Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeCon moto pastorale (Evans)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Call to WorshipGently Raise the Sacred Strain (Griggs)

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

* Call to Worship

L: God of Creation, You raised the sun up this morning,
P: Just as You raised Your Son from death to life!
L: Even if dark clouds and rain darken the view,
P: You are the Light of the World, and You have called us to be Light.
L: In the darkest of the night, we know that daybreak is coming
P: The Hope of the World is in You. Join our hearts together in worship, So we might experience Your Light more fully. Amen.

* Opening HymnLift Every Voice and Sing UMH 519

1. Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty; let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us; sing a song full of hope that the present has brought us; facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won.

2. Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the days when hope unborn had died; yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered; we have come, treading our path thru the blood of the slaughtered, out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

3. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; thou who hast by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee; lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee; shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand, true to our God, true to our native land.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

When we fall into the traps of groundless fears, you deliver us. When an epidemic of worry threatens to overcome us, you protect us. When harmful words are flung at us, you answer our cries for help. Gracious God, we come this day to worship you. Amen.

Receiving and Reading Prayer Requests

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moments

AnthemPraise (Alec Rowley)

To the Master of music and loveliness:
Praise, power, dominion for ever.
To the Lord of the Word of Creation be
Praise, power, dominion for ever.
To the Maker of movement, colour and light:
Praise, power, dominion for ever.
To the Builder, Designer, Creator be
Praise, power, dominion for ever.
To the Theme of all song, Inspiration of Love:
To the Artist of Life, to the Greatest and Least:
Praise, power, dominion for ever.
For He is the greatest upon His high throne,
And He was the least as the child of a maiden:
Praise, then to Jesus, whose Mother was Mary,
And praise now to Christ who is God in the midst of us.
Praise, praise, praise.
Lord of all beauty, adoring we come to Thee,
Offering all that we are or can hope to be.
Give us Thyself both in time and eternity.
Praise, power, dominion for ever.

Psalter Reading – Psalm 91 (The Message)    Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God’s your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can’t get close to you,
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they’ll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”

Call to Confession Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

In God’s presence, our lives are exposed, our words are shown for their hollowness, our need is revealed. Let us confess who we are, as we ask God to embrace us with grace and hope.

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

We need to confess, God of Abraham and Lazarus, how often we are not content with the simple gifts and lives you offer. Tempted by everything, we can become insensitive to those who have nothing. Encouraged by the world to accumulate more, we may miss the chance to gather your goodness and godliness. Chasing after all which has no value, we may not have the energy to pursue the faith, the love, the gentleness you have for us.

Forgive us, God of Reversals. You have sent the One who speaks the words we need to hear in order to have life. Help us to remember how you have redeemed us, and in remembering, may we make that good confession that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, now & forever.

Assurance of Pardon Dennis Ferguson, Liturgist

L: This is the good news that comes from God: I will hear your prayers, I will answer with hope and peace, I will deliver you from your sins.

P: God has covered us with grace; under God’s hope we will find shelter. Thanks be to God. Amen.

* HymnWhen the Poor Ones UMH 434

1. When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers, when the thirsty water give unto us all, when the crippled in their weakness strengthen others, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

2. When at last all those who suffer find their comfort, when they hope though even hope seems hopelessness, when we love though hate at times seems all around us, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

3. When our joy fills up our cup to overflowing, when our lips can speak no words other than true, when we know that love for simple things is better, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

4. When our homes are filled with goodness in abundance, when we learn how to make peace instead of war, when each stranger that we meet is called a neighbor, then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

* Gospel Lesson – Luke 16:19-31
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’ He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

Sermon – “Rich Man, Poor Man”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

OffertoryAve Verum (Elgar)

Hail, true Body, born of Mary, having truly suffered, sacrificed on the cross for mankind,
from Whose pierced side water and blood flowed.
Be for us a foretaste of the Heavenly banquet in the trial of death!
O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus, O Jesus, son of Mary, have mercy on me. Amen.

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 grace and glory, you have enriched our lives with so many gifts, the greatest of these being Jesus Christ our Lord. He taught us how to enrich the lives of others with a love expressed in practical and caring ways. We offer this money and the service of our lives as evidence of such love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

* Closing HymnFor the Healing of the Nations UMH 428

1. For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord; for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords; to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word, (pledge our word) help us rise and pledge our word.

2. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release, that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace. Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase, (hope increase) fear will die and hope increase.

3. All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned; pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan. In our common quest for justice may we hallow life’s brief span, (life’s brief span) may we hallow life’s brief span.

4. You, Creator God, have written your great name on humankind; for our growing in your likeness bring the life of Christ to mind, that by our response and service earth its destiny may find, (may find) earth its destiny may find.

* Benediction (Pastor)

Go now and take hold of the life that really is life.
Shun the eagerness for money but be rich in good works.
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
And may God be your refuge and fortress;
May Christ Jesus free you from all that ensnares you;
And may the Holy Spirit provide you with everything for godliness and contentment.
We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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

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

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

Organ PostludeAllegro non troppo (Souter)

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