From the Pastor:         “Hope Exists”         


September 18, 2022

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost


Processional:                                                                                                        “Glorify Thy Name”                                               


Invocation: Good morning and welcome!

Gracious God, your people are suffering. Where there is woundedness, help us bring healing.
Where there is discouragement, help us bring support and comfort. Where there is dismay and mourning, help us bring the power of new life and new opportunities. Heal us, O God, for you are our help and our hope, the One we turn to in times of trouble. In the name of our Great Physician, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Call to Worship! 

L: We look upon our world, our neighborhoods, our families, and see suffering and want.
P: How long, O Lord?
L: We see deep suffering, brutal violence, destroyed homes, and ravaged nations.
P: How long, O Lord?
L: Let your compassion come quickly to meet us, for we are brought low.
P: How long, O Lord?
L: Help us, O God of our salvation!
P: Help us, O Source of our hope!


Words of Welcome and Parish News


*Gathering Hymn:                                        “Woke Up This Morning”                            Insert


Prayers of the people and a time for Silent Prayer

Prayer Focus: Hope


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, for ever and ever. Amen.


Special Music:


Scripture Readings:


Old Testament                                                                                             Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1

18My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick. 19Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: “Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her?” (“Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?”) 20“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” 21For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. 22Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? 9O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!


New Testament                                                                                                               1 Timothy 2:1-7

2First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6who gave himself a ransom for all—this was attested at the right time. 7For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.


Hymn:                                           “There Is A Balm in Gilead”                                         371 UMH


The Message                                        “Hope Exists”                                      Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.

In this book of Jeremiah, there is a struggle between the people and God. Today people are going through various ills in life. We’re crying out to the Lord, and please stop. Everybody is looking for God to bring healing for many resolutions to many hurts and pains in this world. How do we hold on when it seems everything every day is bursting at the seams? Jeremiah, the prophet, had a challenge. In many communities, churches are trying to stay viable in the face of these social ills. Do you remember when the city of Flint had a water crisis, the problems in Midland, and the constant need to help people through the Noah project? We will never get ahead of the social issues in our midst. Verses 21 and 22 speak to the concerns today: 21For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. 22Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored? There are so many who are looking for answers, healing, and the Lord. People, honestly feel in 2022 that god has abandoned them and they want to know why. The cries of the needy continue in looking for a change and for the sun to shine on them every now and then in life. Is there no balm in Gilead today for the sick, sick soul? The answer is yes. God does things in the presence of turmoil, pain, and hurt. We have a witness every Sunday that we celebrate, praise, and sing about a God who has a healing through our Lord and Savior. We can still shout because we believe that love is always lifting the souls who are struggling, lost, and feel abandoned in life. Do you agree?


Offertory Invitation: Lord, we got up this morning, ate our breakfast, got dressed, and came to church— all to give you praise and thanksgiving. May these gifts be a blessing for those who had no bed this morning from which to arise; for those who had no breakfast and are hungry this day; for those who have no new clothes; for those who long to worship you but cannot.

Offertory Hymn                                “Lord, Dismiss us with thy Blessings”                         671 UMH


Doxology:                                                                                                                                     UMH 95


*Unison Prayer of Dedication: Take these gifts and use them as you will, O God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


*Closing Music


Sending Forth:  Is there a physician who can heal us and our world? The one true God can heal us. Is there a balm in Gilead? The one true God can heal us. Look to God for your healing and renewal,
and for the healing and renewal of our world. Amen. 


Recessional:                                                                                             “More Precious than Silver”          (Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music)

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