sure reward. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

2. Wider grows the kingdom, reign of love and light; for it we must labor, till our faith is sight. Prophets have proclaimed it, martyrs testified, poets sung its glory, heroes for it died. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

3. Not alone we conquer, not alone we fall; in each loss or triumph lose or triumph all. Bound by God’s far purpose in one living whole, move we on together to the shining goal. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

* Dismissal with Blessing

Go forth to love one another. Be rich in faith and serve one another in all joy and humility.
And may the power of God our Creator, Christ our Salvation, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forever. Amen.

* 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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