Aug 26

15th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

entertaining angelsWorship Ideas

  • The reading from Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 directs us to “show hospitality to strangers”.  How does your congregation demonstrate real hospitality to visitors (as well as to members)?  For example: can everyone participate in Communion — is your bread gluten-free (for those with allergies) and your wine un-fermented (for recovering alcoholics)?
  • Are there “angels” that you have welcomed into your worship space and/or community?  Celebrate those people in worship!  Are there “angels” that you have not yet welcomed?  Find creative ways to invite and truly welcome them to worship with you.
  • We church folks often use the phrase “walk in God’s ways” – it even shows up in the Psalm 81:1, 10-16 reading.  Use it as inspiration to take your church for a walk.  Put on your walking shoes (and wheel out the wheelchairs for those who need them), and go on a Prayer Walk in and around your church’s neighborhood.  As you walk, stop to pray for people and businesses and schools, etc.

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (Inspired by Psalm 81:1, 10-16)

Sing out! Sing out with joy to the God who gives us strength!

Shout out! Shout loud praises to the Lord our God!

Let us listen carefully for the Word, and let us be willing to follow where God leads.

Let us be guided by God’s counsel, and let us walk in the ways of the Holy One.

Prayer of Confession (Inspired by Luke 14:1, 7-14)

Lord of All, we confess that we are guilty of thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought. We assume that the place of honor is meant for us, when it is really meant only for you.  Forgive our selfish, self-centered ways.  Teach us to be humble, that we may learn to love as you love, O God.

Responsive Benediction (Inspired by Hebrews 13:1-8)

Here, in worship, we have learned of God’s love.

Now, we go into the world to live that love – welcoming all in the name of Christ.

God is forever faithful, and God’s love is without end.

We will follow in the Way of Christ – trusting the Lord in all things. Alleluia! Amen.

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