Bulletin, September 22, 2019

Welcome to Worship

The * indicates to stand if you are able Bold indicates unison reading

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements Introit

Day by day; Martin How

“Day by day, dear Lord, of thee three things I pray To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.”

Call to Worship

Assembled to worship, we come to be refreshed and made new.

We come from lonely walks, busy schedules and isolated lives;

We gather for bonding, community and common ground.

We seek You because we have been found,

We seek each other because we have been loved.

Teach us once again to find the loneliness in each other.

Call us again to welcome the uninvited, to invite the forgotten and to embrace the unforgiven and neglected,

That we may walk in grace, practice hospitality, live in love and follow your way of hope!

Hymn 327: Sing praise to God who reigns above

Time for the Young and Young at Heart

Lessons from Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 The word of the Lord/ Thanks be to God

Unison Prayer of Confession

We confess that we find Your medicine hard to swallow, Forgiving God. The quick fixes of this world are so much more pleasant, leaving us free to go back to our usual routines. But Your healing grace is powerful. And if we receive it, it will change our lives and will reorient us to Your forgiving nature. Turn us toward Your love for justice. Forgive our sins, for which You weep. Forgive our hesitation. Grant us courage to choose You as our physician, and to serve You and You alone. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Christ be with you all.

Scripture says: “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and humanity, even Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.” In Christ Jesus we have a mediator who reassures us: “My sister, my brother, your sins are forgiven you. Go in peace.” The peace of the Lord Jesus

And also with you.

Hymn 747: There is a balm in Gilead

We Listen for Christ’s Voice 

Prayer for Illumination

Lesson from Colossians 3:12-17
The word of the Lord/ Thanks be to God

Choir Anthem

Fill me, Lord; Brad Nix “Fill me Lord, heal me Lord. Seal my life with your Holy Spirit Take me Lord, wake me Lord, Make me Lord into a song of love.”

Sermon: Squinting To See What’s There

We Respond to God’s Call

Hymn 767: Lord, speak to me

Offering

Doxology 79

Prayer for Blessing of the Offering

Minute for Mission

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

Hymn 569: O Jesus, I have promised

Benediction and Amen

Sing Amen # 264

Postlude: Fugue in E flat major
(O God our help in ages past);
J. S. Bach (abridged)

Please observe this as a time for silent reflection