September 25 Worship Bulletin

September 25 Worship Bulletin

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Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” – Arr. by Lani Smith

*Call to Worship

  • L: The Lord our God gives to each one of us a sense of blessing, security and confidence—
  • P: For God alone is our refuge, our place of safety.
  • L: Our life experiences reassure us that we can always trust in God’s goodness and compassion—
  • P: For God alone is our refuge, our place of safety.
  • L: God’s Presence is expressed to us in many ways which lead us into a closer relationship with God.
  • P: For God alone is our refuge, our place of safety. Let us worship this holy and glorious God. Amen.

*Opening Hymn – “God Hath Spoken By the Prophets” – UMH #108

  1. God hath spoken by the prophets,
    spoken the unchanging Word,
    each from age to age proclaiming,
    God the One, the righteous Lord!
    ‘Mid the world’s despair and turmoil,
    one firm anchor holdeth fast:
    God eternal reigns forever,
    God the first, and God the last.
  2. God hath spoken by Christ Jesus,
    Christ, the everlasting Son;
    brightness of the Father’s glory,
    with the Father ever one;
    spoken by the Word incarnate,
    God of God, ere time was born;
    Light of Light, to earth descending,
    Christ, as God in human form.
  3. God yet speaketh by the Spirit,
    speaketh to our hearts again;
    in the agelong Word expounding
    God’s own message, now as then.
    Thru the rise and fall of nations,
    one sure faith yet standing fast,
    God abides, the Word unchanging,
    God the first, and God the last.

*Prayer

Special Music – “We Have Come This Far By Faith” – By Joseph M. Martin

Time with the Children

Scripture Reading – Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15

Jeremiah received the Lord’s word in the tenth year of Judah’s King Zedekiah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar’s rule. At that time, the army of the Babylonian king had surrounded Jerusalem, and the prophet Jeremiah was confined to the prison quarters in the palace of Judah’s king. Judah’s King Zedekiah had Jeremiah sent there after questioning him.

Jeremiah said, The Lord’s word came to me: Your cousin Hanamel, Shallum’s son, is on his way to see you; and when he arrives, he will tell you: “Buy my field in Anathoth, for by law you are next in line to purchase it.” And just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel showed up at the prison quarters and told me, “Buy my field in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, for you are next in line and have a family obligation to purchase it.” Then I was sure this was the Lord’s doing.

So I bought the field in Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel, and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. Then I took the deed of purchase—the sealed copy, with its terms and conditions, and the unsealed copy— and gave it to Baruch, Neriah’s son and Mahseiah’s grandson, before my cousin Hanamel and the witnesses named in the deed, as well as before all the Judeans who were present in the prison quarters. I charged Baruch before all of them: “The Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims: Take these documents—this sealed deed of purchase along with the unsealed one—and put them into a clay container so they will last a long time. The Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims: Houses, fields, and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”

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

Sermon – “Purchasing Land at Ground Zero”

*Song – “We Cannot Measure How You Heal” – W&S #3139

  1. We cannot measure how You heal
    or answer every sufferer’s prayer,
    yet we believe your grace responds
    where faith and doubt unite to care.
    Your hands, though bloodied on the cross,
    survive to hold and heal and warn,
    to carry all through death to life
    and cradle children yet unborn.
  2. The pain that will not go away,
    the guilt that clings from things long past,
    the fear of what the future holds,
    are present as if meant to last.
    But present, too, is love which tends
    the hurt we never hoped to find,
    the private agonies inside,
    the memories that haunt the mind.
  3. So some have come who need Your help
    and some have come to make amends,
    as hands which shaped and saved the world
    are present in the touch of friends.
    Lord, let Your Spirit meet us here
    to mend the body, mind and soul,
    to disentangle peace from pain
    and make Your broken people whole.

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

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. Amen.

Special Music – “My Hope Is In You” – by Ruth Elaine Schram

Invitation to Give

*Presentation of Gifts

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

*Closing Song – “Hope of the World” – UMH #178

  1. Hope of the world, thou Christ of great compassion,
    speak to our fearful hearts by conflict rent.
    Save us, thy people, from consuming passion,
    who by our own false hopes and aims are spent.
  2. Hope of the world, God’s gift from highest heaven,
    bringing to hungry souls the bread of life,
    still let thy spirit unto us be given,
    to heal earth’s wounds and end all bitter strife.
  3. Hope of the world, afoot on dusty highways,
    showing to wandering souls the path of light,
    walk thou beside us lest the tempting byways
    lure us away from thee to endless night.
  4. Hope of the world, who by thy cross didst save us
    from death and dark despair, from sin and guilt,
    we render back the love thy mercy gave us;
    take thou our lives, and use them as thou wilt.
  5. Hope of the world, O Christ o’er death victorious,
    who by this sign didst conquer grief and pain,
    we would be faithful to thy gospel glorious;
    thou art our Lord! Thou dost forever reign.

*Benediction

*Postlude – “Song of Faith” – By Esther S. Higgins

Lyrics to Special Music

We Have Come This Far by Faith
We have come this far by faith, gently carried in the arms of love. We have come this far with confidence, our hope in God alone. And though the road is long, in His strength we carry on. We have come this far by faith and faith will lead us home. A
simple childlike faith, a tiny mustard seed can change the world and move a mountain, calm the raging sea, calm the sea. Blessed are the ones who trust in Christ the Lord, those who believe in His promises, those who believe in His word, for great is their reward. Come by faith, gently carried in the arms of love. We have come this far with confidence, our hope in God alone. And though the road is long, in His strength we carry on. We have come this far by faith and faith will lead us home. We have come this far by faith and faith will lead us home.

My Hope Is In You
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, my hope is in you all day long. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, in you alone is my song. You are the Savior, You’re the Redeemer; guide our path each day. You are the Savior, You’re the Messiah; teach us in your way. O, redeem us. O, redeem us, Lord. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, my hope is in you all day long. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, in you alone is my song. Show us your mercy, love and forgiveness; guide our path each day. Show us your mercy, give us the grace to follow and obey. O, redeem us. O, redeem us, redeem us, Lord. I lift my soul, my hope is in you all day long. To you, O Lord, I lift my soul; in you alone is my song. In you alone is my song. O God of our Salvation, redeem us, Lord.

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

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