SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2018
PRE-SERVICE PRAISE & PRAYER(9:30 am) Alleluia Praise Choir
PASTORAL GREETING (9:50 am)
One: Who are we who gather in this place?
All: We are disciples of Jesus Christ, sharing his Love through Worship, Works, and Witness
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
- How can it be said that though we may not have what we want, God has given us what we need?
- How can we tell when the pursuit of other things has overshadowed and displaced our gratitude to God as our Provider?
- Where has God proven to be the Great Shepherd of your life?
PRELUDE(9:55 am) A time to reflect and prepare to hear God Andante (Sonata I) Dr. Arne
INTROIT (10 am) #405 Seek Ye First Alleluia Praise Choir
Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Allelu Alleluia. Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened unto you. Allelu, alleluia! Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word. That proceeds from the mouth of God. Allelu Alleluia.
CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 33:1–5
One: Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
All: it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
One: Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
All: Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
One: For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
All: The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
One: Then we shall sing joyfully to the Lord and live so righteousness and justice abound.
HYMN #139 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
OPENING PRAYER #137 Psalm 23
One: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
All: He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
One: He restores my soul: he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
All: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
One: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
All: Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
GIFT OF MUSIC
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord by Beth and Matt Redman
Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord by Paul Baloche
GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Allegro (Sonata I) Dr. Arne
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #2070 He is Exalted
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2226 Bind Us Together
Bind us together, Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken. Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, bind us together in love. There is only one God; there is only one King; There is only one Body; that is why we sing. (chorus repeat)
THE WRITTEN WORD Ecclesiastes 2:17–26
17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. 22 What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless. 24 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? 26 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. — NIV
SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Living Playfully
INVITATION TO PRAY Isaiah 55:1–3
CALL TO PRAYER #473 Lead Me, Lord
Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness; make thy way plain before my face. For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only, that makest me dwell in safety.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
HYMN #128 He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought
THE SENDING #672 (verse 1)God Be with You till We Meet Again
God be with you till we meet again; by his counsels guide, uphold you; With his sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, till we meet, Till we meet at Jesus’ feet, Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again.
POSTLUDE Gavatta (Sonata V) Dr. Arne