Bulletin for September 4, 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, 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
work­man­ship.

One: Let us praise God for His won­der­ful works.

*HYMN #139                       Praise To The Lord, the Almighty

OPENING PRAYER 

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.