Bulletin for Aug. 7

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, August 7, 2016

GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

Are you wor­ried about the future of the world?

Do you tru­ly believe Christ is return­ing as He promised?

What is the dif­fer­ence between being watch­ful and wor­ried?

How is our ser­vice a prepa­ra­tion for His com­ing?

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

II. Slow Dance / III. Quick Dance (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaugh­an Williams

INTROIT  No. 2031 (FWS)  We Bring the Sac­ri­fice of Praise                             

CALL TO WORSHIP 

L: The Lord comes to us this day. Are you ready?

P: We are ready!

L: The Lord chal­lenges us to be in min­istries of peace and hope. Are you ready?

P: We are ready!

L: Let us praise God who calls us to serve God by help­ing oth­ers.

P: Praise be to God who has giv­en us hope and peace. AMEN.

*HYMN No. 715     Rejoice, the Lord Is King

OUR COMMON PRAYER (uni­son)

Sur­pris­ing God of mer­cy and love, thank you for call­ing to us this day. We pro­fess togeth­er our belief that Jesus shall return and make things right. Until then you chal­lenge us to show our faith in min­istries of peace and jus­tice, offer­ing com­pas­sion to all in need. It is for these that we shall be held account­able and our pas­sion to live your com­pas­sion that proves we are yours. Open our hearts and minds today to hear your words of encour­age­ment and chal­lenge. We offer this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THE GIFT OF MUSIC   How Deep the Father’s Love for Us — Stu­art Tow­nend  SarahJo Elliott                   

 PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

IV. Slow Air (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaugh­an Williams

                           

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 2070 (FWS   He Is Exalt­ed

*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS  No. 2224 (FWS)   Make Us One - Car­ol Cym­bala

THE WRITTEN WORD               Luke 12:32–40

HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 441 (vs. 1& 4)   What Does the Lord Require

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Get­ting Dressed and Ready for Church   Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

OUR COMMON CONFESSION

For­giv­ing God, you know how easy it is for us to cel­e­brate with joy the won­ders of your love. We cre­ate won­der­ful art to rep­re­sent the joy we feel. Our music soars to the heav­ens in praise of you, yet how often we have left our ser­vice to you as mere thoughts and inten­tions with­out ful­fill­ment. You ask us to be ready to serve you at any time, but we place our com­mit­ment on the “to do” list of life; we will do these things when we get to them. For­give our hes­i­tan­cy and our self-serv­ing ways, O Lord. Heal us of the dis­ease of seek­ing first our own com­fort before we engage in acts of jus­tice and mer­cy. Open our eyes and ears to the cries of those in need. Help us to give and also to receive min­istries of love and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion as we serve you with our whole hearts. Then our music, our art, our wor­ship will tru­ly reflect your awe­some and abun­dant love for us. AMEN.

HYMN No. 581          I Am Thine, O Lord

CALL TO FAITH AND ACTION

L: Get ready! The Lord needs you.

P: We are ready to serve God.

L: Be pre­pared to serve in min­istries of jus­tice and peace.

P: We are ready to serve God by help­ing oth­ers.

L: Open your hearts, your souls, your minds to God’s mer­cy and love.

P: Pre­pare us for ser­vice to you, O lov­ing God. AMEN.

BENEDICTION           Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE      V. Ron­do (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaugh­an Williams

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

Those desir­ing to receive Christ or to pray with the pas­tor are invit­ed to come for­ward to