11 AM † September 25, 2022
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Whether this is your first time with us or your one thousand and first, we are glad that the Spirit has drawn you here today! Visitors are invited to sign the Guest Book near the front doors of the church and take home a welcome brochure to learn more about us.
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God
He Is Exalted
Verse: He is exalted, the King is exalted on high, I will praise Him
He is exalted, forever exalted, and I will praise His name!
Chorus: He is the Lord, forever His truth shall reign
Heaven and earth rejoice in His holy name.
He is exalted the King is exalted on high. (verse) (chorus)
He is exalted the King is exalted on high!
CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who is eager to forgive and who loves us beyond our days. Amen.
Dear friends, together let us acknowledge our failure to love this world as Jesus does.
Silence is kept for reflection.
God of mercy and forgiveness,
we confess that sin still has a hold on us.
We have harmed your good creation.
We have failed to do justice,
and walk humbly with you.
Turn us in a new direction.
Show us the path that leads to life.
Be our refuge and strength on the journey,
through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and friend. Amen.
Beloved of God: your sins are forgiven ☩ and you are made whole. God points the way to new life in Christ, who meets us on the road. Journey now in God’s abiding love through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Verse: The sun cannot compare to the glory of Your love; There is no shadow in your presence;
No mortal man would dare to stand before Your throne, Before the Holy One of heaven;
It’s only by your blood, and it’s only through Your mercy, Lord, I come.
Chorus 1: I bring an offering of worship to my King; no one on earth deserves the praises that I sing;
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You’re due; O Lord, I bring an offering to You
I bring an offering to You. (verse)
Chorus 2: I bring an offering of worship to my King; no one on earth deserves the praises that I sing;
Jesus, may You receive the honor that You’re due; O Lord, I bring an offering to You (chorus 1)
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. O God, rich in mercy, you look with compassion on this troubled world. Feed us with your grace, and grant us the treasure that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song
READING 1 TIMOTHY 6:6-19
A reading from 1 Timothy.
6Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
11But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. 16It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
17As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.
Word of God, word of life. Thanks be to God.
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Pastor Jeff
GOSPEL LUKE 16:19-31
The Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus said: 19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. 24He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.’ 25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. 26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’
27He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house—28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ 29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 30He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON Pastor Jeff
Here I Am Lord
Verse 1: I the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?
Chorus: Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.
Verse 2: I the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them, they turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them, whom shall I send? (chorus)
Verse 3: I the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them, my hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them, whom shall I send? (chorus)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Hear My Prayer O Lord
Hear my prayer, O Lord, From the ends of the earth, I cry.
Your peace will lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.
As scattered grains of wheat are gathered together into one bread, so let us gather our prayers for the church, those in need, and all of God’s good creation.
O God, rich in mercy, fill your church with righteousness, faith, justice, endurance, and gentleness. Empower the baptized by your Spirit to be rich in good works and generous in love.
Protect the earth and its creatures. Provide water, food, shelter, and favorable habitats, especially for endangered species. Preserve threatened ice caps, glaciers, parks, and beaches. Heal ecosystems and communities devastated by storms, especially the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona.
Increase justice in nations, governments, and courtrooms. Guide lawyers, judges, public servants, and those who hold political office to act with compassion and discernment, working for the good of all people, especially those who have little power or voice.
Give food to the hungry. Set the captives free. Lift up those who are bowed down. Watch over the stranger. Tend to those who are ill especially Sue, Kay, Francesca, Ellie, George, Loretta, Michael, Jim, Carolyn, Darlene, Maria, Richard, Bill, Julie, Betty, Prisca, Noreen, Regina, Stan, Mary, Katherine, Phil, Carolanne, Alyssa, Matt, all those experiencing mental illness or struggling with addiction, and all military personnel and first responders. Stir us to act in the best interest of our neighbors.
Enliven our praise. Inspire musicians, artists, poets, and all who create beauty in this place. Encourage our worship leaders, choir members, and those who play instruments. Grant joy and confidence in this congregation that sings your praises today, no matter their musical skill.
Enfold the saints who have died in the arms of your loving care, and grant that the holy angels accompany us until we join with them. We especially pray in thanksgiving for the life of Phyllis Taxiera, wife of Joe, in whose memory our altar flowers are given. Let the remembrance of her light point us towards your light.
Gathered together in the welcome communion of the Holy Spirit, gracious God, we offer these and all our prayers to you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Praise the Lord
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might
Heaven and earth are filled With Your glory (repeat)
Hosanna, hosanna, in the highest,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord
Let us pray as Jesus taught us, each in the words or language of our choice.
Our Father, 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 and ever. Amen.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Behold who we are: the broken body of Christ. Let us become what we receive!
At this table, Christ is both host and meal, and offers himself to all who hunger and thirst for his presence. We believe that he is truly present in this sacrament. When you come forward, the pastor will place bread in your hand. Gluten-free wafers are available upon request. You can receive wine by taking a cup from the tray (the cups in the center contain white grape juice). If you do not wish to commune, you are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing. If you need to receive communion in your seat, simply notify an usher. No one is too young to receive this sacrament, though some families wish to give their children some instruction before they take their first communion. If a young child accompanies you, please indicate to the pastor whether they should receive bread or a blessing.
For King and Country
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace. Amen.
Where Do I Go
Chorus: Where do I go when I need a shelter,
Where do I go when I need a friend
Where do I go when I need some helping,
Where do I go back on my knees again.
Verse 1: Ask me this question, I’ll tell you no lies; how did I get this fire in my life
All is not certain, but I will get by. Listen, I’ll tell you why. (chorus)
Verse 2: Sure as the winter comes after the fall, sure as true love tears down any wall
Oh my Jesus is able to carry it all. He will answer our call. (chorus X3)
Go in peace, with Christ beside you! Thanks be to God!
Thank you to those who helped with worship today…
Lector & Communion Assistant Katie
New Direction Praise Band Randy, Michelle, Linda, Lawrence & Sam
Altar Care Elaine & Stephanie
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