Order of Worship for
Sunday, September 6
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Exodus 3:1-15; Gospel of Matthew 21-28
Paige M. Wolfe, Liturgist Tom Norrell, Preacher
Greeting and Announcements
Call to Worship:
Minister: This is the day that the Lord has made.
People: We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Minister: This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh.
People: And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Confession of Faith:
We believe in the one God, creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength.
We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the life of love and prayer, and in grace equal to every need.
We believe in the Word of God found in the scripture, tradition, reason and experience.
We believe in the church, we who are united in the living Lord for the purpose of worship and service.
We believe in the reign of God as the divine will realized in human society, and in the family of God, where we are all brothers and sisters.
We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting. Amen.
Old Testament Lesson: Exodus 3:1-15
*Gospel Lesson: Matthew 16:21-28
Pastoral Prayer: The Lord's Prayer
Anthem: Duet: Gracious Spirit Dwell with Me arr. K. Lee Scott
Sarah Monroe, alto and Kevin Arnold, tenor
Sermon: Vocation or Work by Tom Norrell, Pastor
Response to the Word:
God of Labor and of Love, we confess we have not always made relationship with you the first priority in our lives. Nor have we glorified you in all things, but considered our spirituality separate from the rest of life, something we do on Sunday and in certain other religious practices. We prepare ourselves for the doing of work as a job, rather than a vocation in which we serve and glorify you through every life attitude and activity. We confess that we tend to judge the success of our work by the money we make. We also, so easily allow job expectations to become tyrannical in our lives, as though the job owned us. We sometimes get so caught up in our work that we become deaf to the other calls in our lives, those of family, of friends, of church, or neighbors, and of strangers who need our time and our attention. Forgive us all, we pray, and restore us to right relationship with you, that we may be free to work again at right relationships with one another. Amen.
Postlude: Brian Dailey, pianist
*Please stand for the reading of the Gospel.
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