We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
We also offer a nursery for infants and toddlers, and Discovery Zone for older children.
Hearing devices and LARGE PRINT bulletins are available; ushers are happy to assist you.
Please silence devices during worship. (*) Indicates please stand, as you are able
Sunday, August 28, 2016
GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
How truly pure are your motives for serving Christ by doing good?
Do you expect recognition for the good things you do?
Do you feel your long standing commitment to the church earns special consideration of your opinion?
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
“Martyrdom” — As Pants the Hart (Set II/9) — Healey Willan
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: With all your strength, sing aloud to the Lord, who has brought you here and
People: Our voices shall shout forth praise and thanksgiving to God.
Leader: With all your heart, reach out in service to those in need, remembering God’s mercy
in your own life.
People: Our lives shall be witnesses to the love of God which has been lavished upon us.
Leader: Come, let us worship the Lord with Great joy!
People: Let us bring all that we have and all that we are to God in gratitude. AMEN.
HYMN No. 26 Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
OUR COMMON PRAYER (unison)
Through the ages, O God, you have called to us to follow. You led us to freedom, to hope and peace. Enter our hearts again today and lead us to your healing love that we might serve you joyfully in this world that you have loaned to us. AMEN.
A MISSION MOMENT offered by Amy Elkins, coordinator of Teen MOPS
THE GIFT OF MUSIC Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho Arr. by Frederick J. Pens
Dave Wieland & Bob Ruth, tenors; Keith Miller & Dave Fulmer, basses
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
“St Columba” — The King of Love (Set I/8) — Healey Willan
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS TFWS #2070 He Is Exalted
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS TFWS #2224 Make Us One, Lord Carol Cymbala
THE WRITTEN WORD Luke, Chapter 14. Verses 1, 7- 15
HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 121 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
MESSAGE The True Measure of Honor Rev. Dr. Brian S. Homan
OUR COMMON CONFESSION
We admit, Lord, that we love attention. We are pleased when people single us out for something good that we have done, for some outstanding act or trait of kindness that we exhibit. We revel in the light; but the seductive light too often captures us and we seek its brightness and glory and turn our backs on others in need. We have been given many gifts, but have failed to use them to help others and to serve you. Forgive us our vanity and greed. Heal our wounded and aching souls. Place us again on the pathway of peace and hope that is your way to true life. We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
*HYMN No. 2175 (TFWS) Together We Serve
CALL TO FAITH AND ACTION
Leader: Jesus said, “Love one another, even as I have loved you.”
People: Love is more powerful than fear; it is mightier than hatred.
Leader: Let the love which God has lavished upon us be poured out to those in need.
People: Help us, O Lord, to witness to you by the ways in which we care for others.
Leader: As we leave this hour let our lives be a testimony to the love of God in Jesus.
THE SENDING Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Old Hundredth — O Enter Then His Gates (Set I/7) — Healey Willan
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 the rail.