Sunday, October 20, 2019

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeIntroibo (Gregorian)

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

L: God has created us in God’s image, calling us good.
P: And so we give thanks.
L: While remaining fully divine, God became fully human and knows what it means to hunger.
P: And so we raise our voices.
L: God has gathered us on this day to advocate for a world without hunger.
P: And so we cry for justice.
L: We gather in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
P: Amen.

* Opening HymnChrist for the World We Sing UMH 568

1. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with loving zeal; the poor, and them that mourn, the faint and overborne, sinsick and sorrow-worn, whom Christ doth heal.

2. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with fervent prayer; the wayward and the lost, by restless passions tossed, redeemed at countless cost, from dark despair.

3. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with one accord; with us the work to share, with us reproach to dare, with us the cross to bear, for Christ our Lord.

4. Christ for the world we sing, the world to Christ we bring, with joyful song; the newborn souls, whose days, reclaimed from error’s ways, inspired with hope and praise, to Christ belong.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

God of our days & our nights – of our valleys & our mountain tops, we come into your sanctuary & into your presence at this time to worship you – to give you the praise that you deserve, to show you the love that we have for you because of your goodness, to learn from you what you would have us do & be. Grant that this may be a time of prayer – of communion – of thought & meditation. Grant too that we may rejoice no matter what the circumstances in our lives – & develop a stronger faith in you. We ask it in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemI Will Rejoice! (Benjamin Harln)

I will rejoice! I will lift my voice, forever sing of Christ my King! Let the mountains break forth into singing, let the rocks and the trees clap their hands. Let the heavens ring, let creation sing praise from every living thing.

Call to Confession (All) Betsy Fisk, Liturgist

Gracious God, we confess that we have allowed there to be hungry people in this world, in this country, and in this community. We confess that we live comfortably within the systems that keep them hungry. We confess that our cries for justice have not been persistent enough and that our hope for change has not been consistent enough. Forgive us, O God. Hear our prayers and renew in us the passion and capacity to join our voices in the cries for justice on behalf of all those who hunger. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Responsive Prayer / Kyrie Betsy Fisk, Liturgist

L: In peace, let us pray to the Lord,
P: Lord, have mercy.
L: Let us pray for those who are hungry.
P: Lord, have mercy.
L: Let us pray for those who are full.
P: Lord, have mercy.
L: Let us pray for those whose voices are strong.
P: Lord, have mercy.
L: Let us pray for those whose voices have been silenced.
P: Lord, have mercy.
L: Let us pray for all those who gather on this day, in this place and across the globe, hungry and full, speaking and silent.
ALL: That, together, we may raise our voices against hunger and injustice. Amen.

Words of Assurance Betsy Fisk, Liturgist

L: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away, see, everything has become new! We have been reconciled to God through Christ and all this is from God who does not count our trespasses against us – but entrusts us with the message of reconciliation. (based on 2 Corinthians 5:17-19) The good news therefore is this: In Jesus Christ we are renewed, we are loved, and we are forgiven.
P: Thanks be to God!

* HymnWhat Does the Lord Require of You TFWS 2174

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 18:1-8
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Sermon – “Justice for All”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryAnd Didst Thou Travel Light (Richard Sheppard)

And didst Thou travel light, dear Lord,
Was Thine so smooth a road,
That Thou upon Thy shoulders broad
Could hoist our heavy load?
Too frail each other’s woes to bear
Without Thy help are we;
Can we each other’s burdens share,
If we not burden Thee?

O wonder of the world withstood!
That night of prayer and doom,
Was not the sunset red with blood,
The dawn pale as a tomb?
In agony and bloody sweat,
In tears of love undried,
O undespairing Lord, and yet
With man identified.

As in dark drops the pitting rain
Falls on a dusty street,
So tears shall fall and fall again
To wash Thy wounded feet.
But Thy quick hands to heal are strong,
O love, thy patients we
Who sing with joy the pilgrims’ song
And walk, dear Lord, with Thee.

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)

With thanksgiving for your presence in all our coming and going, through all our work and leisure, in our times of faithfulness and when we break covenant, we bring our offerings. May these resources help your people to know you more fully and serve you more effectively. Equip us for every good work, that your church may witness boldly and influence profoundly. Amen.

* Closing HymnHere I Am, Lord UMH 593

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain. I have wept for love of them. They turn away. I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

3. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them. My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

* Benediction

L: Continue in what you have learned. Grow in all you have firmly believed.
P: God’s Word provides our daily instruction. Jesus Christ is our salvation day by day.
L: Proclaim the message that we are God’s people. Convince, rebuke, and encourage with patience.
P: We will persist in our teaching and serving. We seek to be faithful in all circumstances.
L: Lift up your eyes to know God as your helper. God has made us partners in a covenant of salvation.
P: God is granting us life in all its fullness. We are growing in understanding and faith. Amen.

* Benediction Response – Amen (Jennings)

Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeRecessional in C (Jenkins)

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