Order of Worship for Sunday, Septembe 30, 2018

Posted September 28th, 2018

Gathering Music

“This Is the Day”

“New Earth, Heavens New”    #299

Sharing Time

Faith Formation Connection Experiment Question – Week #17

What is one day you will always remember?

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    “Lord, Listen to Your Children”    – Medema/arr. Schrader

*Unison Opening Prayer    (inspired by James 5, Mark 9)

Gracious God, we come into your presence from many different places.
We come with songs of joy and shouts of gratitude.
We come carrying heavy burdens and sighs of suffering.
As you welcome us into your house, lift our burdens and receive our praise.
Salt us with your grace and flavor us with your mercy.
Bind us together, that we may be at peace with one another and be strengthened to go forth in service to the world. In your name, we pray.  Amen.

 – Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.  Posted on the Ministry Matters website.

*Opening Song    “Fill Your Hearts With Joy and Gladness”    Insert

Children’s Story                                                                                                        

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Invitation to Give                                     

Giving Music    “Morning Has Broken”    – traditional/arr. Bober

Giving Prayer

God of the salt – God of the fire

God of anger – God of laughter

God of parables and riddles – God of story and proclamation

God of comfort – God of affliction

God of the salt – God of the fire

come now – be now – here now.

go with – be with – always with –

as we serve in your name. AMEN – written by Katherine Hawker

Scripture Song    “There’s a Spirit in the Air” (verses 1,2,3)    Insert

Responsive Words for the Scripture

One:  Who is for us?

 All:  Jesus says: Anyone!

 One:  Anyone?

All:  Anyone!

         Anyone who extends a helping hand,

        who shelters the homeless,

        who cares for the earth,

        who feeds the hungry, teaches the ignorant, stands for justice,

        gives a cup of water in God’s name –

       Anyone who does these things – is all for us.

One:  All for God?

All:  All for God AND belongs to God.

One:  I want to belong to God.

All:  Then do these things – in God’s name. 

– written by Anne Osdieck, and posted on The Center for Liturgy Sunday Website

of Saint Louis University. (adapted)

Scripture Song    “There’s a Spirit in the Air” (verses 4,5,6,7)    Insert

Scripture Focus    Mark 9: 38-50    New International Version United Kingdom (NIVUK)

Whoever is not against us is for us

‘Teacher,’ said John,

‘we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.’

‘Do not stop him,’ Jesus said. ‘For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.  I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Causing to stumble

‘If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung round their neck and they were thrown into the sea.  If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where

“the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched.”

Everyone will be salted with fire.  ‘Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?

Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.’

Message    “What should we do with the words of Jesus?”    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “You Are Salt of the Earth”    #226

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Le Pas Espagnole”    – Faurè

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