13th Sunday after Pentecost

September 8, 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements 

Prelude Jesu, joy of man’s desiring; J.S. Bach 

Call to Worship Adapted from 1 Corinthians 3:9-18 

We are God’s servants, working together, We are God’s building. The foundation has been laid and that foundation is Jesus Christ. Together we are God’s temple and God’s Spirit dwells in us. We are the Body of Christ and individually members of that body. Let us worship together. 

Choir Anthem The Tallis Canon; arr. Douglas Wagner 

*Hymn # 78  This is the day 

Time for the Young and Young at Heart 

Lessons from 1 Corinthians 3:9-18 (167 NT)

For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. 14 If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.

The word of the Lord/ Thanks be to God

Litany of Renewal and Dedication 

Eternal God, we give you thanks for the work you have done in this place. Throughout the years, you made your presence known to us. When we prayed, you heard us. When we preached your Word and administered your Sacraments, you were in our midst. You have accepted our humble sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. You have listened to our confessions and forgiven our sins. And you have sent your Holy Spirit to heal and comfort our hurts, our sorrows, our infirmities, and our losses. 

Continue to empower us with your Spirit, that we might be examples of Your love to all people. 

Continue to show us how we might give care and support to the needy, love and mercy to the broken and forlorn. 

Continue to show us new ways of loving one another and those around us. 

Continue to break down prejudices and barriers which divide us, and make us all one in Jesus Christ. 

Continue to renew us by the Spirit, given at our baptisms, so that we might be challenged to move beyond our ruts, our apathy, and our anxieties of inadequacy. 

Continue to guide our minds, fill our imaginations, control our wills and use us as you will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Hear our prayer, O Lord. 

Assurance of Pardon 

This is the good news: God intends for us to find life, to embrace hope, to receive forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The end of our journey is not rejection and emptiness, but new hope in our God. Thanks be to God, we are forgiven. Amen. 

*Hymn # 717 We cannot own the sunlit sky 

We Listen for Christ’s Voice

Prayer for Illumination 

Lesson from Ephesians 2:13-22 (192 NT)

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.[c] 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

The word of the Lord/ Thanks be to God

Sermon The Kirk That Faith Built: Foundation or Keepsake Box 

We Respond to God’s Call

*Hymn # 625 Seek ye first 

Offering 

*Doxology # 78 

Prayer for Blessing of the Offering 

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer (debts/debtors) 

*Hymn # 479 The church’s one foundation 

*Benediction and Amen Sing Amen # 264 

Postlude 

Please observe this as a time for silent reflection