Traditional Worship Service
September 26, 2021 | 11:00 am
“Where Two or Three Are Gathered In My Name, I’m There With Them”
Last in the series
The First Big Step
Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor
Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor
Prelude: “For the Beauty of the Earth”
Charles Perry, arranger
Peggy Graff, organist
Fifth Street Bells
*Call to Worship
Rev. Lance Marshall, Co-Pastor
One: Sing praise to God who rescues us when we fall!
All: Sing praise to God who walks with us on all our journeys!
One: Even though we fall, God lifts us and places us on paths of peace.
All: Even though we stray, God finds us and brings us back to lives of hope.
One: Thanks be to God, whose love is continually with us.
All: Praise be to God, whose mercy is over us all. AMEN.
*Hymn 154: “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” (vv. 1, 2, 4, & 6)
*Affirmation of Faith 883
Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez, Associate Pastor
We are not alone, we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the church:
to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
*Gloria Patri 70
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
**Please be seated
Sacrament of Baptism
Eleanor Kathryn Schmidt, daughter of Lyndsay and Thomas Schmidt
Baptismal Hymn 191: “Jesus Loves Me” (vs. 1)
With God’s help we will so order our lives after the example
of Christ that Eleanor Kathryn, surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.
Faith Like a Child
Mister Mark, Director of Children’s Ministries
*Hymn 384: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (vv. 1, 3)
Scripture: Matthew 18:18-20
God speaks to us through the reading of scripture.
Thanks be to God.
Sermon: “Where Two or Three Are Gathered In My Name, I’m There With Them”
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, 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, forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)
Offertory: “Precious Lord”
Arnold Sevier, arranger
Adoramus Chamber Choir
Thomas Williams, director
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
One: Our gathering will soon be ended. Where will we go, and what will we do?
All: We will go out to be God’s people in the world.
One: May grace, peace, hope, love, and joy forever accompany you. Amen.
*Congregational Benediction: “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”
Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,
the people of God from this dwelling take leave.
The service is ended, O now be extended
the fruits of our worship in all who believe.
The seed of the teaching, receptive souls reaching,
shall blossom in action for God and for all.
God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us
To work for God’s kingdom and answer the call.
*Postlude: “They’ll Know We Are Christians”
Wilbur Held, arranger
Notes from First Church:
Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth — we are so glad that you are worshiping with us today!
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Asterisks (*) indicate times when you are invited to stand as you are able.
“Faith Like a Child” is our children’s sermon developed for young worshippers of all ages.
In addition to your regular contribution, every one dollar ($1) bill placed in the offering plate during the month of August will support the sack lunch program.
The Sanctuary flowers are in memory of Jim Kent by Jean Kent and family.
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Gathering to focus onGod together
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Putting God first in all things
Discovering and understanding who God is
Enjoying the good life God gives
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