Sunday, September 5, 2021

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 5, 2021

Labor Day Weekend


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                     John Strawbridge


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Laboring God, we praise you for the wonder, beauty, and goodness of your creation, for the order in the universe, and for the rhythm of work and rest you established. To our amazement, you have made us co-workers with you in your ongoing creating. We come together to celebrate this privilege, and to reflect, as your spirit guides us, upon the meaning and joy in working creatively with you all our days. May the work of our worship be pleasing to you, we pray. Amen.


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

What good is it if we say we love all people,
but give special treatment to a few?
God calls us to love others as deeply
as we love ourselves, with no strings attached.
What good is it if we say we want
God to show mercy towards us,
but are quick to judge others?
God calls us to forgive our sisters and brothers,
to let mercy triumph over judgment.
What good is it if we say we trust God in every moment,
but live guided by our fears?
We will speak and act as those who trust God to come
and live in our fearful hearts.


Opening Hymn Open My Eyes, That I May See UMH 454

1. Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free
REFRAIN: Silently now I wait for thee
Ready, my God, thy will to see
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!
2. Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth thou sendest clear;
And while the wavenotes fall on my ear
Everything false will disappear
REFRAIN: Silently now I wait for thee
Ready, my God, thy will to see
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!
3. Open my mouth, and let me bear
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with thy children thus to share
REFRAIN: Silently now I wait for thee
Ready, my God, thy will to see
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!


Call to Reconciliation

We find it a lot easier to play favorites, rather than treating everyone equally. We find it simpler to classify others as ‘them,’ instead of discovering what makes them beloved in God’s eyes. We cling to fear, when we could grasp hold of God’s enduring love. Let us confess together all we have done, and not done, which brings hurt to others, and harm to ourselves. Join me, as we pray together, saying,


Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

How glibly we say we trust you, Holy One, and how quickly our fears silence our words. We find you at the side of the poor, while we cozy up to the rich and famous. You stand behind the counter serving the hungry at the soup kitchen, while we are stocking our freezers and pantries till they overflow. We look down at those whose hands are dirty, but your hand of mercy pulls them into your embracing love.
Forgive us, O Lord, and do good to us when we have trouble doing good for others. Surround us with your love; surround us with your grace; surround us with your peace; surround us with the Spirit of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.


Silent Prayer


Assurance of Pardon

Be strong, do not fear! God comes, to fill your parched souls with living water, to open your eyes to the grace which is yours.
God comes, for no other reason than to save us. This is indeed good news. 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.


Epistle Lesson James 2:1-11 The Message

1-4 My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted? 5-7 Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God. And here you are abusing these same citizens! Isn’t it the high and mighty who exploit you, who use the courts to rob you blind? Aren’t they the ones who scorn the new name—“Christian”—used in your baptisms? 8-11 You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to these so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it. You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon “Don’t Play Favorites”               Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory When, Dearest Lord? (Wesley/Marshall)

When, dearest Lord, when shall it be
That I shall find my all in Thee,
The fullness of Thy promise prove,
The seal of Thine eternal love?

Ah! wherefore did I ever doubt?
Thou wilt in no wise cast me out,
A helpless soul that comes to Thee,
With only sin and misery.

Lord, I am sick; My sickness cure;
I want; Do Thou enrich the poor:
Under Thy mighty hand I stoop,
O lift the abject sinner up!

Lord, I am blind; be Thou my sight;
Lord, I am weak; be Thou my might;
A helper of the helpless be,
And let me find my all in Thee!


Offering Prayer (All)

May we who are rich with your blessings, share them in common with those who have so little. May our gifts be used to sow justice, to feed the hungry, and to bring relief to those afflicted in so many ways. This we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.


Closing Hymn Help Us Accept Each Other UMH 560 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1 Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us;
teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace.
Be present, Lord, among us and bring us to believe
we are ourselves accepted, and meant to love and live.
2 Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life
we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith.
Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some,
to love them as we find them, or as they may become.
4 Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need,
who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread,
we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on;
renew us with your Spirit, Lord, free us, make us one!


God sends us forth to love all people, no strings attached.
We will share grace and hope with everyone.
Jesus sends us forth to forgive our sisters and brothers.
We will offer mercy, not judgment, to those around us.
The Spirit sends us forth to trust God in every moment.
We will live in faith, not in fear, sharing our hearts with all we meet.


Choral Benediction Alleluia (Trad.)



Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell





9/11/01 -Twenty years later, we still remember.



** Church office closed on Monday for Labor Day.

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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