September 24, 2017

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

So the last will be first, and the first will be last. (Matthew 20:16)

God Gathers Us for Worship



Prayer of Preparation

* Call to Worship: based on Psalm 145

Leader:            I will exalt you, my God and my King

                                        I will praise your name for ever and ever.

People:            The Lord is good to all

                                        He has compassion on all he has made..

My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord;

        Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

* Opening Hymn: Amid the Thronging Worshippers (# 511)

* God’s Greeting

* Songs of Praise:   Give Thanks (# 358)  

                                                                Take, O Take Me As I Am (# 741)

* Prayer of Invocation

Children’s Message

Children ages 3-7 are invited to Children’s Worship

as we sing May the Peace of Christ Be with You  (# 949)

May the peace of Christ be with you.

May the love of Christ dwell deep in your heart.

May the Spirit enlighten your way.

May you walk in the comfort of God’s care.

Words: Japanese blessing; tr. Lori True © 2008, 2010 GIA Publications, Inc. 

 All rights reserved. Reprinted under # A-704874.

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to Confession: based on Romans 8:39

Kyrie: Kyrie Eleison (#635)

Prayer of Confession and Assurance of Pardon (#636 )

* The Passing of the Peace

                The peace of the Lord be with you.

                And also with you.

                (We greet each other with these same words.)

God’s Will for Our Lives: Romans 13:8-10

Prayer of God’s People

We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Jonah 3:10-4:11 (pg. 655)

Psalm 145:1-13a


 I will exalt you, my God the King;

    I will praise your name for ever and ever.

Every day I will praise you

    and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;

    his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation commends your works to another;

    they tell of your mighty acts.

They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—

    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

They tell of the power of your awesome works—

    and I will proclaim your great deeds.

They celebrate your abundant goodness

    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.


The Lord is gracious and compassionate,

    slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;

    he has compassion on all he has made.

All your works praise you, Lord;

    your faithful people extol you.

They tell of the glory of your kingdom

    and speak of your might,

so that all people may know of your mighty acts

    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

    and your dominion endures through all generations.


Epistle Reading: Philippians 1:21-30 (pg. 830)

Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16 (pg. 697)

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Message: Equity: The Result of Reconciliation

We Respond with Thanksgiving

* Hymn of Response: My Soul Proclaims with Wonder (see insert)

Offerings for the Ministry of Hessel Park Church

(please sign and pass friendship folders)

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

(prayer continued)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Parting Hymn: We Are People on a Journey (# 142)

* God’s Blessing

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,

the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you complete in everything good so that you may do God’s will,

working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight,

through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever!

Amen. Alleluia!