“Don’t Say I Am Only …”
THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
August 21, 2022 11:00 a.m.
WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME
Through the grace of God, faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we prayerfully seek to discern God’s will for this congregation and to reach beyond ourselves to feed the hungry, body and soul. Adopted by Session 7/31/17
PRAYER FOR PEACE
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
God is our rock and our refuge,
a strong and mighty fortress.
Beloved, people of light, come;the Lord is our hope.
*HYMN 69 ||| Here I Am, Lord ||| Here I Am (Schutte)
CALL TO CONFESSION
In faith and in hope,turning to the rock of our salvation,let us confess our sin together.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God of mercy,we confess that we live self-centered lives. We tolerate injustice and cruelty,complacent in our corner of the world.We neglect the needs of others. In your righteousness, deliver us andrescue us. Turn us to your way and lead us in your light that we might serve you and care for all ofcreation.
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The Lord is our hope and our trust, our light and salvation. Believe the good news!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
*THE GLORIA 581
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Jeremiah 1:4-10
4Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, 5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." 6Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy." 7But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you, 8Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD." 9Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the LORD said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth. 10See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant."
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Luke 13:10-17
10Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." 13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." 15But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON |||Do Not Say, I Am Only a... ||| Rev. Matt Lang
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN 691 ||| Lord, When I Came Into This Life ||| Land of Rest
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Brief Statement of Faith 1983
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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.
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
*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
As we offer our treasure and hearts to you, O God, may they be used to pass on the promise of hope, of peace, of life, of community to all in need of your gifts and presence in their lives. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN 157 ||| I Danced in the Morning ||| Lord of the Dance
The blessing of the one God—Spirit, Son, and Father—be with you now and always.
Lead a life worthy of your calling, giving glory to God in all things.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!
Rev. Matt Lang, Pastor
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
Worship Liturgist: Laura Dillman
Web Techs: Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett
Usher: Laura DillmanSCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Luke 14:1, 7-14.
PRAYER CHAIN – If you want prayer requests included on the prayer chain, contact Shirley Armistead at sarmist1@aol.