September 30th Service

September 30, 2018 10:30 am
*Indicates to stand as you are able

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Welcome and Announcements

*Praise Song “This is the Day” UMH #657


In this place, among these people,
God is worshipped, God is praised.
We have seen the signs and wonders;
the lost are found here, the dead are raised.
We are living the Gospel story;
lives are changed, and mountains moved.
Won’t you come and work among us?
You are welcomed, you are loved.

*Call to Worship
One: It’s a great day to be here.
All: There are so many things we can do to serve the Lord.
One: Just listen for God’s call to you. Let God guide your life.
All: We are willing to open our lives to God’s service.
One: Come, let’s worship and celebrate God’s good news for us.
All: Let us bring our hopes and prayers to God in joy. AMEN

*Gloria Patri UMH #70

Scripture and Reflective Prayer – Responsive Reading from Luke 10:25-37 (See bulletin insert BELOW)

*Hymn “We Need a Faith” SUMH #2181

Prayers of the People – Joys and Concerns

Children’s Time & Shalom Giving
After prayers, sing the Children out – “Jesus Loves Me.” Children 5 and under are welcome to remain in worship or go to the nursery at this time.

The Offering of Our Gifts and Ourselves

*Doxology UMH #95

Prayer of Dedication

*Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” UMH #384

Old Testament Reading – 1 John 4:7-21 Page 991

Message “Christians Are to Love” Pastor Gary


*Hymn “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” SUMH #557


Church Calendar
Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Shalom
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Sunday, October 7, 2018 – Communion
9:30 am – Adult Sunday School
9:45 am – Youth Sunday School
10:30 am – Worship

Office Telephone 231-923-0573
Office email

Pianist Megan Schihl
Liturgist Mechelle Schneider
Nursery Carol Adams
Ministers All People As We Live the Good News

Scripture and Reflective Prayer Luke 10:25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus . “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your god with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”

Holy God – I strive to follow you in all I do and say. But I know I often come up short. Each day I set out to love my neighbor. But I’m often too busy, or too distracted or too worn out with my own problems to really reach out. Each day, O God, I try to do what is required of me…to love you and love your people. Continue to guide me as I fumble, continue to lead me as I fear, and continue to forgive me as I fall short.

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.

Creator God – we see ourselves in this gospel message. We have neighbors in our community that we would rather simply pass by. We have been the priest crossing the street to avoid a fearful situation. We have been the Levite avoiding confrontation and conflict in order to maintain our comfort or ignorant bliss. Help us, O God, to be the Samaritan you teach about. Help us to create places of community where no one turns their face away or avoids the path of another. Make for us places of peace and sanctuaries in the streets.

He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”

In our world, O God, which of these three are we? In our Global church, O God, which of these three are we? When we hear of people without access to clean water, or little girls without access to education, or global diseases with cures but no access to healing, we feel stuck. You call us to radical hospitality, yet we continually wonder what the minimum is that we can get away with. You call us to care for the whole person, yet we pick and choose which causes to champion or vote for. You call us to love, yet we try to make that love about us. Forgive us when our global reach is only far enough to pat ourselves on the back.

He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


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