29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Proper 24, or the 20th Sunday after Pentecost
Gathering Music: “Sometimes By Step” by Rich Mullins ~ Pastor Scott
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
Sing to the Lord and bless God’s name.
Tell of God’s saving power from day to day.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor.
Radiate joy before God, all the earth.
Let us pray together:
Prayer of the Day
Faithful God, you are here. Tuck us into the cleft of the rock; cover us with your hand when we are anxious, that we may be courageous to do your will, through Christ who calls us by name, Amen.
Hymn of Praise #388 “Come All You People”
Invitation to Confession
When we seek wholeness and forgiveness, we recognize our mistakes and pray for peace between us. Together, let us pray:
Prayer of Confession
Living Lord, in you we live and move and have our being. You call us to give all that we are and all that we have in service to You. But often times we hold tightly to our treasure, afraid we will not have enough for ourselves; hold tightly to our talents, afraid these gifts, once given, are gone. God, unclench our hearts, freeing our spirits to embody your sacrificial love. Specifically this week, help me/us to let go of …
Please continue in silent prayer, then sing together:
Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy” ~ Pastor Scott
Assurance of God’s Presence and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.
Hymn #591 “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah!” Chorus only, repeated
Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work
Sung Response #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord” ~ Pastor Scott
Prayer of Illumination:
O God, fill us with your Spirit and humble our hearts so that we can hear your Word for us today and put it into practice. Amen.
Hebrew Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:15-22
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Reflection: “In Search of Comfort” ~ Rev. Dr. Scott T. Crane
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
Hymn #307 “God of Grace and God of Glory”
Affirmation of Faith: ~ Excerpts from A Brief Statement of Faith
In life and in death we belong to – and trust in – God. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. We trust in the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
Invitation to Present Our Offerings
Let us offer our gifts to you, O God; whether we have much or only a little, we can share our daily bread so that all will be fed. As we have received, so now we give.
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An Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry or Song
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Loving God, you are steadfast, forever enfolding even when we cannot accept ourselves. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.
May your Spirit empower us to imitate you: by receiving those who feel judged and rejected, by walking alongside those who despair, by encouraging those who tend to the broken, and by affirming those who labor in love. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.
We lift up to your compassionate grace those whose burdens, guilt, or fears seem too massive to bear. We lift before your expansive mercy those whose hatred, rage, or vengeance cannot be contained. Lift before you the needs of all people in this land, and pray your very real presence come to us and enable all who hear it speak your truth. Guide us all in our deliberations for your people. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.
Receive the prayers we have uttered this day aloud or in the silence of our hearts, especially for … Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.
Into your hands we place the well-being of all creation, trusting that you see and know the needs of all. We pray all this through Jesus Christ, who taught his disciples to pray, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer
Page 35 (p.40, Español) Glory to God Hymnal; “…debts…debtors…”
Closing Hymn #308 “O God in Whom All Life Begins”
Charge and Blessing
Beloved, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus: Love the Lord and serve others. In this, may God continue to bless and keep you, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.”
Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
For Personal Reflection this Week:
What does it mean to be an “imitator of Christ” (1 Thess. 1:6)? Who has influenced your life by the way that person “imitates” Christ, and how? What needs to happen within you to help you become an imitator of Christ?
Morning Prayer: O Lord, let me enter this time in silence…
I listen quietly, Lord, and the morning sounds of creation draw me to you. It is then that I hear your voice, “I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Sometimes it is difficult to fully receive your pleasure in me, to grasp that you are fond of me, even when I have nothing to show for myself. May I remember that I am yours today. Amen.
Evening Prayer: I fold up this day, O God, with gratitude; holding close to my heart those whose faith helped carry me through this day. Amen.