September 19th
September 19th


WELCOME                                                      Rev. Anna Kreisle



*CALL TO WORSHIP                                              Liturgist   

(based on Psalm 137, a Psalm of exile)      

One: By the waters of Babylon,

there we wept when we remembered.

Many: By the waters of the kitchen sink,

there we wept.

And on the living room couch,

and in the empty school room,

and beside the makeshift dining room table office.

One: How could we sing God’s song in a strange land?

Many: How could we sing God’s song over Zoom?

One: By the waters of Babylon,

Many: There we wept when we remembered.

One: Remember the ancient rhythm

Of separation and homecoming,

Many: Exile and return,

Going out and coming in.

One: You who are by the waters of Babylon:


Many: From kitchens and home offices,

Sidewalks and parking lots, we come!

One: You who remember and you who do not:


Many: Sometimes feeling hopeful,

and sometimes choosing hope in defiance!

By car or by computer, we come!

One: God goes with every exile;

Many: God rejoices with every return.

One: In Babylon and Jerusalem,

in strange lands and familiar rooms

Many: In sanctuaries and on screens,

In pews or chairs,

couches or recliners,

let us come together now

to build a future with hope.

--Adapted from SALT Project

OPENING SONG  "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"

CALL TO CONFESSION                                                 Liturgist



God of Abundance, we confess to you that too often we don’t dare hope that things will ever get better. It’s safer to play the cynic, to say that we’re just being “realistic,” than to have our hearts broken yet again.

“This is just the way it is,” we say. “It’s always been like this. Money has always been tight. People will always disappoint you. The politicians will never change. The virus will never go away.”

God of Possibility, ignite within us the flame of hope. Be our vision, so that we can glimpse your abundance. Spur us on, so that we can be the change we wish to see in the world. 


Time For Children

CHILDREN'S SONG                                          Jesus Loves Me


CHILDREN'S SENDING SONG                    Shalom Chavarim

The Word

SCRIPTURE READING                                  Jeremiah 29:4-14

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, says the Lord.

For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.


MEDITATION                                               Rev. Anna Kreisle

HYMN    "Great is Your Faithfulness"



You may share your joys and concerns out loud now. The pastor will end each request with 

   One: O God,

   All: Hear our prayer.


Using these or whichever words are closest to your heart, yet saying together:

Our Creator in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kin-dom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kin-dom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.


Near the sanctuary doors, there is a locked wooden offering box where you may place your tithe or loose change on the way out. Alternatively, you may text your gift to 512.842.6662 by putting a $ followed by the amount into the message. Or to be led to our online giving portal, click the orange button below. Thank you so much for your generous support.


Holy Communion

All are invited to the table of love, baptized or not, member or not, whether your faith is strong or you are doubting, all are welcome at God's table.


TABLE PRAYER                                                             




One: Thankful for all the gifts of God, let us say:

All: Thanks be to God, Amen.


SENDING SONG   "In the Midst of New Dimensions"



One: Now our worship has ended.

All: Let our service begin.


We are going to celebrate big time on Sunday, November 14. We will have worship at 9 am with the commissioning of Meghan Trout, the congregational meeting, and the 30th Anniversary celebration! You won't want to miss this.


The youth built it this summer and now it is time to plant the garden. Bring your sack dinner, work gloves, garden tools at 5:30 pm on Sunday, September 19. We'll eat then plant. Parents are invited to come and clean up the outdoor Sanctuary to prepare for the Oct. 3 return to outdoor worship.

Coffee Talk Followed by Zoom Worship

Join us on Zoom at 10:30 am each Sunday for Coffee Talk with fellow UCC friends then stay on for worship at 11 am.

Check Your Mailbox

CHECK YOUR MAILBOX this week for your pledge card, or pledge directly on our website at

Outdoor Worship Begins October 3 at 9 am

OUTDOOR WORSHIP STARTS OCTOBER 3 AT 9 AM. Bring your chair, a mask, and a water bottle and worship in our beautiful, peaceful outdoor sanctuary.

Outdoor Children's Activities at Both Services

Children are invited to come on Sunday mornings and enjoy in-person and outside activities with our church buddies!  Masks are required for all participants.

Saving Grace - Adult Education

SAVING GRACE COURSE MONDAYS AT 7 - It's not too late to join our Faith and Financial Planning course. Join us on Zoom even if you don't have the book yet. Participant guide can be purchased on Amazon.  Also, if you have friends or family who you think would benefit from this course, guests are welcome!

Zoom ID: 512 765 1500

Password: ucc

Care Calendar Needs

Karin Bergthold could use the help of our church family as she goes through radiation for the next few weeks in the way of rides and meal prep.  Go to 

Calendar ID: 299820

Security Code: 8236

Period Party Collection

The Period Party may look a little different this year due to Covid, but we are still collecting feminine hygiene products for distribution at a later time. 

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