Worship, September 19
Order of Worship, 17th Sunday after Pentecost, 19 September 2021
Song NCH 323, “Little Children, Welcome”
Reading from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Laurie Kleist
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
song NCH 487, “Surely No One Can Be Safer”
prayers of the people
the Lord’s Prayer
song NCH 451, “Be Now My Vision”
NCH 323: “Little Children, Welcome,” Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1973; Tune: “Saipan,” Roy Hopp, 1988.
v. 1: Little children, welcome! Earth is yours to live in; arms of love protect you, little children, welcome!
v. 2: Little children, welcome! Jesus cares about you; Jesus now enfolds you, little children, welcome!
v. 3: Little children, welcome! We, the church of Jesus, we will help your growing, little children, welcome!
v. 4: Little children, welcome! God will make you happy, Jesus save and keep you, little children, welcome!
NCH 487: “Surely No One Can Be Safer,” Text: Lina Sandell, 1855, Trans. New Century Hymnal, 1994; Tune: “Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara,” Swedish folk melody, Harm. Song Book for Sunday School, 1871.
v. 1: Surely no one can be safer than God’s children, held in favor, Not the stars so brightly burning, not the birds to nests returning.
v. 2: With the flock God is abiding, heaven’s plenty all providing, Rich in mercy, never sparing, like a father, gently caring.
v. 3: None shall ever meet rejection, be denied God’s own protection; Has there been a friend who better knows our hopes, our fears that fetter?
v. 4: Whether taking, whether giving, God alone remains forgiving, And with one true purpose holy to preserve our welfare solely.
NCH 451: “Be Now My Vision,” Text: Irish, c. 8th century; trans. Mary E. Byrne, 1905; versified by Eleanor H. Hull, 1912; adapted; Tune: “Slane,” Irish trad.; Harm. David Evans, 1927.
v. 1: Be now my vision, O God of my heart; nothing surpasses the love you impart–You my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, your presence my light.
v. 2: Be now my wisdom, and be my true word; ever within me, my soul is assured; Mother and Father, you are both to me, now and forever your child I will be.
v. 3: Riches I heed not, nor life’s empty praise, you, my inheritance now and always; You and you only are first in my heart, great God, my treasure, may we never part.
v. 4: Sovereign of heaven, my victory won, may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, still be my vision, O Ruler of all.