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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 10, 2014
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost  

PRELUDE

GREETING AND PREPARATION

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

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Our help is in the name of our God,
              who made heaven and earth.
People: Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving.             
              Make music upon the harp.
Leader: How good it is to celebrate God’s presence
              and sing praise throughout each day!
People: How good it is to sing praise             
              and give honor to our God! 

— Based on Psalm 147

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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PRAISE TO THE LORD (PRAISE HIM)
 
Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

CHORUS
Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him
Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him

Praise to the Lord, Who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, Yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how all your longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
CHORUS

Praise to the Lord, Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.  
CHORUS
   
Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.
CHORUS X 2


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IN FEAST OR FALLOW 

When the fields are dry, and the winter is long
Blessed are the meek, the hungry, the poor
When my soul is downcast, and my voice has no song
For mercy, for comfort, I wait on the Lord

CHORUS
In the harvest feast or the fallow ground,
My certain hope is in Jesus found
My lot, my cup, my portion sure
Whatever comes, we shall endure
Whatever comes, we shall endure

On a cross of wood, His blood was outpoured
He Rose from the ground, like a bird to the sky
Bringing peace to our violence, and crushing death’s door
Our Maker incarnate, our God who provides.

CHORUS

BRIDGE
O come, Emmanuel
Come, o come, Emmanuel

When the earth beneath me crumbles and quakes
Not a sparrow falls, nor a hair from my head
Without His hand to guide me, my shield and my strength
In joy or in sorrow, in life or in death

CHORUS


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 THERE IS A FOUNTAIN

There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
and there may I, though vile as he,wash all my sins away.
Wash all my sins away, wash all my sins away;
and there may I, though vile as he, wash all my sins away.

E'er since, by faith, I saw the stream your flowing wounds supply,
redeeming love has been my theme,and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die,
redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

Then in a nobler, sweeter song I’ll sing your pow’r to save,
When this poor lisping, stamm’ring tongue lies silent in the grave:
Lies silent in the grave, lies silent in the grave
When this poor lisping, stamm’ring tongue lies silent in the grave.

Dear dying Lamb, your precious blood shall never lose its pow’r,
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more:
Be saved to sin no more, be saved to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more.


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CALL TO CONFESSION
 
Leader: Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. See if there is 
              any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

— Psalm 139:23-24, NRSV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: Father, you have called us not just to believe in you, but to follow you. You have called
              us to follow you in the spreading of your Kingdom. Yet our lives are so out of step with
              you. In your kingdom, power is used to serve others. In our kingdoms, we use power to
              serve ourselves. In your kingdom, money is promiscuously shared. In our kingdoms, we
              anxiously hoard it. In your kingdom, the broken and downhearted are pursued. In our    
              kingdoms, we push them away. In your kingdom, forgiveness is given as a gift. In our
              kingdoms, we desperately try to earn it. Father, forgive us we pray. Forgive us and          
              cleanse us, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON

Leader: The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The LORD upholds all
              who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.  

— Psalm 145:13-14, 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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THE WORD OF GOD
 

SCRIPTURE READING

Exodus 20:1-2, 15, 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;

15You shall not steal.

1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 NRSV
 
6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
 
17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

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 Possessions
Speaker: Jared Ayers


REFLECTIONS

I was not aware of the changes that were happening in me that blurred the lines between right and wrong.  They came very slowly, over many years.

— Statement of Joseph “Chip” Skowron III to judge after being convicted of insider trading


Things are sacred and inviolable. The things of this world - trees and rivers, garden and wilderness, money and tools, chariots and chihuahuas - are gifts to the community that each of us is responsible for keeping and tending. They are not loot for plunder. The things of this world are not up for grabs to the strongest and canniest.

— Eugene H. Peterson from Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places:
A Conversation in Spiritual Theology


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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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 IT IS WELL

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

CHORUS
It is well (It is well)
With my soul (With my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed his own blood for my soul.

CHORUS

My sin, o, the joy 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!

CHORUS

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.

CHORUS


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COMMUNION PRAYER
    
People: Almighty God, we thank you for providing the true bread from heaven, your Son, Jesus
             Christ our Lord. Grant that we who have received the Sacrament of his body and blood
             may abide in him and he in us, that we may be filled with the power of his endless life,
             now and forever. 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

ON JORDAN’S STORMY BANKS 

On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan’s fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie.

All o’er those wide extended plains,
Shines one eternal day;
There God the Son forever reigns,
And scatters night away.

CHORUS
I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound for promised land,
I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound (I am bound)
I am bound for promised land.

No chilling winds nor poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness, sorrow, pain and death,
Are felt and feared no more. 

CHORUS

When shall I reach that happy place,
And be forever blessed?
When shall I see my Father’s face,
And in His bosom rest?

 CHORUS


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BENEDICTION

Minister: May the blessing of God, the giver of every good and perfect gift; and of Christ, who
               summons us to service; and of the Holy Spirit, who inspires generosity and love, be
               with us all.

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.

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.

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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