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september 7, 2014

Celebration  of  Worship

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time                                September 7, 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 130    (Read responsively)

Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song.

Sing His praise in the assembly of the godly!

Let Israel be glad in his Maker;

let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!

Let them praise his name with dancing!

Let them make melody to him with tambourine and lyre!

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;

He adorns the humble with salvation.

Let the godly exult in glory!  Let them sing for joy on their beds!


* 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                   “To God Be the Glory”                  Red Book # 56

Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God   

Eternal God, in Whom we live and move and have our being; Whose face is hidden from us by our sins; and Whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts; cleanse us, we be­seech You, from all our offenses; deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires. Help us to draw near to You, confessing our faults, confiding in Your grace, finding in You our refuge and strength, living in peace with our Maker; through 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


* * * 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 


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON               Exodus 12:1-14                   pew Bible pg 53


* GOSPEL LESSON                          Matthew 18:15-20               pew Bible pg 823


MESSAGE TEXT                                  Acts 13:4-12                      pew Bible pg 921


MESSAGE               “The Holy Spirit Strikes Again”           Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Preparation       “Break, Thou, the Bread of Life”        Red Book # 413


* * * The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper * * *


The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

. . .

. . . and lift our voices in joyful praise. Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

. . .

. . . and give You glory through Your son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Lord's Prayer


Serving of the Elements and Prayer after Communion


* Hymn of Closing              “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”              Red Book # 591


* 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.


Today - We will celebrate the sacrament of 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 the Lord’s table, including baptized children with parental permission.


THANK YOU – to those who gave extra in July and August to help restore our church operating account following a series of higher than normal expenses. Your additional contributions made a difference and are deeply appreciated.


Fear or Faith - a choice we all face.


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