Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

September 1, 2013


*Those that are able are invited to stand


Gathering                                         “Love of the Father”                                              D. Paxton


Welcome and Announcements


Joys and Concerns


Entering into worship



Majestic God, your spirit opens our hearts and teaches us how to love. Come to us

now and stir up this gift so we may truly live as you command. Amen.


*Hymn                               “As Man and Woman We Were Made”                                #642


*Greeting One Another in Christian Love


Celebrating Labor Day


Labor Day Inspiration                                                                                     Steelhouse Media


Labor Day Prayer of Confession

Pastor: On this Labor Day Sunday let us, in a special way, lift up all people who labor, either for pay

or as volunteers, in jobs or at school, at home or in the workplace, in the U.S. and around the world.


Unison Prayer of Confession:  We are workers, God, just like you. But we confess that our

actions do not always affirm and honor each other. Our work is not always done in a spirit

that is pleasing to you. We confess that, on some occasions, we have blindly bought goods

made by people who are paid too little or work in unsafe conditions. We admit that we have

failed to end an unjust system in which some workers have jobs that provide good wages and

 benefits while others may have no job, or one that pays little and provides few benefits.

Creator God, help us to be your people, working for a world where all workers are valued; A

world where those who clean houses are also able to buy houses to live in; A world where those

 who grow food can also afford to eat their fill.  And one where those who serve and care for

others -- in stores, schools, hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, and many other places -- are,

themselves, also served and cared for.  It will be a world where all workers everywhere share

in the abundance that you have given us.


Words of Assurance


Entering Into the word


Sermon                                            Song of Solomon



A Time of prayer

Prayer Hymn                                  “When Love Is Found”                                                  #643

Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / 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.


    Sharing our blessings


Offering our Gifts and Tithes

Offertory                                                  “Offertory”                                               F. Walczynski

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*Doxology                                        “Bless Thou the Gifts”                                                      #587

*Offering Prayer


Taking the Word to the World


*Hymn                      “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”                                   #2223

in The Faith We Sing


Postlude                                                  “Recessional”                                              J. Mansfield



      Prayer Request

Amy (Jen Alfieri’s cousin)

Ed White- can’t eat, back in hospital

     Anna Bell- 5 weeks old, stroke at 2 days old

Lily – 7 weeks old undergoing chemo for a tumor

    Friends serving in Afghanistan

Jessica (Pastor Kelly’s cousin) – major surgery for colorectal cancer



Steve (friend of Gail) - pancreatic cancer; Flo (cousin of Jean McQuade) - lung cancer;

Steve (John McQuade co-worker) -prostate cancer; Julie(friend of Ruth)-heart disorder;

Pastor Patty Soward-non alcohol liver disease; Mike(Tammy’s friend)-non Hodgkin’s lymphoma;

 Mary Ellen(Sharon’s sister)- cancer; Sydney-diagnosed with Leukemia; Pete - lung cancer;

Alma-Leukemia; Marcy-breast cancer; Debra Andrews -cancer; Ella Mae-Parkinson’s disease;

Tina Whitehead and her work for human dignity; Buck Cunningham(friend of Keri)-colon cancer; 

Our military and their families