Category Archives: Worship Notes

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost – October 15, 2017 

Act of Praise:    Psalm 106   -   UMH #829 
First Scripture:    Philippians 4:1-9   -   Page 1829 

Prayer of Confession 

God of peace, you are righteous and loving. Thank you for intervening in history to make a covenant relationship with your people, Israel. We are grateful that you welcome all who seek you through your Son, Jesus. Today we remember that you call all of us gathered here and so many more to spread the gospel. Let your peace guard our hearts and minds in Christ, so that we may work together in harmony to do your will. May our worship be a sign and a symbol of what we can give to strengthen our church’s ministries in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Song of Praise:     Come and Find the Quiet Center-   TFWS #2128 
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 22:1-14   -   Page 1534 
Sermon Title:     Defining the Audience 
Closing Song:     Blest Are They   -   TFWS #2155 

Seventeeth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here is the order of worship for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost – October 1, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 78   –   UMH #799
First Scripture:    Philippians 2:1-13   –   Page 1827

Prayer of Confession

Most Gracious God, you hold each person’s life as more precious than we can imagine. When we turn aside from following your way, you urgently call us back. Send your Spirit to give us a new heart to live as faithful people who show forgiveness to others. Help us to be the people that we claim to be and encourage us to give freely of ourselves as we share your good news with our neighbors. We pray through Christ your Son, who gave his life for the sake of the world. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Come and See   –   TFWS #2127
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 21:23-32   –   Page 1532
Sermon Title:     “Emptying Out Our Perceptions”
Closing Song:     Lord, I Lift Your Name on High   –   TFWS #2088

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 24, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 145   –   UMH #857
First Scripture:    Philippians 1:21-30   –   Page 1826

Prayer of Confession

God, our Heavenly King, we rejoice that you invite everyone to a place of purpose in your kingdom. Through Christ, your Son, you give us a vision of the world as your vineyard, where each person can contribute the gifts you have given. Free us from envy and comparing our circumstances to others. Give us strength by your Spirit to live joyfully as generous servants of your realm. Help us to give joyfully out of our abundance in response to your loving presence in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Give Thanks   –   TFWS #2036
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 20:1-16   –   Page 1529
Sermon Title:     “The Upside Down Reality of the Kingdom”
Closing Song:     Freely, Freely   –   UMH #389

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Here are the readings and songs for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – August 20, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 133   –   UMH #850
First Scripture:    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8   –   Page 1037

Prayer of Confession

God of blessing, your mercy knows no bounds! You have expanded your everlasting covenant with your people Israel to include people of every nation, to all whom you love. We were like dogs who were glad for the crumbs under the table, who now delight in feasting as sons and daughters with Christ. Send your Spirit to guide us to bring all you call to rejoice in the midst of your congregation. We dedicate our worship and our very lives to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Come and Find the Quiet Center   –   TFWS #2128
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 7:7-14   –   Page 1505
Sermon Title:     “Managing Change: Exploration”
Closing Song:     We Are Called   –   TFWS #2172

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 13, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 105   –   UMH #828
First Scripture:    Galatians 1:1-10   –   Page 1809

Prayer of Confession

God of peace, you are kind and generous to all who seek you. You are the Good Shepherd of a vast flock. But we can be like stubborn sheep, showing favoritism like Jacob or struggling with jealousy like Joseph’s brothers. Help us to turn away from the competition for more. Incline our hearts to compassion for our neighbors so that we will give freely from what we have received. We pray this through Christ our Lord, who loves each sheep and seeks each one that is lost. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Cares Chorus   –   TFWS #2215
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 15:1-20   –   Page 1521
Sermon Title:     “Managing Change: Status Quo”
Closing Song:     Wade in the Water   –   TFWS #2107

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 23, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 139   –   UMH #854
First Scripture:    Romans 8:12-25   –   Page 1757

Prayer of Confession

Dear God, how easy it is for me to distinguish myself from “them.” Forgive me for the times I believe I am better than others. Forgive me for the times I put my ways on a pedestal to the neglect of others. Forgive me for the times I avert my gaze so I won’t have to look at their condition. Forgive me for the times I wished they would all go away and live somewhere else. Forgive me for the times I feel no discomfort in judging others before I even know them. Forgive me for the ease with which I label people “them” and “other”. We know that through Jesus Christ we have redemption. God hears. God cares. God forgives. In the name of Jesus Christ, forgive us now. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Spirit of the Living God   –   UMH #393
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43   –   Page 1518
Sermon Title:     “The Apostle’s Tale: Groaning”
Closing Song:     Come Sunday   –   UMH #728

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 16, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 25   –   UMH #756
First Scripture:    Romans 8:1-11   –   Page 1756

Prayer of Confession

O God of our salvation, your Word brings joy to our hearts. We find contentment in your presence as we pray and worship you. Forgive us for the times that we do not seek that sacred presence with you. Enable us to focus on your Holy Spirit who brings life and peace. Inspire our congregation to reach out in creative ways to draw our neighbors into a closer relationship with you. Receive our worship today and continue to bless whatever we can bring to you for the sake of Christ our Savior. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Spirit of God   –   TFWS #2117
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23   –   Page 1516
Sermon Title:     “The Apostle’s Tale: Freedom”
Closing Song:     Lord I Lift Your Name on High   –   UMH #2088

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 9, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 72   –   UMH #795
First Scripture:    Genesis 24:34-38   –   Page 35

Prayer of Confession

Generous God, we praise you for life itself and the spiritual renewal that you so freely give. Thank you for sending Jesus, who demonstrates what it means to be gentle and humble in heart. Gather our congregation in opportunities to respond to people’s needs with tangible assistance. Fill us with your Spirit so that we are eager to help others, like Rebekah who gave water to a stranger and did not expect a reward. May our worship be acceptable in your sight and offer hope and blessing to us and to our community. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Just a Closer Walk with Thee   –   TFWS #2158
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30   –   Page 1513
Sermon Title:     “From Chaos to Community: Legacy”
Closing Song:     When Love Is Found   –   UMH #643

Third Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Third Sunday after Pentecost – June 25, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 85   –   UMH #806
First Scripture:    Genesis 21:8-21   –   Page 29

Prayer of Confession

Generous God, you are the source of abundant life. You reveal a great mystery: those who lose their life for the sake of your Son will find it. When we are aware of loss, send your Holy Spirit to help us trust in your steadfast love. You are transforming our lives and this world as surely as you have transformed the cross by Christ’s resurrection. Let whatever we can bring to you on this day of worship and everyday bring vitality to the healing ministries of this community of faith. We ask this in the name of our risen Lord Jesus. Amen.

Song of Praise:     I’ve Got Peace Like a River   –   TFWS #2145
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 10:24-39   –   Page 1511
Sermon Title:     “From Chaos to Community: Weaning”
Closing Song:     His Eye Is on the Sparrow   –   TFWS #2146

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 14, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 31   –   UMH #764
First Scripture:    Acts 7:55-60   –   Page 1704

Prayer of Confession

O God, our Redeemer, you are glorious! Your Son Jesus has won salvation for all who trust in you. Thank you for nurturing us through your word and the witness of faithful disciples. Fill our hearts with your Holy Spirit, so that we might speak boldly of your mighty acts. Let our worship and our physical and spiritual sacrifices be acceptable to you. We pray through Christ, our risen Lord, who stands at your right hand and governs our lives with wisdom, power, and love. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Shout to the Lord   –   TFWS #2074
Second Scripture Lesson:     John 14:1-14   –   Page 1888
Sermon Title:     “Becoming One With Christ”
Closing Song:     How Great Thou Art   –   UMH #77