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September 19, 2021
Prelude on “Be Thou My Vision” (hymn tune Slane)
Sue Paro, Music Director
Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Cynthia Good
Carmen Phillips, Worship Leader
God gathers us in season and out of season
We are planted in grace
God gathers us together across space and time
We are planted together
God nurtures us with wisdom and water
We are always sustained
God is with us now
We are held in love
God of changing seasons, you are steadfast in your love. When we are weary, you carry us. When we are filled with life, you walk beside us. When we are lost, you guide us. When we don’t know what we need, you sit with us. May our roots grow deeply where you have planted us. May your spirit water us with your grace. Amen.
Passing the Peace
The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
words ancient Irish, translated by Mary E. Byrne, versed by Eleanor H. Hull
music traditional Irish melody, harmonized by Carlton R. Young
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Scripture: James 3:13-18 from the Common English Bible
Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom. However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above. Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic. Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts.
Scripture: Psalm 1 from the Liturgy Training Publication
If you would be happy:
never walk with the wicked,
never stand with sinners,
never sit among cynics,
but delight in God’s teaching
and study it night and day.
You will stand like a tree
planted by a stream,
bearing fruit in season,
its leaves never fading,
its yield always plenty.
Not so for the wicked,
like chaff they are blown by the wind.
They will not withstand the judgement,
nor assemble with the just.
God marks the way of the upright,
but the corrupt walk to ruin.
How Can I Keep from Singing?
Traditional Folk Hymn, arranged by Andy Beck
Thoughts: Rev. Good
Hymn: Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
words by Robert Robinson, music from Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second
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Sharing of Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer
We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…
Our Creator, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Doxology: God of the Sparrow, verse 6
words by Jaroslav J. Vajda, music by Carl F. Schalk
God of the ages God near at hand
God of the loving heart
How do your children say Joy
How do your children say Home
Fantasia in G Minor