Knox – A Sacred Space
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 11, 2016
Prelude: "Morning Has Broken" Fred Bock
Greeting: Behold, God is doing a new thing. Here. Now.
In the midst of daily life. The Holy One who created heaven and earth forms us afresh today. Come, then, let our worship begin.
+Congregational Introit: MV7 “Gather Us In”
(The Bible and Christ Candle brought forward)
Lighting the Candle of Global Concerns: 9-11 anniversary
Meditative Music: Peace is Flowing Like a River /
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.
Carey Landry / Sebastian Temple; Arr.: Janet Vogt
*Gathering Hymn: MV1 “Let Us Build a House”
A Time for All Ages
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture: Luke 15: 1-10
The parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin
*Gospel Hymn: “God’s Great Love is So Amazing” (see insert)
Response: For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us, thanks be to God!
Anthem: 'Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)’
Words and music: Chris Tomlin and Louis Giglio with Amazing Grace
words by John Newton; setting by Joel Raney
Invitation to the Offering Time
Joys, Concerns, Announcements
Prayers of the People
+Lord’s Prayer (spoken): VU914, lower right side of the page
*Offering: MV182 “Grateful”
Offering Prayer: We bring our gifts to you, God. Here is the work of our hands, and here is the love of our hearts.
Accept and use them in the name of Jesus, friend and companion to all, Amen.
*Closing Hymn: MV161 “I Have Called You by Your Name”
Commissioning: Let us go out together into the world in confidence and in hope. Amen!
*Sung Blessing: MV214 “May God’s Sheltering Wings”
Postlude: "Prelude and Fugue in D Minor" J.S. Bach
A Prayer for the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9-11
God of the ages, before you all empires rise and fall.
Yet, we remember that you alone are unchanging
and steadfast in nature.
Be near us in these strange days of our lives.
Remind us of your call for our lives so that we might
be about the ministries of healing and wholeness.
Strengthen us for our purpose as followers in the way
May we find concrete ways of offering comfort
to those who mourn.
Together may we find ways of standing and walking
with those who work tirelessly for peace and justice
In the name of the Prince of Peace, we say:
Amen and amen!
-adapted from a liturgy composed by the Rev. Eileen W. Lindner and Rev. Marcel A. Welty, National Council of Churches (http://nccusa.org/interfaith/sept-11-litany.html.)