Sunday, October 13, 2019

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeSursum Corda (Gregorian Third Mass)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitThe Lord Is in His Holy Temple (arr. Moore)

The Lord is in His holy Temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him. Amen.

* Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 66 : 1-12)

L: Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth.
P: We praise and glorify God’s name in word and music
L: We tremble over the awesome power of God which brings enemies to their knees.
P: All the earth worships you, O God, singing praises to your name.
L: With awesome deeds you led your people to freedom and gave them life.
P: We praise you, O God as the one who strengthens us and gives us life.
L: When we are tested and tried, and burdened with care, the promise of your grace gives us strength.
P: Let the sound of God’s praise be heard.

* Opening HymnWhat Gift Can We Bring UMH 87

1. What gift can we bring, what present, what token? What words can convey it, the joy of this day? When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?

2. Give thanks for the past, for those who had vision, who planted and watered so dreams could come true. Give thanks for the now, for study, for worship, for mission that bids us turn prayer into deed.

3. Give thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises, for knowing whatever tomorrow may bring, the Word is our promise always, forever; we rest in God’s keeping and live in God’s love.

4. This gift we now bring, this present, this token, these words can convey it, the joy of this day! When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, this song we now offer in honor and praise!

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Creating God, at the birth of the church, you gifted us with your Holy Spirit, that we might be your agents in the world. You committed to us the treasure of the sacred story of your saving love and power. Through the generations, we, the church, have gathered around this story, to hear over and over the precious words of life that give meaning and purpose to our personal and communal journey, that give incentive and direction to our ministries. Help us, who hear your word this day, take it into our hearts, so we can speak with clarity to the world to honor and glorify you. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemHow Lovely Are the Messengers (“Elijah” – Mendelssohn)

How lovely are the messengers that preach us the gospel of peace.
To all the nations is gone forth the sound of their words.

Prayer of Confession (All) Laura Gamble, Liturgist

Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us when we fail to acknowledge with gratitude the blessings which you bestow on our lives. You gave your life so that we may have a fullness of life we could never attain on our own. We are ashamed to admit that there are times when we take the gift of your life in us for granted – times we pray only when we have needs to be met – times when gratitude is a rare commodity in our lives. Forgive us, we pray, and empower us to embrace with gratitude all of our life and not just the good things we like to remember.

Jesus, healer and friend, we know that you do hear our prayers and for that we are eternally grateful. May our lives be visible expressions of our thanks for your grace, mercy and love towards us. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness Laura Gamble, Liturgist

L: We rejoice in the good news that God sent Jesus into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; (John 3:17,18) but loved, accepted and forgiven.
P: Thanks be to God!

* Hymn – He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thoughts   UMH 128

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 17:11-19
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

Sermon – “Remembering to Say Thanks”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryThe Lord Is My Shepherd (Thomas Matthews)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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)

We offer these gifts, O God, as signs of our gratitude for all your gracious and loving acts towards us. We offer our lives also to be living expressions of thanksgiving and praise. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnNow Thank We All Our God UMH 102

1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

2. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us, with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us; and keep us still in grace, and guide us when perplexed; and free us from all ills, in this world and the next.

3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given; the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven; the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore; for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

* Benediction

L: As we have celebrated our common faith, so may you worship God where you are every day.
P: We trust God to stand by us in our struggle and help us change and grow.
L: Look beyond the accumulation of things to those relationships with people that give life meaning.
P: We will dare to share ourselves with all people God loves, that we may more fully understand each other.
L: Hear the stories your sisters and brothers want to tell, for God may speak to you through them.
P: We want to feel their pain and their joy, to live in mutual acceptance and peace.
L: The peace of God go with you and be shared through you.
P: Amen!

* Benediction ResponseAmen (Jennings)


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Giusto (Richards)

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