GATHERING BEFORE GOD
JULY 26, 2015 NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
MAIN LINE CAMPUS

PRELUDE  

GREETING AND PREPARATION

Leader:    The Lord be with you.
People:     And also with you. 
CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:     Let us worship God.
People:     “He is our refuge and our fortress,
                  our God, in whom we trust.”
Leader:     Let us confess with our mouths, “Jesus is Lord,”
                 and believe in our hearts that God 
                 raised him from the dead.

People:     “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord 
                  will be saved.” 
                 Let us call upon our true God, believing him in our hearts,
                confessing him with our mouths, worshiping him in  spirit and in truth.
                                                                                                 —based on Psalm 91:2; Romans 10:9, 13


PRAYER OF INVOCATION

 

ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD & KING


All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam
thou silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
ye clouds that sail in Heav’n along
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice
ye lights of evening, find a voice
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless
and worship Him in humbleness
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
and praise the Spirit, three in One
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

A thousand times I’ve failed
Still Your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I’m caught in Your grace
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fails
Never ending, Your glory goes behind all fame

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing You praise
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fails
Never ending, Your glory goes behind all fame

CHORUS
In my heart, in my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out, Lord
Let justice and praise become my embrace
To love You from the inside out

BRIDGE
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fails
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring You praise
From the inside out, Lord, my soul cries out

CHORUS

BRIDGE

From the inside out, Lord, my soul cries out
From the inside out, Lord, my soul cries out


 

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

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


CALL TO CONFESSION 


 
Leader:  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
                                                                                           
                               Psalm 130:3-4 (NRSV)                
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
  
People:    Merciful God,for the things we have done that we regret, forgive us.
                For the things we have failed to do that we regret, forgive us.
                For all the times we have acted without love, forgive us.
                For all the times we have reacted without thought, forgive us. 
                For all the times we have withdrawn care, forgive us.
                For all the times we have failed to forgive, forgive us.
                For hurtful words said and helpful words unsaid,
                For unfinished tasks and unfulfilled hopes, 
                God of all time, forgive us and help us to lay down our burden of regret.
                Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION 
 
WORDS OF PARDON
Leader:     “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
                  so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
                  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world,
                  but in order that the world might be saved through him.” 
                                                                                                                              —John 3:16-17, NRSV
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. 
REPEAT


THE WORD OF GOD


SCRIPTURE READING
Ecclesiastes 3.1-15, 3:1

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. 9What gain have the workers from their toil? 10I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.

11He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; 13moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. 14I know that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him. 15That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already is; and God seeks out what has gone by.


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


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Sermon Series: Wisdom 101
Sermon Title: Wisdom Under the Son
Speaker: Brian Savage


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 catholic1 church,     
        the communion of saints,
        the forgiveness of sins,
        the resurrection of the body,
         and the life everlasting. Amen.

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


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, hosanna in the highest!
        Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
        The whole earth is full of Your glory, 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.
 
 Your death, O Christ, we proclaim.Your rising celebrate! 
        Your coming Lord we await, to make all things new.
(REPEAT)

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!
 
 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.

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.  


AMAZING GRACE (MY CHAINS ARE GONE)


Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

CHORUS
My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace. 

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

CHORUS (2x)

When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise,
Than when we first begun.


COMMUNION PRAYER
    
People: Loving God, we thank you that you have fed us in this  sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a  foretaste of the heavenly banquet in your eternal kingdom.Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory for the sake of Jesus 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.


SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD

OFFERING

BLESSED ASSURANCE

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

CHORUS
This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long


Perfect submission, perfect delight;
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

CHORUS

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blessed
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness lost in His love.

CHORUS



BENEDICTION

Minister: Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  

                                   -I Corinthians 15:58-59

People:     Amen.

DISMISSAL

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


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