Worship Bulletin for October 7, 2018

SUNDAY OCTOBER 7, 2018

 

PRELUDE Pre­lude on Holy Man­naby Cathy Mark­er Wes­ley Ringers

 

PASTORAL GREETING

 

CHORAL INTROITMake A Joy­ful Noise Unto the Lord

by Randy Edwards

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: All around the world,

All:Peo­ple rise to greet the morn­ing and sing praise to the Cre­ator.

One: All over the earth,

All:Peo­ple hold hands around a table and offer thanks.

One: All around the globe,

All:Some cry for food, some are filled with laugh­ter, all search for truth.

One: All around the world,

All:Hearts hear a sacred melody and yearn for peace.

One: Through­out this day, across many lands,

All:Sis­ters and broth­ers touch the bread of life and drink the cup of joy.

One: All around the world,

All:Peo­ple sing, and we join the unend­ing cho­rus of praise.

 

HYMN#2220 We Are God’s Peo­ple (vers­es 1–3)

 

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER

Mighty God: You desire that in every place peo­ple should pray, lift­ing up holy hands with­out anger or argu­ment. Let our obser­vance of Com­mu­nion be a faith­ful reflec­tion of our peace-seek­ing and of our striv­ing toward one­ness with one anoth­er and with you. Help us in this hour of wor­ship to bury ancient quar­rels, to be purged of all envy or resent­ment, and to reach some con­crete resolve toward becom­ing more use­ful, more resource­ful mem­bers of our Lord’s body, of his ecu­meni­cal church. We pray in the name of him who keeps pray­ing “that they may all be one … so that the world may believe.” Amen.

 

CHORAL ANTHEMSomos Uno  (We Are One)

by John Park­er & Mark Hayes                      Vir­ginia Tilden, mara­cas

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

 

SILENT PRAYERS

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD

Ada­gio (Sonate C‑dur Hob XVI/1)- F J Haydn

 

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #95 Dox­ol­o­gy

 

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2224 Make Us One

Make us one, Lord, make us one; Holy Spir­it, make us one. Let your love flow so the world will know we are one in you. (repeat)

 

THE WRITTEN WORD Colos­sians 1:13–23

13 For he has res­cued us from the domin­ion of dark­ness and brought us into the king­dom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemp­tion, the for­give­ness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invis­i­ble God, the first­born over all cre­ation. 16 For by him all things were cre­at­ed: things in heav­en and on earth, vis­i­ble and invis­i­ble, whether thrones or pow­ers or rulers or author­i­ties; all things were cre­at­ed by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold togeth­er. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the begin­ning and the first­born from among the dead, so that in every­thing he might have the suprema­cy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his full­ness dwell in him, 20 and through him to rec­on­cile to him­self all things, whether things on earth or things in heav­en, by mak­ing peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alien­at­ed from God and were ene­mies in your minds because of your evil behav­ior. 22 But now he has rec­on­ciled you by Christ’s phys­i­cal body through death to present you holy in his sight, with­out blem­ish and free from accu­sa­tion— 23 if you con­tin­ue in your faith, estab­lished and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.  — NIV

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God

All:Thanks be to God

 

HYMN#301 Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross by Fan­ny Cros­by (vers­es 1, 2, & 4)

 

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONKeep­ing Near The Cross

CALL TO CONFESSION

God of mer­cy, we con­fess that we have not kept near your cross. We have con­tin­ued to sin and jus­ti­fied to our­selves our opin­ions and actions. We have judged oth­ers before exam­in­ing the puri­ty of our own motives. We have not turned the cheek but rather returned evil for evil. We have not suf­fered the insults and abus­es of oth­ers qui­et­ly, or loved those who have betrayed us, despite­ful­ly used us, or offend­ed us. We have not sought rec­on­cil­i­a­tion nor worked for peace and uni­ty with­in the fam­i­ly of God. We have been selec­tive regard­ing whom we asso­ciate with and with whom we express our affec­tions. We have been poor exam­ples of your grace and are the cause for many to turn away from fol­low­ing you. We have not tak­en upon our­selves the cross of ser­vice to oth­ers but rather expect­ed the church to serve our needs. For­give our sin, O Sav­ior.

 

SHARING HOLY COMMUNION

The ush­ers will dis­trib­ute first the bread and then the cups as we remain in our pews. Please wait until all have received and we are instruct­ed to take the loaf and then the cup togeth­er.

 

BLESSING              

By your Spir­it help the body of Christ be one. Help the left hand and the right hand work as one in min­istry to all the world. Help the eyes and the ears sense your present and com­ing king­dom. Bring the bless­ing of the diver­si­ty of the body to bear fruit until Christ comes in final vic­to­ry and we feast at his heav­en­ly ban­quet.  Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spir­it in your holy church,all hon­or and glo­ry is yours, Almighty God, now and for­ev­er. Amen.

 

SENDING Go Now in Peaceby Don Besig

 

POSTLUDE Presto (Sonate C‑dur Hob XVI/10)- F J Haydn