|Scripture Text||Luke 18:1-8|
|Gist of Scripture||What justice should we praying for? What kind of justice will bring peace to our souls?|
|Special Sunday?||Children’s Sabbath|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: From the warmth of the summer to the brisk of the autumn
P: still your Holy Breeze of Peace is always at our back.
L: From the green and yellow of the spring to the rusts and russets of fall
P: still your Holy Spectrum of Love is always in our view.
All: God of steadfast love and mercy, breathe in us anew as we thank you for life together. Amen.
|Processional Hymn||578 God of Love and God of Power|
|Welcome to worship and invitations to discipleship (announcements) (invitation to fill out ritual of friendship tablets in the pews and invitation to stay for fellowship following the service)|
|Hymn||2222 The Servant Song|
|Prayer for Understanding||Creator of kindness, Master of mercy, we may not always understand what our next steps should be in life–as individuals and as your church. So we enter together with you into this time for teaching, a moment of meditation, a pause to ponder anew about you. Quiet and center us; grant our prayer to understand you, our selves, and one another as we hear the teachings of Jesus Christ, your Prince of Peace. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Luke 18:1-8 – Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”|
Finding in Favor
|Hymn:||408 The Gift of Love|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||May the grace that brought these gifts into being become mercy in ministering to our community. Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||666 Shalom to You (2x)|