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September 6 Service

Worship 9.6.2020

 

Turning our hearts to worship is a challenge

because there are so many things competing for our attention.

This hymn reminds us that the beauty of music moves us in a profound way to glorify God.

 

PRELUDE          "When In Our Music God is Glorified"   James Pethel   

                                                         Diane Combs, organ    (click)

 

WELCOME to WORSHIP!

Today is Communion Sunday! Please prepare by having your own elements ready.  

(A piece of bread or a cracker and a sip of juice or water will be fine).   

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS & PRAYER CONCERNS:

¨Happy Anniversary: Hal & Marjie Roberts

¨Happy Birthday: Janice Campbell, Gene Butler and Morgan McNeil

¨Please pray for: Ian Hutchison, Howard Kline, Becky Bender, Alex Robb, Edda Mann and for one another.

 

STEWARDSHIP MOMENT with Lee Galloway              (click)

 

 

Each week we gather for the purpose of worshiping God.

Gathering music helps bring us together, even virtually.

Our song this week brings to mind this G. K. Chesterton quote:

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.

It has been found difficult; and left untried.”  Taste and see the Lord is good!

 

GATHERING MUSIC     "Taste and See"        James E. Moore, Jr

                                                          Joel Lillethun    (click)

CALL TO WORSHIP  

Keeping God’s Word central in worship means

regularly using Scripture in our liturgy, songs, prayers and sermon.

Read aloud the words of Psalm 34, verses 1-3 and verse 8:

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together!

O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.


PRAYER OF ADORATION

Almighty God, we come into your presence believing you are with us right now.

We bow before you in awe of your holiness, wisdom and power;

For you alone are worthy of our praise and adoration.
We pray in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.


CALL TO CONFESSION

Each week we stand before God admitting what he knows already -

we have failed to be his faithful people. We confess together because,

as brothers and sisters in Christ, our failures affect the family of faith.

In humility and faith, let’s confess together:

Merciful God, our greatest sin is unbelief. Every day you prove your love for us.

Every day you sustain your Creation. Every day you faithfully provide for our needs.

Every day you reveal more and more of yourself to us if we’d only pay attention.

Forgive us for insulting you, ignoring you, and living according to our own will and way.

Restore us to the sweet fellowship of being in Christ,

we pray in the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.     


                   -  Spend a few moments in silent confession –


ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Have you confessed your sin? Then God forgives you – completely!

Friends believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven!

Thanks be to God. Amen.


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, from a Brief Statement of Faith

We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life.

The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,

sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,

and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church.

The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles

rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,

engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism,

feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,

and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church.

In a broken and fearful world, the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing,

to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,

to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,

and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,

we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives,

even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”


The writer of this hymn, Joseph Hart, called himself

“a loose backslider, an audacious apostate, and a bold-faced rebel” before his spiritual awakening. 

SPECIAL MUSIC        “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”         Albert Travis            (click)
                                                 Diane Combs, organ                       

SCRIPTURE & MESSAGE   "You've Got Mail"    1 Corinthians 1:1-19      (click)

We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper once a month.

All who believe in Christ Jesus are invited!     

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.     


LORD’S PRAYER  

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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GOD’S TITHES & OUR OFFERINGS

God has faithfully provided for the needs of this church over the years and we are so grateful.

Thank you for allowing God to use your gifts to keep us going, especially during these months apart.

O Lord, we dedicate these gifts, your tithes and our offerings,

to be used in ways we can’t even imagine here in your church, this community,

and around the world.

We pray in your Holy Name. Amen.

(You may give on-line, mail a check to the church address, or drop it in the church mailbox).


DOXOLOGY

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


While the U.S. was in the midst of the Great Depression between the two World Wars,

Harry Emerson Fosdick, pastor of Riverside Church in New York City,

wrote this hymn for the dedication of their new church building.

I hope you don’t expect your pastor to write a hymn. 

HYMN          “God of Grace and God of Glory”         (click)   


Worship concludes with a “bene-diction” or “good words”…words to challenge you,

bless you and keep you until we meet again.

This benediction by Dr. Richard C. Halverson

reminds us we are called by the will of God to represent Christ wherever we are.  


You go nowhere by accident!

Wherever you are – God has a purpose in you being there.

Christ who lives in you has something he wants to do through you where you are.

Believe it and go in his grace and power!

Amen.