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Celebration  of     Worship

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                        July 26, 2015


* * * 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        (taken from Psalm 14)       

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,

To see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

When the Lord  restores the fortunes of His people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.


* 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.


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration         O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing      Red Book # 21


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

Most holy and merciful Father; We acknowledge and confess before You: Our sinful nature prone to evil; our apathy in doing in good; and all our other shortcomings and offenses. You alone know how often we have sinned; In wandering from you’re your ways; In wasting Your gifts; In forgetting Your love. But You, O Lord, have mercy upon us; who are ashamed and sorry for all in which we have displeased You. Teach us to hate our errors; cleanse us from our secret faults.  And forgive our sins; for the sake of Your dear Son. And, most holy and loving Father; help us, we implore You; to live in Your light and walk in Your ways; according to the commandments of Jesus Christ our Lord.     (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         O Light, Whose Beams Illumine All           See Insert


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                2 Samuel 11:1-17               pew Bible pg. 262


* GOSPEL  LESSON                                John 6:1-21                     pew Bible pg. 891


MESSAGE TEXT                                     Acts 22:1-16                     pew Bible pg. 931


MESSAGE                         Pauls Spiritual Autobiography      Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing          Take the Name of Jesus with You         Red Book # 235


* 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 sign the blue attendance pad and join us in the Fellowship Hall for coffee and light refreshments following the worship service.


FIRST SUNDAY - Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, August 2nd and place them in the baskets located under the old pew in the Narthex.


NEXT SUNDAY - We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), all who sincerely trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone, for the forgiveness of sin, are invited to partake, including baptized children with parental permission.


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.


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Friday:  Joe Allen


Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Peter Pfefferkorn

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


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