Marshall Presbyterian Church
September 26, 2021, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Carol Ann West, Pianist
Nancy Vest, Liturgist
Dr. James M. Vest, Guest Speaker
* CALL TO WORSHIP (from Psalm 19)
One: The Lord’s instruction is perfect, reviving the soul!
All: The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart!
One: The Lord’s commands are pure, enduring forever.
All: Let us worship our God.
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #37 Let All Things Now Living
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of compassion, we have proclaimed our own goodness, instead of relying on yours. We have turned away those hungry for your help, instead of feeding them from your limitless supply of blessings. Forgive us, O God. Heal us, and help us to count on you. …. (silent prayers of confession) … We call upon you for you will answer us, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 THE PEACE
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament: Numbers 11:1a, 4-6, 10-17, 24-29
Epistle: James 5:13-20
Gospel: Mark 9:33-50
One: The Word of God for the people of God!
All: Thanks be to God!
MESSAGE “Just Listen!” Dr. James M. Vest
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from The Belhar Confession, South Africa, 1986)
We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects, and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end. We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the communion of saints called from the entire human family . . .
We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church … [and] that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation through Jesus Christ. [Amen].
* HYMN Purple Hymnal #435 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
SHARING JOYS AND CONCERNS
One: Lord, in your mercy . . .
All: . . . hear our prayers.
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*DOXOLOGY (ca. 1500s)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION AND THANKSGIVING
Generous God, thank you for providing these gifts for our hands to share with those in need. We dedicate them and our lives as expressions of your love for the world. In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMN Red Hymnal #232 God Be with You