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Lower United Methodist Church
September 11, 2022
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

We hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
for our in-person worship service.  For those who are unable to join us in-person, the service is recorded and uploaded to our Facebook page.  
Welcome and Greeting

Prelude 
 

Centering Words:
(Jeremiah 4, Psalm 14, 1 Timothy 1, Luke 15) 
Return to God, no matter how long you’ve been away. Come home, no matter how far you’ve wandered. But if you don’t return on your own, don’t be surprised if God comes and finds you anyway. That’s what we call grace. 
 
Call to Worship:
(Jeremiah 4, Luke 15) 
From our wanderings and wonderings, 
we are welcomed home by God. 
Lost on the highway or trapped on a cliff, 
God comes to rescue and return us to safety. 
Come to be found, 
for all are welcome here. 
 
Opening Prayer:
(Jeremiah 4, 1 Timothy 1, Luke 15) 
Shepherding God, gather us into your presence, as we come to worship this day. Transform us into your people through the mighty power of your Spirit. Rescue us with your endless patience, that we may become instruments of mercy and grace to help others find their way home. In your mercy and grace, we pray. Amen. 
 
Hymn   I Stand Amazed in the Presence   UMH 371

1. I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how he could love me, a sinner, condemned, unclean.  How marvelous! How wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:  How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!

2. For me it was in the garden he prayed: "Not my will, but thine.“ He had no tears for his own griefs, but sweat-drops of blood for mine.  How marvelous! How wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:  How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!

3. In pity angels beheld him and came from the world of light to comfort him in the sorrows he bore for my soul that night.  How marvelous! How wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:  How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!

4. He took my sins and my sorrows, he made them his very own; he bore the burden to Calvary, and suffered and died alone.  How marvelous! How wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:  How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!

5. When with the ransomed in glory his face I at last shall see, 'twill be my joy through the ages to sing of his love for me. How marvelous! How wonderful!  And my song shall ever be:  How marvelous! How wonderful is my Savior's love for me!


Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer 

The 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.

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, “A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse; 12 a wind too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments against them.”

22 “My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.” 23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone. 24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying.  25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away. 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger. 27 This is what the Lord says:  “The whole land will be ruined, though I will not destroy it completely.  28 Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back.”

Prayer of Confession:
(1 Timothy 1, Luke 15) 
Loving Shepherd, pour your grace upon us this day. Seek those who are wandering and lost, for they too need your grace. For you know when we are wandering, and you know when we are lost. You know when we have sinned, and when we have forsaken your call. Forgive us, and bring us home. Reclaim us and make us your own. For you are our shepherd and we are the sheep of your pasture. For this grace and mercy, we are ever grateful. Amen. 
 
Words of Assurance:
(Psalm 14, Luke 15) 
Rejoice, God has changed our circumstances for the better! Christ’s mercy and grace redeem us and bring us home. We who were lost have been found. 
 
Hymn   It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord   UMH 352

It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.

1. Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.

2. Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. Not the preacher, not the deacon, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.

3. Not my father, not my mother, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. Not my father, not my mother, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. It’s me, it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.

Offering Prayer:
(1 Timothy 1, Luke 15) 
Thank you, generous God of grace, for pouring your love and abundance so freely upon us. Pour this same love and abundance upon the gifts we now return to you, that they may become signs of grace and instruments of love to bring the world back home to you. Amen. 
 
Doxology   UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all  blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Scripture Reading:  Luke 15:1-10
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”


Anthem

Sermon

Response Prayer

Affirmation of Faith   UMH 887

Leader: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? 
People: No! In all things we are more than conquerors through the One who loved us. ​We are sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thanks be to God! Amen. 

Hymn   Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling   UMH 348 

1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; see, on the portals he's waiting and watching, watching for you and for me. 
Come home, come home; you who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

2. Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me? Why should we linger and heed not his mercies, mercies for you and for me?  Come home, come home; you who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

3. Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing, passing from you and from me; shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming, coming for you and for me.
 Come home, come home; you who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

4. O for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me! Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me. Come home, come home; you who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!

Benediction:
(Jeremiah 4, 1 Timothy 1, Luke 15) 
Found by God, 
we go now to help others find their way. 
Loved by Christ, 
we go now to share Christ’s love with the world. 
Blessed by the Spirit, 
we go now to bless others with mercy and grace.
Please pray for:
 
Family of W. D. Edwards who passed away

Youth of our community and getting them back to Sunday School

Family of Nellie Jane Harrow who passed away

Ron Sheffield - upcoming medical procedures

Marlene and Frank Bresee - healing and recovery from brain surgery and future treatments

Faye Haas, Cookie Fleet's sister

Minjung - not feeling well

Cullen, Elizabeth Johnson's son - travel mercies

Family of Jim Hodges who passed away

Family of Carolyn Morris, Karen Murray's mother, who passed away

Lily and Josh White - loss of their newborn baby

Carol, Ann Thomas' sister - hospitalized with abdominal pain

Jim, Dave Johnson's youngest son - release of pain and suffering

Don Fischer - healing and comfort

Sally Belle Benedetti - now in rehab, pray for healing from pacemaker surgery and strength

Glenda Brooks - total body healing and strength in her legs

Amy Kellogg - healing from breast cancer surgery

LouAnne and entire family after loss of family members


We are challenging you to read the bible every day in the new year. The bishop has offered a schedule to follow which is available

HERE.

A copy of each month's reading schedule will be included in the newsletter or can be picked up at the church.
Pastor Yosub challenges you to participate!
Last Week:

Attendance:  61   
             

Offering:     $4,260.25

E-giving:     $1,166.38

Total:           $5,426.63

 
Needed for weekly goal:
                      $3,923.00
  
Our offerings to date:
                   $142,091.21


Our 2022 YTD Goal:
                   $141,228.00
 
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