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August 24, 2014

Celebration  of     Worship

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time                                     August 24, 2014


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


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship   adapted from Psalm 124   (Read responsively)

Blessed be the name of the Lord,

Who has not given us as prey to the teeth or our enemies!

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers;

The snare is broken, and we have escaped!

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

The Lord Who made heaven and earth.


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s 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.


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration            “When Morning Gilds the Skies”        Red Book # 215


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God 

Almighty and most merciful God, we make demands rather than humble requests upon You . We insist upon signs and evidence of Your love. We try to supplant Your wisdom with our folly. What truth we do possess we hoard like misers instead of sharing with the world. Life seems easier that way, and we fit in better with the world. We also know we are wrong. Lord, in the name of Jesus, forgive us and help us to do better.   (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 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. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  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   (Read in unison)

Lord, money is such an important part of our life. We praise You for renewing its significance and priority when You renew us. As You direct the use of these dollars and cents to Your purposes, also direct us to greater use in Your kingdom during these troubled and worrisome times. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.


* Hymn of Preparation             “How Firm a Foundation”             Red Book   # 408



* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON              Exodus 1:8-2:10                  pew Bible pg. 45


* GOSPEL LESSON                          Matthew 16:13-20                pew Bible pg. 822


MESSAGE TEXT                                  Acts 12:20-25                   pew Bible pg. 921


MESSAGE      “The Word of God vs. the Word of Man”        Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing  “Thanks to God Whose Word Was Spoken”  Red Book  # 409


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                      


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


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 remember to sign the blue attendance pad..


OUR DAILY BREAD (REGULAR PRINT 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.


LET’S PRAY – Complimentary copies of this booklet about talking to God with the words of the Bible from the publishers of the popular devotional series, Our Daily Bread, are also located on the table in the Narthex. Extra copies are available, if you would like to give one to a family member or friend.


SPECIAL OFFERING FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS – During the month of August, we are taking a special offering for Iraqi Christians forced into the desert by ISIS. These Christians lack adequate water, food and other necessities of life. Their need is acute. Please pray for God to provide for their needs and protect them.


God gives by promise that we may take by faith.


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