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August 23, 2015

Celebration  of     Worship

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time                                      August 23, 2015


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


Welcome and Announcements


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship        (adapted from Psalm 84)      


* 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         All the Way My Savior Leads Me        Red Book # 680


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

Lord of power and grace, God of strength and compassion, we Your people stand in need of Your continuing presence. We confess that You have never deserted us, but we have put distance between ourselves and You. Our acts have of­fended Your holiness; our thoughts are often unworthy in Your sight and our words filthy noise in Your hearing. We flee responsibility and cling desperately to matters of the moment. Bring all things into focus through our confession, and Your renewing Spirit. We ask in the name of Him who best knows the human heart, and died for all, even Jesus Christ.       (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  


* Hymn of Preparation          On Jordan's Stormy Banks             Red Book # 777


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON             1 Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43         pew Bible pg. 288


* GOSPEL  LESSON                                John 6:56-69                   pew Bible pg. 892


MESSAGE TEXT                                 Ephesians 6:10-20               pew Bible pg. 979


MESSAGE                             God's Armor - It's Enough!             Elder Jim Madary


* Hymn of Closing                       Faith is the Victory                    Red Book # 727


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   Three-fold Amen                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                      

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.


BUILDING MAINTENANCE FUND – Thanks to all who are contributing to the Building Maintenance Fund. Since our building is no longer new, the Session has authorized the establishment of a building maintenance fund to begin preparing for expensive repairs or replacements that may be needed in the relatively near future. The Session views this fund as something people can contribute to over time, as the Lord leads them. It will help reduce the strain on our reserves when the next major item(s) need repair or replacement. Within the next few years, we know we are likely facing the replacement of two more 10 ton heat pump systems, three smaller heat pump systems, and the repair of the parking lot.


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 David & Cynthia Summers

in loving memory of David's Parents, Dr. Frederic and Louise Summers


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Today:  Carol Carlson & Shannon Colley       Wednesday:  John Haifley

Friday:  Shirley Madary               Saturday:  Wayne Berlin


Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Peter Pfefferkorn

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


"There is no place where God is not; wherever I go, there He is. Now and always He upholds me

with His power and keeps me safe in His love."

                                             author unknown

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