September 24, 2017
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Prelude: Sarabande Arcangelo Corelli
Chiming of the Hour
*Hymn: #318 In Christ There Is No East or West
Joys and Concerns
Choral Introit: Jesus Stand Among Us
Call to Worship
One: Call on God with praise and thanksgiving.
Tell of God’s wonderful works.
All: Today we open ourselves to God’s presence.
Let the hearts of all who seek God rejoice.
One: When we eat, we are reminded of God’s provision.
When we drink pure water, we give thanks.
All: Surely God has blessed us with food and drink.
Daily we are strengthened for tasks we face.
One: We are guided by God’s laws and statutes.
We benefit from God’s generosity.
All: Let all the people worship with joy!
Let all whom God has chosen sing together!
One: Come, let us worship God together!
Opening Prayer (in unison)
Glory to your name, holy God. We rejoice in your wonderful works, in miracles you have caused among us, and in the wealth you have entrusted to our stewardship. You have called us to important work. Wherever we go, we represent the church and interpret your ways to those who observe our words and deeds. Enfold us in your presence and give us strength and courage to pass on the light you have sent to illuminate our journey through life. We are eager to be fed by your Word today. Amen.
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (in unison)
O God, we are people of the flesh more than of the spirit. Our lives are not worthy of the gospel of Christ. We admit our resentment when some people we deem unworthy benefit from your generosity. We confess our lack of attention to your laws, your living Word, your prompting Spirit. You alone are our salvation, our healing, our high opportunity to serve. We choose to belong to you. Accept and change us. Hear us now as we turn to you with our silent confessions, seeking your mercy, forgiveness and grace.
Moment of Silent Prayer
Assurance of God’s Love
*Gloria Patri: #584 Glory, glory, glory, glory to God on high! (repeat). And on earth peace to all people in whom God is well
Responsive Reading – Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
(Page 683 HS in pew bible)
Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures – Exodus 16:2-15
(Page 78 HS in the pew bible)
Children’s Message & Lord’s Prayer
(Children leave for Sunday School and Youth Discussion Group)
*Hymn: #306 Blest Be The Tie That Binds
Offering of our Gifts
Anthem: One Faith, One Hope, One Lord Craig Courtney
*Doxology: #607 Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Christ, all people here below; praise Holy Spirit ever more; praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
Gospel Reading – 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
(Page 212 NT in the pew bible)
Sermon: “We are all connected”
Reverend Kent Siladi, CTUCC Conference Minister
Pastoral Prayer & Silent Prayer
Choral Response: Breathe The Holy Spirit Into Every Heart
* Hymn: #305 Come Sing, O Church in Joy!
Response: Thus With Quickened Footsteps
Postlude: Tidings of Joy J.S. Bach
(* Please stand if able.)
We, the Salisbury Congregational Church, seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves.
This Church declares itself to be Open and Affirming to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical/mental ability or sexual orientation.
We further declare ourselves to be Affirming of each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.
As a declared Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit ourselves to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice and discrimination against any person.
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!
If you are visiting us today, Welcome!
Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list!
Please join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship. All are welcome. Today’s host is the Hospitality Committee.
Please see an usher:
If you would like to use a hearing device
If you would like to bring your child to the Nursery
Many thanks to:
Reverend Kent Siladi for being our guest preacher
Mary O’Neill for serving as lay reader
Lorna Edmunson for serving as Youth Discussion Leader
Pat Palmer & Joe Catania for ushering
Libby Bishop, Miles Bishop, Reverend Terry Ryan, Rod Lankler, Charles Purcell, Dick Taber, Gail Weigel, Paula Blumberg, Helen Ham, Harriet, Emily and those among us who struggle with anxiety, depression and addiction
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK
Today: 11:30-12:30 Conversation with Rev. Siladi
1 pm Crop Walk ~ Registration
1:30 pm Walk
Wednesday: 7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal
Thursday: 4:30 pm Women’s Bible Study
7 pm HousaTonics
Friday: 7:45 am Men’s Bible Study
Sunday: 2 pm Peace Through Understanding: “A Christian Response to Immigration” with Reverend John Carter & Kara Hart, Esq.
2 pm Service at Noble
3 pm “Old World New World” Concert
PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING: BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY
You are invited to join us on Sunday, October 1st at 2 pm, for a dialogue with Reverend John Carter and Kara Hart, Esq. about the Christian Response to Immigration. A concert, “Old World New World” will follow at 3 pm.
PIE MAKERS WANTED!
Linda Estabrook is holding a pie-making day on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 10-12 and 2-4 in our church kitchen. Come and help make apple pies to freeze for the upcoming Fall Festival. Linda will have all the ingredients – and a time-saving apple peeler! (If you have one, please bring it.) Please let Linda know that you can help – 860-824-5896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.