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, September 4, 2016
GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
Do you see your work as a drudgery or as a gift from God?
What makes work satisfying?
What does God have to do with finding satisfaction in work?
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
Larghetto / Allegro (Organ Concerto Op 4 No 5) — G F Handel
SPIRITUAL SONG #2087 (The Faith We Sing) We Will Glorify the King of Kings
CALL TO WORSHIP (Jeremiah 18, Psalm 139)
One: We come with praise for the wonderful works of God.
All: Even before we speak, God knows us completely.
One: Like clay in the hand of the potter, we are the work of God’s hands.
All: In gratitude we accept who we are and in faith we work with our Creator to
become the persons and the world God envisions.
One: The Holy One has dreams for all people and entrusts us with proclaiming hope,
opening opportunities and walking with others to make what is possible a reality.
All: We know what God has done and can do if we entrust ourselves to God’s
One: Let us praise God for His wonderful works.
*HYMN #139 Praise To The Lord, the Almighty
Boundless Shaper of people and nations, you are beyond our knowing, yet closer to us than our every breath. You are before us and behind us, surrounding us with your love, and fashioning all of creation in the secret depths of your heart. With every thought, with every song, and with every prayer, turn these fragile, earthen vessels of our lives, into the Spirit-filled body of Christ. Amen.
THE GIFT OF MUSIC I Know Who Holds Tomorrow by Ira F. Stanphill Dave Fulmer
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Larghetto (Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 12) — G F Handel
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS TFWS #2070 (The Faith We Sing) He Is Exalted
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS # 2224 (The Faith We Sing) Make Us One, Lord Carol Cymbala
THE WRITTEN WORD Ecclesiastes, Chapter 2. Verses 22 — 26
HYMN OF PREPARATION #361 (verses 1–3) Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
MESSAGE What on Earth am I Working For? Rev. Dr. Brian S. Homan
OUR COMMON CONFESSION
God of our lives, you search us and know us. We have refused to take up the cross of who we are to bear the burdens that are ours to carry. We have responded to you with resentment and bitterness over the limitations and struggles that have accompanied our living. We have rehearsed and nursed our resentments rather than focusing and investing on what you can do in us. We have worked to shape our own destinies without considering what you might do in us and through us if only we allowed you to have the lead. Our attachments to self have often led us to ignore the struggles of others and considering how our true destiny and purpose might be to assist others in their challenges. The unknown future frightens us rather than filling us with excitement and anticipation of what you may do through and with us. Lead us not into the temptation of despair and the evils born from defining ourselves. Amen!
THANKSGIVING FOR THE BREAD AND WINE
SHARING HOLY COMMUNION
*HYMN #576 Rise Up You Friends of God
CALL TO FAITH AND ACTION
THE SENDING Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Presto (Organ Concerto Op 4 No 5) — G F Handel
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.