Sunday, September 3, 2017

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost/Celebration of Holy Communion
Morning Worship at 10 o’clock

 

“God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.  So say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Exodus 3:14

 

*Please Stand, As You Are Able


Prelude Salus Aeterna            Sarum

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

 

* Introit As We Gather            Coomes

As we gather, may Your Spirit work within us; as we gather, may we glorify Your name,
knowing well that as our hearts begin to worship, we’ll be blessed because we came.


* Call to Worship Psalm 105 (without musical response) Hymnal 828

O give thanks to the Lord, call on God’s name,

Make known God’s deeds among the peoples!

Sing to the Lord, sing praises!

Tell of all God’s wonderful works!

Glory in God’s holy name;

Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Seek the Lord and his strength;

Seek the Lord’s presence continually!

Remember the wonderful works of God has done,

The miracles and judgments God has uttered,

O offspring of Abraham, God’s servant,

Children of Jacob, God’s chosen ones.

The Lord is our God,

Whose judgments are in all the earth.

The Lord is mindful of his everlasting covenant,

Of the word commanded for a thousand generations,

The covenant made with Abraham,

His promise sworn to Isaac,

And confirmed to Jacob as a statute,

To Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying,

“To you I will give the land of Canaan

As your portion for an inheritance.”

 

* Song To God Be the Glory Hymnal 98

1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done! So loved he the world that he gave us his Son, who yielded his life an atonement for sin, and opened the life-gate that all may go in. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, to every believer the promise of God; the vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done, and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son; but purer, and higher, and greater will be our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

 

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples


Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.
People:  And also with you

Pastor:  Let us pray as we sing

 

Prayer Song My Tribute            Hymnal 99

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

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer:  (You may pray either version printed below or another that you know.)

Methodist Version
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.
Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours now and always.  Amen.

 

Prayer Song My Tribute            Hymnal 99

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

 

Scripture Lesson

From the New Testament                               Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.
People:  Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “Living and Working as an Ambassador for Christ”            Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

 

Special Music Chief of Sinners Though I Be                                          Lloyd Larson

1  Chief of sinners though I be,
Christ is all-in-all to me;
All my wants to Him are known,
All my sorrows are His own.
Christ sustains me in my pain;
Grants me hope to live again.

2  O the heights of Jesus’ love!
Higher than the heavens above,
Deeper than the depths of sea,
Lasting through eternity.
Love that found me, wondrous thought,
Found me when I sought Him not.

3  Holy Savior, Shepherd, Lord,
Gently lead me by Your word.
When my wayward heart would stray,
Keep me in the narrow way;
Grace in time of need supply
While I live and when I die..

 

Celebration of Holy Communion A Service of Word and Table III                 Hymnal pp. 15-16

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

{The pastor gives thanks appropriate to the occasion, remembering God’s acts of salvation, and concludes:}

And so,
With your people on earth
And all the company of heaven
We praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

{The pastor continues the thanksgiving. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recalled. The pastor concludes:}

And so,
In remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
As a holy and living sacrifice,
In union with Christ’s offering for us,
As we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

{The pastor invokes the present work of the Holy Spirit and then praises the Trinity, concluding:}

All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God),
Now and for ever.

Amen, amen, amen.


Receiving the Bread

As we receive please be in an attitude of prayer for one another.

Music During Communion

 

Prayer of Gratitude after all have received

Eternal God,
we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us.  Let the bread and cup bind our hearts together as one with you and each other. Help us to live as those who dream God-sized dreams and live Christ-like lives through the power of your Spirit. 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.

 

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering

Prayer of Dedication

Living God, you miraculously use mortals to fulfill your purposes.
Thank you for responding to the needs of your people and sending your Son.
By your Holy Spirit, help us to trust you completely
as we seek to spend our lives following Jesus.
Let us be bold witnesses of your amazing power and love.
We offer you these monetary gifts for the work of your church
here and around the world, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

* Presenting our Gifts     Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow       Hymnal 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

* Sending Out to Serve

Pastor: Go to the world beyond these doors and represent Christ in all you do.
All People:  We go as the living body of Christ to serve.

Leader:   Go to the people beyond these doors and love them as God does
All People: We go empowered by the Holy Spirit to love all God’s children.  Amen

 

Congregational Response Go Forth for God                                                      Hymnal 670

1. Go forth for God, go to the world in peace; be of good courage, armed with heavenly grace, in God’s good Spirit daily to increase, till in the kingdom we see face to face. Go forth for God, go to the world in peace.

2. Go forth for God, go to the world in love; strengthen the faint, give courage to the weak; help the afflicted; richly from above God’s love supplies the grace and power we seek. Go forth for God, go to the world in love.

3. Go forth for God, go to the world in strength; hold fast the good, be urgent for the right; render to no one evil; Christ at length shall overcome all darkness with his light. Go forth for God, go to the world in strength.

4. Go forth for God, go to the world in joy, to serve God’s people every day and hour, and serving Christ, our every gift employ, rejoicing in the Holy Spirit’s power. Go forth for God, go to the world in joy.

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

* Postlude Marziale, ma giocoso            Burns

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