August 7, 2016

12th Sunday After Pentecost
Morning Worship at 10 o’Clock

The waves echo behind me.
Patience, Faith & Openness
is what the sea has to teach.
But there are other beaches to explore.
This is only the beginning.

- Keith Simmers

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “The Leaves So Greene”   Farnaby

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Introit: (unison)         “Morning has broken” No. 145

Morning has broken like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

† Call to Worship

Come to Christ, that living stone, rejected by the world,
but in God’s sight chosen and precious.
We have responded to Christ’s call, and seek to be built into a spiritual house, a living reminder of God’s presence on earth.
Once we were no people, but now we are God’s people,
called out of the darkness into God’s marvelous light.
Therefore we sing with the Church in all ages:
Blessed be your name, O God, our Redeemer. By your mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

† Baptism: Daria Josephine Olszewski No. 39

† Hymn: “O Day of God, Draw Nigh” No. 730

O day of God, draw nigh
in beauty and in power;
come with thy timeless judgment now
to match our present hour.

Bring to our troubled minds,
uncertain and afraid,
the quiet of a steadfast faith,
calm of a call obeyed.

Bring justice to our land,
that all may dwell secure,
and finely build for days to come
foundations that endure.

Bring to our world of strife
thy sovereign word of peace,
that war may haunt the earth no more,
and desolation cease.

O day of God, draw nigh
as at creation’s birth;
let there be light again,
and set thy judgments on the earth.

Morning Prayer (unison)

Almighty and merciful God, of your bountiful goodness keep us from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things you command; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.         -Book of Common Prayer, 20th Cent.

To Hear the Word

Hebrew Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 John Strawbridge is the Liturgist.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Musical Selection: “Through Summer Heat” Trad melody, arr. BSM

Through summer heat and youthful years,
Uncertain faith, rebellious tears,
Sustained by Christ’s infusing rain,
The boughs will shout for joy again.

When autumn cools and youth is cold,
When limbs their heavy harvest hold,
Then through us warm the Christ will move
With gifts of beauty, wisdom, love.

Christ, Holy Vine, Christ, Living Tree,
Be praised for this blest mystery:
That Word and Water thus revive
And join us to Your Tree of Life.

† The Psalter: Psalm 50:1-8,22-23 (with sung response) No. 783

The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.
God calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that the people may be judged:
“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
The heavens declare God’s righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah
“Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.
I do not reprove you for your sacrifices; your burnt offerings are continually before me.
“Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.”

Sermon: “The Father’s Good Pleasure” Rev. Travis Knoll

Bible Lesson: Luke 12:32-40:  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. “But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn: “This is the Spirit’s Entry Now” No. 608

This is the Spirit’s entry now: the water and the word,
the cross of Jesus on your brow, the seal both felt and heard.

Let water be the sacred sign that we must die each day,
to rise again by his design as followers of the way.

Renewing Spirit, hear our praise for your baptismal power
that washes us through all our days, Lord, cleanse again this hour.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 393

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

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.

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn: “How Firm a Foundation” No. 529

“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
for I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

“When through deep waters I call thee to go,
the rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
my grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Go, resting in God’s good pleasure, to do God’s will
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Congregational Response: (unison)    “Shalom to You” Trad. Hebrew

Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends.
May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends.
In all your living & through your loving,
Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “Allegro Festivo” Harman


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