September 26, 2021

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:20AM




Welcome and Announcements






Prelude




Call To Worship


L: Open your hearts today to hear God’s word for you.

P: We open our spirits to receive God’s healing love.

L: Remember that God has called you to service.

P: There are so many things we can do to serve God.

L: Come, let’s worship and celebrate God’s good news for us.

P: Let us bring our hopes and prayers to God with joy.


Opening Prayer


*Hymn #35

“Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”



*Call To Confession



*Prayer Of Confession

Patient God, we know that you call us to service, but we often feel inadequate. We love to make excuses for not doing something or for doing something only half-heartedly. Remind us again of your loving and guiding presence. Forgive us when we stumble and falter. Turn us again to you, serving joyfully and confidently. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.


*Silent Prayer Of Confession


*Assurance Of Pardon


* Gloria Patri #581



Prayer For Illumination








First Lesson


Psalm 124

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side—let Israel now say— if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the raging waters. Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth. We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.




Second Lesson


Esther 7:1-6, 9-10

So, the king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.” Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have won your favor, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me—that is my petition—and the lives of my people—that is my request. For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. If we had been sold merely as slaves, men, and women, I would have held my peace; but no enemy can compensate for this damage to the king.” Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who has presumed to do this?” Esther said, “A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Look, the very gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, stands at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So, they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the anger of the king abated.




Sermon

“Esther’s Legacy”

Rev. Marie A. Bacchiocchi





*Hymn #834

“Precious Lord, Take My Hand”



*Affirmation Of Faith

Apostles’ Creed

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 life everlasting. Amen




Sharing Our Joys and Concerns






Pastoral Prayer






The 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 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.




Call To Offering



Offertory

*Doxology #606

*Unison Prayer of Dedication

Giving God, receive our offerings this day. Transform them into the mystery of your reign here and now on earth. Amen.



*Hymn #837

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”




Benediction






* Hymn #601


“Amen”




Postlude




*Those Who Can, May Stand





Today’s liturgy was adapted from Ministry Matters.