23 September 2021 Chapel

GATHERING: Wait for the Lord

Words: Jacques Berthier

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near

Wait for the Lord, be strong take heart

INVOCATION & PRAYER

Emmanuel Otchere Yirenkyi

God of the salt
God of the fire
God of anger
God of laughter
God of parables and riddles
God of story and proclamation
God of comfort
God of affliction
God of the salt
God of the fire
come now
be now
here now.

Who is for us? Jesus’ answer: anyone who extends a helping hand,
who shelters the homeless, who cares for the earth,
who feeds the hungry, teaches the ignorant, stands for justice
gives a cup of water,
is all for us. Jesus, let us be for you. Amen.

SONG: When I Think about the Lord

Words: James Huey

Led by: Hyerim Yu, chapel musician

When I think about the Lord
How God saved me how God raised me
How God filled me with the Holy Ghost
How God healed me to the uttermost

When I think about the Lord
How God picked me up
and turned me around
How God placed my feet
on solid ground
It makes me wanna shout

Hallelujah, thank You, Jesus
Lord, You’re worthy of all the glory
And all the honor and all the praise
It makes me wanna shout
Hallelujah, thank You, Jesus
Lord, You’re worthy of all the glory
And all the honor and all the praise

GOSPEL LESSON – Mark 9:38-50

Read by Gladies Karepowan

38 John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ 39But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterwards to speak evil of me. 40Whoever is not against us is for us. 41For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.
42 ‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell., 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, 48where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

49 ‘For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.’

SERMON – ““Where in the World is the Good News?”

Rev. Dr. Gary Simpson

SONG: Child of God

Words/Music: Mark Miller

No matter what people say
Say, or think about me
I am a child, I am a child of God!

No matter what people say
Say, or think about you
You are a child,
You are a child of God!

And there is no thing
Or no one who can separate
They can’t separate
You from the truth that
You’re someone you are family
You are meant to be
A child, a child of God

No matter what the world says
Says, or think about me
I am a child, I am a child of God!

No matter what the church says
Decisions, pronouncements on you
You are a child,
You are a child of God!

And there is no thing
Or no one who can separate
They can’t separate
You from the truth that
You’re someone you are family
You are meant to be
A child, a child of God

BLESSING

Rev. Dr. Gary Simpson

Worship Notes:
Invocation from Katherine Hawker, Liturgy Outside
Prayer adapted from Anne Osdieck, The Center for Liturgy

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