Sunday, September 8, 2019

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeIntroibo (Missa III)  Bill Scanlan Murphy

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitGently Raise the Sacred Strain (Griggs)

Elise Volkmann, Soprano; Madeleine Gray, Mezzo Soprano; Scott Nunn, Tenor; Tyler Wert, Bass
(for Tod Myers recovering from hip surgery)

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

* Call to Worship

L: Jesus calls us to leave all, to deny ourselves, to take up our cross, and to follow him.
P: We are Jesus’ disciples, ready to follow where he leads, to grow in faithfulness, to learn obedience.
L: This is to embark upon a narrow way, at a great risk, and a cost of great price.
P: How shall we be willing? How shall we be able?
L: When we ask, God will answer. When we are sincere in our desire, God will supply what we need to build a life of true commitment. Let us give thanks and worship God.

* Opening Hymn O God, We’ve Prayed in Wind & Rain (see insert, O God, Our Help in Ages Past)

Prayer of Invocation (Unison)

Gracious God, you have given us the great example of loyalty and love in Jesus who was obedient even to death upon the cross. His call to follow him, to lay down our lives in obedience to your will as he did, is a summons to a commitment that demands our all. We know ourselves weak and often heavy-laden with earthly responsibilities. Unless you take us and shape us, give us new and strong wills aligned with your own, and equip us with the strengthening of your Spirit, we cannot hope to fulfill such a calling. As we offer you praise and worship in this hour, make us willing and able to begin, or begin again, the life-challenging, life-changing journey as disciples of Jesus, our Lord.

Receiving and Reading Prayer Requests

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemSing Praise to The Lord! (Parry, see insert)

Reading from the Old Testament – Jeremiah 18:1-11   Jeanni Galloway, Liturgist

Prayer of Confession Jeanni Galloway, 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 also 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.

Assurance of Forgiveness Jeanni Galloway, 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!

* HymnThe Voice of God Is Calling UMH 436

* Gospel Lesson – Luke 14:25-33

Sermon – “What’s the Cost of Discipleship?”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

OffertoryTantum Ergo (Faure)

Let us bow before the Lord with heads bowed and let the old practice give way to the new rite; let faith provide a supplement for the failure of the senses. To the Begetter and the Begotten be praise and jubilation, hail, honor, virtue and blessing. To the One proceeding from Both let there be equal praise.

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)

Eternal God, we offer these gifts and the service of our lives praying that they are acceptable to you. May they be evidence of our desire to follow Jesus, and our turning away from all that hinders our discipleship. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnGo, Make of All Disciples UMH 571

* Benediction

L: Go into this week rejoicing that your life is blessed by God’s creative love, that your heart is filled with Jesus’ discerning love, that your mind is inspired by the Holy Spirit’s empowering love.

* 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 PostludeModerato Risoluto (Barnes)

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