We are so pleased to have returned to our in person Sunday worship services. Service begins at 9:15am.
Please note thatmasks are optional.
We do, however, ask that you social distance.
HOPE IN ACTION
Hope In Action would like to invite you to our next meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 29th, 5:30pm, in the church lounge. The permanent, handicapped accessible bathroom in Clinton Park got it's roof added yesterday and we are looking forward to what's next!! Questions? Talk to Liz Mink, Karl Wolf, John Montieth, Bev Downey, Donna Santiago, or Judy Doughty.
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Worship September 26, 2021: 18th Sunday after Pentecost Areas highlighted in pink below will link you to the readings.
Prelude “Traumerei (Reverie)” composer Robert Schumann
*CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
P Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and
from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by
the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you
and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our
P Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
The assembly kneels or stands. Silence is kept for reflection.
P Most merciful God,
C We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.
We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what
we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not
loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our
neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we
may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of
your holy name. Amen.
P In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us,
and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and
ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I
therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the
name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
P The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the
communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all
C And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
P Generous God, your Son gave his life that we might come to peace
with you. Give us a share of your Spirit, and in all we do empower us
to bear the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Reading: James 5:13-20 (Dale Etheridge) 13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest. 19My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
R The Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
P The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark
C Glory to you, O Lord.
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50 38John said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. 42“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. 49“For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
Hymn “ Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service” #712
Prayers of Intercession (Jean Grager)
P The Lord be with you.
C And also with you.
P Lift up your hearts.
C We lift them to the Lord.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise . . . . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Words of Institution
You are welcome to pray your preferred version of the Lord’s Prayer during this time.
Invitation to the Meal
Post Communion Prayer
Postlude “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” arr. John Carter
Prayer Requests —For Troy Bousman, Dan Herrig, Renee Herrig, Fern Schilling, Lois Schmidt, Jenn Heck, Diane Guntzel, Megan McQueeney, Matt Kreiter, Deb and Paul
—For the homebound: Jean Luckritz, Sherry Walling
—For those in care facilities: Edith Beferd, Barb Echelbarger, Marian Edwards, Bob Farwell, Joan Guidebeck, Evelyn Hubbart, Gene Otten, Marge Marlowe, Janet Ketelsen, Dorothy Pietscher and Ron Pietscher
Please be advised that we are updating our prayer list. Please note that prayers will be spoken for 3 weeks and then removed unless specified otherwise. Please contact the church office to add or remove any names from the prayer list.