Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ Prelude Pavan – The Earle of Salisburie (Byrd) David Heiligman, Guest Organist

Prelude in C major (Bach)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitGently Raise the Sacred Strain (Griggs)

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

* Call to Worship

L: As a Shepherd seeks a lost sheep,
P: so God seeks and saves the lost.
L: Like a woman who searches for a lost coin until it is found
P: so God rejoices over one soul restored to wholeness.
L: As a father receives a returning wayward son
P: so God welcomes us, and lets the past be the past.
L: Therefore let us praise God in thanksgiving that we dare receive.
P: Let us receive and welcome and rejoice over one another in the name of Jesus Christ.

* Opening HymnJust a Closer Walk with Thee TFWS 2138

Prayer of Invocation (Unison)

Holy and Loving God, when we feel lost and alone, help us to feel your presence as you come and find us. When we wander away from your love and grace, help us return in faith. When we have forgotten how to accept your love, lead us back to the warmth of your embrace so that we might live in peace. Amen!

Receiving and Reading Prayer Requests

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee (Jody Lindh)

If thou but suffer God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the Rock that naught can move.

Only be still and await His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure
And His discerning love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.

Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Perform thy duties faithfully,
And trust His Word, though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
God never yet forsook in need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.

Prayer of Confession Jackie Noller, Liturgist

L: O God, this is a month of changes. We can feel it in the cooler air, the drop in humidity,
the graying skies.
P: Some of us found our way back to school this month, and we all want to learn. Let us all grow in wisdom and maturity.
L: Some of us are watching our harvest begin, while the garden of others among us produce less and less. Let all our hearts produce love and kindness.
P: Many of us are leaving vacations behind, but God, you can keep our lives renewed by filling us with your joy and your rest.
L: Creative God, every year the world spins through its seasons and every year brings new trouble. Steady and soothe your earth that its changes may be good changes and its struggles end in peace.
P: Loving God, who without change remains our steadfast friend, watch over the changes in our lives. May we stretch and grow but always and ever remain yours, in Christ. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness Jackie Noller, Liturgist

L: The mercy and grace of God overflows in Jesus Christ, “who came into this world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1: 15) and so we rejoice that in Jesus Christ we are found, we are forgiven, we are loved.

P: Thanks be to God!

* HymnSavior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us UMH 381

1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

2. We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

3. Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.

4. Early let us seek thy favor, early let us do thy will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 15:1-10

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Sermon – “Seeking the Lost”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

OffertoryO for a Closer Walk with God (Grayston Ives)

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
(continued)
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Return, O holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest;
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
And drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

* Doxology 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)

God of justice and peace, we acknowledge you as the One we worship and we offer these gifts of money and the service of our lives in thanksgiving for all you give to us. May they be used to bring your justice and love, mercy and peace, to fruition in people’s lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

* Closing Hymn His Eye Is on the Sparrow TFWS 2146

* Benediction

Lord of the Universe
look in love upon your people.
Pour the healing oil of your compassion
on a world that is wounded and dying.
Send us out in search of the lost,
to comfort the afflicted,
to bind up the broken,
And to free those trapped
Under the rubble of their fallen dreams. Amen.

* Choral ResponsePeace, God’s Wonderful Peace (Runyan)

Peace, God’s wonderful peace be with you now and evermore. Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

Organ PostludeRondeau (Mouret)

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