|Scripture Text||Luke 18:9-14|
|Gist of Scripture||We come to God with a name we have deemed appropriate for ourselves and, in God’s creative transformation, we are restored, renewed, and receive the right name.|
|Special Sunday?||Reformation Sunday|
|Call to Worship:||Call to Worship:|
L: God of all creation, through billions of years and even more
P: you have engineered substance out of steadfast love.
L: God of all mercy, through the nanosecond of a neuron-fire
P: you offer a rekindling of grace to see us into the next becoming moment.
All: God of steadfast love and mercy, breathe in us anew as we thank you for life together. Amen.
|Processional Hymn||110 A Mighty Fortress is Our God|
|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||404 Every Time I Feel the Spirit|
|Prayer for Understanding||Forming and reforming God, we dedicate this time to be attentive to your Word, Christ Jesus, and the teaching he offers us anew this morning. May it be fresh as the morning dew, vibrant as the panoply of autumn leaves, and hopeful as your rising sun–on this day when we celebrate the Rising Son. Amen.|
|Scripture Reading:||Luke 18:9-14 – He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”|
|Sermon Title:||What’s In a Name?|
|Hymn:||363 And Can It Be That I Should Gain|
|Prayers of the People|
|Blessing of Gifts||As we receive the new name you generously give to us, so we give in loving response; that many more in our community will learn the new name you have for them as well. Amen.|
|Recessional Hymn:||451 Be Thou My Vision|