Worship Bulletin for September 2, 2018

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

SILENT PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN #128 He Lead­eth Me: O Blessed Thought

THE BLESSING

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