Chilmark Community Church
September 23, 2012
Prelude: Prelude in C major, J.S.Bach
Gathering and Announcements
Peace be With You
And also with you.
Call to Worship Psalm 1 p. 738, no musical response
*Hymn 660 Verses 1&4
After a moment of silence let us bring our selves into prayer:
Prayer of reconciliation (unison)
God of unsearchable mystery and light,
your weakness is greater than our strength,
your foolishness brings all our cleverness to naught,
your gentleness confounds the power we would claim.
You call first to be last and last to be first,
servant to be leader and ruler to be underling of all.
Pour into our hearts the wisdom of your Word and Spirit,
that we may know your purpose and live to your glory. Amen.
Lessons and Commentary
Hymn 445 “Happy the Home” vs. 1&4
James 3:13-4:3; 7-8a
Hymn 2171 “Make me a Channel of your Peace”
Hymn 430 “ O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee”
Concerns and Celebrations
God of salvation, who sent your Son to seek out and save what is lost, hear our prayers on behalf of those who are lost in our day, receiving these petitions and thanksgivings
with your unending compassion.
Redeeming Sustainer, visit your people and pour out your strength and courage upon us, that we may hurry to make you welcome not only in our concern for others, but by serving them
generously and faithfully in your name. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
*Hymn 95 “Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow”
Prayer of Dedication (unison)
God of wisdom and light, as we offer our gifts this morning, we pray that you will help us grow hearts of generosity and not selfishness, compassion and not resentment, contentment and not envy. Help us to see the abundance you have given us, and help us to focus on what we have instead of what we don’t have; on abundance and not scarcity. Help us to see we are rich in your love and grace and in so many other ways. Thank you for all your gifts. Amen
*Closing Hymn and Benediction :Hymn 431“Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Let us Pray:
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. Amen.
Postlude: Fughetta in A, Charles Burney
Organist: Carol Loud
Worship Leader: Emily Broderick
Next Week’s Lessons: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124 (UMH 846);James 5:13-20;Mark 9:38-50
*Stand if you are able