Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Organ Prelude Introibo (Gregorian Proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

Choral Introit Gently Raise the Sacred Strain (Thomas Griggs)

Gently raise the sacred strain, For the Sabbath’s come again, that we may rest.

*Call to Worship

L: Let us praise God, who gives living water,
Through whom the faithful flourish.
P: Like trees planted by the water, God,
Are those who trust in you.
L: Like trees with deep roots
Are those who place their faith in you.
P: Like green trees in winter
Are those who receive their life from you.
L: We praise you, God, for life that has no end,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.

* Opening Hymn O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Vs. 1-4) UMH 57

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all of the earth abroad the honors of thy name.

3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;’ tis music in the sinner’s ears,’ tis life, and health, and peace.

4. He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free; his blood can made the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Surprising God, whose love leads us to new experiences, help us to be open to your presence among us and within. Let us sense your glory in the sights and sounds of this day. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart (Richard Dirksen)

Rejoice, O pure in heart,
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your festal banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.

Hosanna, give thanks, and sing!

Still lift your standard high,
Still march in firm array,
As warriors through the darkness toil
Till dawns the golden day.

At last the march shall end;
The wearied ones shall rest;
The pilgrims find their Father’s house,
Jerusalem the blessed.

A Reading from the Old Testament – Jeremiah 17: 5-10   Duncan Hodge, Liturgist

Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
and make mere flesh their strength,
whose hearts turn away from the Lord.
They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.

The heart is devious above all else;
it is perverse—
who can understand it?
I the Lord test the mind
and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
according to the fruit of their doings.

Call to Confession Duncan Hodge, Liturgist

We know that faith which is grounded in self-advancement with little or no thought for the welfare of others, has very shallow roots and will find it difficult to find sufficient nourishment in the arid times of life. We know that survival requires deep roots, yet so often we fail to ground our faith in God and God’s kingdom.

Litany of Confession and Assurance

L: Blessed are we when we let go of possessions
For the kingdom of God unfolds in open places.
P: Woe to us when we gather into barns
For soon this life will be over.
L: Blessed are we who know the ache of hunger
For the empty places in body and soul are the fertile soil for new growth.
P: Woe to us who fill our lives to capacity
For we fail to recognize what is missing.
L: Blessed are we who know sorrow
For the ache of love lost is witness to the seed planted.
P: Woe to us who have yet to know the pain of grief
For the fullness of love is woven with sorrow.
L: Blessed are we who know scorn
For the rejection of humans keeps us mindful of that beyond.
P: Woe to us who depend on the approval of others
For to dance with Spirit appears foolish.
L: Blessed are we who live in the harmony of life in the Spirit,
P: For we will recognize abundance. Amen!

* Hymn of Preparation – Great Is Thy Faithfulness   UMH 140

1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 6:17-26

He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

Then he looked up at his disciples and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.
“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
“Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.
“Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.

“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

Sermon – “Blessings and Woes”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – Bless The Lord, O My Soul (Gary James)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities. He redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving kindness. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field. When the wind goes over it, it is gone, and its place shall know it no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.

Offering Prayer (All)

Bless these gifts and our lives, O God. We offer them to you in the hope that they will be used to transform the values and oppressive systems of this world into the values and justice of your kingdom. The place of blessing where people have their roots in your love as revealed in Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

* Closing Hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past UMH 117

1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!

2. Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure; sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting, thou art God, to endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages, in thy sight, are like an evening gone; short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.

5. Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all who breathe away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

6. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

* Benediction

L: As we have celebrated our common faith,
so may you worship God where you are every day.
P: We trust God to stand by us in our struggles and help us change and grow.
L: Look beyond the accumulation of things to those relationships
with people that give life meaning.
P: We will dare to share ourselves with all people God loves,
that we may more fully understand each other.
L: Hear the stories your sisters and brothers want to tell,
for God may speak to you through them.
P: We want to feel their pain and their joy, to live in mutual acceptance and peace.
L: The peace of God go with you and be shared through you.
P: Amen!

* Choral Response – New Testament Benediction (Christian Gregor)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all, Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude Finale in F (Blake)

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