We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are always welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
During the 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. worship, we offer a nursery for infants and toddlers, and
9:15a.m. Discovery Zone, for pre‑K to 12th grade following a Children’s Message.
Hearing devices and LARGE PRINT bulletins are available; our ushers are happy to assist you.
Please silence all devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able
Sunday, September 18, 2016
GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
What would you say to a skeptic why church is so important to our spiritual health?
Why can’t we just enjoy a private faith without the pressure of involvement of church?
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
Sonate Hob XVI/2 I. Moderato — Joseph Haydn
CHORAL INTROIT Joyfully Sing to God Forever Chancel Choir
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn, Words & Arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We are called by God,
All: Drawn to the water of baptism and commitment,
One: Sprinkled with love,
All: Claimed forever!
One: We are loved by God,
All: Never forgotten,
One: Treated as honored and precious,
All: Receiving divine blessing!
One: We are sent by God,
All: To befriend the world,
One: Cherish the young and the aged,
All: Comfort the struggling and challenged,
One: Lift up the fallen,
All: Forever singing of God’s love!
*HYMN No. 111 How Can We Name a Love
OUR COMMON PRAYER (unison)
Holy God, who brings wholeness to our fractured lives, draw close to us in this hour of worship. Teach us and lead us forever and everywhere to be on fire with songs of gratitude, words of witness, prayers of compassion, deeds of justice, and acts of kindness. Holy God, the One who makes us whole and holy, draw close to us and fill us with the
Spirit of your Son. Amen!
CALL TO PRAYER 2193 (FWS, please join in) Lord Listen to Your Children Praying
WITNESS Kathy Kulba
PRAYER QUILT DEDICATION
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
ANTHEM Take My Life — Frances R. Havergal & Carl J. Nygard, Jr. Chancel Choir
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Andante con moto C‑dur — Joseph Haydn
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 2022 (FWS) Great Is the Lord
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2224 (FWS) Make Us One - Carol Cymbala
THE WRITTEN WORD Acts 6:1–7
HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 557 Blest Be the Tie That Binds
SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Improving Our Service by Organized Compassion Pastor Homan
Lord, we know your will for us, that we should love one another as you have loved us. Help us make time and give effort to knowing one another and to truly care for one another. We affirm that while there are many gifts the greatest we can give is our time. Take us from singing wonderful intentions to living them out as a community, and as we desire ourselves to be cared for may we be moved to be caregivers of those near to us. May we heed your call to serve one another in your love for in so doing we might discover that we ourselves are loved. May our church be known in our community for not just being a church with purple doors, but a spiritual home where love is shared and all may find your embrace and care. Amen!
HYMN No. 581 (vs. 1& 4) Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service
BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Vivace assai F‑dur — Joseph Haydn
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.