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September 18, 2016

Celebration  of     Worship

September 18, 2016

* * * 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                  (responsively)

LORD, Do not remember against us our former iniquities!

Let Your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name!

Deliver us, and atone for our sins, for Your name's sake!

Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"

Let the avenging of the out-poured blood of Your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!

Let the groans of the prisoners come before You!

According to Your great power, preserve those doomed to die!

Return seven-fold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted You, O Lord!

But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation we will recount Your praise.



* 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.                                           *universal


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration         Stand Up and Bless the Lord             Red Book  # 65


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.  (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!


Minute for Mission      Mr. Darrin Miller from A4TW      (formerly AIM for the World)


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


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude        The Doxology             Blue Book # 592


* Prayer of Dedication  


* Hymn of Preparation               Sweet Hour of Prayer               Red Book  # 640


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON            Jeremiah 8:18-9:1                pew Bible  pg. 636


* GOSPEL  LESSON                           Luke 16:1-13                       pew Bible pg.  875


MESSAGE TEXT                               1 Corinthians 1:4-9               pew Bible  pg. 952


MESSAGE                                   Our Faithful God              Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                    Be Still, My Soul                         Red Book # 712


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   Three-fold Amen                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude     


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.

Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of

their mothers by Dutch and Joann Hintze


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Monday, Dick Guthrie;     Friday, Carolyn Burns


Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

WHETHER you are 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.


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..


USHERS NEEDED – Please use the sign-up sheet on the table in the narthex to volunteer for one or more weeks. See sheet for details.

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