Sunday, August 29, 2021

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
August 29, 2021

Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                       John Strawbridge


Choral Introit Be Joyful in the Lord (Donald Moore)

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness, and come before His presence with a song. Amen.


Call to Worship (after Song of Solomon 2:8-13)

Hear the voice of God calling out with love,
Hear the voice of God in the wind whispering in the trees,
Hear the voice of God in the swishing grass,
Hear the voice of God in birdsongs,
Hear the voice of God calling out with love,
“Come to me! Come to worship and be renewed.”
“Come to worship and be restored.”
“Leave in the past the difficulties of the past.”
“Bask in the sweetness of this time together.”
Beloved, God is calling us to come away to worship.


Opening Hymn “Just As I Am” UMH 357 Vs. 1,3 & 6

1. Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3. Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

6. Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Prayer of Confession

L: When the busyness of our lives erodes the intentions of our hearts: Merciful God,
P: Forgive us.
L: When our personal agendas take precedence over reaching out to others: Merciful God,
P: Forgive us.
L: When we keep putting off being more active “doers of the word”: Merciful God
P: Forgive us.
L: When we resist change, knowing that our acting and thinking are limited by our prejudice and ignorance: Merciful God
P: Forgive us.
L: When we only half-listen to those who cry out to be fully heard: Merciful God
P: Forgive us.


A time of silence to contemplate these words and how they apply to us personally and as a community of faith.

L: Gracious and merciful God, forgive us for past faults and help us in the present and future to make ourselves more available to the hurting world that surrounds us – the world that begins on our doorsteps.
P: Equip us to be patient and compassionate listeners, proclaiming the gospel not in overbearing ways but sensitively and lovingly. Strengthen us with the Holy Spirit to be fruitful and active witnesses to Jesus in all we do and say.


Assurance of Forgiveness

L: As we become doers of the word and not merely hearers, we discover that it is “in pardoning that we are pardoned, in giving of ourselves that we receive” – surely evidence of “the implanted word that has the power to save our souls” (James 1:21) – Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
P: Thanks be to God!


Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response “Cares Chorus” TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Epistle Lesson James 1:17-18, 21-27 Good News Translation

17 Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning. 18 By his own will he brought us into being through the word of truth, so that we should have first place among all his creatures.
21 So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you. 22 Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice. 23 If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are. 24 They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like. 25 But if you look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice—you will be blessed by God in what you do. 26 Do any of you think you are religious? If you do not control your tongue, your religion is worthless and you deceive yourself. 27 What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

Sermon “Put It Into Practice”                 Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory Wind Who Makes All Winds That Blow (Carol Duran)

Wind who makes all winds that blow
Gusts that bend the saplings low,
Gales that heave the sea in waves,
Stirrings in the mind’s deep caves
Aim your breath with steady power
On your church this day, this hour.

Set our hearts on heaven above,
God of truth and God of love.

Fire who fuels all fires that burn
Suns around which planets turn,
Beacons marking reefs and shoals,
Shining truth to guide our souls
Come to us as once you came:
Burst in tongues of sacred flame!
Light and Power, Might and Strength,
Fill your church, its breadth and length.

Holy Spirit, Wind and Flame,
Move within your mortal frame.
Make our hearts an altar pyre,
Kindle them with your own fire.
Breathe and blow upon that blaze
Till our lives, our deeds and ways,
Speak that tongue which every land
By your grace shall understand.


Offering Prayer (All)

By our smallest actions, we become part of a bigger world. The smallest giving can be an expression of the good spirit of generosity and caring. May we be helped to carry through the doorway of each new day, this good spirit of generosity and caring. Amen.


Closing Hymn “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace” TFWS 2171 Vs. 1, 2, & 4

1. Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there is doubt true faith in You

2. Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness only light
And where there’s sadness ever joy

4. Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
It is in giving to all men that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life



L: As we prepare to leave this sacred space where we have worshiped together, let us return to our work and school enlivened and renewed… May we also remember that each day offers more things than we can do.
P: May we do what needs to be done, postpone what does not, and be at peace with what we can be and do.
L:Therefore, may we learn to separate that which matters most,
P: And that which matters least of all.
L: May you always stand tall as a tree. As gentle and still as the morning mist. Hold the warmth of the campfire in your heart. And may the Creator Spirit always walk with you.
P: Amen!


Choral Benediction Amen (Storer)



Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell






We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Monday – Friday; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601





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