Sunday, November 6, 2016

Homecoming Sunday
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

We understand as our mission: To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy, learning & life through the revitalization of our congregation, the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions, while recognizing our unique presence & mission in the city. We feel this is where God’s Spirit is leading our congregation at this time in our history.

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Dixit Dominus”                          Proper

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

† Choral Introit “This Is The House of the Lord”           Donald Moore

This is the house of the Lord. Come before His presence with thanksgiving.

† Call to Worship God is Able      No. 116

Is someone here moving toward the twilight of life and fearful of that which we call death?
Why be afraid?  God is able.
Is someone here on the brink of despair because of the death of a loved one, the breaking of a marriage, or the waywardness of a child?
Why despair?  God is able to give us the power to endure that which cannot be changed.
Is someone here anxious because of bad health?
Why be anxious?  Come what may, God is able.
Surely God is able.

† Hymn “For All the Saints”       No. 711

For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight; thou in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia, Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, and win with them the victor’s crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!
O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, steals on the ear the distant triumph song, and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!
From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Morning Prayer (unison) All Saints           No. 713

To Hear the Word

From the Gospel Luke 20:27-38

John Strawbridge is the Liturgist.

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”

Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”

Anthem “Soldiers of Christ, Arise”          Paul Davis, on “Diademata”

Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies through His eternal Son.
Strong in the Lord of hosts, and in His mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.

Stand then in His great might, with all His strength endued,
But take, to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God;
From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray.
Tread all the powers of darkness down, and win the well-fought day.

Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul,
Take every virtue, every grace, and fortify the whole;
That having all things done, and all your conflicts past,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ above, and stand complete at last.

† The Psalter Psalm 145:14-21 (with sung response) No. 857

Response : Let us see your kindness, Lord; grant us your salvation.

The Lord upholds all who are falling,

And raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you,

And you give them their food in due season.

You open your hand,

You satisfy the desire of every living thing.

All the Lord’s ways are just,

All the Lord’s doings are kind.

The Lord is near to all who call,

To all who call upon the Lord in truth.

The Lord fulfills the desire of all the faithful,

And hears their cry and saves them.

All who love the Lord, the Lord preserves.

All the wicked the Lord destroys.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord;

Let all flesh bless God’s holy name for ever and ever.

Response : Let us see your kindness, Lord; grant us your salvation.

Sermon “Rebuilding as an act of faith”    Rev. Travis Knoll

Haggai 1:15b-2:9

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn “Standing on the Promises”       No. 374

Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let his praises ring; glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord, overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call, resting in my Savior as my all in all, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “Christ Will Be Lifted Up”         Mary MacDonald

“It is finished,” He cried;
My Lord was crucified
As He hung upon the cross and died.
But His death on Calvary became a victory;
And Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

Christ will be lifted up, robed in majesty and crowned with grace.
Every eye shall see,
Every knee shall bow,
When we see our King face to face!

We will rise and go to Him when Christ shall come again.
Heaven’s glory will descend when Jesus comes.
Let us follow now in faith until that glorious day when Christ will reign as Lord eternally!

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings (unison) No. 99

To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things he hath done.  With his blood he has saved me; with his power he has raised me; to God be the glory for the things he hath done.

To Receive the Sacrament

The Invitation

Prayer of Confession and Pardon No. 12

Please stand.

The Great Thanksgiving (with Musical  Setting B: pp. 19-20)

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.

Please be seated.

Breaking the Bread

Giving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament (unison)

Eternal God, we give thanks to you for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your spirit, to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our lord, Amen.

Pastoral Prayer

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

† Hymn “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” No. 664

Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing, the people of God from this dwelling take leave. The service is ended, O now be extended the fruits of our worship in all who believe. The seed of the teaching, receptive souls reaching, shall blossom in action for God and for all. God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us to work for God’s kingdom and answer the call.

With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our everyday life we will face. Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing God’s children of each tribe and race. With your grace you feed us, with your light now lead us; unite us as one in this life that we share. Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Where is there pain, where is there brokenness?  That is where God is rebuilding, and calling us to help.
We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response “The Lord Bless And Keep You” Peter Lutkin

The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord lift His countenance upon you,
And give you peace;
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you.

Amen

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude “Allegro Con Spirito”    Rawle

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