First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
Worship for Homecoming Sunday
September 11th, 2022
Photo by Zach Long
It may help to center yourself into worship by lighting a candle, as a symbol of God’s presence with you during the time of worship. You may also want to pay attention to lighting, the position of your body, and the availability of distractions.
“Help us find your ways.”
Breath prayers involve breathing in the first phrase, and breathing out the second.
You may wish to simply pray for a moment before starting, or you may wish to pray while listening to the prelude.
“I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down In My Heart” Arranged by Marilynn Ham
Call to Worship
One: Dear ones, sometimes we’re lost.
Many: Thanks be to God who seeks out the lost.
One: Dear ones, sometimes we’re found.
Many: Thanks be to God who is with us when we are found.
Hymn #57: “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”
God of Everywhere,
You know our going outs and our coming ins.
You know our getting stucks, and our getting outs.
You know our paths, even when they go in circles.
You are the map on which we live our lives.
We are never lost to you.
May we keep on looking to you
as our guiding star, as our signpost.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father (Creator)
who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Listening and Reflecting
Scripture Reading: Psalm 35:9-10, 22-28 and Luke 15:1-10
Time with Young People: “The Basics”
Poem: “We are not the same” Pādraig Ó Tuama
Hymn (Zion Still Sings) #168: “We’ll Understand it Better By and By”
Passing of the Peace
If you are worshiping with others, please pass the Peace of Christ.
Whether you are alone or with others, please take a moment to find God’s peace within, and then to share it with the world. You may want to reach out to speak peace to another during this week.
Sermon: “Are We Lost?”
Offertory: “Jesus Is The Song” Arranged by Mary McDonald
Photo by Larry McArthur
If you wish, you are welcome to use this time to make a donation to the church online, or to put a check in the mail.
The time of offering is not only about our financial gifts to the church, it is about offering our lives to God and the building of the kindom. This is a time for reflection: What is being asked of us? What is being given to us? What are we able to offer? What do we need?
A Homecoming Prayer
Guiding Star, Signpost,
Always With Us God,
While you can always find us,
we can’t always find ourselves,
nor each other.
On this day of togetherness,
may our gifts be signs of our hope
that we can follow your signposts
to justice and compassion.
And may all that we give
to build your kindom.
Hymn #2282: “I’ll Fly Away”
Beloveds of God,
no matter how lost you get,
God is with you.
No matter how lost we get,
God is with us.
Thanks be to God!
Postlude: “Heavenly Sunlight” Arranged Mark Hayes