Sunday Worship Materials – Ver 4

SUNDAY WORSHIP – 09/19/2021

17th Sunday After Pentecost, Color – Green, Year B
UMH – United Methodist Hymnal, TFWS – The Faith We Sing, BOW – Book of Worship.
Chestnut Street UMC follows the Revised Common Lectionary.

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PRELUDE: —————- Jayne Thompson———————Church Organist

Worship Leader:   Jean Rousseau

CENTERING HYMN:   TFWS #2193  – “Lord, Listen to Your Children”

MISSION STATEMENT:  “We are the evidence of God’s presence in the world”

CALL TO WORSHIP:  Responsive –

L: A gift of a new day,

All: Unlived, untried, ready to be opened.

L: A new day with surprising miracles.

All: With love to be given,

L: Kindness to be shared

All: And peace to be enjoyed.

L: A gift of a new day,

All: God’s gift to us.

L: Let us receive it with joy

All: And live it in expectation. Glory be to God.

(Adapted from Homiletics)


HYMN:   UMH  #144  “This is My Father’s World”


Gracious God, we thank you for your promise to be with us and among us today as we worship you in a spirit of humility and holiness. We invite you to be our “true mirror,” to hold up before us your Word in such a way that we see our true selves. Help us also to see in a new way the fullness of your ineffable glory and transcendent grace and mercy. We await in the next hour your word to us, that by it we may be empowered to live in the world, announcing your rule of justice, reconciliation, and peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend. Amen.                      (Adpt. Homiletics)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION: – #890 – In Unison ——-

WORD OF ASSURANCE:   ————— Jean Rousseau

Psalm 1:1-6 ——————————– Jean Rousseau

James 3:13-18 & 4:1-8  ——————- David DeCarteret

HYMN   TFWS #2171     “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”

JOYS AND CONCERNS: —————— Jean Rousseau

PEOPLE’S PRAYER: Insert————— Dale Larocque

THE LORD’S PRAYER: – UMH # 895 – in unison —— Dale Larocque

Our Father, 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 trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.

THE GIVER’S PRAYER: – in unison ———————— Dale Larocque
God, may your Holy Spirit warm my heart and cause me to share my blessings with others. I am grateful for your love Lord Jesus. Amen.

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HYMN:  UMH #95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”

OFFERTORY PRAYER: ——— David/Marge Tetzloff

Generous God, you are the God of abundance. You gave your life to redeem our sins. You gave your all without hesitation. Encourage us to live by your grace and share our blessings with others. Your miracles happen when we open our hearts and hands to others without counting our loss.  We pray in your Son’s name Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.


Mark 9:30-37 ——————————— Pastor Sela Rousseau

MESSAGE:      ?           Pastor Sela Rousseau

(How will you respond to the Word? Please replace the question mark with your answer).

HYMN:  UMH  #591  “Rescue the Perishing”

BENEDICTION: —————————- Jean Rousseau


POSTLUDE: UMH #672 verse 1————Jayne Thompson

(WORDS: Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1880, MUSIC: William G. Tomer, 1880)



The Peoples Prayer

Lord God, we give you thanks for all your gifts to us — for daily food, for health, for each breath we take, for freedom to choose, and for the gifts of your word, your power, and your love.

Our hearts are truly overwhelmed, O God, when we consider how you have entrusted so much to us. May we be worthy of that trust. May we be a people who are unafraid to live as fully and as richly as you want us to live.

Help us, O God, as followers of Jesus, to multiply all that you have given us, to risk spreading your word and perhaps see it misunderstood, to gamble by loving those whom others think worthy only of hate, to take chances by doing good to those who have not done good to us. Help us be faith-filled and desire to increase your glory and your goodness in this world. Make us people who share in both word and deed that which you have given to us.

We pray for the church gathered today, both here and around the world, that it may encourage all its members to discover, develop and use all their gifts, those of nature and those of grace.

We pray for those who are poor in body or in spirit, for those oppressed and heavy laden, for those sick or in despair, especially we pray for family members who lost their beloveds. Lord, give them peace and strengthen their faith and be their refuge. Minister by your Spirit and by us, to all those for whom we have prayed, and help us walk faithfully in the path of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

(Posted on Life in Liturgy, from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).