Bulletin for July 3

We are glad to have you wor­ship with us!

Chil­dren are wel­come in wor­ship; activ­i­ty bags are avail­able at the sanc­tu­ary entrances.

Dur­ing the 9:30 a.m. wor­ship, we offer a nurs­ery for infants and tod­dlers, and

Hear­ing devices and LARGE PRINT bul­letins are avail­able; our ush­ers are hap­py to assist you.

Please silence devices dur­ing wor­ship. (*) indi­cates please stand, as you are able

Sun­day, July 3, 2016

GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

• Can our prayers save our cul­ture and nation?

• How does prayer change things?

• Does prayer change only our­selves or can prayer impact oth­ers who are not

pray­ing or believ­ing?

• What is required for God to answer our prayers?

PRELUDE Please be in silent reflec­tion as we pre­pare our­selves for wor­ship.

Vari­a­tions on Amer­i­ca WoO 78 (1803): Var I/II — L van Beethoven

INTROIT Open The Eyes of My Heart

CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Gala­tians 5)

One: It is for free­dom that Christ has set us free!

All: Christ has set us free from the fear of death and judg­ment by sac­ri­fic­ing His

life because of our sin. We now acknowl­edge how our self­ish­ness and sin wounds

the heart of God, but also just how much God val­ues us and is will­ing to offer us

grace should we reject evil and pur­sue love in all of life.

One: It is for free­dom that Christ has set us free!

All: In the res­ur­rec­tion of Jesus we are giv­en hope for liv­ing a new life of love. We

can change; we can improve and grow with His help. We can hold on to the hope

that our nation, our cul­ture and our world can change for the bet­ter.

One: It is for free­dom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let your­selves

be bur­dened again by the yoke of slav­ery.

All: Temp­ta­tion is always nip­ping our heals; its pow­er is fear and its weapons are

neglect of our inti­ma­cy with you and ser­vice for oth­ers. We wor­ship to remind

our­selves of what is real­ly impor­tant and to guard our free­dom in Christ lest we

slip back into the bondage of sin­ful­ness and emp­ty reli­gion. Lead us on, O King

Eter­nal, to free­dom, joy and peace.

*HYMN No. 580 Lead On, O King Eter­nal

PREAMBLE TO THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

HYMN No. 696 Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful

OUR COMMON PRAYER (uni­son)

O God, keep our whole coun­try under your pro­tec­tion. Wipe out sin from this land; lift it up from the depth of sor­row, O Lord, our shin­ing light. Save us from deep grief and mis­for­tune, Lord of all nations. Bless us with your wis­dom, so that the poor may not be oppressed and the rich may not be oppres­sors. Make this a nation hav­ing no ruler except you, O God; a nation hav­ing no author­i­ty but that of Love. Amen.

THE GIFT OF MUSIC My Stat­ue Of Lib­er­ty Pas­tor Homan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Vari­a­tions on Amer­i­ca WoO 78 (1803): Var V — L van Beethoven

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 2070 He Is Exalt­ed

*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS 2224 (FWS) Make Us One, Lord

THE WRITTEN WORD 2 Chron­i­cles 7:11- 22

A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION What Can We Do? Dr. Bri­an Homan

CALL TO CONFESSION and REPENTANCE

COMMUNING WITH CHRIST AT HIS TABLE

*HYMN No 398 God of the Ages

BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE Vari­a­tions on Amer­i­ca WoO 78 (1803): Var VI/VII — L van Beethoven

To receive Christ or to pray with the pas­tor please come for­ward to the rail.

Please join us for con­tin­ued fel­low­ship and refresh­ments in Fel­low­ship Hall.