Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

11:00 AM Worship††††††††††††††† Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost††††††††††† ††††††††††† 9 October 2011

 

GATHERING

†† Morning Song††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† C. Nordman††††† D. Zipoli

 

GREETING AND WELCOME††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

*INTROIT

†† God Leads Us Along†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† G. Young

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

†† As a shepherd seeks a lost sheep,

†† so God seeks and saves the lost.

†† Like a woman who searches for a lost coin until it is found,

†† so God rejoices over one soul restored to wholeness.

†† As a father receives a returning wayward son,

†† so God welcomes us, and lets the past be the past.

†† Therefore let us praise God in thanksgiving that we are received.

†† Let us receive and welcome and rejoice over one another

†† in the name of Jesus Christ.

††

*HYMNUMH 66

†† Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Lauda Anima

 

PRAYERin unison

†† God of Aaron, Miriam, and Moses,

†† you stayed the hand of your wrath

†† when we fell into idolatry and discord;

†† and when we forgot our deliverance,

†† your love for us remained unchanging.

†† Transform us and our world

†† into a place of justice, love, and peace.

†† Welcome us to your wedding feast

†† where all are invited to be gathered in.Amen.

††

ANTHEM

†† Come to Me All Ye That Labour††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† J. Roff

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

 

FIRST READING

†† Exodus 32:1-14

 

SECOND READING

†† Matthew 22:1-14

 

†† The Word of the Lord.

†† Thanks be to God.

 

CHILDRENíS MESSAGE

 

SERMON

†† In the Wilderness: Changing and Unchanging

 

HYMN UMH 121

†† Thereís a Wideness in Godís Mercy†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wellesley

 

SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

THE LORDíS PRAYERin unison

††† 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.

 

*THE PEACE

 

OFFERING

†† Sarabande†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† G.F. Handel

 

*DOXOLOGY UMH 95

 

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

*HYMN UMH 606

†† Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Kingsfold

 

*BENEDICTION†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

*GOING FORTH

†† Fantasia on Kingsfold††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† D. Paxton

 

*Those who are able are invited to stand.