PAGE 3                                                             GATHERING BEFORE GOD

July 19, 2015

Eighth Sunday After Pentacost

Center City Campus

PRELUDE

GREETING AND PREPARATION

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Great and marvelous are your deeds,

 Lord God Almighty.

People: Just and true are your ways,

 King of the nations.

Leader: Who will not fear you, Lord,

 and bring glory to your name?

People: For you alone are holy.

 All nations will come and worship before you.

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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COME YE SINNERS

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,

weak and wounded, sick and sore;

Jesus ready stands to save you,

full of pity, love and power.

REFRAIN

I will arise and go to Jesus.

He will embrace me in His arms!

In the arms of my dear Savior,

oh, there are ten thousand charms.

Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome! God’s free bounty glorify:

True belief and true repentance—

every grace that brings you nigh.

Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream.

All the fitness He requireth

is to feel your need of Him.

REFRAIN

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,

lost and ruined by the fall!

If you tarry till you’re better,

you will never come at all.

REFRAIN


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BLESSED BE YOUR NAME

Blessed Be Your Name

In the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name

When I'm found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out

I'll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say

CHORUS

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

 

Blessed be Your name

When the sun's shining down on me

When the world's 'all as it should be'

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there's pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

 

Every blessing You pour out

I'll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say

 

You give and take away

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord, blessed be Your name


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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

CHORUS

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

CHORUS

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

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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CALL TO CONFESSION

Leader: No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one

who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess

 our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses

 against you. You alone know how often we have sinned

 in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in

 forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we

 are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to

 displease you. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in

 your light and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus

 Christ, our Savior. Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON

Leader: The Lord builds up Jerusalem;

 he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

 He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their

 wounds.Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his

 understanding is beyond measure.

SONG OF RESPONSE - KYRIE ELEISON

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on us.

PASSING THE PEACE


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THE WORD OF GOD

SCRIPTURE READING

Proverbs 3:1-8, 19-20, NRSV

1 My child, do not forget my teaching,

     but let your heart keep my commandments;

2 for length of days and years of life

     and abundant welfare they will give you.

3 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;

     bind them around your neck,

     write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 So you will find favor and good repute

     in the sight of God and of people.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

     and do not rely on your own insight.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him,

     and he will make straight your paths.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;

     fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

8 It will be a healing for your flesh

     and a refreshment for your body.

19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;

     by understanding he established the heavens;

20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,

     and the clouds drop down the dew.

Minister: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Sermon Series: Wisdom 101

Sermon Title: The Life of Wisdom

Speaker: Jared Ayers


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NICENE CREED

Minister: Let us say what we believe.

People: We believe in one God,

 the Father, the Almighty,

 maker of heaven and earth, of all that is,

 seen and unseen.

 

 We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

 the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,

 God from God, Light from Light,

 true God from true God, begotten, not made,

 of one Being with the Father.

 Through him all things were made.

 For us and for our salvation he came down from

 heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin

 Mary and became truly human.

 For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

 he suffered death and was buried.

 On the third day he rose again in accordance with

 the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven

 and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

 He will come again in glory to judge

 the living and the dead,

 and his kingdom will have no end.

 We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

 who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],

 who with the Father and the Son

 is worshiped and glorified,

 who has spoken through the prophets.

 We believe in one holy catholic1 and apostolic Church.

 We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

 We look for the resurrection of the dead

 and the life of the world to come. Amen.

(1that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places)


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THE LORD’S TABLE

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

 And also with you.

 Lift up your hearts now!

We lift them to the Lord.

 Let us give thanks to the Lord our saving God.

 It is right and good, always and everywhere.

 To give thanks, to the Lord.

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:

 

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.

 The whole earth is full of Your glory,

 Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.

 The whole earth is full of Your glory,

 hosanna in the highest!

 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.


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Minister: Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith.

 

Your death, O Christ, we proclaim.

 Your rising celebrate!

 Your coming Lord we await, to make all things new.

 

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!

 

(REPEAT)

Praise to the Father,

praise to the Son,

praise to the Spirit,

Our God the Three in One.

 

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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TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise,

And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

 

REFRAIN

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!

How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!

Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

 

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to trust His cleansing blood;

And in simple faith to plunge me

’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

 

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just from sin and self to cease;

Just from Jesus simply taking

Life and rest, and joy and peace.

 

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,

Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;

And I know that Thou art with me,

Wilt be with me to the end.

REFRAIN


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COMMUNION PRAYER

People: We thank you, O Father, that through Word and

 Sacrament you have given us your Son, who is the true

 bread from heaven and food of eternal life. So

 strengthen us in your service that our daily living may

 show our thanks, 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

RISING SUN

 Praise Him all you sinners

Sing oh sing you weary

Oh praise Him all you children of God

We lift high His glory

Shown throughout our stories

We praise Him as the children of God

Our Great Redeemer

Your name is higher than the rising sun

Light of the morning

Your name is higher than the rising sun

Your name is higher than the rising sun

Praise His name forever

Speak it loud and clear now

Oh praise Him all you children of God

CHORUS

Glorious Savior

You shine forever

CHORUS

Hallelujah name above all

Simply to speak Your name is praise

Hallelujah I will always

Forever we lift your name in praise


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BENEDICTION

Minister: The peace of God which passes all understanding, keep

 your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of

 God, and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord;

 and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son,

 and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always.

 —based on Philippians 4:7

People: Amen.

DISMISSAL

Minister: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People: Thanks be to God!

 

REFLECTIONS

Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we

find ourselves... Wisdom has to do with becoming skillful in

honoring our parents and raising our children, handling our money

and conducting our sexual lives, going to work and exercising

leadership, using words well and treating friends kindly, eating and

drinking healthily, cultivating emotions within ourselves and attitudes

toward others that make for peace. Threaded through all these items

is the insistence that the way we think of and respond to God is the

most practical thing we do. In matters of everyday practicality,

nothing, absolutely nothing, takes precedence over God.

-Eugene Peterson

PRAYER REQUESTS

This week, please pray alongside us for...

Our Church — That our community would know the love and power

of Christ and new people to enter our doors.

Our City — For the judicial employees in our city, that they would be

successful in their fight for justice.

Our World — For financial crises affecting those who bear the brunt

of poverty amid growing economic disparity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                 

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