Sunday, September 1, 2019

Labor Day Weekend

“May our work be transformed into worship and worship into work,
So that our life before God may become the unity it was meant to be.”

Organ PreludeO Vos Populi Omnes (Gelineau)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitSpirit of the Living God UMH 393
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

* 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. Amen.

* Opening HymnFor the Beauty of the Earth (Vs. 1, 2, 4, & 6)   UMH 92

1. For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
[Replacement Refrain For Holy Communion Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise].

2. For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. [Replacement Refrain For Holy Communion Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise].

4. For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. [Replacement Refrain For Holy Communion Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise].

6. For thy self, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given, for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. [Replacement Refrain For Holy Communion Christ, our God, to thee we raise this our sacrifice of praise].

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

AnthemCanticle of Prayer (Erik Routley) Elise Thora Volkmann, Soprano & Tod Myers, Bass

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.

Ask, and it will be given you;

Seek, and you will find;

Knock, and it will be opened to you.

For all who ask receive, and all who seek find; and to those who knock it will be opened.

Prayer of Confession Duncan Hodge, Liturgist

L: Lord Jesus Christ, we know in our hearts that discipleship demands an utterly new way of seeing people as you did, and being with them unconditionally, as you were, but the journey from heart to eyes and hands and feet can be long and difficult. We confess that we find it especially difficult to remember that loving you takes priority over everything and everyone else in our lives – even family and friends. Remind us that when we do love you like this, our relationships are shaped by this love and can become deeper and stronger.
P: Forgive our reluctance to proclaim with our lips & our lives that you are Lord of our lives.
L: We confess that we prefer our journeys of faith to be devout, but not too daring; comfortable and not too threatening.
P: Forgive our fear of treading your way of obedience – the way of the cross.
L: Lord Jesus Christ, give us the grace to trust in the unknowing nature of your call to each of us and the unknown direction which you call us to travel. You have traveled the road already so what have we to fear?
P: Jesus, Savior and Lord, we do want to be your followers so that we can reveal through our lives, as you did, the shape of God’s unconditional love.
L: May we be filled, renewed, and guided by the Holy Spirit so that we commit ourselves anew to the challenge of following Jesus Christ – serving and loving others in his name and for his sake. Amen.

Moments of Silent Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness Duncan Hodge, Liturgist

L: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1: 15) – so rejoice – for in him, we are forgiven, we are healed, we are renewed.
P: Thanks be to God!

* 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!

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 14:1, 7-14
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

He said also to the one who had invited him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Sermon – “Room at The Table”                                                                                               Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory

Offering ResponsePraise 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)

Gracious God, with the poorest of the poor we come to you for daily sustenance, for we recognize that, in our common humanity, it is upon you we all depend. We make now this offering as a tangible sign of our desire to share the bounty of your table with all who hunger in body or in soul. Together we give thanks for your abundant and inclusive love and care. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Great Thanksgiving

Invitation

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer After Receiving (All)

We give thanks that we have gathered together in this sacred place, and been refreshed at this table. We rejoice in the giftedness of each person here. We are grateful for who we are for each other. May we go forth into the world in courage and peace. Amen.

* Closing HymnHow Great Thou Art UMH 77

1. O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder consider all the [worlds] thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the [rolling] thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

3. And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

* Benediction

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.

* Congregational ResponseWhen Morning Gilds the Skies (Vs. 3)   UMH 185
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!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ Postlude Spiritoso, non Presto (Crabbe)

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