September 18 Worship
Hello Union Church Presbyterians,
Worship this Sunday, September 18 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.
YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 AM, https://www.youtube.com/user/NewburghPresby
ORDER OF WORSHIP
September 18, 2022 10:30 AM
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
USHERS today are Janice Anderson and John Safran. If you would like to usher, contact Dan Olson.
FELLOWSHIP HOSTS today are Theresa Cotanche and Bob Beams. Thank you to everyone who signed up to host fellowship hour this Fall.
CHRISTIAN ED resumes TODAY! Thank you all for your generous donations for the Back-to-School supply drive. We now have plenty of crayons, pencils, and glue sticks.
We still need: pencil cases, erasers, tissues, earbuds, scissors, 1”-2” binders.
FALL FAIR: NOW accepting clothes. Please label clothes for “Fall Fair” and drop off in the nursery. DROP-OFF every other Monday & Wednesday corresponding with Food Pantry and Sunday from 10-12PM. NO electronics and only small furniture. Volunteers needed to sort clothes in the Nursery and sell raffle tickets, contact Jeff Bousche for more info.
CHOIR: We are looking for volunteers to help lead the congregational singing. No rehearsal or robes. If you're interested or have questions, contact Nancy Thomas.
OUTREACH: PHOTO DIRECTORY
Dan and Karen Olson will begin photographing those who wish to participate in October, after Fall Fair.
DEACONS meeting Sun, Oct 9 after service.
FOOD PANTRY: NEXT OPEN Monday, Sept 26 and Wednesday, Sept 28 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE “Duetto” in the style of Mendelssohn Eric H. Thiman
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 113 )
Leader: Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD. PEOPLE: Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore. Leader: From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised. PEOPLE: The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Leader: Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, PEOPLE: He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, Leader: to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. PEOPLE: He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!
Dear Lord, you are a sure foundation to our faith, even as your light forms a canopy over us. You lead us ahead and stand behind us as a source of righteousness and peace. Lord of all that was, is, and ever shall be, we do praise and adore you. Amen.
**OPENING HYMN “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” Red #522
MESSAGE FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES
CALL TO CONFESSION
We often need to be reminded of the difference between heavenly and worldly values. Let us seek to transform our standards of what is truly important in life as we confess together.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God, we come to ask forgiveness and mercy even as we continue our own wasteful habits against your creation, against ourselves and our neighbors. Show us how to reach out to those who wander among us, to those in true need of our help even before they ask. Bring us closer to you, our creator, in deepened faith reflecting your love for all. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen. (a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Sisters and brothers in faith, by the good news of the Gospels, and the unending power of our merciful Creator, we are forgiven, Amen.
**HYMN OF PRAISE “All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name” Red #95
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, APOSTLES CREED (Adapted by John Redman)
I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was born of a young peasant woman, trained as a carpenter, and baptized by His cousin John. He taught many, He healed many, and He angered many. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He defeated death and He offers us grace and love in the name of God the Father Almighty; from that time through all time to come. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit; the universal Church of Christ; the Communion of sharing our gifts with others; the forgiveness of our sins; the Grace of God’s love, and that each soul may have life everlasting. Amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Living God, help us so to hear your holy Word that we may truly understand; that, understanding, we may believe, and, believing, we may follow in all faithfulness and obedience, seeking your honor and glory in all that we do; through Christ our Lord, Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT Jeremiah 22: 1-5 Dan Olson
NEW TESTAMENT 1 Timothy 2: 1-7
GOSPEL John 12: 27-36
SERMON Where Do We Go from Here? John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray, saying:
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We can hoard the gifts with which you bless us, God of generosity, or we can share them with others. May what we offer in these moments be the very blessing, the very hope, the very peace others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
OFFERTORY “Pastorale” on the Hymn Forest Green Richard Purvis
**DOXOLOGY Traditional, Blue #592
PRAYER OF THANKS
We thank you, our Lord for those gifts to us that we send to you for your work and ours in congregation, community, and culture. Guide us in good use as we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
**HYMN OF PARTING “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” Red #517
POSTLUDE “Now Thank We All Our God” Sigfrid Karg-Elert