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Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28

Lectionary Worship Aids
Series VII, Cycle B
First Lesson: Job 23:1-9, 16-17
Theme: And Another Thing, Lord ...

Call To Worship (Psalm 8)

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


God of creation, Lord of light, giver of all good things, we live in your beautiful world and celebrate your glory in its wonders. As the season changes we recognize an opportunity for us to change. As leaves prepare to fall we let fall our sins and dedicate our lives to your work. As hunters prepare for the autumn we humbly recognize our own mortality and our place in a larger task of stewardship and conservation. Our worship today celebrates both the mystery and majesty of your will for our lives. Bless us today. These things we pray in your name. Amen.

Prayer Of Confession

No matter what happens, blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives
I Know Not Why God's Wondrous Grace
Away With Our Fears

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Second Lesson: Hebrews 4:12-16
Theme: Walk In Faithfulness

Call To Worship

Not in the glory of stars exploding, or in the majesty of an imperial process, not with the preening feathers of a peacock, or with the roar of a lion, but in this do we find our King, Savior, Shepherd, High Priest, walking humbly, the man of sorrows, bearing our burdens, enduring our pain. This is glory! Come together, God's people, in worship and praise.


Lord, we seek to walk in faithfulness as did your Son, not hiding from the world, but immersing ourselves in the troubles and trials so we might offer a cup of cold water in your name. Amen.

Prayer Of Confession

God did not arrive as the son of a Caesar, insulated by luxury from the pain of our daily lives. We have a high priest who's been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt. Paid a pretty high price for it, too. Since we have such a high priest let us boldly approach him on his throne, holding fast to our confession that Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
When In The Hour Of Deepest Need
Blest Be The Tie That Binds

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Gospel Lesson: Mark 10:17-31
Theme: What's The Absolute Least I Can Do?

Call To Worship

God's people -- it is not in preserving blocks of concrete that the Ten Commandments come to life, but in our resolve to leave everything and follow Jesus. Are you ready? Really ready?

Collect (Micah 6:8)

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Prayer Of Confession

Lord, we haven't murdered anyone recently. We don't get caught stealing. We tell the truth under oath. That's enough, isn't it? What's the absolute least we can do and still call ourselves, if not your disciples, at least your followers? Fans? Help us out here. It looks next to impossible to get into your kingdom. Speak to us, Lord. Amen.

What Does The Lord Require Of You?
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Blest Be The Tie
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Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.


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First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!


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