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Celebration  of    Worship

_____________________________________                                    July 30, 2017

 

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

 

Prelude                              

 

Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)

 

Sharing Our Joys and Concerns

 

* Call to Worship          adapted from Psalm 105       (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.

LET US WORSHIP GOD!

 

* 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 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!

 

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 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

 

     Offertory                  

 

* 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           Deuteronomy 15:7-11             pew Bible  pg. 159

 

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON               1 John 3:16-23               pew Bible  pg. 1022

 

* MESSAGE TEXT                      Luke 16:19-31                              pew Bible pg. 876

 

MESSAGE                            Our Christian Duty                          Pastor Mark Spence

 

* Hymn of Closing                       Trust and Obey                     Red Book   # 571

 

* 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.

 

 

NEXT SUNDAY - We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper. In the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, all who sincerely trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone, for the forgiveness of sin, are invited to partake, including baptized children who have received permission from the Session.

 

FIRST SUNDAY- Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and the time to bring your various in-kind contributions for local outreach and help organizations.

 

 

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