September 26 Worship Bulletin

September 26 Worship Bulletin

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September 26 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Today is the last in a 4-week sermon series entitled, “Worship: The Heart of the Matter.” Without doubt, many of us are very familiar with the experience we call worship. But how many of us can reasonably define “worship”? While worship is something that we regularly do—at least, on Sunday mornings—there is a lot about worship we probably have not given much thought to. Because worship is such an important part of our lives, this series will address many of the basic questions related to worship. What is it? Why do we worship? Who is worship for? What is worship supposed to accomplish? What’s the difference between communal and private worship? Are we required to worship? What does God expect of us/me when I worship? What makes for “good” and “bad” worship? and so on. Today’s worship service will address theme of true, God-honoring worship. The main point for the message is that our hearts more than our words are what makes worship acceptable to God

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “We Have Come To Worship Thee/Sanctuary”

*Call to Worship

*Song – “I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord” – UMH #540

  1. I love thy kingdom, Lord, the house of thine abode,
    the church our blest Redeemer saved with his own precious blood.
  2. I love thy church, O God! Her walls before thee stand
    dear as the apple of thine eye, and graven on thy hand.
  3. For her my tears shall fall, for her my prayers ascend,
    to her my cares and toils be given, till toils and cares shall end.
  4. Beyond my highest joy I prize her heavenly ways,
    her sweet communion, solemn vows, her hymns of love and praise.
  5. Sure as thy truth shall last, to Zion shall be given
    the brightest glories earth can yield, and brighter bliss of heaven.

*Congregational Prayer (based on Psalm 1)

  • L: I tell you this: it’s a wonderful thing when members of the family of God gather
    together in love and peace.
  • P: Our church shall be like a tree planted beside a flowing river.
  • L: May our church be one just as Christ Jesus and God the Father are one, that Christ
    may be glorified in us.
  • P: We shall yield good fruit in its season, and our leaves shall never wither.
          You, loving God, are the ground of our being and the river of life; you both stead our roots and draw them to seek the living waters. You are like the sunlight enticing us taller and like the breeze rustling our leaves. You are with us through hard seasons of summer heat, and in the nights when winter’s frost ice the landscape your love warms and sustains us. You are everything to us. O let our gratitude be great, let our praise be plentiful, let our worship be wonder-full! Through Christ Jesus your ever- living Son. Amen!

*Song – “Holy Ground” – FWS #2272

We are standing on holy ground,
And I know that there are angels all around.
Let us praise Jesus now.
We are standing in His presence on holy ground! (Repeat)

Scripture Reading – Philippians 4:4-9

4 Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad!  5 Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near.  6 Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.  7 Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

8 From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is
admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.  9 Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.

Time with the Children

Special Music – “The Gift of Love”

Scripture Reading – John 4:19-26

19The woman said, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you and your people say that it is necessary to worship in Jerusalem.”

21Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, the time is coming when you and your
people will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You and your people worship what you don’t know; we worship what we know because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—and is here!—when true worshippers will worship in spirit and truth. The Father looks for those who worship him this way. 24 God is spirit, and it is necessary to worship God in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that the Messiah is coming, the one who is called the Christ. When he comes, he will teach everything to us.”

26 Jesus said to her, “I Am—the one who speaks with you.”

Message – “It’s What We Bring to Worship That Matters”

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

*Song – “The Risen Christ” – W&S #3179

  1. O Breath of God, come fill this place;
    Revive our hearts to know Your grace;
    And from our slumber make us rise
    That we may know the risen Christ.
  2. O Word of God, so clear and true,
    Renew our minds to trust in You;
    And give to us the Bread of Life
    That we may know the risen Christ.
  3. O love of God, so unrestrained,
    Refresh our souls in Jesus’ name.
    Let us reflect Your sacrifice
    That we may know the risen Christ.
  4. May God the Father, God the Son,
    And God the Spirit make us one.
    In holiness let us unite
    That we may know the risen Christ.

Invitation to Give & Prayer of Dedication

Offertory – “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor/Let There Be Peace on Earth” – Berlin & Jackson

*Closing Hymn – “Ye Servants of God” – UMH #181

  1. Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
    and publish abroad his wonderful name;
    the name all-victorious of Jesus extol,
    his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.
  2. God ruleth on high, almighty to save,
    and still he is nigh, his presence we have;
    the great congregation his triumph shall sing,
    ascribing salvation to Jesus, our King.
  3. “Salvation to God, who sits on the throne!”
    Let all cry aloud and honor the Son;
    the praises of Jesus the angels proclaim,
    fall down on their faces and worship the Lamb.
  4. Then let us adore and give him his right,
    all glory and power, all wisdom and might;
    all honor and blessing with angels above,
    and thanks never ceasing and infinite love.



Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Grace Sult
  • Singers: Ann Jacobs, Cathy Grattan, Noreen Kleinstiver, Tom Norager, and Steve Grattan
  • Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
  • Rev. Drew Hart