September 6 Worship
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The love of God brings peace to our lives. The judgment of God brings peace to our world.
WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP
We gather here, where God would teach us:
so we may learn to be more compassionate,
so we may be taught how to be more loving.
We gather here, where Jesus would teach us
the wisdom to choose forgiveness over holding a grudge,
the language of hope so we may speak to all.
We gather here, where the Spirit imparts wisdom,
so we might know how to share grace,
so we would learn to welcome all to this Table.
OPENING HYMN No. 619
Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven
(Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to meditate on verses 1 & 3 below.)
Praise, my soul, the God of heaven;
glad of heart your carols raise;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who, like me, should sing God's praise?
Praise the Maker all your days!
Like a loving parent caring,
God knows well our feeble frame,
gladly all our burdens bearing,
still to countless years the same.
All within me, praise God's name!
CALL TO PRAYERS
In worship and at work, in life and in loss, now and in every moment, Christ is among us: loving us, teaching us, and hoping to lead us. But we focus on those needs and desires that keep us from recognizing him. Let us confess all that we have done against God and others, as we pray
PRAYERS OF CONFESSION & INTERCESSION
Liberating God: you set us free from our loneliness by the touch of another's hand; you deliver us from our selfishness, so we may be of service to others; you break the chains of our pride, so we might walk with you in humility.
Help us become the people you have created us to be. We yearn to build communities of love, but it is easier to tear down than to build up. We long for the healing of the nations but it is easier to harm than to heal. We want to bear our grief with dignity, but it is satisfying to parade our wounds for all to see.
Bind up our spirits, Gracious One, that we might reconcile with those who have caused us pain. Help us cast aside the things that chain our spirits, that we might be free to care for one another and fulfill your law of love. Amen.
In humility, let us lift our silent prayers to God for the brokenness of this world and for the needs of our community and our hearts.
(Please refer to the deacon’s prayer list in your bulletin.)
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US
We have gathered as God's people: broken, we are made whole; alone, we are welcomed into a family; forgiven, we are sent to serve.
Fed, forgiven, restored, loved. This Table is our constant reminder of God's presence in our lives, of God's grace which makes us new in every moment. Thanks be to God! Amen.
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Holy Spirit, as your word is read and preached, pass among your gathered people, opening minds to increase understanding, opening hearts to bind us together in your love. In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.
SERMON How to Fight Like a Christian
Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
May God our Teacher be with you.
And also with you.
Now is the moment to offer your hearts to God.
Now, we turn our hearts to your grace.
Join in songs of thanks and praise to our God.
We join with all who are here and throughout the world in praise.
The Words of Institution
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory, forever. Amen.
Prayer following Communion
We bless you, O God, for these gifts of bread and cup, and for sustaining us in hope every day of our lives. We pray for your strength to prepare us now for your service as we offer to you lives of witness and worship in the world you have made. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING
Come, let us love one another and all God’s world by sharing what we have been given so that needs are met and the gospel is proclaimed.
Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world. First Sunday loose plate offering benefits the Deacons Fund.
Prayer of Dedication
May our gifts go forth into our world so that where people hunger, they may be fed;
where there is war, peace might be welcomed;
where families are broken, they may be made whole.
Then others will be as blessed as we have been by your love, grace, and compassion.
In Jesus' name, we offer our gifts and this prayer of gratitude.
We Are Sent
CLOSING HYMN No. 174
Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom
(You are invited to meditate on verses 1 and 2 below.)
Come and seek the ways of Wisdom,
she who danced when earth was new.
Follow closely what she teaches,
for her words are right and true.
Wisdom clears the path to justice,
showing us what love must do.
Listen to the voice of Wisdom,
crying in the marketplace.
Hear the Word made flesh among us,
full of glory, truth, and grace.
When the word takes root and ripens,
peace and righteousness embrace.
Please join us for prayers and fellowship on ZOOM at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.