SUNDAY WORSHIP

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September 26, 2021   10:00AM

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

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HERE IS THE ADVANCE BULLETIN FOR OUR FULL CHURCH SERVICE.  It is being  updated regularly, so check  back for more details.  Click here to watch the complete church service at 10:00AM On Sunday.

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WELCOME TO ALL PRESENT AND THOSE WATCHING THE LIVE FEED ON VIMEO AT HOME.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

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WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN GOD AT WORK THIS WEEK?

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BREATHING PRAYER:

IN FOR A COUNT OF 4: We breathe in…

OUT FOR A COUNT OF 4: …the very presence of God.

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PRELUDE: Let us prepare our hearts and minds for worship

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*CALL TO WORSHIP:

(Adapted from Psalm 136)

Leader: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to the God of gods, who alone works great marvels,

Congregation: For God’s love endures forever.

Leader: We give thanks to the Lord who made the heavens in wisdom, who spread out the earth on the waters, and made the great lights, the sun to rule the day, the moon, and stars to rule the night.

Congregation: For God’s love endures forever.

Leader: It is good to give thanks to the Lord who freed the Israelites from slavery and led them through the wilderness to the land of promise.

ALL: Give thanks to the God of heaven, for God’s love endures forever.

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OPENING HYMN:  SPIRIT SONG UM HYMNAL #347

  1. O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love.

Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul.

O let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit like a dove will descend upon your life and make you whole.

Refrain: Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

  1. O come and sing this song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy. Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name. O give him all you tears and sadness, give him all you years of pain, and you’ll enter into life in Jesus name.

Refrain: Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

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OPENING PRAYER:

Gracious God, we greet you on this first Sunday in autumn looking forward to cooler days here in the desert. We are grateful to be able to worship together in this sanctuary we call our spiritual home. Gathered in worship we feel we are a part of something universal, much larger, and grander than the routine of our daily lives. Teach us, O Lord to be living witnesses to these empowering moments spent in communion with you and our brothers and sisters in Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen

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SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

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PASTORAL PRAYER:  

Merciful God, we come before you this morning with our hearts and minds attentive to your presence. When we enter this sanctuary, we bring with us our gifts as well as our frailties. We dare to set the very truth of ourselves before you for you know us inside and out and are privy to our pridefulness and our doubts. Remind us that your love is not exclusive reserved only for the baptized and confirmed in Jesus’ name. Give us the courage to speak the name of Jesus often and in the company of many. May we never be afraid to share how Jesus’ teachings and his life story have influenced the way we live our lives, how we treat our neighbors, our loved ones, and strangers in our midst. With gratitude and praise we repeat the prayer that Jesus gave us to offer boldly every day.

 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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

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SPECIAL MUSIC:  

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SCRIPTURE READING:  Mark 9:38-42 (NRSV)

John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For 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. ‘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.

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SERMON TITLE: What’s In A Name?

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OFFERTORY REFLECTION

May we remain steadfast in our vows to support the United Methodist Church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. Amen

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CLOSING HYMN:  There’s Something About That Name UM Hymnal # 171 (sing through twice)

  1. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! There’s just something about that name! Master, Savior, Jesus! Like the fragrance after the rain.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Let all heaven and earth proclaim: Kings and Kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name!

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SENDING FORTH PRAYER

Gracious and loving God, Creator of the universe and Lord of our lives, send us forth today with the name of Jesus ever in our hearts and boldly on our lips. Let us not hesitate to speak his name with love and gratitude for all that he has taught us, all that he has shown us, and for the challenges he sets before us. Let us minister in his name to everyone we meet stranger or fellow, friend or foe.  May we muster the courage to be true disciples of Jesus in whose name we pray. Amen.

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SENDING FORTH HYMN: SHALOM TO YOU

Shalom to you now, shalom my friends.

May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.

In all your living and through all your loving

Christ be your shalom. Christ be your shalom.

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BENEDICTION

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POSTLUDE

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