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August 16, 2015

    Celebration  of   Worship

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                     August 16, 2015


* Call to Worship     adapted from Psalm 111    (Read responsively) 

Praise the Lord!

We will give thanks to the Lord with our whole heart,

in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the Lord,

Studied by all who delight in them.

Full of splendor and majesty is His work,

And His righteousness endures forever.


* Affirmation of Faith        The Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.                                        *universal


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration            I Will Sing the Wondrous Story        Red Book # 499

Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

God, we admit that we are sinful and suffer from the torment of sin that finds no tears for repentance. Our minds get lost in the torture of moral confusion. We know the anguish of hearts divided by unseen adversaries and torn by our failure to honor You. Show all who are in such pain that in Your great mercy we may be buoyed  by Your forgiveness and lifted by Your strength, with our feet set in a broad place and our lives anchored in that peace we cannot obtain on our own, but only through Jesus Christ our Lord, in Whose name we pray.  (time of silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon     

    Leader   . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel! 

    ALL:            In Jesus Christ we are forgiven


* Responding with Praise                    Gloria Patri                      Blue Book # 579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and the Lords 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. 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, for ever.  AMEN.


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude         The Doxology           Blue Book   # 592

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!


* Prayer of Dedication    (Unison)

Lord Jesus, bless the lives of those who have made this offering and the lives of those who will receive its benefits, so that all may grow up together into the fullness of You, the Head of Your church. In Your name.  AMEN.


Hymn of Preparation          Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know      Red Book # 535


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON          1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14            pew Bible pg. 281


* GOSPEL  LESSON                            John 6:51-58                      pew Bible pg. 892


MESSAGE TEXT                               Acts 22:30-23:11                   pew Bible pg. 932


MESSAGE        Sowing Discord Amongst Gods Enemies     Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing               It Is Well with My Soul                       Red Book # 705


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   Three-fold Amen                         Blue Book # 586



WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please sign the blue attendance pad and join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and light refreshments following the worship service.


OUR DAILY BREAD (REGULAR SIZE EDITION) - Complimentary copies of Our Daily Bread for September, October, and November are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or honor of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.

Today's Flowers

are given to the glory of God by John & Barbara Haifley

in honor of their 57th wedding anniversary


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Today:  John & Barbara Haifley     Tuesday: Steve Alex


Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Peter Pfefferkorn

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


Peace is the presence of God.

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