Welcome and Greeting
Prelude We All Are One in Mission setting Edwin T. Childs
We all are one in mission
We all are one in call
Our varied gifts united
By Christ, the Lord of all
Call to Worship
Hymn #267 And Can It Be (Gray Psalter Hymnal)
Psalter: Psalm 104:1-9 (Please read responsively) Jurgen Honig
1Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty,
2wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
3you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind,
4you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers.
5You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken.
6You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
7At your rebuke they flee; at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
8They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys to the place that you appointed for them.
9You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.
Prayer for Illumination
Old Testament Reading: Zephaniah 3:8-13 NRSV
8Therefore wait for me, says the Lord, for the day when I arise as a witness. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all the heat of my anger; for in the fire of my passion all the earth shall be consumed.
9At that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord. 10From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, my scattered ones, shall bring my offering.
11On that day you shall not be put to shame because of all the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain. 12For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the Lord — 13the remnant of Israel; they shall do no wrong and utter no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths. Then they will pasture and lie down, and no one shall make them afraid.
Lector: This is the Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God for His Word.
Choral Anthem: My Keeper
Jesus is my keeper, a tower for my soul.
His blood, the captive's ransom, my debt is paid in full.
I now am his possession, and in him gladly dwell.
While sheltered in my Savior, all is rest, and all is well.
My keeper will not slumber, my keeper will not sleep.
Though evil should come near me, my soul he'll safely keep.
He seals me at the moment when faith in him I place.
He'll keep me his forever, he'll keep me by his grace.
When fear of separation or doubt assails my mind,
When pull of strong temptation would lead me on behind,
I flee to Christ my Refuge, and find a hiding place.
For he who keeps his children has rich supplies of grace.
He'll keep my footsteps steady along the path he's made
From searing sun above me my way he'll gently shade.
His eyes are ever watchful to guard, and help and bless.
Through all my life he'll keep me, till my eternal rest.
Hymn # 1 The Church’s One Foundation (Supplemental Hymnal)
New Testament Reading: James 3:1-12
3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.
Sermon “The Tongue is a Fire” Pastor Andrew Winter