Bulletin for August 29, 2016

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
blessed you.

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.