Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 12, 2021


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements


Choral Introit “This is the House of the Lord” (Donald Moore)

This is the house of thee Lord. Come before His presence with thanksgiving.


Call to Worship

L: Sometimes worship is a parade, a celebration,
A gathering of people expressing their joy.
P: Sometimes worship is an adventure, a quest,
A gathering of people searching for meaning.
L: Sometimes worship is a funeral, a fast,
A gathering of people seeking comfort in their grief.
P: Among us today are people who have come to march,
people who have come to search,
people who have come to weep…
L: Yet we have all come to acknowledge God
And to touch each other.
P: We come with open minds, open hearts, open arms;
That we might find that for which we have come
And that, as well, we all might be surprised.


Opening Hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” UMH 92 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
2. For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,
4. For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,


Old Testament     Lesson Isaiah 50:4-9     The Message

4-9 The Master, God, has given me
a well-taught tongue,
So I know how to encourage tired people.
He wakes me up in the morning,
Wakes me up, opens my ears
to listen as one ready to take orders.
The Master, God, opened my ears,
and I didn’t go back to sleep,
didn’t pull the covers back over my head.
I followed orders,
stood there and took it while they beat me,
held steady while they pulled out my beard,
Didn’t dodge their insults,
faced them as they spit in my face.
And the Master, God, stays right there and helps me,
so I’m not disgraced.
Therefore I set my face like flint,
confident that I’ll never regret this.
My champion is right here.
Let’s take our stand together!
Who dares bring suit against me?
Let him try!
Look! the Master, God, is right here.
Who would dare call me guilty?
Look! My accusers are a clothes bin of threadbare
socks and shirts, fodder for moths!

The Word of God…..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 3:1-12 New International Version

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon “The Power of Words”             Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “O Lord, Be Merciful” (Franck, arr. Dash)

Lord, be merciful; unto us be merciful. O God, we pray Thee to be merciful. Lord, be Merciful unto us; we beseech Thee to hear our prayer.


Offering Prayer (All)

We offer the treasures of this world as a way of recalling all of us to a right relationship with you, O God, the source of all wisdom and truth. Your design for life is more to be desired than the finest gold. To learn from you and to serve you is our highest joy. May our offerings and our daily lives communicate this message. Amen.


Closing Hymn  “O Lord, May All We Say and Do”   Words by Carolyn Winfrey Gilette
TALLIS’ CANON (“All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night”)

1. O Lord, may all we say and do
Reflect the faith we have in you;
For faith is meant to change the way
We live our lives from day to day.
2. Just as a spark can start a fire,
Our words can damage or inspire;
We pray for wisdom from above
To speak and act in gentle love.
3. O Lord, possessions rust away,
But your love fills us every day;
Through prayer and service in your name,
May we live out the faith we claim.



L: Let your words this week proclaim God’s love.
May your hearts’ meditations be acceptable to God.
P: We seek to let God guide our tongues.
We want to speak without arrogance or false pride.
L: Listen for the wisdom God wants you to know.
Seek God’s counsel and approval each day.
P: We will look for God in the midst of creation.
We will seek God’s face in the people around us.
L: The heavens are telling the glory of God.
God’s hand is outstretched to touch and heal you.
P: How good it is to sense God’s guidance!
How exciting it is to follow Christ leads! Amen.


Choral Benediction “Amen, Hallelujah” (Eberhard)

Amen, Hallelujah.


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