Bulletin for September 18

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

CHILDREN’S TIME

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

PRAYER

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.