Sunday, September 22, 2019

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ Prelude In illo tempore (Gregorian Proper)

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

We gather together to celebrate the joy in our lives.
God’s love fills our hearts to overflowing with laughter.
We gather, in God’s presence, to find comfort and hope for our pain.
God’s grace wipes away our tears and knits us together as one people.
We gather together, in God’s presence, to worship God in faith and truth.
Alleluia! Amen!

* Opening HymnJoyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee UMH 89

1. Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

2. All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

3. Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine; teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

4. Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began; love divine is reigning o’er us, binding all within its span. Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife; joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.

Prayer of Invocation (Unison)

Healing God, when dismay is our daily companion, you come to touch us with your healing hope. When grief falls on us like a wall of bricks, you rebuild our joy with your comfort and love.

Jesus Christ, Faithful Spirit, when bullies pick on us, you stand by our side. When neighbors taunt us for choosing to be faithful, you commend us or our wisdom.

Teaching Spirit, when we are heart-sick over the brokenness of our lives, your compassion races to bring your gentle balm. When our joy is gone and we are stained by the world’s cruelty, you bathe us in the tears flowing from God’s broken heart. Be with us as we worship You this day. Amen.

Receiving and Reading Prayer Requests

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemAin’-a That Good News (Spiritual, arr. Dawson)

I got a crown up in-a Kingdom – Ain’-a that good news!
I’m a-goin’ to lay down this worl’, goin’-a shoulder up my cross.
Goin’-a take it home to my Jesus – Ain’-a that good news!
I got a robe up in the Kingdom – Ain’-a that good news!
I got a Savior in the Kingdom – Ain’-a that good news!

Call to Confession Jessika Williams, Liturgist

Before we speak, God knows our needs, yet our words open our hearts to God’s grace. Let us prepare ourselves for God’s healing as we tell of all that separates us from God and one another.

Prayer of Confession (Unison) Jessika Williams, Liturgist

First of all, Everlasting God, we must confess how we have not lived as your people. We serve many masters – work, wealth, power, addictions – yet find no hope in them. We hear the cries of the poor, and shut the doors of our hearts to them. We ridicule those who expose their hopes and dreams to us.

Forgive us, Compassion’s Heart, and heal us of our brokenness. Make us well, so that by our healing, we might be the hope and love others need in their lives, even as Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, brought these gifts to us, calling us to be faithful with the grace, peace, and joy entrusted to us.

Assurance of Pardon Jessika Williams, Liturgist

Now that we have let go of the pain, the bitterness, the anger of our lives, let us be kind, tender-hearted, and gentle towards each other, forgiving as God has forgiven us.

We are God’s beloved children, and will model God’s grace and love in our hearts. Thanks be to God! We are forgiven! Amen.

* HymnTake Time to Be Holy UMH 395

1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; abide in him always, and feed on his word. Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak, forgetting in nothing his blessing to seek.

2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; spend much time in secret with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like him thou shalt be; thy friends in thy conduct his likeness shall see.

3. Take time to be holy, let him be thy guide, and run not before him, whatever betide. In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord, and, looking to Jesus, still trust in his word.

4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul, each thought and each motive beneath his control. Thus led by his spirit to fountains of love, thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

A Reading from the Gospel – Luke 16:1-13

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Sermon – “The Dishonest Manager”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

OffertoryKeep Me as the Apple of an Eye (Fielding)

Keep me as the apple of an eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings,
from the ungodly that trouble me. (Psalm 17)

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 (Unison)

God has filled us with joy and wonder. We will go to let it overflow in the lives of others. Jesus has filled us with comfort and hope. We will go to wipe away the tears of those around us. The Spirit sends us forward in faith to share the truth of God’s presence in our lives. Alleluia! We will live everyday as God’s own. Amen.

* Closing HymnLead On, O King Eternal UMH 580

1. Lead on, O King eternal, the day of march has come; henceforth in fields of conquest thy tents shall be our home. Through days of preparation thy grace has made us strong; and now, O King eternal, we lift our battle song.

2. Lead on, O King eternal, till sin’s fierce war shall cease, and holiness shall whisper the sweet amen of peace. For not with swords loud clashing, nor roll of stirring drums; with deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes.

3. Lead on, O King eternal, we follow, not with fears, for gladness breaks like morning where’er thy face appears. Thy cross is lifted o’er us, we journey in its light; the crown awaits the conquest; lead on, O God of might.

* Benediction

By our words and deeds, we show God
that we are faithful with the gifts we have received.
Whether over a little or a lot,
we seek to be faithful stewards of God’s gifts.
Take the gifts of God into the world,
remembering the poor, the least, and the lost.
We will take God’s gifts to a hurting world,
spreading a healing balm in all that we do.
Praise be to God!

* 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 PostludeAllegro maestoso (Blake)

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