Sunday, September 19, 2021

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 19, 2021
10:15am

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                John Strawbridge

 

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: Jesus calls us to servant ministry.
P: We must be willing to help others, not counting the cost or rewards.
L: Pretense, disharmony, greed have no place in discipleship.
P: Serving God means receiving each person as though they were a beloved child.

L: Lord, help us to truly become your disciples.
P: Create in us hearts for ministries of compassion and kindness. Amen.

 

Opening Hymn “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” TFWS 2158

1. I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Refrain:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
2. Thro’ this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]
3. When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. [Refrain]

 

Prayer of Confession

L: Lord Jesus Christ, there are times when we all feel like victims – pawns in the power plays which are so much a part of life these days. As usual, however, you look into our hearts and question what part we play in these power games.

P: We know that in your eyes it is not social status, or wealth or reputation that count,
L: And we confess how easily our lives can become enmeshed in such worldly values.
P: You risked personal comfort and security when you reached out to
those on the edge of your society,
L: Lepers and sinners – people whom others considered unclean.
P: Forgive us when we fail to meet your challenge to identify with those
whom society would call worthless.
L: You showed us that the journey of discipleship is a journey into servanthood and powerlessness.
P: Forgive us for being tempted to pursue power and to favor competition over compassion.
L: You, Lord, saw the good in everyone and showed us exactly what it means to be the servant of all.
P: While too often we see others as rivals in the race for success, influence and popularity.
L: “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”
P: Imprint these words on our hearts and put your living Spirit within us, we pray, so that we serve others and you with wisdom, understanding, love and compassion. Amen

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

L: When we submit ourselves to God, we are drawn into the heart of divine love and forgiveness. Out of that deep love for us God sent Jesus into the world to save sinners – and to make all things new. And so I declare to you, in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
P: Thanks be to God! Amen!

 

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.

 

Gospel Lesson Mark 9:30-37 NIV

30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, 31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it. 33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” 34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon “Our Competitive Nature”               Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” (Zaninelli)

Lord, make of me an instrument of Thy peace;
Let me sow love that burgeoning hate may cease.
Pardon I’d grow where bitterness grew before,
Faith in men’s hearts that doubt there shall thrive no more.

Let me raise hope where now there lies deep despair;
To minds in darkness, bring learning’s light so fair,
And, Lord, into lives which misery’s wall surrounds
With joy I’d break, Thy joy that in love abounds.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Gracious God, in your great wisdom you revealed your human face of love in Jesus and he gave further expression to your wisdom by putting no limits or conditions on his love. We show our gratitude by offering these gifts and our lives to be used to love and serve others as Jesus has loved and served us. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

 

Closing Hymn “In the Midst of New Dimensions” TFWS 2238 Vs. 1, 3, & 5

1. In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of changing ways. Who will lead the pilgrim peoples wandering in their separate ways?
Refrain: God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and ever more.
3. As we stand a world divided by our own self seeking schemes, Grant that we, your global village might envision wider dreams. (Refrain)
5. Should the threats of dire predictions cause us to withdraw in pain, May your blazing phoenix spirit, resurrect the church again. (Refrain)

 

Benediction

L: Remember one of the secrets of success according to Jesus: “If you want to feel great, be willing to come last and to gladly serve others.” May God give you the faith and love to put this into practice, and the humility to permit others to do the same for you.
P: Amen!
L: Depart from this house of prayer with restored hopes and renewed enthusiasm. And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, will be with you all, today and evermore.
P: Amen!

 

Choral Benediction “Amen, Hallelujah” (Eberhard)

Amen, Hallelujah.

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude

 

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
Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

 

 

 

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