"It Is A Matter Of The Heart"
- In Person Sunday, August 29, 11 a.m. (Mask required for all) This Sunday, Pastor Elvery's sermon is "It's a Matter of the Heart".
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NEXT TIME: Readings for next week: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Mark 7:24-37
PRELUDE Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring J.S. Bach
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP based on Psalm 146:6-9
God: the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
God: who is faithful forever, who gives justice to people who are oppressed, who gives bread to people who are starving!
The LORD: who frees prisoners.
The LORD: who makes the blind see.
The LORD: who straightens up those who are bent low.
The LORD: who loves the righteous.
The LORD: who protects immigrants, who helps orphans and widows, but who makes the way of the wicked twist and turn!
*HYMN 610 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing Azmon
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Truth about ourselves
Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you. You call, but we have not listened. We walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed. God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness.
(time of silent confession)
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Dudley J. Elvery
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Instead of passing a pad, we ask that you sign the register in the Narthex as you leave, if you haven’t done so already.)
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 CEB A good reputation is better than much wealth; high esteem is better than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both. 8 Those who sow injustice will harvest evil; the rod of their fury will come to an end. 9 Happy are generous people, because they give some of their food to the poor. 22 Don’t steal from the poor, because they are poor. Don’t oppress the needy in the gate. 23 The LORD will take up their case and press the life out of those who oppress them.
SPECIAL MUSIC Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee Dorothy Wells
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING Mark 7:24-37 CEB
24 Jesus left that place and went into the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know that he had entered a house, but he couldn’t hide. 25 In fact, a woman whose young daughter was possessed by an unclean spirit heard about him right away. She came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was Greek, Syrophoenician by birth. She begged Jesus to throw the demon out of her daughter. 27 He responded, “The children have to be fed first. It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 “Good answer!” he said. “Go on home. The demon has already left your daughter.” 30 When she returned to her house, she found the child lying on the bed and the demon gone. 31 After leaving the region of Tyre, Jesus went through Sidon toward the Galilee Sea through the region of the Ten Cities. 32 Some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly speak, and they begged him to place his hand on the man for healing. 33 Jesus took him away from the crowd by himself and put his fingers in the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 Looking into heaven, Jesus sighed deeply and said, “Ephphatha,” which means, “open up.” 35 At once, his ears opened, his twisted tongue was released, and he began to speak clearly. 36 Jesus gave the people strict orders not to tell anyone. But the more he tried to silence them, the more eagerly they shared the news. 37 People were overcome with wonder, saying,
“He does everything well! He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who can’t speak.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON Can You Hear Me Now? Rev. Dudley J. Elvery
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN 451 Open My Eyes, That I May See Open My Eyes
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH CONFESSION OF 1967
9.54 Biblical visions and images of the rule of Christ, such as a heavenly city, a father’s house, a new heaven and earth, a marriage feast, and an unending day culminate in the image of the kingdom. The kingdom represents the triumph of God over all that resists his will and disrupts his creation. Already God’s reign is present as a ferment in the world, stirring hope in men and preparing the world to receive its ultimate judgment and redemption.
9.55 With an urgency born of this hope, the church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a better world. It does not identify limited progress with the kingdom of God on earth, nor does it despair in the face of disappointment and defeat. In steadfast hope, the church looks beyond all partial achievement to the final triumph of God.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus Lloyd Larson
*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
We not only hear but heed your call to see beyond those known to us to see those known to you. We commit not just our resources but our time and talent to listening to those long silenced and through them seeing our sister and brothers. Amen.
SEALING OF THE WORD
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
THE 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Please come forward down the center aisle as the ushers invite you. Take a piece of the bread and a cup and eat. We have gluten free bread available. Please dispose of the cups in the waste baskets by the table. Return to your seat by the side aisle.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
God, our help, we thank you for this supper shared in the Spirit with your Son Jesus, who makes us new and strong, who brings us life eternal. We praise you for giving us all good gifts in him, and pledge ourselves to serve you, even as in Christ you served us. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN 318 In Christ There Is No East or West
*PRAYER OF BLESSING from St. Patrick
We arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.
We arise today through God's strength to pilot us;
God's might to uphold us, God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to look before us, God's ear to hear us,
God's word to speak for us, God's hand to guard us,
God's way to lie before us, God's shield to protect us, God's hosts to save us afar and anear, Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
We arise today
Through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation. Amen.
POSTLUDE Recessional in C Douglas E. Wagner
Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!
Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Mark 7:24-37.