The Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.

In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.

PRELUDE 

*CALL TO WORSHIP From Psalm 71:1-6

In you, O God, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of refuge,
a strong fortress, to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
For you, O God, are my hope,
my trust, O God, from my youth.
Upon you I have leaned from my birth;
it was you who took me from my mother’s womb.
My praise is continually of you.

*HYMN 666 O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright
[PUER NOBIS NASCITUR]

*INVITATION TO CONFESSION

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God of Daring,
we are inspired by your bountiful Creation,
a world that shapes us as much as we shape it.
We acknowledge that passivity here is enticing,
that it is all too easy to deny our own abilities
to enact change, to support growth, and to learn new things.
It is easy to regress into statements of “too much,”
too young, too old, too unskilled, too weak,
instead of relying on the One who has known us
and paths that bid us to recognize our own talents.

Precious Creator, we commit to embracing your gifts and to doing good work. Because we are able. Because you know that. And because we seek to follow the way of Christ, your Beloved, Anointed One. Amen.

Silent confession.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Kyrie Eleison

A copy of this response can be found on the seat of your pew.

*ASSURANCE OF GRACE

Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE

And since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.

The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.

*HYMN 623 I’ve Got Peace like a River

  1. I’ve got peace like a river; I’ve got peace like a river;
    I’ve got peace like a river, in my soul. (repeat)
  2. I’ve got joy like a fountain…
  3. I’ve got love like an ocean…

SCRIPTURE READING  Luke 13:10-17

SCRIPTURE READING  Jeremiah 1:4-10

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us — thanks be to God.                 

SERMON                    The Gift Given                        Carol Tate

*HYMN 177 You Are Mine

PRAYERS OF SUPPLICATION AND INTERCESSION

O God, in your lovingkindness,
         Hear our prayer.

INVITATION TO THE OFFERING

OFFERING

There are three ways to give:

  1. Through the offering plate.
  2. Through the “Give-lify” app.
  3. By clicking the “donate” button on the homepage of our website, woodlandnash.org.

*DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
(The prayer continues.)

Silent meditation.

We give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray, saying:

Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

*HYMN 772 Live into Hope [TRURO]

*DISMISSAL

POSTLUDE

*Please rise in body or in spirit.

We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:

Carol Tate, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Cliff Mundy, Liturgist
Kim Smith and Melissa Vargas, Offering Takers

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