September 11 Worship Bulletin

September 11 Worship Bulletin

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Today we attempt to observe two important circumstances in our common life together. First, we celebrate the new school year and ask God’s blessings upon the students, teachers, and staff who guide our children through these formative years. At the same time, today, September 11, marks a formative day in the life of our nation. So, we will also take some time near the close of our worship to soberly remember and seek the peace which only God can provide. The emotional polarities of these two circumstances are a reminder that we are a people of hope and love even in the face of suffering.

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “You Are a Child of the King” – Music by John Carter

*Call to Worship

  • L: Calling all children of the Living God: the gospel is good news for every age and every stage.
  • P: Let us worship together, the young and the old.
  • L: The good news is proclaimed in God’s words; and also with crayons, silly songs, snacks, and rest time.
  • P: Let us worship together, every generation.
  • L: We come together with different abilities and disabilities, learning in a rainbow of ways and styles.
  • P: Let us worship together, with our family of faith.
  • L: All are welcome in the arms of Christ who proclaimed, “Let the children come!”
  • P: Let us worship together, united in our eternal hope.

*Opening Hymn – “Be Thou My Vision” – UMH #451

  1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
    Naught be all else to me, save that thou art;
    Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
    Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.
  2. Be thou my Wisdom, and thou my true Word;
    I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
    Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
    great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.
  3. Great God of heaven, my victory won,
    May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
    Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
    Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

*Prayer

Blessing of Students and Backpacks

Congregational Prayer for Students

Loving God, coat the year before us with miracles of your mercy and
strength, and help us appreciate most of all the bedrock miracle of your
presence with us in every single ordinary, sacred moment. Lead our
children and youth this school year into life-giving rhythms of grace
and light, where our regular routines become the framework for
worship and blessing. Through Christ Jesus we pray. Amen.

*Song – “God of All Learning” (tune: ‘Morning Has Broken’)

  1. God of all learning, God of all knowing,
    We bring these backpacks filled with supplies.
    Bless all these tools of learning and growing.
    Use them, we pray, to change many lives.
  2. Bless all the students, young ones and old ones —
    Walking or riding, traveling by bus.
    May they remember that you go with them,
    And that they all are precious to us.
  3. Some kids are poor and some kids are wealthy;
    May we give all the tools that they need.
    May we make sure they’re safe, loved and healthy
    So that they all may thrive and succeed.
  4. Bless all who learn and bless those who guide them,
    Bless those who teach and counsel and care.
    May they remember you walk beside them.
    Through all their school days, you, Lord, are there.

Scripture Reading – Psalm 127:1-3

Unless it is the Lord who builds the house,
    the builders’ work is pointless.
Unless it is the Lord who protects the city,
    the guard on duty is pointless.
It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late,
    eating the bread of hard labor
    because God gives sleep to those he loves.
No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord;
    the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.

Invitation to Give

*Presentation of Gifts & Doxology

Praise God from who all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Prayer of Dedication

Special Music – “Who Will Teach the Children?” – by Anna Laura Page

Scripture Reading – Mark 10:13-16

People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the
disciples scolded them. When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them,
“Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom
belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn’t
welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” Then he hugged the
children and blessed them.

  • L: The Word of God, the Word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God!

Sermon – “Striving to Be a Child”

Litany of Remembrance of 9/11

  • L: O God, our mighty tower, and creator of Heaven and Earth; our Redeemer, who died and rose again; our comforter, who fell as a dove at the Baptism of Jesus, and strengthens all the faithful; Holy Trinity, undivided, One God,
  • P: Have mercy on us.
  • L: By the establishment of the firmament, and the speaking of light into the darkness; by the blessing and sending of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob and Rachel; by the liberation of the children of Israel from Pharaoh’s hand and the renting of the Sea; and by the witness and courage of your holy prophets of old,
  • P: Have mercy upon us.
  • L: By the Incarnation of the Word into the world; by the ministry of Christ, the preaching of the Good News, the healing of the sick, the casting out of evil, and the raising of the dead; and by the agony of the cross, and the victory of the Resurrection,
  • P: Have mercy upon us.
  • L: From the forces of evil, from deadly acts of terrorism, and from the fear that grips us as individuals and as a people,
  • P: Good Lord, deliver us.
  • L: From the senseless hatred that hardens hearts and minds, and from war and violent conflict of all stripes,
  • P: Good Lord, deliver us.
  • L: We implore you to hear us, good Lord, that on this anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our nation, that you would rule and govern our hearts, and the powers of this world; that it would please you to protect this nation, and the peoples of the whole world; that it would please you to uphold the military of this nation, and all nations, who strive to bring peace and freedom to all your children.
  • P: We implore you to hear us, good Lord.
  • L: That it would please you to root out the causes of terror and war in all places and among all people; that it would please you to look upon those who would seek to do us harm, and turn their hearts from the ways of hatred and violence; that it would please you to rain down grace and mercy upon us all, that your peace, which passes all understanding, would overtake us all,
  • P: We implore you to hear us, good Lord.
  • L: That it would please you on this day to uphold all those who lost people dear to their hearts during the attacks, and in the conflicts which have followed in their wake; that it would please you to surround widows and children, parents and loved ones, the injured and maimed with a hope in your trust, your abiding Presence, and life everlasting; that it would please you to uphold all those who maintain peace and safety in our local communities and abroad.
  • P: We implore you to hear us, good Lord.
  • L: Please shine your light into the darkness, that all would see and know you and your ways, Son of God. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
  • P: Have mercy upon us.
  • L: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
  • P: Have mercy upon us.
  • L: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
  • P: Grant us your peace.
  • L: Amen.
  • P: Amen.

*Closing Song “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” FWS #2171

  1. Make me a channel of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
    Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
    And where there’s doubt, true faith in you
  2. Make me a channel of your peace.
    Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope.
    Where there is darkness, only light,
    And where there’s sadness, ever joy.
  3. Oh, master grant that I may never seek
    So much to be consoled as to console,
    To be understood as to understand,
    To be loved as to love with all my soul.
  4. Make me a channel of your peace.
    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    In giving of ourselves that we receive,
    And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Benediction

*Postlude – “Children of the Heavenly Father” – Arr. by Robert J. Hughes

Lyrics to Special Music

You Are a Child of the King
You are a child of the King, redeemed and called by his name. You are a child of the King, precious in the sight of the Lord. When you pass through the waters the Lord will be with you. When you pass through the waters the Lord will be there. When you pass through the waters, the cold chilly waters, there is nothing, no nothing to fear. When you walk through the fire the Lord will be with you, when you walk through the fire, the Lord will be there. When you walk through the fire, the flames won’t consume you; there is nothing, no nothing to fear. You, you are a child of the King, redeemed and called by his name, his holy name. You are a child of the King, precious in the sight of the Lord. You are a child of the King, redeemed and called by his name, his name. You are a child of the King, precious in the sight of the Lord; precious in the sight of the Lord, the Lord.

Who Will Teach the Children?
Who will teach the children, shape their hearts and minds? Who will guide their feet along the way? Who will teach the children, guard their souls from sin? Commit them to the Father when you pray. Love the Lord with all your soul and strength; love the Lord with all your heart. Love your neighbor as you love yourself; from these commands do not depart. Will you teach the children, shape their hearts and minds? Will you guide their feet along the way? Will you teach the children, guard their souls from sin? Commit them to the Father when you pray. Let the morning bring word of Your love, for I have placed my trust in You. Teach me Your will, Lord, for You are my God; may Your spirit guide my heart to truth. We will teach the children, shape their hearts and minds. We will guide their feet along the way. We will teach the children, guard their souls from sin, commit them to the Father when we pray, commit them to the Father when we pray.

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Scott Crawford
  • Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
  • Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
  • Rev. Drew Hart