Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 27, 2009
UMH: United Methodist Hymnal
TFWS: The Faith We Sing

Choral Call to Worship Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus UMH #349
Prelude His Eye Is on the Sparrow TFWS #2146

*Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 124)
Leader: Think of the times in life this week you knew God was with you.
People: If God had not been with us surely we would have stumbled all the more.
Leader: Praise be to the Lord who has not let us fall.
People: Our help is in the name of the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth.

*Hymn of Praise Lift Every Voice and Sing UMH #519

Opening Prayer
Saving Creator, your hand covers our lives in many ways. So it is: when we face turmoil you offer us peace. When difficulty overwhelms our judgment you bring discernment. Your grace exceeds our stress, and your mercy teaches us love and justice. For this time of worship help us to allow your presence to overcome whatever burdens, fears, schedules or thoughts we have today so that we are reminded of the joy found in Christ’s name. Amen.


*Affirmation of Faith A Modern Affirmation UMH #885

*Gloria Patri UM Hymnal #70
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen

Old Testament Reading Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Pew Bible p.448

Children’s Moments

Offering God of Grace and God of Glory UMH # 577

*Doxology UMH #95
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.

*Hymn of Preparation Great is thy Faithfulness UMH #140

Epistle Reading James 5:13-20 Pew Bible p.231

Special Music


*Hymn of Dedication Forward Through the Ages UMH #555

*Choral Benediction God Be With You(1verse) UMH #672

Passing the Peace They’ll Know We’re Christians UMH #2223

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