* Stand if willing and able
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: “The Love of Jesus Medley” arr. Mark Hayes
* Call to Worship
The one who welcomes you is here in word and bread and wine.
Young and old, all the baptized: welcome to the place of hope.
Jesus calls us all into the circle of his arms. Come.
Thanks be to God.
Let us pray together:
* Prayer of the Day
God of the first and the last, give us strength of mind, that we might walk the path of obedience and discipleship without wasting our time thinking about who is more important. Instead, guide our thoughts and our emotions that we may be like children, totally dependent on you, welcoming all with hospitality and love. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
* Hymn of Praise: #188 “Jesus Loves Me!”
* Invitation to Healing
Recognizing that we are easily swayed by the wrong advice and that we have strayed from the ways of the Lord, let us confess our sins to God, with hope of finding love and mercy.
* Prayer of Wholeness
God of Wisdom forgive our foolishness. We desire what we do not need and corrupt our relationships with envy. You urge us to gentleness, but we stir up conflict. Give us your grace, that we may harvest righteousness and peace, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Teacher, we pray.
* Kyrie #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”
* 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. The Lord be with you!
And also with you!
Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.
* Sung Response #591 “Halle, Halle, …” (chorus twice)
Celebrating Joys: Where We Have Seen God at Work
* Sung Response #647 “Give Thanks”
Prayer of Illumination:
Your Word is our wisdom; it gives us insight, strength, and courage. Open our hearts and our minds on this day, that we might receive what. You want to give. Speak, Lord, to our souls! Your people are listening…Amen.
Hebrew Scripture Reading: Psalm 1 p.
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a p.
“The word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:30-37 p.
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Sermon: “TL 9-19-2021 Wisdom to Live” ~ Pastor Scott
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
* Hymn: GTG #515 “I Come with Joy”
* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967
Life is a gift to be received with gratitude and a task to be pursued with courage. People are free to seek life within the purpose of God: to develop and protect the resources of nature for the common welfare, to work for justice and peace in society, and in other ways to use their creative powers for the fulfillment of human life.
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”
Minute for Mission
Invitation to Present our Offerings
We have been made capable of being good stewards of what God has given us. Let us, with gratitude in our hearts, give from what has been given to us, by grace.
Offertory: “The Gift of Love”(Hymn #693)
*Doxology Hymn #606 using text below
Praise God from whom all blessing flow!
Praise Christ all creatures here below!
Praise Holy Spirit evermore!
Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!
* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication
We thank you for the wealth you shower on us daily, O Lord, and we witness the marvelous goodness that comes from you. Transform these gifts into signs of welcome for all who are touched by their use. Transform us into people who bless others throughout each day, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
* The Lord’s Prayer “…debts…debtors…”
* Closing Hymn: GTG #839 “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!”
Go out into the world endeavoring to be the last of all and the servant of all. Welcome the children, for in doing so, you welcome Jesus. Submit yourselves to God, resist all evil; draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.
“Deep peace be with you…”
Friends, this worship has ended, let our service begin!
* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.
* Postlude: “Radical Man” ~ by Yohann Anderson
Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us in the outdoor pavilion with appropriate social distancing for refreshments and conversation following worship.
Question for Reflection
What can you do to discern between good advice and advice that will lead you on the wrong path?
Household Prayer: Morning
As we rise, we have so much to do! We work without realizing that all we do can be a song of love to you and to the ones with whom you have surrounded us. Lead me, O God, so that everything that I do in my life can be done in praise to you. Amen.
Household Prayer: Evening
As this day ends, I hope I have done my work with a gentleness born out of your wisdom. Thank you, triune God, for the rest that you will provide and for the strength for a new morning. Amen.