WORSHIP DOCUMENTS SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

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CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Worker God,

whose hands built the earth,

molded our bodies,

and sowed the stars across the sky,

All: we gather in your presence this morning

with praise and thanksgiving for your mighty deeds.

One: Meet us here, Worker God;

All: strengthen our hearts and our hands to work with you

in the building of a world filled with justice and peace. 

PRAYER FOR LABORERS

Will you please join me in affirming our faith through prayer?

O Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, on this Labor Day, we thank you for your care and loving concern for workers throughout the world. We remember all workers: men and women; young and old of all races; ethnic and language groups in Asia and Pacific, Europe, Africa, North Africa, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. Help all working persons to realize a deeper understanding of your presence and call them to do justice and build human community where they are employed.

For workers who face dangerous conditions or hazards in their work without sufficient warning or protection, Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.


For all those who face the conflicts of working and caring for children without adequate support,Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.


For all workers who cannot find work and for whom unemployment assistance is not available,Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.


For workers who are displaced by technical changes or global pressures to relocate jobs,Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.


For children whose childhood has been cut short because they are forced to work,Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.


For all who face difficulties or are discriminated against in getting work or at the workplace because of race, gender, ethnic group, physical disabilities,political or religious beliefs, or sexual orientation,Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.


For all workers who have been affected by labor disputes or who have been discriminated against as a result of their union activity or because they sought justice in their place of employment,Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.


For all workers whose work is taken for granted,is unappreciated or lacks meaning,Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth,

hear our prayer.

SCRIPTURE READING LUKE 13:10-17

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

RESPONSE TO SCRIPTURE

One: This is the word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.