Worship Bulletin for September 9, 2018

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

PASTORAL GREETING

One: Who are we who gath­er in this place?

All: We are dis­ci­ples of Jesus Christ, shar­ing his Love through Wor­ship, Works, and Wit­ness

PRELUDE Ada­gio for Strings op 11 - Samuel Bar­ber

CHORAL INTROIT O Be Joy­ful by John Yarring­ton

CALL TO WORSHIP Isa­iah 35:5–7

One: The world and the Church yearn for the ancient vision of the prophets to be ful­filled.

All: The eyes blind shall be opened,the ears of the deaf unstopped;then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongues of the speech­less sing for joy.
CHOIR: For waters shall break forth in the wilder­ness, and streams in the desert,the burn­ing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.

All: By the Spir­it, a vision wells up in the peo­ple of God who yearn for heal­ing and restora­tion; for jus­tice, not ter­ror­ism; for for­give­ness, not hate.

One: Come, Let the light of God’s truth and the love of Jesus Christ be pro­claimed in our wor­ship here today and in our ser­vice to our neigh­bor.

COMMISSIONING OF KAY PHILLIPS FOR SERVICE

HYMN #2172 We Are Called

RECOGNITION OF FIRST RESPONDERS

LITANY OF THANKSGIVING Dr. Karen A. Monk

PASTORAL PRAYER Lord of Wind and Flame, You who call us to put on the armor of God, You who call us to care for strangers made neigh­bors at each encounter: Bless these Fire­fight­ers, EMS, and First Respon­ders. As they put on their gear, breathe upon them your Spir­it of Peace. As they wait for instruc­tions and direc­tions Breathe upon them your Spir­it of Whole­ness. As they go forth into hous­es and high­ways of despair Breathe upon them your Spir­it of Hope. Burn in their hearts as love while they put out flames of dis­as­ter. Beat with­in their hearts while they resus­ci­tate trav­el­er­son the way. Blow gen­tly ahead of them so that at each inci­dent and acci­dent your pres­ence is felt com­fort­ing and bring­ing peace. All this we ask in the name of the Sav­ior who respond­ed to our call, our need, our des­per­a­tion, Jesus Christ. Amen.

CHORAL ANTHEMDown by the River­side     Chan­cel Choir

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Down a Coun­try Lane- A. Cop­land

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #2070He is Exalt­ed

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2226Bind Us Togeth­er

Bind us togeth­er, Lord, bind us togeth­er with cords that can­not be bro­ken Bind us togeth­er, Lord, bind us togeth­er, bind us togeth­er in love. There is only one God; there is only one King; There is only one Body; that is why we sing. (cho­rus repeat)

THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 10. 25–37

On one occa­sion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inher­it eter­nal life?” “What is writ­ten in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”  He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neigh­bor as your­self.’ ”  “You have answered cor­rect­ly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”  But he want­ed to jus­ti­fy him­self, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neigh­bor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jeri­cho, when he fell into the hands of rob­bers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leav­ing him half dead. A priest hap­pened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the oth­er side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the oth­er side. But a Samar­i­tan, as he trav­eled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and ban­daged his wounds, pour­ing on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own don­key, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeep­er. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reim­burse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neigh­bor to the man who fell into the hands of rob­bers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mer­cy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do like­wise.”

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Jus­ti­fied by What We Do

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Let the Words of My Mouth by John Yarring­ton

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

When we remem­ber that day, the mem­o­ries haunt us, the sounds echo in our ears, and the images fill our eyes. We fear lest new gen­er­a­tions who did not wit­ness the events of that Sep­tem­ber 11thmight for­get, become com­pla­cent and vul­ner­a­ble. But we also fear we might trans­fer our anger and prej­u­dice and become com­plic­it in fur­ther­ing injus­tice. For­give us when in our grief, anger, neg­li­gence, or igno­rance we have turned against you and against one anoth­er. When we speak unjust­ly against oth­ers, when we blame unfair­ly, when we with­draw or lash out,

Mer­ci­ful God, for­give and heal us.

When we seek revenge rather than rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and peace,
Mer­ci­ful God, for­give and heal us.

When we have demo­nized peo­ple of oth­er reli­gions, race, col­or, or eth­nic­i­ty,
Mer­ci­ful God, for­give and heal us.

Give us the will and courage to love and for­give our ene­mies.
God our hope and refuge, we con­fess we fight to be in con­trol. We don’t like being vul­ner­a­ble. We still want secu­ri­ty or the illu­sion of it. We still want our ene­mies to be anni­hi­lat­ed and for our lives to return to safe­ty and Shalom. For­give us and heal us. Raise us to new life. Strength­en us in the way of com­pas­sion and jus­tice. Fix our faith on you so we know that noth­ing can sep­a­rate us from you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SILENT PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

RECEIVING OF HOLY COMMUNION

Please come for­ward through the cen­ter aisle as you are direct­ed by an ush­er to receive a piece of bread before receiv­ing a cup of juice before return­ing to your seat by the side aisle. Ush­ers will be please to serve any who can­not come for­ward. Please indi­cate your desire to be served in the pew.

HYMN#438Forth in Thy Name I Go

INVITATION & BLESSING 

Please remain with us after the ser­vice to join us in con­tin­ued fel­low­ship as we make sand­wich­es and enjoy fam­i­ly activ­i­ties planned for us by our edu­ca­tion­al min­istries.

SENDING Go Now in Peaceby Don Besig

POSTLUDEGod Bless Amer­i­ca- Irv­ing Berlin