GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 30, 2015
Fourteenth 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: Our hearts are ready, O Lord, our hearts are ready!
People: We will sing and make melody! We will awaken the dawn!
Leader: We will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, we will sing praises to you among the nations.
People: For your steadfast love is great above the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
                                                                                                                        -based on Psalm 108: 1-4

PRAYER OF INVOCATION
 


RISING SUN

Praise Him all you sinners
Sing oh sing you weary
Oh praise Him all you children of God

We lift him high His glory
Shown throughout our stories
We praise Him as the children of God

CHORUS
Our Great Redeemer
Glorious Savior
Your name is higher than the rising sun
Light of the morning
You shine forever
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

Hallelujah name above all
Simply to speak Your name is praise
Hallelujah I will always
Foever we lift your name in praise

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WE WILL FEAST IN THE HOUSE OF ZION

We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together
We will feast, and weep no more.

We will not be burned by the fire
He is the LORD our God
We will not be consumed by the flood
Upheld, protected, gathered up

CHORUS

In the dark of night, before the dawn
My soul, be not afraid
For the promised morning, oh how long?
Oh God of Jacob, be my strength

CHORUS

Every vow we've broken and betrayed
You are the Faithful one
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring shalom

CHORUS

 


JESUS PAID IT ALL

I hear the Savior say
They strength indeed is small
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in me thine all in all

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power, and Thine alone
Can change the lepers spots,
and melt the heart of stone

CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow


And when before the throne
I stand in him complete
Jesus died my soul to save,
my lips shall still repeat

CHORUS
Oh praise the One who paid my debt,
and raised this life up from the dead. 
O praise the One who paid my debt,
and raised this life up from the dead.
CHORUS

CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: We know that nothing is able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. Let us in freedom confess the wrong we have done.
                                                                                                               -based on Romans 8:39 NRSV
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
People: Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgement. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open us to a
future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen. 

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON

Leader: Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show compassion of the child of her womb? As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you, says the Lord. 
                                                                                                                        -from Isaiah 49:15 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
ANNOUNCEMENTS


SCRIPTURE READING

Hebrews 9:1-14, NRSV

1Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. 2 For a tent was constructed, the first one, in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of the Presence; this is called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a tent called the Holy of Holies. 4 In it stood the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there were a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; 5 above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat.Of these things we cannot speak now in detail.

6 Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties; 7 but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people. 8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the first tent is still standing. 9 This is a symbol of the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various baptisms, regulations for the body imposed until the time comes to set things right.

11 But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), 12 he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!

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

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION & SERMON
Sermon Series: Glimpses of Jesus
Sermon Title: The True Sanctuary
Speaker: Jared Ayers


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 church1,
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 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. 


BLESS THE LORD OH MY SOUL

CHORUS
Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I'll worship Your Holy name


The sun comes up its a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

CHORUS

You're rich in love and You're slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness  I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to sing

CHORUS

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
 
CHORUS (2x)
 


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. 


                                                                                                            SENDING INTO GOD'S WORLD
                                                                                                                                             OFFERING

DOXOLOGY
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, All creatures here below
Praise Him Above, Ye Heavenly Host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Amen, Amen,
Amen, Amen.

 


BENEDICTION

Minister: May God's love sustain you, and may you love those who surround you. May God's Spirit empower you, and may you empower all those you meet. May God's joy fill your hearts, and may this joy overflow to the ends of the earth for God's glory, now and forever.
People: Amen. 

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

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