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GATHERING BEFORE GOD

July 12, 2015
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
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.  

— Revelation 15:3-4, NIV 

 

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.
REFRAIN

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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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 storms I am held

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blessed assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,  

And has shed His own blood for my soul.

CHORUS

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 2

It is well, it is well, through the storms 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;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.

TRADITIONAL CHORUS

It is well, (it is well), with my soul, 

It is well, it is well, with my soul.


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CALL TO CONFESSION 

Leader: The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

 — Psalm 51:17, NRSV  

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: O Lord, great God, Father most gracious, filled with mercy and steadfast love, we are embarrassed to come before you, for we have preferred the ways of this world to your ways, for we have rebelled against your wisdom and we have gotten into trouble, for we have rejected         your fatherly guidance and have gotten lost altogether.

O Lord, great God, Father, hear us when we pour out our sorrows before you. Forgive us, not on the ground of our own righteousness, but on the ground of your great mercy in the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. It is in his name that we pray, for he is our Savior and the mediator of the covenant of grace. Amen.   

SILENT CONFESSION 

WORDS OF PARDON
 

Leader: Through Jesus Christ forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. 

 — from Acts 13:38; Ephesians 1:7, 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


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BAPTISM

PRESENTATION AND VOWS 

Roman James Bevilacqua

PARENTS 

Minister: Parents, you stand before us having brought your children 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?
Parents: We renounce them.

Minister: Who is your Lord and Savior?
Parents: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

Minister: Do your promise to instruct Roman in the truth of God’s word, in the way of salvation through Jesus Christ; to pray for them, to teach them to pray; and to train them in Christ’s way by example, through worship, and in the nurture of the church?
Parents: We do, and we ask God to help us.

LIBERTI CHURCH 

Minister: Do you promise to love, encourage, and support these families 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 catholic1 church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
(that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places)

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 


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THE WORD OF GOD    


SCRIPTURE READING

Proverbs 1:1-7 NRSV

1The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 

2For learning about wisdom and instruction,

    for understanding words of insight,

3for gaining instruction in wise dealing,

    righteousness, justice, and equity;

4to teach shrewdness to the simple,

    knowledge and prudence to the young—

5let the wise also hear and gain in learning,

    and the discerning acquire skill,

6to understand a proverb and a figure,

    the words of the wise and their riddles.
7The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

    fools despise wisdom and instruction.  


Minister: This is the word of the Lord. 

People: Thanks be to God!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Sermon Series: Wisdom 101
Sermon Title: Wisdom 101
Speaker: Jared Ayers


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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,
        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.


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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.
(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.


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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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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.


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COMMUNION PRAYER

People:God of grace, you renew us at your table with the bread of life. May this food strengthen us in love and help us to serve you in each other. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the 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

’TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, 

and 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! 

O for grace to trust him more! 

 

O how sweet to trust in Jesus, 

just to trust his cleansing blood; 

and in simple faith to plunge me 

neath the healing, cleansing flood! 


REFRAIN

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. 


REFRAIN

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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BENEDICTION

Minister: Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and  honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!   

—Revelation 7:12, NRSV 

People:     Amen.

DISMISSAL

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

 

 











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