Marshall Presbyterian Church
August 29, 2021
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Rev. Melissa Upchurch, Pastor
ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Let us not deceive ourselves.
All: Let us look at ourselves in the mirror.
One: Let us look at ourselves in light of God’s law.
All: Let us be quick to listen and slow to speak.
One: Let us worship God.
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #14
For the Beauty of the Earth vs. 1, 3-5
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy God, your truth is often hard to hear. We confess our avoidance, our purposeful distractions, and our prideful arrogance that keeps us from hearing and responding to your Word. Although you send us messages and messengers, we dismiss and disregard those who tell us when we are wrong…silent prayers of confession…. Have mercy upon us, Holy God. Open us to hearing the truth no matter how it is conveyed. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: If anyone is in despair, take heart in this: God renews us by the Word of truth; he implants the word of hope, the word of grace, and the word of forgiveness in our hearts. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! May this good news comfort you and give you peace.
All: Thanks be to God; Amen!
* GLORIA PATRI
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.
* PASSING OF THE PEACE
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
SPECIAL MUSIC: See bulletin
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
New Testament: James 1:17-27
Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Leader: The Word of God for the people of God!
People: Thanks be to God!
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (From A Brief Statement of Faith)
We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people,
to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation.
Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Amen.
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #340 This Is My Song
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Eternal God, you bless us with abundant gifts. Receive these tokens of our gratitude and use them to fulfill your will. May the gifts we give support Christ’s work and ministry in this world. Amen.
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #442 Just as I Am, without One Plea