SEPTEMBER 26, 2021

The Order for the Worship of God

Follow along by watching our livestream on our YouTube channel at 930a on Sunday.

Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself and for Faith Church.


Hymn Sing

     Gray Psalter Hymnal

     # 438     When Morning Gilds the Sky     vs. 1, 2, & 5

     # 209     Seek Ye First     vs. 1 & 2


     Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery     vs. 1, 3, & 4

Call to Worship

Hymn     # 146     Praise the Lord, Sing Hallelujah          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)    

Psalter:     Psalm 124     (Please read responsively)           Ron Smith

1If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—let Israel now say—
2if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us,
3then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
4then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us;
5then over us would have gone the raging waters.

6Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.

7We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

8Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Prayer for Illumination


Old Testament Reading:     Jeremiah 22:1-9     NRSV           


       22 Thus says the Lord: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, 2and say: Hear the word of the Lord, O King of Judah sitting on the throne of David—you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. 3Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place. 4For if you will indeed obey this word, then through the gates of this house shall enter kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their servants, and their people. 5But if you will not heed these words, I swear by myself, says the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation. 6For thus says the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah:

       You are like Gilead to me, like the summit of Lebanon; but I swear that I will make you a desert, an uninhabited city. 7I will prepare destroyers against you, all with their weapons; they shall cut down your choicest cedars and cast them into the fire.

       8And many nations will pass by this city, and all of them will say one to another, “Why has the Lord dealt in this way with that great city?”9 And they will answer, “Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.”

Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.

Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.

Choral Anthem:     Ever Faithful, Ever Sure           

Praise O praise our God and King

Hymns of adoration sing


For his mercies still endure

Ever faithful ever sure


Praise him that he made the sun

Day by day his course to run


And the silver moon by night

Shining with her gentle light

Praise him that he gave the rain

To bring forth the golden grain

Congregation, please join us:

Praise God from whom all blessing flow

Praise him all creatures here below

Praise him above ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Choir only:

Glory to our bounteous King

Glory let creation sing

Children’s Sermon


Hymn     # 500     How Firm a Foundation          (Gray Psalter Hymnal)

New Testament Reading:     James 1:19-27    

       19Know this, my dearly loved brothers and sisters: every person should be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20because human anger does not bring about the righteousness of God.

       21Therefore, having taken off every impurity and evil abundance, receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls, 22and become doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23For if someone is a hearer of the word but not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror. 24He sees himself, and leaves, and immediately forgets what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law of freedom and continues to do so, not being a forgetful hearer but an active doer, he will be blessed in his doing.

       26If someone thinks he is religious but does not rein in his tongue and deceives his heart, this person’s religion is empty. 27Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their troubles and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Sermon     “Pure and Undefiled Religion”            Pastor Andrew Winter


Joys and Concerns

Prayer of Dedication, Thanksgiving, and Intercession

Retired from South America, Jack and Mary Anne Voelkel continue their missionary work through biblical study groups to engage in learning, ministry and prayer.

Hymn     # 16     Jesus Calls Us                   (Supplemental Hymnal)


Postlude     Variations Nun last uns Gott, dem Herren          Vincent Lübeck

Now let us God be blessing

His honor e’er confessing

His love He’s ever showing

On us His gifts bestowing