GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 2, 2015
Tenth 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: Let us worship God, our light and salvation.
People: The Lord is the stronghold of our lives.
              We desire to live in God's house and seek God
              in his holy temple. 
Leader: We have come with shouts of joy, 
              to sing and to make music to the Lord. 

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

                                                                                                              -based on Psalm 27; John 4:23

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


PAGE 4

 

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
REFRAIN
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 (2x)


PAGE 5

 

PSALM 126

Our mouths, they were filled, filled with laughter.
Our tongues, they were loosed, loosed with joy.
Restore us, O Lord! Restore us, O Lord!

CHORUS
Although we are weeping, 
Lord help us keep sowing
the seeds of your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them!
Your sheaves we will carry;
Lord please do not tarry!
All those who sow weeping
will go out with songs of joy!


The nations will say, "He has done great things!"
The nations will sing songs of joy. 
Restore us, O Lord!
Restore us, O Lord!

CHORUS (2x)

 

BEAUTIFUL

I see your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
You're Beautiful

I see your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and the galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
Its all proclaiming who you are 
You're Beautiful

I see you hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on your heavenly throne
Soon we will coming home
You're Beautiful


PAGE 6

CALL TO CONFESSION 

 

Leader:    The proof of God’s amazing love is this:
                While we were sinners, Christ died for us. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace                 with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.                       Trusting in God’s faithfulness and compassion, let us confess our sin before God and                       one another.
                                

  —based on Romans 5:8; Hebrews 4:16, NRSV

            

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:        O Israel, hope in the Lord
                    
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
                    
and with him is great power to redeem. 
                    It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

—Psalm 130:7-8, 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. 


PAGE 7

 

                        THE WORD OF GOD

SCRIPTURE READING

Song of Songs 2:10-16; 8:6-7

My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Catch us the foxes, the little foxes, that ruin the vineyards— for our vineyards are in blossom.” My beloved is mine and I am his; he pastures his flock among the lilies. 

 8:6-7
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned.

Minister: This is the word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!


PAGE 8

 

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 catholic 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)"


PAGE 9

 

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.


PAGE 10

 

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.


PAGE 11

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.  


PAGE 12

 

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.

REFRAIN
It is well 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 hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for 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!

And Lord, haste the day when the 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.

COMMUNION PRAYER

People:    Loving God, you have given us a share in the one bread and the one cup and made us one with Christ. Help us to bring your salvation and joy to all the world. We ask this 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.


PAGE 13


SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD

OFFERING

 

IN CHRIST ALONE


In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

 

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.


PAGE 14

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Comment