Sunday Worship Guide - Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  

Worship Guide

September 26, 2021

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Greetings:

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special Music:

 

Centering Words:

 

I come today, just as I am, with tears and laughter. I come to you, Jesus, Healer and Life-giver.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader: We are gathered today as a community of peace and love. Is anyone here today suffering?

People: We will pray with you.

Leader: Is anyone here today rejoicing?

People: We will rejoice with you.

Leader: Is anyone here today longing for healing?

People: We will anoint you with oil.

Leader: You are welcome to this house of peace and love.

People: We come as we are, joyful and hurting. We come to you, Healer, Life-giver.

Leader: Let us pray.

 

ALL: Jesus, Brother and Savior, we are grateful to find our way back to you. We have carried out another week’s worth of responsibilities. We have watched another week’s worth of news programs and have listened to another week’s worth of predictions. Sometimes we have slept well; sometimes not. But here we are, before you once again, open to your presence.

Revive us with your love and power. Fulfill your kingdom promises in our lives, in our church, and in our world. In the name of God who created us and the Spirit who breathes new life in us, we pray. Amen.

 

Hymn: Rescue The Perishing”

 

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;

Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,

Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

 

Though they are slighting Him,

still He is waiting,

Waiting the penitent child to receive;

Plead with them earnestly,

plead with them gently;

He will forgive if they only believe.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

 

Down in the human heart,

crushed by the tempter,

Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;

Touched by a loving heart,

wakened by kindness,

Chords that were broken

will vibrate once more.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

 

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;

Strength for thy labor the Lord will provide;

Back to the narrow way patiently win them;

Tell the poor wand’rer a Savior has died.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,

Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

Jesus forgives us when we wander.

He raises us up to live with courage and hope and love.

Praise be to our Brother and Savior!

 

*Gospel Reading: Mark 9:38-50

 

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 Whoever is not against us is for us. 41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

42 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

49 “For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

 

Leader: This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People: Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends: “Jesus Loves Me”

 

Children’s Message: “Be Salty Christians”

 

Hymn: “Sweet Hour of Prayer”

 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

That calls me from a world of care,

and bids me at my Father’s throne

make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief,

my soul has often found relief,

and oft escaped the tempter’s snare,

by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

The joys I feel, the bliss I share,

of those whose anxious spirits burn

with strong desires for thy return!

With such I hasten to the place

where God my Savior shows His face,

and gladly take my station there,

and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!

Thy wings shall my petition bear

to him whose truth and faithfulness

engage the waiting soul to bless.

And since he bids me seek his face,

believe his Word and trust his grace,

I’ll cast on him my every care,

and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

Sermon: “Power of Prayer” - James 5:13-20

 

13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

19 My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20 you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “His Eye is on the Sparrow”

 

Why should I feel discouraged?

Why should the shadows come?

Why should my heart be lonely,

and long for heaven and home,

When Jesus is my portion?

My constant friend is he:

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me;

his eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me.

 

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free,

for his eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled,"

his tender word I hear,

and resting on his goodness,

I lose my doubts and fears;

though by the path he leadeth,

but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me;

his eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me.

 

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free,

for his eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me.

 

Whenever I am tempted,

whenever clouds arise,

when songs give place to sighing,

when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to him,

from care he sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me;

his eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me.

 

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free,

for his eye is on the sparrow,

and I know he watches me.

 

 

A Modern Affirmation

 

 Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is the one true church, apostolic and universal, whose holy faith let us now declare:

 

We believe in God the Father, infinite in wisdom, power, and love, whose mercy is over all his works, and whose will is ever directed to his children's good.

 

We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of man, the gift of the Father's unfailing grace, the ground of our hope, and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit as the divine presence in our lives, whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance of the truth of Christ, and find strength and help in time of need.

 

We believe that this faith should manifest itself in the service of love as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord, to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth. Amen

 

Gloria Patri

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

And to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now

And ever shall be,

World without end. Amen. Amen

 

Prayers of the People Joys and concerns:

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

 

Our God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast,

and our eternal home.

 

Under the shadow of thy throne

still may we dwell secure;

sufficient is thine arm alone,

and our defense is sure.

 

 

Before the hills in order stood,

or earth received her frame,

from everlasting thou art God,

to endless years the same.

 

A thousand ages in thy sight

are like an evening gone;

short as the watch that ends the night

before the rising sun.

 

Time, like an ever rolling stream,

bears all who breathe away;

they fly, forgotten, as a dream

dies at the opening day.

 

Our God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

be thou our guard while life shall last,

and our eternal home.

 

Benediction 

  

 
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