Worship Guide - Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Worship Guide

October 23, 2022

Twentieth 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: Donna

 

Centering Words:

Rejoice in the beauty of God’s creation. God has blessed God’s people with many gifts and promises, and we humbly thank our God.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   God has called our daughters and sons to gather, old and young alike.

People:   We are here to answer God’s call.

Leader:   Let us rejoice in the many gifts God has provided.

People:  We are here to praise God’s goodness.

Leader:   Let us worship and praise God with all our might. Let us pray.

ALL: Amazing God, we come to give you thanks for everything your people have received. May we feel the joy our ancestors felt at their vindication and restoration. Open us to your call, to witness to your grace, in the words and actions of our lives. Help us pray without pride or guile, that we may receive the greatest gift of all— being in your presence forever and always. Amen.

 

Hymn: I Stand Amazed in the Presence”

 

I stand amazed in the presence

of Jesus the Nazarene,

and wonder how he could love me,

a sinner, condemned, unclean.

 

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

And my song shall ever be:

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

Is my Savior’s love for me!

 

For me it was in the garden

he prayed: “Not my will, but thine."

He had no tears for his own griefs,

but sweat drops of blood for mine.

 

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

And my song shall ever be:

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

Is my Savior’s love for me!

 

In pity angels beheld him,

and came from the world of light

to comfort him in the sorrows

he bore for my soul that night.

 

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

And my song shall ever be:

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

Is my Savior’s love for me!

 

He took my sins and my sorrows,

he made them his very own;

he bore the burden to Calvary,

and suffered and died alone.

 

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

And my song shall ever be:

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

Is my Savior’s love for me!

 

When with the ransomed in glory

his face I at last shall see,

’twill be my joy through the ages

to sing of his love for me.

 

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

And my song shall ever be:

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!

Is my Savior’s love for me!

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

God hears our prayers and receives our prayers lovingly. God also receives us, just as we are, into God’s loving arms, that we may feel safe and warm and cherished.

God hears our hearts and loves us for it.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

*Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14

 

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like   other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

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: “Run the Good Race”

 

Hymn: “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”

 

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,

blow through the wilderness,

calling and free,

Spirit, spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness,

wind, wind on the sea.

 

You moved on the waters,

you called to the deep,

then you coaxed up the mountains

from the valleys of sleep;

and over the eons

you called to each thing;

wake from your slumbers

and rise on your wings.

 

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,

blow through the wilderness,

calling and free,

Spirit, spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness,

wind, wind on the sea.

 

You swept through the desert,

you stung with the sand

and you goaded your people

with a law and a land;

and when they were blinded

with idols and lies,

then you spoke through your prophets

to open their eyes.

 

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,

blow through the wilderness,

calling and free,

Spirit, spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness,

wind, wind on the sea.

 

You sang in a stable,

you cried from a hill,

then you whispered in silence

when the whole world was still;

and down in the city

you called once again,

when you blew through your people

on the rush of the wind.

 

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,

blow through the wilderness,

calling and free,

Spirit, spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness,

wind, wind on the sea.

 

You call from tomorrow,

you break ancient schemes.

From the bondage of sorrow

the captives dream dreams;

our women see visions,

our men clear their eyes.

With bold new decisions

your people arise.

 

Spirit, spirit of gentleness,

blow through the wilderness,

calling and free,

Spirit, spirit of restlessness,

stir me from placidness,

wind, wind on the sea.

 

Sermon: “Poured Out” 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

 

6 As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 

16 At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

Hymn: “In the Garden”

 

I come to the garden alone

while the dew is still on the roses,

and the voice I hear falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

 

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,

and he tells me I am his own;

and the joy we share as we tarry there,

none other has ever known.

 

He speaks, and the sound of his voice,

is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

and the melody that he gave to me

within my heart is ringing.

 

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,

and he tells me I am his own;

and the joy we share as we tarry there,

none other has ever known.

 

I’d stay in the garden with him

though the night around me be falling,

but he bids me go; thru the voice of woe

his voice to me is calling.

 

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,

and he tells me I am his own;

and the joy we share as we tarry there,

none other has ever known.

 

Psalter: Psalm 65

 

1    Praise is due to you,

          O God, in Zion;

   and to you shall vows be performed.

2    To you who hear prayer

          all flesh shall come because of their sins.

3    When our transgressions prevail over us, you forgive them.

4    Blessed are those whom you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts!

   We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple!

 

5    By dread deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation,

   who is the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of the farthest seas;

6    who by your strength established the mountains, being girded with might;

7    who stills the roaring of the seas,

          the roaring of their waves,

   the tumult of the peoples;

8    so that those who dwell at earth's farthest bounds are afraid at your signs;

   you make the morning and the

          evening resound with joy.

 

9    You visit the earth and water it,

          you greatly enrich it;

   the river of God is full of water;

          you provide it grain,

          for so you have prepared it.

 

“Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

 

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen

 

Prayers of the People: Joys and concerns:

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “Gather Us In”

 

Here in this place new light is streaming

Now is the darkness vanished away

See in this space

our fears and our dreamings

Brought here to you in the light of this day

Gather us in, the lost and forsaken

Gather us in, the blind and the lame

Call to us now and we shall awaken

We shall arise at the sound of our name

 

We are the young, our lives are a mystery

We are the old who yearn for your face

We have been sung throughout all of history

Called to be light to the whole human race

Gather us in, the rich and the haughty

Gather us in, the proud and the strong

Give us a heart so meek and so lowly

Give us the courage to enter the song

 

Here we will take the wine and the water

Here we will take the bread of new birth

Here you shall call

your sons and your daughters

Call us anew to be salt for the earth

Give us to drink the wine of compassion

Give us to eat the bread that is you

Nourish us well and teach us to fashion

Lives that are holy and hearts that are true

 

Not in the dark of buildings confining

Not in some heaven light years away

But here in this place the new light is shining

Now is the kingdom, now is the day

Gather us in and hold us forever

Gather us in and make us your own

Gather us in, all peoples together

Fire of love in our flesh and our bones

 

Benediction

 

 

 

 

 

 
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