Sunday, October 27, 2019

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeOmnes Sancti (Sequence)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitWe Praise You, O God (Barnby)

We praise You, O God; we acknowledge You to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship You, the Father everlasting. Amen.

* Call to Worship

This is the day the Lord has made:
a day for praise and prayer; a day for gratitude and generosity.
This is the time God has given us:
a time for singing and silence; a time for speaking and listening.
This is the life to which God calls us:
a life of humility and service; a life of faith and trust.

* Opening HymnWonderful Words of Life UMH 600

1. Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life; let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life; words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

2. Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life; sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life; all so freely given, wooing us to heaven. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

3. Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life; offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life; Jesus, only Savior, sanctify forever. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Pour out your Spirit upon us as we gather, God of our salvation:
so your grace might strengthen us for service;
so your peace might calm our troubled souls;
so your hope might mend our broken hearts. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Reception of New Members UMH 38

David “Dallas” Andrew Erickson
Tammy Lee Herche

Children’s Moment

AnthemGod of Grace and God of Glory (Purifoy)

God of grace and God of glory,
On Your people pour your power.
Crown your ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us
Scorn you Christ, assail His ways:
Fears and doubts too long have bound us,
Free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the living of these days.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be
Armored with all Christ-like graces
In the fight to set men free
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the facing of this hour.

Call to Confession Sefi Abedoh, Liturgist

When we pray to God, do we do so with pride in what wonderful people we are, or with that humble hope which recognizes how we have not lived as God’s children, and how we need God’s forgiveness and grace in our lives?

Prayer of Confession (All) Sefi Abedoh, Liturgist

Watching God, like the Pharisee, we think we can stick our thumbs into life, pull out a prayer, and congratulate ourselves for being such good Christians. Then, we remember the harsh words we have spoken this week, the hurt we have inflicted on someone we loved, the lack of compassion we failed to offer to someone who needed our help.

Forgive us, God of Grace, and deal gently with us. May we become more like the tax collector – humble, penitent, acknowledging our faulty lives to you. Then, may we receive the mercy promised to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Assurance of Pardon Sefi Abedoh, Liturgist

Forgiven and healed, we open ourselves to the grace, the peace, the hope offered to us through our loving God. This is the good news we have received!

Graced and blessed, we are able to live our lives for others, taking them by the hand to reach that finish line called the Kingdom. Thanks be to God. Amen.

* HymnFairest Lord Jesus UMH 189

1. Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature, O thou of God and man the Son, thee will I cherish, thee will I honor, thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2. Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, robed in the blooming garb of spring: Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3. Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, and all the twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer than all the angels heaven can boast.

4. Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine.

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 18:9-14
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Sermon – “Are We Self Centered?”                                                                                       Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryI Heard The Voice of Jesus (Lloyd Larson)

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come now and follow me.
Lay down your earthly cares,” he said, “and I will set you free.”
I came to Jesus as I was; I had no gifts to bring.
He took my stubborn will, my pride, and taught my heart to sing.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, come now and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live for Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me, your morn shall rise, and all your day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk till traveling days are done.

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)

If our lives, our love, our gifts are not shared with others, the words we offer in prayer and praise are hollow. So receive what we offer, Holy God, and bless them in the work of that kingdom which values the people we ridicule, lifts up those we have stepped over, and brings hope and healing to all. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnHymn of Promise UMH 707

1. In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

2. There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

3. In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

* Benediction

L: We are loved by a God who calls us to spread
P: love wherever the poor are neglected,
L: justice wherever the meek are humiliated,
P: hope wherever the merciful are despised,
L: peace wherever the church is divided,
P: and grace wherever the lost seek mercy.
L: May the God of seeking bless you, May the Christ of gracing bless you, May the Spirit of safe-keeping bless you.
P: Amen!

* Benediction ResponseBless The Lord, O My Soul (Moore)

Bless the Lord, O my soul; bless His holy name. Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeIn Nomine (Souter)

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