Sunday, October 22, 2017

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 11:00 am


Merriam–Webster “Since 1828″

god  (noun) \ ‘gäd also ‘gôd \
Definition of god
1.) Capitalized: the supreme or ultimate reality: such as
a.) The Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshiped as creator and ruler of the universe


The Church Gathers

Prelude In illo tempore Gregorian Proper


Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge


Choral Introit God is Here (Cyril Taylor)

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

The Lord reigns; let the earth tremble!

Let us praise the great and marvelous Name!

Come and worship at the footstool of the Lord,

for holy is the Lord!

Hymn Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise Hymnal 103

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might; thy justice like mountains high soaring above they clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3. To all, life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest, the true life of all; we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.

4. Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light; thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight; all laud we would render: O help us to see’ tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

Morning Prayer

O God of hope, the true Light of the faithful and perfect Brightness of the blessed:

Grant that we may always offer to you worthy prayer
and always glorify you with the offering of our praises;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

To Hear the Word


From the Torah Exodus 33: 12-23

Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your ways, so that I may know you and find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people, unless you go with us? In this way, we shall be distinct, I and your people, from every people on the face of the earth.”

The Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you the name, ‘The Lord’; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.” And the Lord continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back; but my face shall not be seen.”


Psalter Psalm 99 (with sung response)  Hymnal 819

Response: Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory over all the earth be found.

The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!

The Lord sits enthroned upon the cherubim;

Let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion,

And is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and wondrous name!

Holy is the Lord!

Mighty Ruler, lover of justice,

You have established equity;

You have executed justice

And righteousness in Jacob.

Extol the Lord our God.

Worship at the Lord’s footstool!

Holy is the Lord!

Response: Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory over all the earth be found.

Moses and Aaron were among God’s priests,

Samuel also was among those who called on God’s


They cried to the Lord, who answered them,

Who spoke to them in the pillar of cloud.

They kept God’s testimonies,

And the statutes God gave them.

O Lord, our God, you answered them;

You were a forgiving God to them,

But an avenger of their wrongdoings.

Extol the Lord our God,

And worship at his holy mountain.

Surely the Lord our God is holy!

Response: Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory over all the earth be found.



Anthem Rejoice, O Christian, Sing His Praise           Michael McCabe

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.

From the Gospel Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.


Sermon “A God of Surprises”       Dr. Emora T. Brannan


To Respond in Faith


Hymn Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me           Hymnal 361

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee; let the water and the blood, from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure; save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy law’s demands; could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone; thou must save, and thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling; naked, come to thee for dress; helpless, look to thee for grace; foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath, when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown, see thee on thy judgment throne, Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee.

Pastoral Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer (unison) Hymnal 895

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.



The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory Benedictus Tomlin

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts!

Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!

Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And Scatters Be the Church to the World


Hymn God of Grace & God of Glory Hymnal 577

1. God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power; crown thine ancient church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, (of this hour) for the facing of this hour.

2. Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn thy Christ, assail his ways! Fears and doubts too long have bound us; free our hearts to work and praise. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, (of these days) for the living of these days.

3. Cure thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to thy control; shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, (kingdom’s goal) lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

4. Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore; let the search for thy salvation be our glory evermore. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore, (we adore) serving thee whom we adore.


Dismissal with Blessing (from St. Patrick’s Breastplate)

Minister: Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Leader:    Christ before me, Christ beside me.

Minister: Christ to win me,

Leader:    Christ to comfort and restore me,

Minister: Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Leader:    Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Minister: Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Leader:    Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.


Choral Response

Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name Edward Hopkins 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 Allegro maestoso Braine




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