Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 26, 2021 Worship Bulletin

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Gathering for God’s Word




Choral Introit

#319, “Shout to the North”

Men of faith rise up and sing
Of the great and glorious King.
You are strong when you feel weak,
In your brokenness complete.

Shout to the north and the south
Sing to the east and the west
Jesus is Savior to all
Lord of heaven and earth

Rise up women of the truth,
Stand and sing to broken hearts
Who can know the healing power
Of our awesome King of love

We’ve been through fire,
We’ve been through rain;
We’ve been refined by the power of His name.
We’ve fallen deeper in love with You.
You’ve burned this truth on our lips.

Rise up church with broken wings,
Fill this place with songs again
Of our God who reigns on high
By His grace again we’ll fly

Welcome & Announcements


Time of Silence & Ringing of the Bell


Call to Worship

[based on Psalm 16: 7-9] 

Leader: Let us come together and bless the Lord who guides us, whose wise teaching directs our days who focuses our minds at night; and whose presence sustains us and surrounds us here.

People: We bless the Lord who is present among us. We will not be shaken or live in fear, but will sing God’s praise and worship with joy!

Leader: Let us praise our Lord this morning!

Preparing for God's Word

Hymn of Adoration

"Morning has Broken”

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing!  Praise for the morning!
Praise for the springing fresh from the Word

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from Heaven
Like the first dewfall on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day


Prayer of Confession

[Prayers of Silent Confession]

People: Heavenly Father, it is never easy for us to confess our sins to you. There are hurts we have caused to our families and friends, which we would like to forget. There are some that are so difficult for us to love, that we don't even try. There are those who cry for help but we ignore, because it is so easy for us to turn inward and just focus on ourselves and those closest to us.

Forgive us, gracious God. When we lose our way, show us yours. Lead us in humility down the streets of your kingdom. Teach us your truth, so we might be able to keep your Word, revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

[Based on Isaiah 12:2-6; Luke 15:10]

Leader: With joy, let us draw waters from the well of salvation!

People: Because of God's grace, forgiveness is real! 

Leader: Hear the Good News. Jesus said: “There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.”

People: Truly, God is our salvation. We shall trust and not be afraid!

Leader: Let us trust in God's forgiveness and share it; forgiving as we have been forgiven. The peace of our Savior Jesus Christ be with you all.

People: And also with you.

Hearing God's Word

Children's Message

Ages 12 and under gather up front as congregation sings “Jesus Loves Me.” After the Children's Message, the children may return to sit with their families.

Prayer of Illumination

 Old Testament Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

3:1   There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:  2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,  4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,  6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,  7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,  8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 

9   What does the worker gain from his toil?  10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men.  11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.  13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil — this is the gift of God.  14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.  15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. 


“Called by Christ... Called to Care”

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Responding to God’s Word

Affirmation of Faith

[The Apostles Creed]

People: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Choral Anthem

"I Hear God Singing To Me"

Chicago Church of Christ

Prayers of the People

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

People: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People: It is right for us to give thanks and praise.


[particular prayers]

Leader: Lord, in your mercy,

People: Hear our prayer.


The Lord's Prayer

All: 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. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn of Response

"O Worship the King, All Glorious Above," 

O worship the King, all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love:
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace

Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space

His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form

And dark is His path on the wings of the storm

Your bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plains
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain

Frail children of dust are feeble as frail 
In You do we trust, nor find You to fail;
Your mercies, how tender, how firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.


Benediction Response

#743, "Step By Step

God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise you

I will seek you in the morning
I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You will lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

And I will follow You all of my days

And I will follow You all of my days

And step by step You will lead me