September 5, 2021

Organ Prelude:  Though I May speak, setting by Dale Wood   Based on the English Folk Tune “O Waly Waly” (UMH 403 & 643)

Call to Worship         Abingdon       
L: “Arise, my fair one, and come away,” says the Lord.
P: We come gladly, for every good gift comes from above.
L: The season of singing is upon us.
P: The scent of myrrh, aloe, and lavender fills our senses.
L: “Arise, my fair one, and come away,” calls our God.
P: We come to worship with joy and thanksgiving.

Opening Prayer         Abingdon                   
Bountiful God, giver of the fruit of the vine, your call to righteous living stirs the heart like the oils of gladness: sweet-smelling frankincense, sandalwood myrrh, and pungent cassia; your charge to be doers of the word and not hearers only, sparks the soul like the fragrance of wildflowers and the blossoms of spring. Inspire true devotion in our hearts, that we may care for your little ones and hearken to the needs of your people. Amen

Hymn             When Love is Found               UMH 643 v. 1,2,5     
1. When love is found and hope comes home, sing and be glad that two are one. When love explodes and fills the sky, praise God and share our Maker’s joy.
2. When love has flowered in trust and care, build both each day, that love may dare to reach beyond home’s warmth and light, to serve and strive for truth and right.
5. Praise God for love, praise God for life, in age or youth, in husband, wife. Lift up your hearts, let love be fed through death and life in broken bread.

First Reading – Psalm 45 1-2, 6-9                                                   
1My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2You are the most handsome of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. 6Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity; 7you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; 8your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; 9daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

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Offertory   He Touched Me, William Gaither – Soloist, Tom Wettach 

Offertory Prayer       Abingdon
God of light, every generous act of giving and every perfect gift comes from you. May the offering we bring before you this day testify to who we are and whose we are. And may the gifts of our hands reflect the bounty of your harvest in our lives. Amen.

Second Reading – Song of Solomon 2:8-13
8The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. 9My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. 10My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Message                                                                      Pastor Mandy

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing….And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ….And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.


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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. 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    Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast      UMH 616   v. 1,2,5
1. Come, sinners, to the gospel feast, let every soul be Jesus’ guest. Ye need not one be left behind, for God hath bid all humankind.
2. Do not begin to make excuse; ah! do not you his grace refuse; your worldly cares and pleasures leave, and take what Jesus hath to give.
5. Ye who believe his record true shall sup with him and he with you; come to the feast, be saved from sin, for Jesus waits to take you in.


Postlude:        Hymn to Joy, setting by Wilbur Held

Hymns and Prayers used under CCLS# 2049575 / Hymns and Prayers for Streaming CCSL #20468685/ Bible readings from New Revised Standard Version.