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August 30, 2015

Celebration  of     Worship

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time                                       August 30, 2015


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



Welcome and Announcements


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship        (adapted from Psalm 71)     

In You, O Lord, do we take refuge;  let us never be put to shame!

In Your righteousness deliver us and rescue us;

incline Your ear to us, and save us!

Be to us a rock of refuge, to which we may continually come;

You have given the command to save us, for You are our rock and our fortress.

Rescue us, O our God, from the hand of the wicked,

Free us from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.

For You, O Lord, are our hope,  our trust, O Lord, from our Youth.

Upon You we have leaned from before our birth;

You are He who took us from our mothers wombs.

Our praise is continually of You.


* 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                           Awesome God                 Red Book # 179


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

Almighty God, we live in Your world forgetting that it is now a fallen creation with much that operates contrary to Your holy will. We fail to see how the things You intended to be blessings have been perverted and twisted by our sin. We use them as avenues for rebellion and defiance of a Holy God. Though You have redeemed us in Jesus Christ, we are too much at home with this world as it is, and we even willingly participate in its corruption and uncleanness.  We confess our sinful nature and admit our participation in evil, rebellion, and sloth. Hear and forgive us, we pray, for the sake of Jesus Christ.  (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 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 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                  Lord, Speak to Me                 Red Book # 667


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


* GOSPEL  LESSON                     Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 20-23          pew Bible  pg. 842


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON         James 1:17-27                        pew Bible pg. 1011


MESSAGE TEXT                            Daniel 3:8-18                           pew Bible pg. 739


MESSAGE                                           God Is Able                         Pastor Mark Spence


* Hymn of Closing                            Ill Live for Him                     Red Book # 590


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   Three-fold Amen                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                      


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.


WELCOME, PASTOR MARK - Rev. Mark Spence, honorably retired from the Presbyterian Church in America, is leading our worship service today in the absence of Pastor Ray, who is on vacation. Pastor Mark is a long-time friend and colleague of Pastor Ray, and has retired to the Texas Hill Country.


FIRST SUNDAY - Please remember to bring your contributions for local outreach organizations next Sunday, September 6th 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.


Today's Flowers

are given to the glory of God by Ray & Linda Tear

in loving memory of Ray's Mother, Joyce Fallon Tear


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Monday:  Ray & Linda Tear                 Tuesday:  Inga Pfefferkorn


Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Shirley Madary

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


Live the Gospel, and others will listen.

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