Jerome Haven UMC Bulletin – September 8, 2013

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GREETING

Leader:  Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

All: Praise the Lord.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                     Kathy Nash

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let we who live with faith in God proclaim,
People: Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God I will trust forever.
Leader: Let we who trust in the Lord know that holy love surrounds us.
People: God’s protection will follow us throughout our days.
Leader: When we call out to the Lord,
People: We know that we are heard.
Leader: God is with us in every trial and temptation,
People: Therefore we will rejoice in the salvation of the Almighty! Amen!

 

* HYMN                        “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”                  UMH #103

PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison

O God of heaven and earth, Creator of all we have and are, we come before you today as those who need your help with faithfulness. We long to hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant,” yet our service to you has fallen short. O give us the strength of your Holy Spirit, that we might set our hearts more squarely on the goal of unwavering commitment to your lordship in all of life. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

TIME WITH YOUTH                                                                                  Janet Keffer                                                                         

 

*HYMN                            “In Christ There is No East or West”                  UMH #548                                                                                                         

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                     Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER-Unison

O Lord, our Rock and Redeemer, the cost of discipleship seems just and reasonable as we bow our heads in prayer. Yet, when we think about the economic pressures in our lives – the mortgage, car payments, school supplies, health care, college tuition, and credit card debt – giving money is a challenge.  Strengthen the connection between your call to discipleship and our giving habits.  We strive to grow in generosity so that our giving is a reflection of our desire to be in a covenant relationship with you.  In your holy name, we pray.  Amen.                                                                                                        Luke 14:25-33

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                                 UMH #95

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                          Janet Keffer

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                Luke 14:25-33

THE MESSAGE                         “Danger of Discipleship”                    Michael Keffer

 

*HYMN                                       “Lift High The Cross”                             UMH #159

 

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG:                         “He Lives”                                              UMH #310

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives! He lives within my heart.

 

*BLESSING

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*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.

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