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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 17, 2014
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost  

PRELUDE

GREETING AND PREPARATION

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

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let us worship God, our light and our salvation.
People: The Lord is the stronghold of our lives.

Leader: We desire to live in God’s house
              and to seek God in his holy temple.

People: We have come with shouts of joy,
              to sing and to make music to the Lord.

Leader: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.
People: Teach us your ways and make straight our paths
              in this hour of worship and always.

— Based on Psalm 27; John 4:23


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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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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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CALL TO CONFESSION
 
Leader: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

— 1 John 1:8-9, NRSV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we   
              have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we
              see ourselves pure when we are stained and great when we are small.
        
              We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God,
              and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our
              Savior. Amen.         

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON

Leader: I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt 
             of their sin and rebellion against me.

—Jeremiah 33:8, NRSV

 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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BAPTISM

 PRESENTATION AND VOWS
            Christi, Hannah, Jake & Grace Schug

CANDIDATES
Minister: Beloved of God, you stand before us to receive the sacrament of baptism. I ask you,
               therefore, before God and Christ’s church to reject evil, to profess your faith in Christ
               Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church. Do you renounce sin and the power of
               evil in your life and in the world?

Candidates: We renounce them.

Minister: Who is your Lord and Savior?  
Candidates: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.  
 
Minister: Will you be a faithful part of this congregation, and through worship and service seek
                to advance God’s purposes here and throughout the world?

Candidates: I do, and I ask God to help me.
 
LIBERTI CHURCH
Minister: Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these brothers and sisters by
                teaching the gospel of God’s love, by being an example of Christian faith and         
                character, and by giving the strong support of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and
                service?

People: We do.


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CONFESSION OF FAITH — THE APOSTLES’ CREED
 
Minister: Let us affirm our faith together in the words of the Apostles’ creed: Do you believe in
               God the Father?

People: We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

Minister: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People: We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy
              Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and
              buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He         
              ascended into heaven, and is seated on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
              From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

Minister: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People: 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.

 
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING    

Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.

Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

BAPTISM

PASSING THE PEACE
Parents may take their children to children’s ministry at this time. 


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THE WORD OF GOD
 

SCRIPTURE READING

Exodus 20:1-2, 16, NRSV

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

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 

Colossians 3:5-10, NRSV

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8 But now you must get rid of all such things - anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.

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 & Truth
Speaker: Jared Ayers


REFLECTIONS

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd. 

— Flannery O’Connor


There is perhaps nothing that so marks us as human as the gift of speech.  Who knows to what degree and in what ways animals have the power to communicate with each other, but to all appearances it is only a shadow of ours.  By speaking, we can reveal the hiddenness of thought, we can express the subtlest as well as the most devastating of emotions, we can heal, we can make poems, we can pray.  All of which is to say we can speak truth- the truth of what it is to be ourselves, to be with each other, to be in the world- and such speaking as that is close to what being human is all about.  What makes lying an evil is less that the world is mischievously deceived by it than that we are sorely dehumanized by it.

 — Frederick Buechner, from Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC


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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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10,000 REASONS

CHORUS
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name


The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

CHORUS

You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

CHORUS

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

CHORUS x2


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COMMUNION PRAYER
    
People: Loving God, you graciously feed us with the bread of life and the cup of eternal
              salvation. May we who have received this sacrament be strengthened in your         
              service; we who have sung your praises tell of your glory and truth; we who have seen
              the greatness of your love see you face to face in your kingdom. For you have made us
              your own people by the death and resurrection of your Son, our Lord, and by the         
              life-giving power of your Spirit. 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

DOXOLOGY 

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, All creatures here below
Praise Him Above, Ye Heavenly Host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Amen, Amen.
Amen, Amen.
(Repeat)


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BENEDICTION

Minister: May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit, give you a contrite heart.  
               May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal you by his wounds. May the 
               Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak to you words of pardon and peace.

People: Amen.

DISMISSAL

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


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

TIDC BLOCK PARTY
Tabernacle International Deliverance Church, one of our mercy partners in Norristown, is hosting a block party for the community and needs our help! The church hosts this free, all-day event for the community - complete with free kids games, food and fun. Join us on Saturday, August 23 at 10:00 AM at TIDC (151 W. Marshall Street, Norristown). Email Barb Delp for more information or to sign up.
 
FALL AT LIBERTI CHURCH
This fall, there are many opportunities to get connected and more involved at Liberti! There will be several community and mercy events, in addition to ongoing weekly home groups. Click here to learn more about upcoming events and how you can get involved.

HOME GROUPS ARE RESUMING SOON!
A church isn’t simply an event to attend, but a community to belong to. The primary way in which our community connects together is in neighborhood-based groups that meet throughout the week. Home groups are smaller gatherings where you can get to know and be known by others as you develop honest relationships and work out together what it means to follow Jesus. They will resume for the semester the week of 9/7, so now is a great time to sign up. To find a group near you, and to sign up, please click here.    

LIBERTI KIDS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The baby boom at Liberti Church continues! If you are interested in discipling the youngest members of Liberti, we invite you to join us by serving on the meals for newborn families ministry or as a teacher or helper in one of our kids classes once a month on Sunday mornings. For more information or to sign-up, please email Ashley Somers.

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