PRELUDE:  Processional (Prelude VI) by Ernest Bloch

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:  Here in This Place (Gather Us In) [Gather Us In]

PRAYER

INTROIT:  This is the Day by W. A. Mozart

This is the day the Lord has made; he calls the hours his own; let heaven rejoice, let earth be glad, and praise surround the throne.  Hosanna in the highest strains, the church on earth can raise; the highest heavens in which He reigns, shall give Him nobler praise.  The God of our salvation.  Give thanks to God for he is good.  Alleluia. [Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 118]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Luke 18:9-14

ANTHEM:  The Pharisee and the Sinner by Heinrich Schütz; The Pharisee: Marcus Carline—The Publican –Jonas Sills

There were two men that went up to pray in the temple: one of them was a Pharisee, the other a Publican.  The Pharisee, he stood and prayed within himself.  And the Publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to Heaven, but smote upon his breast and they spake thus:  (The Pharisee) I give thanks to thee, God, that I am not as other men are, I thank thee, O God, (The Publican) God be merciful, merciful to me a sinner!  (The Pharisee) unjust, extortioners, or even as this Publican.  (The Publican) God, I am sinful, be thou merciful to me.  Have mercy on a sinner!  (The Pharisee) In every week I fast on two days, I fast and of all that I possess I give the tenth part…I say to you: this man went from thence, went down justified to his house rather than the other.  He that himself is exalted, he shall abased be, and he that humbleth himself, he shall be exalted.  He shall exalted be. [Luke 17:10-11, adapted and edited by John Finley Williamson]

SERMON:  “How Bad the Good Can Be!”

HYMN:  O Savior, in This Quiet Place [St. Stephen]

PRAYER

HYMN:  In an Age of Twisted Values [Church United]

BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE:  Have You Heard God’s Voice? by Frederick Chatfield; Solo: Marcus Carline

Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred?  Are you still prepared to follow?  Have you made a choice to remain and serve, though the way be rough and narrow?  Will you use your voice; will you not sit down when the multitudes are silent?  Will you make a choice to stand your ground when the crowds are turning violent?  Will you walk the path that will cost you much and embrace God’s love and sorrow?   Will you trust in one who entrusts to you the disciples of tomorrow?  Will you watch the news with the eyes of faith and believe it could be different?  Will you share your views using words of grace?  Will you leave a thoughtful imprint?  In your city streets will you be God’s heart?  Will you listen to the voiceless?  Will you stop and eat, and when friendships start, will you share you faith with the faithless?  We will walk the path that will cost us much and embrace God’s love and sorrow.  We will trust in One who entrusts to us the disciples of tomorrow.  Have you heard God’s voice; has your heart been stirred? [Jacqui G. Jones]

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