Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11:00 am

“Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life;
not a philosophy of life, but a living presence.”

- Samuel T. Coleridge


Prelude            Prelude in C (J.S. Bach)      David Heiligman, Guest Organist

Words of Welcome and Announcements         Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

Introit               God is Here (Cyril Taylor)      Choir

God is here as we your people meet to offer praise and prayer,
May we find in fuller measure, what it is in Christ we share.
Here, as in the world around us, all our varied skills and arts,
Wait the coming of the Spirit into open minds and hearts.

* Call to Worship Psalm 106(with musical response) Hymnal 829-830

* Song For the Beauty of the Earth Hymnal 92

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

Special Music Rejoice, O Christian, Sing His Praise (Michael McCabe) Choir

Rejoice, O Christian, sing His praise
In faith, and dedicate
The whole of life to worship God.
Praise Him and celebrate!

Rejoice, O Christian, in your heart,
And praise Him with your voice.
Rejoice, O Christian, celebrate!
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice!

Let music tell His mighty works
And lift His word divine,
Until each heart is filled with song
And lives match His design.

Speak, Lord to us through ancient psalm,
Through chant and modern hymn,
And let Your worthy praise resound,
The noise of strife to dim.

Extol His name, the Lord is good
His love attends our ways:
Ingratitude for mercy shown,
We sing to Him our praise.

Scripture Lesson

From the Epistles        Philippians 4:1-9

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

Sermon            “Practice, Practice, Practice”                 Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

*   Song                  Let Us Plead for Faith Alone     Hymnal 385

Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you

Pastor: Let us pray

Pastoral Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer Hymnal 894, 895, or 896 (any other version/language you know)

Prayer Song This Is the Spirit’s Entry Now Hymnal 608

Sacrament of Christian Baptism

Introduction, Presentation of Candidate, Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith

Congregational Covenant

Pastor: Do you as Christ’s body the church,
reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?

People: We do.

Pastor: Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life
and include these persons now before you in your care?

People: With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ.  We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others.  We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life.

Affirmation of Faith

Pastor: Do you believe in God the Father?

People: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Pastor: Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
Is seated at the right hand of the Father,
And will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Pastor: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

People: I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.

Pastor: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor: Let us pray …to the land which you have promised.

People: Sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Tell of God’s mercy each day.

Pastor: In the fullness of time …and to make disciples of all nations

People: Declare his works to the nations, his glory among all people.

Pastor: Pour out your Holy Spirit …we may share in his final victory.

People: All praise to you Eternal Father, through your Son Jesus Christ
who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever.  Amen.

Baptism and Laying on of Hands

Pastor:     Now it is our joy to welcome our new sister in Christ.

People:    Through baptism you are incorporated by the Holy Spirit into God’s new creation and made to share in Christ’s royal priesthood.  We are all one in Christ Jesus.  With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you into the family of Christ.

Song of Blessing Child of Blessing, Child of Promise Hymnal 611

Pastoral Blessing

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering             Cuando el Pobre (Michael Manzano, arr. BSM) Choir

When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers,
when the thirsty give water to us all,
when the crippled in their weakness strengthen others,
then we know that God still goes that road with us.

When at last all those who suffer find their comfort,
when they hope though even hope seems hopelessness,
when we love though hate at times seems all around us,
then we know that God still goes that road with us,
then we know that God still goes that road with us.

Prayer of Dedication Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will and rank me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by you or laid aside for you,
exalted for your or brought low by you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
you are mine, and I am yours.  So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

* Presenting our Gifts Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing Hymnal 671


Pastor: Go into the world with rejoicing.

People: We will rejoice in the Lord always!

Leader: Practice, practice, practice your Christian faith.

People: We will be practicing Christians in all we do so others may learn from our example.

ALL: The PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT be with us always.

* Choral Response Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name (Edward Hopkins) Choir

Savior, again to your dear name we raise with one accord our parting hymn of praise.
Guard now the lips from sin, the hearts from shame, that in this house have called upon your name.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude Hornpipe (Handel) David Heiligman, Guest Organist


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