Worship Bulletin for August 25, 2019

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019

GREETING

PRELUDE

IV. Slow Air Lento (Suite of Six Short Pieces)
— R Vaugh­an Williams

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #158

Come, Chris­tians, Join to Sing (verse 1 only)

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  O sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Peo­ple:  Tell of his sal­va­tion from day to day.

Leader:  Declare his glo­ry among the nations.

Peo­ple:  His mar­velous works among the peo­ples.

Leader:  Great is the Lord, and great­ly to be praised!

Peo­ple:  Hon­or and majesty are due him, for he has
  done great things!

OPENING PRAYER

God of truth and light, help us to enter this time with sin­cer­i­ty of heart and a spir­it of grat­i­tude. Keep us firm in the faith we pro­fess. Help us to real­ize your pres­ence in our midst through our faith in Jesus, your only begot­ten Son, our Sav­ior and Lord. It is in his name that we pray, Amen.

HYMN #371 I Stand Amazed in the Pres­ence

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER #471 Move Me

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heav­en, hal­lowed be thy name. Thy king­dom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heav­en. Give us this day our dai­ly bread. And for­give us our tres­pass­es, as we for­give those that tres­pass against us. And lead us not into temp­ta­tion, but deliv­er us from evil. For thine is the king­dom, the pow­er, and the glo­ry, for ever and ever. Amen.

GIFT OF MUSIC  You Are My Hid­ing Place

by Michael Led­ner         Kathy Nort­man, soloist

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD

II. Slow Dance Andante grazioso (Suite of Six Short Pieces)
— R Vaugh­an Williams

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS

PASSING THE PEACE

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #400

Come Thou Fount of Every Bless­ing (vers­es 1 & 3)

WRITTEN WORD Eph­esians 2:1–10 

As for you, you were dead in your trans­gres­sions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you fol­lowed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the king­dom of the air, the spir­it who is now at work in those who are dis­obe­di­ent. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, grat­i­fy­ing the crav­ings of our flesh and fol­low­ing its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserv­ing of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mer­cy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seat­ed us with him in the heav­en­ly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the com­ing ages he might show the incom­pa­ra­ble rich­es of his grace, expressed in his kind­ness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from your­selves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s hand­i­work, cre­at­ed in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God pre­pared in advance for us to do. - NIV

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

• How have you expe­ri­enced being starved for a love larg­er
   than life?

• How would you define grace?

• Have you expe­ri­enced God’s grace through Jesus Christ?
   How?

• What is the door to receiv­ing God’s grace?

• What gets in the way of receiv­ing God’s grace in Christ?

• What are the three lev­els of grace accord­ing to John
   Wes­ley?

• What should the fruit of God’s grace in Christ look like
   in your life?

MESSAGE Amazed by Grace

CLOSING HYMN Amaz­ing Grace #378

BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace by Don Besig

Go now in peace. Nev­er be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see. God will be there watch­ing from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

BLESSING AND SENDING 

POSTLUDE

V. Ron­do Alle­gro con moto (Suite of Six Short Pieces)
— R Vaugh­an Williams