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September 25, 2016

Celebration  of     Worship

September 25, 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                  adapted from Psalm 91    (responsively)

Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

We will say to the Lord,

"Our refuge and our fortress, our God, in whom we trust."

He will deliver us from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover us with His pinions, and under His wings we will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

ALL:  We will only look with our eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.



* 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      Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty        Red Book  # 3


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. If we are honest we should say we want to simply coast into Your Kingdom. We want our own way. 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!


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    Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing    Red Book  # 11




* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                   Isaiah 49:6                     pew Bible  pg. 610


* GOSPEL  LESSON                     Matthew 24:3-14                       pew Bible pg.  829


MESSAGE TEXT                               Revelation 20:1-3               pew Bible  pg. 1040


MESSAGE                                 Are We There Yet?                  Pastor Mark Spence


* Hymn of Closing                  Were Marching to Zion                 Red Book # 416


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   Three-fold Amen                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude     

Flowers Today

are given to the glory of God and honor of their

48th wedding anniversary by Jim and Rose Wheeler


Birthdays & Anniversaries

Today, Jim and Rose Wheeler


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.


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.


TODAY - Pastor Mark Spence, a retired Presbyterian pastor and great friend of this congregation, is preaching in Pastor Ray’s absence.


FIRST SUNDAY - Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, October 2nd 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.

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