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September 11, 2016

      Celebration  of     Worship

September 11, 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)


The LORD says: “I have called you in righteousness;

I have taken you by the hand and kept you.

I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations.

My glory I give to no other.”

Sing to the Lord;

Sing God’s praises to the end of the earth!



* 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                  Lift High the Cross                    Red Book  # 450


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God  

Lord, our God, we draw back from speaking about our faith and from putting it into action. We are afraid we will look foolish or be rejected. We do not love Jesus enough to speak up, or our fellow citizens enough to confront their ungodly ways. Forgive us, help us to truly repent, and grant us courage to speak and to act in accord with Your holy will. For we come to You in Jesus’ 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!


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 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             I Will Sing of My Redeemer        Red Book  # 517


* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


* GOSPEL  LESSON                           Luke 15:1-10                    pew Bible  pg. 874


NEW TESTAMENT LESSON             1 Timothy 1:12-17               pew Bible  pg. 991


MESSAGE TEXT                               Psalm 137:1-6                      pew Bible  pg. 521


MESSAGE            A Familiar Song in a Foreign Land         Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                    Wonderful Words of Life             Red Book  # 406


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   Three-fold Amen                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude     

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Friday, Dolly Best; Saturday, Tom Ryan


Today’s Participants

Liturgist:  Elder Peter Pfefferkorn

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.


BUILDING MAINTENANCE FUND – Last year the Session established a Building Maintenance Fund to make payment of large repair bills easier. A hearty thanks to all who have contributed to this fund. The Building Maintenance Fund  along with our monthly cash flow makes the payment of needed repairs possible without drawing upon other reserves. The fund is slowly growing. As the Lord leads, please consider contributing to this fund so we can be well prepared for future significant repairs.

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