UNITED CHURCH of LUDLOW
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The doors open at 9:45 am, and worship begins at 10:00 am.
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We wish to thank Hannah Sotak for leading our worship service this morning.
A Warm Welcome to All Visitors
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Executive Board Meeting - Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 pm
Offerings and other cash receipts for the week ending August 15 were $965.
The costs for each week are $1,320 (derived by dividing the annual budget by 52 weeks).
Please continue to mail your offerings to our Receiver of Offerings, Anne Oakes, at 145 Merrill Road, Ludlow, Vermont 05149.
Linda Alexander and Carol Wu provide our Altar Guild services.
We keep the following in our prayers:
James Almond, Anthony Cuteri, Jean Eggleston, Kathy Rick and Mindy Doyle, Judy Edwards, Gavin Greenawalt, Bridget Janney, Sheila Kafer, Susan Kneebone, Ginny Kottkamp, Anne Matulonis, Anne Oakes, Hannah Sotak, Bernie Stolp, Evelyn Tucker, Herb Van Guilder, and Evelyn Verro.
David and Beth Almond anniversary on August 27
Service of Worship
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
(All are encouraged to use the prelude as a quiet time of meditation in
preparation for the worship service which follows.)
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND GREETING
The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion
of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13: 13)
And also with you.
CALL TO WORSHIP* (Please stand.) (Words by Marty Haugen, copyright 1991)
Here in this place new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away
See in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to You, O
God, in the light of this day
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken
Gather us in, the blind and the lame
Gather us in, the rich and the haughty
Gather us in, the proud and the strong
Gather us in and hold us forever
Gather us in and make us your own
Gather us in, all peoples together
Fire of Your love in our flesh and our bones.
Let us pray:
OPENING PRAYER* (in unison)
God of all people, gather us in this day, bind us with your love, and make
from us the Body of Christ that we may be the Body of Christ for the
world. For we pray these things in the precious name of Jesus Christ and
by the power of the Holy Sprit. AMEN.
HYMN 57* vs. 1-2, 4, 7 ‘O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing’
CONFESSION OF SIN:
ONE: Not one of us is without sin.
ALL: Not one!
ONE: Each of us has fallen short of the Glory of God.
ALL: Seen or unseen, all our sins are known by God.
ONE: Let us come before the Lord in a time of confession.
(Silent reflection and Prayer of Confession)
ALL: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
ONE: Each of us has been betrayed, harmed, hurt, and sinned against.
ALL: Every one of us!
ONE: We know the pain and destruction of sin is deep and scarring. Out of our
hurt, we are often tempted to hurt others.
ALL: As we cry out for justice and healing, let us turn to the Lord in a
time of prayer.
(Silent Prayer for Healing)
ALL: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
DECLARATION OF THE GOOD NEWS:
ONE: Now, hear the Good News! While all people were still sinners, Christ
died for all. This is proof of God’s love for each of us. In the name of Jesus
Christ, you are forgiven!
MANY: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
ONE: In the name of Christ, may you find healing!
Many: In the name of Christ, may you find healing!
ONE: Praise be to God. AMEN.
READING OF SCRIPTURE
OLD TESTAMENT READING: Isaiah 9: 1-7
PSALM 84 p. 805 w/ refrain
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.
NEW TESTAMENT READING Mark 2: 1-17
SERMON ‘Can We Be Set Free?’
HYMN 375* “There Is a Balm in Gilead’
JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
LORD’S PRAYER (“trespasses”)
PRAYER RESPONSE Hymnal, No. 473
Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness;
Make thy way plain before my face.
For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only,
That makest me dwell in safety
At the Presentation, Hymn 95* Old 100th
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, you heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PRAYER OF DEDICATION*
HYMN 480* “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go”
BENEDICTION AND BLESSING*
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God
* All who are able may stand.
for the August 22 Service
HYMN 57 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
vs. 1-2, 4, 7
O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!
My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad the honors of thy name.
He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free;
his blood can make the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.
In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven;
anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.
HYMN 375 There Is a Balm in Gilead
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.
Some times I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain.
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
Don't ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend,
and if you look for knowledge he'll ne'er refuse to lend.
If you can’t preach like Peter, if you can’t pray like Paul,
just tell the love of Jesus, and say he died for all.
HYMN 480 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths
its flow may richer, fuller be.
O Light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee;
my heart restores its borrowed ray, that in thy sunshine's blaze
its day may brighter, fairer be.
O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow thru the rain, and feel the promise is not vain,
that morn shall tearless be.
O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life's glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms
red life that shall endless be.