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The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

 

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Welcome & Preparation for Worship

Dear God,
we come to worship you today.
We come to sing, pray, and listen.
You always hear us.
Help us to hear you. Amen.

 

First Reading

Jeremiah 11:18-20 (The Message)

God told me what was going on. That’s how I knew. 


You, God, opened my eyes to their evil scheming. I had no idea what was going on—naive as a lamb being led to slaughter! I didn’t know they had it in for me, didn’t know of their behind-the-scenes plots: “Let’s get rid of the preacher. That will stop the sermons! Let’s get rid of him for good. He won’t be remembered for long.” 


Then I said, “ God -of-the-Angel-Armies, you’re a fair judge. You examine and cross-examine human actions and motives. I want to see these people shown up and put down! I’m an open book before you. Clear my name.”

 

The Psalm

Psalm 54 (NRSV)

Save me, O God, by your name, 

    and vindicate me by your might. 

Hear my prayer, O God; 

    give ear to the words of my mouth. 

For the insolent have risen against me, 

    the ruthless seek my life; 

    they do not set God before them. Selah 


But surely, God is my helper; 

    the Lord is the upholder of my life. 

He will repay my enemies for their evil. 

    In your faithfulness, put an end to them. 


With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; 

    I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. 

For he has delivered me from every trouble, 

    and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

 

The Gospel Reading

Mark 9:30-37 (NRSV)

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. 


Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

 

The Sermon

Come, Holy Spirit:
Inspire our lives with your light and fire.
Come, Holy Spirit:
Anoint us with your bounteous spiritual gifts.
Come, Holy Spirit:
Speak to us through your timeless Word today.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

 

Intercession

O God, Wisdom of the universe,
you bear the pain of your people.
Grant us the gift of wisdom,
that we may discern your way
and live justly and graciously
amid the struggles of this world.


O God, our teacher and guide,

you draw us to yourself

and welcome us a beloved children.

Help us to lay aside our envy and selfish ambition,

that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding

as servant of your peace. Amen.

 
Image by James Coleman
 

Profession of Faith

Let us express our unity with the church of all ages
by professing our faith in the words of the Apostle's Creed

 

The Apostle's Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
       Creator of heaven and earth,

We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
       He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
           and born of the Virgin Mary.
       He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
           was crucified, died, and was buried.
       He descended to the dead.
       On the third day he rose again.
       He ascended into heaven,
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
       He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
       the universal Church,
       the communion of saints,
       the forgiveness of sins,
       the resurrection of the body,
       and the life everlasting.

Amen.

 

The Lord's Supper // Communion

As the New Testament unfolds the meaning of the feast, it
describes the Lord’s Supper as a
single celebration that conveys
several layers of meaning.


The Lord’s Supper is not an end
in itself. It always points beyond
itself to celebrate God’s grace and
covenant faithfulness. This does
not mean the physical aspects of
the celebration are incidental or
unimportant. The Lord’s Supper
should be a celebration fitting to
the abundant grace of God offered
in Christ.

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Hear the words of the institution of the Holy
Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ:


The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took
bread, and after giving thanks to God, he
broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying,


“Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do
this in remembrance of me.”


In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This
cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed
for you for the forgiveness of sins. When ever you
drink it, do this in remembrance of me.”


Every time you eat this bread and drink this
cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen
Lord until he comes.


With thanksgiving, let us offer God our grateful praise.


—based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

 

A Call to Service and Benediction // The Sending & the Blessing

Worship does not end when we leave a worship service.

As you leave this place this day,
may God’s love sustain you,
and may you love those who surround you.
May God’s Spirit empower you,
and may you empower all those you meet.
May God’s joy fill your hearts,
and may this joy overflow
to the ends of the earth for God’s glory,
now and forever. Amen.