Sunday, October 2

Welcome and Announcements
 
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude
“Be Thou My Vision” arr. Gordon Schuster
Lichi Acosta, cello
 
Call to Worship
One: You call us to be fearless;
All: But sometimes our courage falls short.
One: You call us to be forgiving;
All: But sometimes the hurt won’t let us go.
One: You call us to be faithful;
All: But sometimes faith doesn’t seem to be enough.
One: But you never give up on us.
All: So we will continue to strive after your calling!
 
Opening Hymn
“In Unity We Lift Our Song”
(vs. 1, 2 & 4) TFWS #2221 EIN’ FESTE BURG
 
1. In unity we lift our song of grateful adoration, for brothers brave and sisters strong.
What cause for celebration! For those whose faithfulness has kept us through distress,
who’ve shared with us our plight, who’ve held us in the night, the blessed congregation.
 
2. For stories told and told again to every generation, to give us strength in time of pain,
to give us consolation. Our spirits to revive to keep our dreams alive,
when we are far from home and evil seasons come; how firm is our foundation.
 
4. For God our way, our bread, our rest, of all these gifts the Giver.
Our strength, our guide, our nurturing breast whose hand will yet deliver.
Who keeps us till the day when night shall pass away,
when hate and fear are gone and all our work is done, and we shall sing forever.
 
Scripture
Luke 17:1-10 NRSV
 
Children’s Moment
 
Music of Preparation
“Welcome Table” arr. Joel Raney
Lichi Acosta, cello; Emmy Tisdel, violin
The Chancel Choir

Sermon
Do Not Give Up!
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Song of Response
“Lied”
Alejandro D. Consolacion II
 
Communion – The Great Thanksgiving
 
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Pastor: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Pastor: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, God Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. In all places, at all times, in every way you reach out to us declaring your love, offering your grace, seeking our partnership and so we declare together in the words handed down by your people from age to age:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name the of the Lord, hosanna in the highest!

We remember as we gather around this table that you came among us in Jesus, declaring nothing would separate us from your love…(Pastor shares words).. And so we remember and offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living offering in union with Christ as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!

Pour out your holy spirit on us gathered at this table of mystery, and on these gifts of food and drink, make them be for us the grace and love of Christ so that we might live as the body of Christ extending love to the world. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever.

Amen.

Pastor: Let us eat and drink together as one in the body of Christ, as people forgiven and redeemed by God’s love and grace, amen.
 
Communion Hymn
“Come to the Table of Grace”
Worship & Song #3168 TABLE OF GRACE
 
1. Come to the table of grace. Come to the table of grace.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of grace.
 
2. Come to the table of peace. Come to the table of peace.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of peace.
 
3. Come to the table of love. Come to the table of love.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of love.
 
4. Come to the table of joy. Come to the table of joy.
This is God’s table; it’s not yours or mine. Come to the table of joy.
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
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.
 
Closing Hymn
“Standing on the Promises”
(1, 2 & 3) UMH #374 PROMISES
 
1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let his praises ring;
glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God.
 
Refrain:
Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my Savior;
standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.
 
2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God.
 
(refrain)
 
3. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord, overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, standing on the promises of God.
 
(refrain)
 
Benediction
from United Methodist Book of Worship
Go forth in peace. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all. Amen.

Postlude
“Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Joel Raney


Sunday, September 25

Welcome and Announcements
Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude
“To God Be the Glory” Smith & Hustad
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
 
One: God, you call our attention to those we do not see:
All: the least, the last, the lost.
One: You insist that theirs is the kingdom:
All: the poor, the grieving, the despised.
One: Let us see what you need us to see,
All: let us learn what you need us to learn so that all may share in your kingdom, Amen.
 
Opening Hymn
“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
UMH #139 (1, 3, 4, 5) LOBE DEN HERREN
 
1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near; join me in glad adoration!
 
3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, who with his love doth befriend thee.
 
4. Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee,
fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee.
Then to thy need God as a mother doth speed, spreading the wings of grace o’er thee.
 
5. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly forever adore him.
 
Scripture
Luke 16:19-31 NRSV
 
Music of Preparation
“With Wings as Eagles”
The Chancel Choir Paul Williams and Benjamin Harlan
 
Sermon
Welcome to My Home
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Hymn of Response
“When We Are Living”
UMH #356 SOMOS DEL SENOR
 
1. When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus, and when we’re dying, it is in the Lord.
Both in our living, and in our dying, we belong to God, we belong to God.
 
2. Through all our living, we our fruits must give. Good works of service are for offering.
When we are giving, or when receiving, we belong to God, we belong to God.
 
3. ‘Mid times of sorrow and in times of pain, when sensing beauty or in love’s embrace,
whether we suffer, or sing rejoicing, we belong to God, we belong to God.
 
4. Across this wide world, we shall always find those who are crying with no peace of mind,
but when we help them, or when we feed them, we belong to God, we belong to God.
We belong to God, we belong to God.
 
Prayers of the People

If you have a prayer you would like addressed during this time,
please submit it to us via a prayer card.

Confession and Pardon
*from the UMC Book of Worship

All: Holy and Awesome God, we stand in your presence filled with wonder for who you are and sorrow for our many sins and failings.

Though there is greatness in us, and a deep longing for goodness, we have often denied our better selves and refused to hear your voice calling us to rise to the full height of our humanity. For there is weakness in us, as well as strength. At times we choose to walk in darkness, our vision obscured. We do not care to look within, and we are unwilling to look beyond at those who need our help.

O God, be with us as a strong and wise friend, and teach us to walk by the light of your truth.

Please take a moment of silence.

Leader: Hear the good news:
The Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient, loving, and true, showing mercy to all, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and granting pardon. In the name of God, you are forgiven!
 
All: In the name of God, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
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.
 
Closing Hymn
“God of Grace and God of Glory”
UMH #577 CWM RHONDDA
 
1. God of grace and God of glory, on the people pour thy power;
crown thine ancient church’s story, bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, for the facing of this hour.

2. Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn thy Christ, assail his ways!
Fears and doubts too long have bound us; free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, for the living of these days.
 
3. Cure thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to thy control; shame our wanton,
selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.
 
4. Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore; let the search for thy salvation be our glory evermore. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore,
serving thee whom we adore.
 
Benediction
from United Methodist Book of Worship
 
Go forth in peace. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all. Amen.

Postlude
“God of Our Fathers” Smith & Hustad
Kathy Ferguson, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Liturgist: Susan Schreiner
Stephen Minister: Gretchen Lofgren
 
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this service possible!
 
ONE LICENSE A-738133 | CCLI #12393 | PerformMusic #662 | CVLI #03793174
“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
words: Joachim Neander, 1680 harmonizer: William Sterndale Bennett, 1864
“When We Are Living”
words and music: anonymous
“God of Grace and God of Glory”
Words: Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1930 music: John Hughes, 1907


Sunday, September 18

Welcome and Announcements

Trinity Chimes
 
Prelude
“Sicilienne”
Bach/Maier
Kathryn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Call to Worship
 
One: Let us have faith like a mustard seed!
All: For small faith is still faith.
One: Let us do small things that make a difference.
All: For whoever is faithful in small things will be faithful in large things.
One: Let us serve God with our whole being,
All: For we can only be faithful to one Lord,
so let us be faithful in all things to God our Savior, amen.
 
Opening Hymn
“God, Whose Love Is Reigning o’er Us”
UMH #100 (1, 3, 4, 5) LAUDA ANIMA
 
1. God, whose love is reigning o’er us, source of all, the ending true;
hear the universal chorus raised in joyful praise to you:
Alleluia, Alleluia, worship ancient, worship new.
 
3. Holy God of ancient glory, choosing man and woman, too;
Abr’am’s faith and Sarah’s story formed a people bound to you.
Alleluia, Alleluia, to your covenant keep us true.
 
4. Covenant, new again in Jesus, Starchild born to set us free;
sent to heal us, sent to teach us how love’s children we might be.
Alleluia, Alleluia, risen Christ, our Savior he!
 
5. Lift we then our human voices in the songs that faith would bring;
live we then in human choices lives that, like our music, sing:
Alleluia, Alleluia, joined in love our praises ring!
 
Scripture
Luke 16:1-13 NRSV
 
Music of Preparation
“Great is Thy Faithfulness”
The Chancel Choir Alejandro Consolacion II
 
Sermon
Faithful: To the Past, Present, or Future?
Rev. Beth Rambikur
 
Music of Response
“Stay With Me” Jerome Moross
Tom Messmore, solo
 
Prayers of the People

If you have a prayer you would like addressed during this time,
please submit it to us via a prayer card.

Confession and Pardon
*from the UMC Book of Worship

All: Holy and Awesome God, we stand in your presence filled with wonder
for who you are and sorrow for our many sins and failings.

Though there is greatness in us, and a deep longing for goodness, we have often denied our better selves and refused to hear your voice calling us to rise to the full height of our humanity. For there is weakness in us, as well as strength. At times we choose to walk in darkness,
our vision obscured. We do not care to look within, and we are unwilling to look beyond at those who need our help. O God, be with us as a strong and wise friend,
and teach us to walk by the light of your truth.

Please take a moment of silence.

Leader: Hear the good news:
The Lord God is merciful and gracious, endlessly patient, loving, and true,
showing mercy to all, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and granting pardon.
In the name of God, you are forgiven!
 
All: In the name of God, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.
 
Lord’s Prayer
 
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.
 
Closing Hymn
“Seek Ye First”
UMH #405 SEEK YE
 
1. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you. Alleluia, alleluia!
 
2. Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find;
knock, and the door shall be opened unto you. Alleluia, alleluia!
 
Benediction
from United Methodist Book of Worship
 
Go forth in peace. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all. Amen.

Postlude
“A Mighty Fortress” Lani Smith
Kathryn Snodgrass, piano; Janet Tolman, organ
 
Liturgist: Don Finch
Stephen Minister: Michael Edwards
 
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who made this service possible!

ONE LICENSE A-738133 | CCLI #12393 | PerformMusic #662 | CVLI #03793174
“God, Whose Love Is Reigning o’er Us”
words: William Boyd Grove, 1980 music: John Goss, 1869
“Seek Ye First”
words and music: Karen Lafferty, 1972