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Celebration  of     Worship

 

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                         June 21, 2015

 

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

 

Prelude                            
 (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 9        (Read responsively)

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed.

He is a fortress in times of trouble.

And those who know Your name put their trust in You,

For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Sing praises to the Lord, Who sits enthroned in Zion!

Tell among the peoples His deeds!

For He Who avenges blood is mindful of them;

He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

 

* 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.                                         *universal

 

* Prayer of Invocation

 

* Hymn of Adoration                 “All That Thrills My Soul”               Red Book # 511

Invitation to Confession

 

Admitting Our Sin to God

O God Who makes all things new, we have forgotten how to live in watchful expectation for the return of Your Son and the coming of Your kingdom in its fullness. We let our familiar routines and the length of the wait sap our confidence and spiritual vitality. In the hum-drum stuff of daily living we forget Who You are and what You are making us to be. O Father in heaven, for the sake of Jesus Christ, forgive us for our wrong priorities and dullness of spir­it. Restore our hope and strength of spirit. Remind us who we are. Above all, remind us Who Jesus Christ is. We ask in His name.  (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. 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 Word of God Incarnate”             Red Book # 414

* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON          1 Samuel 17:32-49                pew Bible pg. 240

 

* GOSPEL LESSON                            Mark 4:35-41                     pew Bible pg. 839

 

MESSAGE TEXT                                Acts 20:17-38                     pew Bible pg. 929

 

MESSAGE                     “A Pastor’s Farewell - Part 2”             Pastor Raymond M. Tear

 

* Hymn of Closing                       “God Be with You”                      Red Book # 232

 

* 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 – A Called Congregational Meeting will be held immediately following the worship service for the purpose of electing 3 congregation members to serve on the Nominating Committee for 3 Ruling Elders for the Class of 2018.

 

SPECIAL OFFERING FOR TEXAS RELIEF- The Session has authorized a special offering for flood and other disasters for those in Texas recently affected by flooding and severe weather. It’s not too late to include your donation.

 

THANK YOU - Thanks to your generosity a wire transfer for $1,385 was sent to the Beth Shalom Fellowship in Nepal to help these believers and their church buildings recover from the devastating effects of the earthquakes.

 

One act of kindness may teach more

about the love of God than many sermons.

 

Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Saturday:  Carolyn Rice

 

Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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