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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 19, 2021
Morning Worship 10 am

Watchword for the Week:  Jesus Said, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”    Mark 9:35

Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Ginny Hege Tobiassen

Celebrating our 250th Anniversary with Service
Scott Rhodes

Prelude-  Française
Jean Langlais, 1907-1991

Call to Worship
Lilly Greene

As we gather, 
may your Spirit work within us.
As we gather, 
may we glorify your name.
Knowing well, that as our hearts begin to worship, 
we’ll be blessed because we came, O Lord. 
We’ll be blessed because we came.

Hymn 800 – Lord of Our Growing Years
T. Eastview

Today’s liturgy for Loving Service was written by participants in this year’s summer of service and mission camp experience. These words are an expression of their collective wisdom and learning together. We are grateful for their offering of service in worship with us this morning. A special thanks to Michael Sawtelle, Assistant Director of Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference, and Retreat Center, for being with us as well.

Liturgy for Loving Service 
Summer 2021 Mission Camp Youth                          

We love because 
God first loved us.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

How does God teach us love?
Through times of sorrow and rejoicing.
Through times of strength and weakness.
Through times of compassion and patience.
Through times of sweat and tears.

T. Trading My Sorrows                                  

I’m trading my sorrows, I’m trading my shame
I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord
I’m trading my sickness, I'm trading my pain 
I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord

We say yes Lord, yes Lord, yes, yes Lord (3x) Amen

I’m pressed but not crushed,
Persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed
I am blessed beyond the curse
For his promise will endure
And his joy is gonna be my strength
Though the sorrow may last for the night 
This joy comes with the morning

How do we show our love to God?
Through mission and fellowship.
Through community.
Through friendship.

T. Do My Best

Love, I’ll Love, I’ll love you Lord forever
Love, I’ll Love, I’ll love you Lord forever
I’ll do my best, I’ll do my best O-O-OH
I’ll do my best, I’ll do my best Oh, Oh, Oh
I’ll do my best, I’ll do my best O-O-OH 
I’ll do my best for you.

How do we show love to each other?
Through acts of service.
Through words of affirmation.
Through physical touch.
Through quality time.
Through sharing gifts.

T. Do My Best                                     

Serve, I’ll serve, I’ll serve you Lord forever
Serve, I’ll serve, I’ll serve you Lord forever
I’ll do my best, I’ll do my best O-O-OH
I’ll do my best, I’ll do my best Oh, Oh, Oh
I’ll do my best, I’ll do my best O-O-OH 
I’ll do my best for you.

Why do we love?
We love because God first loved us.

Scripture Lessons:      

I John 4:7-19
James 3:13-18

Hymn 802 – Lord of All Hopefulness
T. Slane

Gospel Lesson: John 13:1-20
Rev. Andrew Heil

Sermon - Going Places            

Hymn 785 – Where Charity and Love Prevail
T. Land of Rest

Reflection on Giving

The offertory provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that we can express our gratitude in response to God: with time, treasure, talents, and testimony.

For financial giving online:

    • Click the “Give Now” button on any page of the Home Church website. For more information, go to HomeMoravian.org/online-giving. You can make one-time or recurring gifts.
    • Use the Moravian Ministries Foundation giving portal at https://mmfa.info/giving-portal/
    • Text HOME to 73256 on your phone.

Invitation

Anthem: Christ Whose Glory Fills the Sky
Healy Wilan (1950)
Choir

Doxology

Prayer

Prayers for the Church and the World

Hymn 610 – Take My Life That It May Be
T. Hendon

Benediction

Choral Response

Postlude - A Mighty Fortress
T. Ein feste burg
setting by Cor Kee 1900-1997

The flowers are placed in the Sanctuary today in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Knouse, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Meredith P. Knouse, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Monroe King by the family.

Thank you for wearing a mask in worship today. Doing so shows hospitality to those who are unvaccinated—which necessarily includes all children under the age of 12—or immunocompromised. Our Board of Elders and Safety Ministry Team regularly revisit the use of masks and will quickly communicate any updates. Again, thank you for your act of hospitality.

An 8-week, virtual Parenting for Faith class for all who nurture children and youth will begin Tuesday, September 21, at 8pm. Contact mnorris@homemoravian.org for more information.

Calendar

Sunday

  • 10:00 am – Morning Worship
  • 11:15 am -  Moravian Day of Service

Tuesday

  • 10:00 am– Bible Study, Zoom
  • 2:00 pm – Living Faith, Club Room
  • 6:00 pm – Candle Tea Committee, Zoom
  • 8:00 pm – Parenting for Faith, Zoom

Wednesday 

  • 9:00 am -  Stewardship Committee, Club Room
  • 2:00 pm – Prayer Shawl Ministry, Parlor
  • 3:00 pm – Congregational Care Committee, Zoom
  • 5:00 pm – Meet-Up in the Meadow for families, Grassy Hill
  • 5:30 pm – Church Family Life, Zoom
  • 5:45 pm – WNF grab & go dinner
  • 6:45 pm – WNF program, Appreciating our Neighbors, St.Philips

Thursday 

  • 5:30 pm - Gregor Bellchor, Fellowship Hall
  • 6:30 pm – Choir, RB5

Friday 

  • 7:00 pm – Women’s Retreat, Virtual

Saturday

  • 9:00 am -  Women’s Retreat, Virtual

Sunday

  • 8:45 am -  HOPE lunches, Fellowship Hall 
  • 9:15 am – Godly Play with Families, in front of CE Bldg.
  • 10:00 am – Morning Worship
  • 10:30 am – Godly Play continues
  • 11:15 am -  Sunday School

Wednesday Night Fellowship

Wednesday Night Fellowship meal and program will continue this Wednesday, September 22. Join us for:  Appreciating our Neighbors: St. PhilipsMembers of St Philips will share some of their church's special history, including highlights, challenges and blessings throughout the past 200 years.

ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Moravian Day of Service

Today is the Moravian Day of Service. Thank you to all who have already contributed supplies and talents to The Dwelling, the Gateway Nature Preserve, and the Strollway Clean Up. You may still participate today at The Dwelling by going over immediately after worship to help with lunch and their shower ministry.  The address is 520 N. Spring St.

Our Moravian Treasures (Thursday evenings this fall) - Gather online beginning Thursday September 30 at 5:00pm for an 8-week series of conversations exploring Moravian faith and practice in global perspective.  Released in 2019 and with contributions from church leaders around the world, Our Moravian Treasures is the latest resource from the Task Force on Theological Education of the worldwide Moravian Church.  Download the resource for free at Unitasfratrum.org.  Contact Andrew Heil for more information and to sign up: aheil@homemoravian.org

Flower Vases and Volunteers Needed - Most Sundays our Sanctuary Flower Volunteers break the flowers into smaller arrangements to take to church members whom we need to visit.  We need medium size vases if you have any that you are willing to give.  We do not need bud vases or large vases. Please bring them to the Lovefeast Serving Room off the sanctuary on Sunday morning, or bring them to the back door at the Club Room entrance and leave them on the bench.  We would also welcome more volunteers with this ministry.  If you would like to arrange flowers and/or visit our members, please notify Katherine Petree, 336-727-1195 or katherine@thepetrees.net for more information.

Home Church Women’s Virtual Retreat: September 24-25, 2021 - There is much to ponder in our world today. On this retreat we'll listen to a few voices of biblical women, women in more recent history, and the voices of young women. We will consider what we value, what time it is in our lives, and how we use our voices for justice, healing, hope and love.  

Friday, Sept. 24 – 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; (12:00 - Lunch Break); 1:30-3:00 p.m.                                   

All women are invited to participate in this virtual retreat. Participants are encouraged to bring along their journals or other writing materials. Look for the link to the zoom meeting on the church website (www.homemoravian.org)

Personals 

  • Recovering at Novant Encompass Rehab:  Lehoma Goode
  • Recovering at Trinity Elms: Justine Linville
  • Recovering at home: Kaye Bobbitt, Max Brady, Don Swan
  • We embrace in sympathy Kay Phillips, whose sisterBetsy Brooks McGee McLean, died on September 9th

 

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