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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 3, 2014
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost  

PRELUDE

GREETING AND PREPARATION

Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you!

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:     We will give you thanks,             
                       for you have answered us.

People:     You have become our salvation.

Leader:     The stone the builders rejected             
                       has become the foundation.

People:     The Lord has done this,             
                       and it is marvelous in our eyes.

Leader:     O Lord save us!             
                       O Lord grant us success!

People:     Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Leader:     The Lord is God.             
                       He has made his light shine upon us.

People:     Give thanks to the Lord.             
                       His love endures forever.

— From Psalm 118

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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IT IS WELL

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say

It is well, it is well with my soul
It is well, it is well; through the storm I am held;
It is well, it is well with my soul.


My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul

It is well, it is well; through the storm I am held;
It is well, it is well with my soul It is well, it is well;
God has won, Christ prevailed;
It is well, it is well with my soul.


And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


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 LORD I NEED YOU

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart

CHORUS
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

CHORUS

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus, You're my hope and stay

CHORUS

You're my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

 


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BEFORE THE THRONE

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

CHORUS
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Praise the One, Risen Son of God!


Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,

One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!

CHORUS


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CALL TO CONFESSION
 
Leader:      The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,             
                        and saves the crushed in spirit.

— Psalm 34:18 NRSV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
People:      Father, when we consider your vision for us as sexual beings, we are filled with grief. 
                   We have abused our sexuality in many ways. Some of us use sex to escape from the
                   pain and stress of our present reality. Others of us use sex as a weapon. Most of us
                   measure our worth by our ability to attract others sexually. Our sexual wounds run
                   deep and dark. Overcome our brokenness through your love. Heal us at our very
                   core. Remake us into a community of people that celebrates and honors our
                   sexuality. We pray this is Jesus’ name, Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON
Leader:      If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,             
                        O Lord, who could stand?         
                   But with you there is forgiveness;             
                        therefore you are feared.    

— Psalm 130:3-4

 SONG OF RESPONSE - TRISAGION  

Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy on us. 
(Repeat)

Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

 PASSING THE PEACE


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THE WORD OF GOD
 

SCRIPTURE READING

Exodus 20:1-2, 14, NRSV

1Then God spoke all these words: 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;

14You shall not commit adultery.

Minister: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SERMON
Sermon series: Finding Freedom: The 10 Commandments
Sermon title: The Freedom of Sex
Speaker: Mike Harder


REFLECTIONS

Intimacy is the mutual mingling of souls who are taking each other into themselves to ever increasing depths.
— Dallas Willard

27You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.  
 — Matthew 5:27-30 NRSV

I am not advocating a return to the days of hiding... sexuality, but I am noting that the power and charge of sex are maintained when there is some sacredness to it, when it is not on tap all the time.   
 — Naomi Wolf, from “The Porn Myth,” in New York Magazine

In the Name of God, I, _____ take you, _____,
to be my husband/wife,
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better for worse,
for richer for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
until we are parted by death.
This is my solemn vow.
 — Marriage vow from The Book of Common Prayer


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THE APOSTLES' CREED

Minister: Let us say what we believe.
People: We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


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 THE LORD’S TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.

Minister: Lift up your hearts!
People: We lift them up to the Lord!

Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Minister: Holy and right it is, and our joyful duty to give thanks to you at all times and in all places, O Lord our Creator, almighty and everlasting God! You created heaven with all its hosts and the earth with all its plenty. You have given us life and being, and preserve us by your providence. But you have shown us the fullness of your love in sending into the world your Son, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word, made flesh for us and for our salvation. For the precious gift of this mighty Savior who has reconciled us to you we praise and bless you, O God. With your whole Church on earth and with all the company of heaven we worship and adore your glorious name, saying:
People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

Minister:  Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world. In the joy of his resurrection and in expectation of his coming again, we offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices.
Minister: Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith.

People: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


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Minister: Send your Holy Spirit upon us, we pray, that the bread which we break and the cup which we bless may be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Grant that, being joined together in him, we may attain to the unity of the faith and grow up in all things into Christ our Lord. And as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf, and these grapes from many hills into one cup, grant, O Lord, that your whole Church may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

WORDS OF INSTITUTION           
Minister: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.        
People: Therefore let us keep the feast.

HOLY COMMUNION
        
Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God.
    
Gluten-free communion wafers are available at the welcome table in the front lobby of the church. Please pick one up prior to coming forward to take communion.
 
Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all committed followers of Jesus Christ to partake of this sacrament: those who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the Gospel, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live more faithfully for Christ.


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PRAYERS FOR REFLECTION

If you are not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the church. If you are unable to receive Communion, we invite you to meditate on one of the following prayers: 

PRAYER FOR THOSE SEARCHING FOR TRUTH: Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. Amen.

PRAYER OF BELIEF: Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross, and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen.

PRAYER OF COMMITMENT: Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen.


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JESUS PAID IT ALL

I hear the Savior say,
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in me thine all in all

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power, and Thine alone
Can change the lepers spots,
and melt the heart of stone

CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow


And when before the throne,
I stand in him complete
Jesus died my soul to save,
my lips shall still repeat

CHORUS

O praise the One who paid my debt,
and raised this life up from the dead.
O praise the One who paid my debt,
and raised this life up from the dead.

CHORUS


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COMMUNION PRAYER
    
People:      Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given 
                   yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to                       give ourselves for others in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. God of
                   unfailing love, in your holy mysteries you have graciously fed us with the body and
                   blood of your dear Son. We pray that we and all who faithfully receive him may grow
                   together in the communion of the body of Christ and finally attain to the glory of the
                   resurrection, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Minister:     Let us pray as our Lord Jesus has taught us:     
People:      Our Father in heaven,
                   hallowed be your name,
                   your kingdom come,
                   your will be done,
                   on earth as it is in heaven.         
                   Give us today our daily bread.
                   Forgive us our sins
                   as we forgive those who sin
                   against us.
                   Save us from the time of trial,
                   and deliver us from evil.
                   For the kingdom, the power, and
                   the glory are yours, now and forever.
                   Amen.


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SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD

OFFERING

ALL MUST BE WELL
 
Through the love of God our Savior, all will be well;
Free and changeless is His favor; all is well.
Precious is the blood that healed us; Perfect is the grace that sealed us;
Strong the hand stretched out to shield us; All must be well.

Though we pass through tribulation, all will be well;
Ours is such a full salvation; all is well.
Happy still in God confiding, Fruitful, if in Christ abiding,
Steadfast through the Spirit’s guiding, All must be well.

We expect a bright tomorrow; all will be well;
Faith can sing through days of sorrow, all is well.
On our Father’s love relying, Jesus every need supplying,
Yes in living, or in dying, All must be well.

On our Father’s love relying, Jesus every need supplying,
Yes in living, or in dying, All must be well.


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BENEDICTION

Minister:     May God, the Lord, bless us with all heavenly benediction and make us pure and
                   holy in His sight. May the riches of His glory abound in us. May He instruct us with
                   the word of truth, inform us with the Gospel of salvation, and enrich us with His love                    through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

People:      Amen.

DISMISSAL

Minister:     Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People:      Thanks be to God!


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL CHURCH PICNIC
Please join us on Saturday, August 16 at 3:00 PM in West Fairmount Park for a picnic with both our Center City and Main Line campuses! Bring a picnic blanket and a friend! Additionally, if your last name starts with A-M, please bring a side dish, and N-Z, please bring a dessert. For detailed directions and parking information, and to sign up, click here.

2200 ARCH COUNSELING SUPPORT GROUPS
One of our ministry partners, 2200 Arch Counseling Services, is launching support groups this fall. Learn how to face varying life challenges such as anxiety, addictions, sexual abuse recovery or caring for a loved one struggling from a mental illness. Learn tools how to prevent lashing out or decrease impulsivity by joining the Emotion Regulation Skills group. Many people have benefited from support groups knowing that they are not alone in their suffering. All sessions will consist of 10 weekly group sessions at $40 per session per individual. Spots are limited to 10. For further details and enrollment information, please click here or email  counseling@2200archcs.org.  

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