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Celebration  of     Worship

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                           July 19, 2015


* * * 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 89)       

We will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;

With our mouths we will make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

For we said, "Steadfast love will be built up forever;

In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness."

You have said, "I have made a covenant with My chosen one;

I have sworn to David My servant:

'I will establish your offspring forever,

And build your throne for all generations.'"


* 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                    Shine, Jesus, Shine                 Red Book # 431

Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God

O Father in heaven, we so need to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. We end up giving our first and greatest loyalty to the wrong things: our hurts and fears, selfish desires, sports, politics, family, work, profession, leisure. We know we ought to give ourselves to You first of all. We confess our wrong-doing and humbly ask that You would give us a sharp sense of that wrong, a keen desire to live obediently, and the true joy of renewed fellowship even as, for the sake of Jesus, You offer us forgiveness. Through Jesus Christ we pray.   (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                  Be Thou My Vision                  Red Book # 562



* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON           2 Samuel 7:1-14                      pew Bible pg. 259


* GOSPEL LESSON                      Mark 6:30-34, 53-56                  pew Bible pg. 841


MESSAGE TEXT                                Acts 21:27-39                        pew Bible pg. 931


MESSAGE             The Offensive Presence of Christians      Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                         O Zion, Haste                          Red Book # 443


* 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.


LITURGISTS NEEDED Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall by the water fountain to volunteer for one or more weeks. See sheet for details.


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.


OUR DAILY BREAD (LARGE PRINT EDITION) - Complimentary copies of Our Daily Bread for July, August, and September are located on the table in the Narthex. Many find this daily devotional aid helpful to their spiritual growth.


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Wednesday:  Jim Madary & Les Mizell    Friday:  Ivan Rice


Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Shirley Madary

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks


Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10


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