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July 27th 2014


Celebration  of     Worship

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                          July 27, 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 105     (Read responsively)

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name!

Make known His deeds among the peoples!

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;

tell of all His wondrous works!

Glory in His holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Seek the Lord and His strength;

seek His presence continually!

Remember the wondrous works that He has done.

O children of Jacob, His chosen ones, recount His miracles and the judgments He uttered.


* 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  “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds”   Red Book  # 123


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God  

Almighty God, we continue to rely on ourselves and our narrow view of things when we should rely upon You alone. You continually protect us and clear the way ahead of us. We fret and shrink back in the face of difficulties.  We find it inconvenient to answer Your call to deeper devotion, fervent prayer, more faithful discipleship, broader vision, more perfect love.  Forgive our disobedience. Father, we confess our sin and acknowledge our need for cleansing and rene­wal. Hear our prayer and raise us to newness of life in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.    (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. 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                       “In the Garden”                    Red Book # 635


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON            Genesis 29:15-28                 pew Bible pg. 23


* GOSPEL LESSON                   Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52           pew Bible pg. 819


MESSAGE TEXT                              Acts 10:34-48                       pew Bible pg. 919


MESSAGE            “God’s Boundless Grace and Mercy”       Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                         “Under His Wings”                    Red Book # 620


* 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.


FIRST SUNDAY – Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, August 3rd 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.


LITURGISTS NEEDED Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall by the water fountain.


Love is more than a feeling,

it is doing!

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