The United Church of Canada Bethany United Church, Carbonear, NL Minister Emeritus: Rev. John R. Davis Organists: Ms. Louise Penney-Drover Reader: Ms. Arlene Slade Sunday, September 29, 2022 – 11:00 A.M. ******************* We gather as God’s People Prelude Welcoming Introit: Spirit of the Living God VU 376 Call To Worship: L. Blessed God, you bless us richly. P. Loving God, you love us wholly, L. Forgiving God, you forgive us entirely. P. Calling God, you call us tenderly. L. Nurturing God, you nurture us patiently. P. Challenging God, you challenge us fiercely. L. God of our lives, we invite you among us and we listen for your word. Amen Prayer of Approach: (In Unison) God, we are astounded at both the bounty and the poverty we see around us. Sometimes we start to praise you because we are not like others – we have food while others hunger, we have houses while others go without shelter, we have income while others search for jobs. But, that is not a reason for praise. We praise you because we have goods that we can share with people in need, and thus with you. Amen. Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise VU 264 Life and work of the Church Celebrations Prayer of Confession (In Unison) God of Grace, we confess to you the damage we have done that cannot be undone. We confess the unkind words that cannot be taken back, opportunities to do good that were passed by, actions that have done permanent damage. Help us to receive your gift of grace and a new future forgiven and made new. silent confession) Amen. Assurance of Pardon L. In this world there isn’t always fairness, but there is always grace. God’s grace is given freely and abundantly to everyone. Accept this gift, and with it God’‘s forgiveness, healing, and new life. P. We are a forgiven people. Thanks be to God! Singing: Loretta OatesWe Listen to God’s Word Scripture Readings: Arlene Slade O. T. Lesson: Jeremiah 32:1-3a; 6-15 (please stand as you are able) Responsive Psalm: Psalm 91 VU 807 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever be, world without end. Amen Epistle Lesson: 1 Timothy 6:6 - 19 Gospel Lesson: Luke 16:19 - 31 Rev. John Meditation: The Last Shall Be First Hymn: In Christ There Is No East or West VU 606 We Respond to God’s Word Invitation to offer our gifts to God: Offering Offering Singing: Doxology Offering Prayer: Unison: O God, receive these gifts and with them we offer ourselves. Use us and all we have to offer to bring a message of hope to those who cannot imagine a future free from despair. In the name of the one who is both the gift and the giver, we pray. Amen. Sending Forth In God’s Name Pastoral Prayer & Lord’s Prayer Hymn: How Sweet The Name of Jesus Sounds VU 344 Commissioning: L. Go into the world in hope. P. We go, with a vision of God’s new age before us. L. Go into the world in love. P. We go remembering that Christ died for all. Benediction: May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope. Amen. Organ Postlude ****************************************** Welcome! We extend a warm welcome to everyone today and we pray that we will receive a spiritual blessing as we share our service together. A special welcome to any who may be visiting. We remember in our prayers, family members and friends who are sick in hospital, nursing homes or their homes and all who are mourning the loss of loved ones, especially the McQurk families.