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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 21(26)
September 26, 1999

Unifying Theme:
God owes no accounting, yet He gives one.
We owe an accounting--what have we to show?

Scripture Theme Hymns
Exodus 17:1-7
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Water from the rock
Personal accountability before God
361: Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
413: A Charge to Keep I Have
731: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Psalm 25:1-9
Passing on the knowledge
Personal accountability before God
103: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
156: I Love to Tell the Story
357: Just as I Am, Without One Plea
569: We've a Story to Tell to the Nations
Matthew 21:23-32 Doing the Master's will 381: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
382: Have Thine Own Way, Lord
436: The Voice of God Is Calling
454: Open My Eyes, That I May See
Philippians 2:1-13 The attitude of Christ 417: O For a Heart to Praise My God
444: O Young and Fearless Prophet

Featured Hymn
Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

Hymn #361
Words by Augustus M. Toplady
Music by Thomas Hastings
Tune Name: TOPLADY

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The Christian faith is rich in symbols. Many come to us from Hebrew traditions. Others began with Christ himself. A few are common to both. The rock is one of these. When Jacob dreamed of angels ascending and descending from Heaven, his pillow was a rock. When the Hebrews were in the wilderness and grew thirsty, God provided water from a rock. When the Hebrews built memorials to remember God's great works, they did so with rocks. When Peter proclaimed the divine mission of Christ, Jesus called him a rock. When the house of the wise man withstood the winds and storms, it is because it was built on the rock. The words about rocks go on and on. In fact, the Bible contains more than 120 references to rocks.

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.
2. Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law's commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.
3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to the for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.
4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.