Sunday Worship – September 9, 2018

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

PART 1:

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  • browse around this web-site Call to Worship Matt Kingsley and congregation
    • Leader:  As we gather, may the peace of God rest upon our busy lives so that we may be quieted into prayer.
    • People:  May the love of God flow through our worship words that we may become alive with opportunities for service.
    • Leader:  May the grace of God seek out our every need.
    • People:  And may the restless gospel set our hearts on fire.
    • ALL:  LET US WORSHIP OUR GOD TOGETHER!
  • Hymn 467:  “How Great Thou Art” – O STORE GUD
    (stanzas 1 and 2 only)
  • Call to Confession and Prayer (unison)
    • God who loves us, you have always given us what we need. You have taken care of us even when we could not care for ourselves. You have given us breath and life. Why is it that we still doubt you? Why do we still go on our own way, rebelling against you? Why do we persist in doing everything our own way? God, we have hurt ourselves and others by being so fiercely independent. Give us courage enough to place our trust in you. Through the constant presence of the Spirit, hear our silent prayers of return …
  • Assurance of Pardon – Matt Kingsley and congregation
    • Leader:  With God, there is no chasm that cannot be bridged, no loss that cannot be recovered, no mistake that cannot be forgiven, and no life that cannot be redeemed.
    • People:  By the grace of God in Christ Jesus, our sins are forgiven and the ability to begin again is ours.
    • ALL:  GLORY BE TO GOD WHO MAKES ALL THINGS NEW!
  • Response 322:  “Spirit of the Living God” – LIVING GOD
  • Passing of the Peace

PART 3:

  • Time for Young Disciples – Rev. Joel Weible

PART 4:

  • Anthem:  “Cherubim Song No. 7” – D. Bortniansky

PART 5:

  • Scripture:  Mark 7:24-30 and 31-37
  • Sermon:  EPHPHATHA – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
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PART 6:

  • COMMISSIONING OF OUR TEACHERS AND LEADERS
    • Leader:  As children of a faithful God, we all commit ourselves to journey together with each other and with all those who come to this place to learn.
    • People: We all seek to grow in our own understanding of God, offering our compassion and caring, celebrating with one another, sharing, laughing, and even crying with one another.
    • Leader:  And so we ask those of you who have committed your time and your wisdom to this year’s classrooms: Will you stretch your intellect to new heights this year? Will you sit on the rug to tell stories to our children, will you sit on the sofas to listen to the stories from our youth, will you gather around the table to stay in conversation with our adults, as you lead and teach young and old this year? (Will you?)
    • Teachers:  We will, with God’s guidance and the help of our congregation.
    • Leader:  We commission you this day to expect more of yourselves than others may expect of you and to offer yourselves for the journey so that others may glimpse God in you and your teaching. Let us pray:
    • ALL:  WE THANK YOU GOD, FOR THESE TEACHERS AND LEADERS AND FOR THE CREATIVITY AND PATIENCE OF EACH. WE PRAY A SPECIAL BLESSING ON EACH, ASKING THAT YOU INFUSE THEM, AND US ALL, WITH AN EAGERNESS TO DWELL IN YOU AND YOUR WORD. GUIDE US IN THE COMING YEAR AS WE STUDY TOGETHER. AND STRENGTHEN OUR TEACHERS IN THE GIFTS YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM. IN JESUS’ NAME. AMEN.

PART 7:

  • Hymn 288 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” – ELLACOMBE
  • Affirmation of Faith from THE IONA COMMUNITY:
    • We believe that God hopes and works for a world where all shall be included in the feast of life and that in Christ we see how costly it is to bring that world about.
      We believe that God of all the earth is at work beyond the churches as well as within them, working for justice so that all may have a say in what happens to them.
      We long for the time when all who hunger and thirst for justice shall be
      satisfied and we believe that despite the persistence of evil, now is always the time when more good can be done and we can make a difference.  Amen.

PART 8:

  • Time of Giving Thanks – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
  • Announcements
  • Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
  • Call to Offering and Offering

PART 9:

  • Offertory:  “I Can Only Imagine” – Bart Millard
  • Doxology 592:  “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
  • Prayer of Dedication (unison)
    • One and Eternal God of time and space, we respond to you with joy as we lift up our tithes and offerings. The opportunity to share is a blessing for which we are very thankful. Your generous provision for our needs prompts us to be generous in return. Accomplish your purposes, we pray, through these gifts and in our lives.  Amen.

PART 10:

  • Hymn 418 – “God, Bless Your Church with Strength!” – ICH HALTE TREULICH STILL
  • Charge and Benediction

PART 11:

  • The Ringing of the Bell
  • Postlude: “Grand Choeur” –  Theodore Salome

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