Sunday Worship Bulletin for September 23, 2018

PASTORAL GREETING

One:       Who are we who gath­er in this place?

All:          We are dis­ci­ples of Jesus Christ, shar­ing his Love through Wor­ship, Works, and Wit­ness

PRELUDE A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God   Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott- Michael Prae­to­rius

INTROITJoy­ful­ly Sing to God For­ev­erarr. by Patrick M. Lieber­gen

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:       We have this trea­sure, our faith in Christ, in frag­ile lives. We find our­selves hard pressed on every side,

All:           But not crushed; per­plexed, but not in despair;

One:       We may some­times feel tar­get­ed and per­se­cut­ed, but God has nev­er aban­doned us

All:           We feel truck down, but we are not destroyed

One:       If we car­ry around in our body the death of Jesus, his life may also be revealed in us

All:           For we know and accept that we who fol­low Jesus and his val­ues are always being giv­en over to death.

One:       We are com­mit­ted as his dis­ci­ples for Jesus’ sake, in the hope that his life may be revealed in our lives.

All:           May our songs, our thoughts, and our choic­es reflect our ded­i­ca­tion to Jesus and our lives reflect his love and grace.

HYMN#110 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

PRAYER

O Lord, as we come to this time of wor­ship we gath­er as peo­ple with var­i­ous strug­gles and chal­lenges, wounds and bro­ken­ness. We do not like them known for we like to feel we are in con­trol, but we know we real­ly are not. We claim to trust you so help us to seek your face in the midst of our storms; help us to lay our bur­dens down and be open to your pres­ence and guid­ance. Pro­tect and pro­vide us. May our wor­ship renew our hope so we may face the bat­tle with the con­fi­dence we do not face them alone or under our own strength. Give us the vic­to­ry we long for
as we aban­don our­selves to your praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen! 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

MISSION MOMENT

CHORAL ANTHEM The Lord Is My Light by Pat­ti Dren­nan, SarahJo Elliot, soloist

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott- Johann Pachel­bel

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 Psalm 27. 1–6

The Lord is my light and my sal­va­tion— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, pro­tect­ing me from dan­ger, so why should I trem­ble? When evil peo­ple come to devour me, when my ene­mies and foes attack me, they will stum­ble and fall. Though a mighty army sur­rounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain con­fi­dent. The one thing I ask of the Lord the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delight­ing in the Lord’s per­fec­tions and med­i­tat­ing in his Temple.For he will con­ceal me there when trou­bles come; he will hide me in his sanc­tu­ary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my ene­mies who sur­round me. At his sanc­tu­ary I will offer sac­ri­fices with shouts of joy, singing and prais­ing the Lord with music.

QUESTIONS OF FAITH & LIFE

  • If you could ask “one thing” of the Lord, what would it be?
  • When have recent­ly felt under attack?
  • What pro­vides you with the great­est secu­ri­ty?
  • Is seek­ing God’s face your first reac­tion to chal­lenge or
    how far is it on the list of your pri­or­i­ties?

HYMN He Hideth My Soul

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION                             

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER(9:30 am only) Seek the Lordby John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC(Psalm 27) The Lord is My Light by France Allit­sen, Nan­cy B. James, sopra­no

BLESSING

L: We are called to fol­low Jesus.
P: But fol­low­ing Jesus isn’t easy.
L: No. It will demand our ded­i­ca­tion and our ener­gy.
P: It will change our whole lives.

L:Go forth with the words of wis­dom cry­ing in your ears. Go forth with songs of hope singing in your heart. Know that the One who has called you will always be near you, will always guide and encour­age you to walk the path of life. Amen.

SENDING Go Now in Peace by Don Besig

POSTLUDE Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott- Johann Got­tfried Walther