Service for the Lord's Day

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 18, 2022 | 11 a.m.

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Sunday Worship at Southminster Church


09/16/22 9:00am - 10/22/22 11:30pm US/Central
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Gathering and Centering Ourselves for Worship


Welcome & Announcements



Holy, Holy, Holy - arr. Melody Bober

Call to Worship 


Children of God: welcome!


Welcome to this place of love and grace,



welcome to this place of hope and perseverance.


God invites all of us to be a part of the beloved community,



God invites all of us to share in the good news:


We are welcome, just as we are. We are loved, just as we are.

In gratitude for all of this, let us worship God.


Hymn of Praise

God, Our Creator, You in Love Made Us


The Prayer of Confession

in unison

Almighty God, you make all things new, yet we often choose to cling to our old ways. We prefer to do things the way they have always been done because they feel safe and known. Yet we are puzzled and angry when the results do not change. Forgive us for being set in our ways, for not opening our minds and our hearts to your ways. Jolt us out of our comfortable ruts that we may see with new vision and seek the way you would call us to go. Create us anew again and again. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. 

The Assurance of Forgiveness


Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel


In Christ we are all forgiven.

Assurance Response

Glory to God


Affirmation of Community | Passing of the Peace

Proclaiming the Word


A Reading from the Old Testament

Deuteronomy 31:6-8


The Word of the Lord - Thanks be to God.


Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life - Euguene Butler

Come my Way, my Truth, my Life, such a Way as gives us breath, such a Truth that ends all strife, such a Life that killeth death. Come my Light, my Feast, my Strength, such a Light as shows a feast, such a Feast as mends in length, such a Strength as makes his guest. Come my Joy, my Love, my Heart, such a Joy as none can move, such a Love as none can part, such as Heart that joys in Love.

A Time for All God's Children

A Reading from the Gospels

Luke 5:33-37


The Word of the Lord - Thanks be to God.


"The Gospel According to Downtown Abbey: Change"

Rev. Karen A. Wright


Spirit, Open My Heart


Our Response to the Word


The Invitation to Discipleship and Life in the Church

The Church at Prayer

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

The Sharing of Joys and Concerns - Lord, hear our prayer.


The Lord’s Prayer

(in unison)


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.

The Presentation & Dedication of Our Gifts



Largo from "Xerxes" - arr. Hal Hopson

Offertory Response

Praise to God the Father


The Prayer of Thanksgiving

(in unison)

Great God of Heaven and Earth, you call us to leave behind our preoccupations and to follow you into the future. Sometimes we find your call challenging. We are comfortable, maybe even complacent, in our present. May this act of giving be a gesture of our willingness to follow where you lead. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Going Forth into the World to Live the Gospel


Sending Hymn

Jesus, Come! For We Invite You


Benediction & Response




Postludium - Gordon Young

The flowers for today’s worship service are given by Jerry and Linda Thornburgh to the Glory of God in honor of all school staff

and personnel as they begin a new school year.

Chris Leaver, guest organist

Julie Miguelliturgist

Bryan Johnson & Rick Newkirk, audio/visual


Rev. Karen Wright, Associate Pastor

Joshua G. Hearn, Director of Music Ministry

Denise Dillon-Gruber, Office Manager

Alleluia! | Tune: O'Carroll/Walker, © 1985 O'Carroll/Walker (Published by OPC). Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.

Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me | Text & Tune: Paul M. Vasile, © 2008 Paul M. Vasile. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.

God, Our Creator, You in Love Made Us | Text: John L. Bell, © 2017, WGRG, c/o Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.

Jesus, Come! For We Invite You | Text: Christopher Idle, © 1982 Hope Publishing Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.

Spirit, Open My Heart | Text: Ruth Duck; Tune: Irish Melody; arr. Alfred V. Fedak, © 1996 The Pilgrim Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-726989. All rights reserved.