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Celebration of Worship

5th Sunday after the Resurrection                              May 25, 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        (Read responsively)

Let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You, O LORD at a time when You may be found;

surely in the rush of great waters, the flood shall not reach those who call upon You.

LORD, You are a hiding place for us;

You preserve us from trouble; You surround us with shouts of deliverance.



* 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              “I Will Sing of the Mercies”             Red Book # 161

Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God  

God of all, we want life to be easy and simple. We prefer to see what is ahead and to know exactly what is coming next. We want our own way. If we are honest we should say we want to simply float into Your Kingdom on downy pillows of grace. Father, forgive us for our lack of diligence and vigor in walking by faith rather than by sight; and for neglecting Jesus' warn­ing that the Christian life is a life of trial and struggle. Forgive us for preferring our way to Your way. Father, for the sake of Jesus hear us, forgive us and restore to us the joy of walking in faithfulness.

 (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 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, 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             “Wonderful Words of Life”              Red Book # 406

* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


* GOSPEL LESSON                        John 14:15-21                       pew Bible pg. 901


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON         1 Peter 3:13-22                   pew Bible pg.1016


MESSAGE TEXT                                Acts 8:1-8                          pew Bible pg. 916


MESSAGE              “The Fire and Fruit of Persecution”        Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                    “In Times Like These”                    Red Book # 577


* 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 June, July and August are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


FIRST SUNDAY - Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, June 1st 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.


Jesus takes us as we are and makes us who we should be.


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Monday:  Jacob Mizell          Thursday:  Jim Ownbey


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Peter Pfefferkorn

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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