GATHERING BEFORE GOD

AUGUST 9, 2015
Eleventh 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 fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name?
People: For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you. 

                                                                                                              -Revelations 15:3-4

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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PRAISE TO THE LORD

Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
CHORUS
Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him
Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him


Praise to the Lord, Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

CHORUS
Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.
CHORUS
Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
CHORUS (2x)


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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)
 

 

GOD BE MERCIFUL TO ME


God, be merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea;
Plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me, make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.

My transgressions I confess, grief and guilt my soul oppress;
I have sinned against Thy grace and provoked Thee to Thy face;
I confess Thy judgment just, speechless, I Thy mercy trust.

I am evil, born in sin; Thou desirest truth within.
Thou alone my Savior art, teach Thy wisdom to my heart;
Make me pure, Thy grace bestow, wash me whiter than the snow.

Broken, humbled to the dust, by Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice, and in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins O hide Thy face,blot them out in boundless grace.

Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true;
Cast me not away from Thee, let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart.
Sinners then shall learn from me and return, O God, to Thee;
Savior, all my guilt remove, and my tongue shall sing Thy love;
Touch my silent lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall praise accord.


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CALL TO CONFESSION 

Leader:    Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in                 full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our                   bodies washed with pure water.
                                

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

            

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People:    O God, you have shown us the way of life through your Son, Jesus Christ.
                We confess with shame our slowness to learn of him, our failure to follow him,
                and our reluctance to bear the cross.
                Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us.
                We confess the poverty of our worship,
                our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ,
                our evasion of responsibilities in our service,
                our imperfect stewardship of your gifts.
                Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. Amen.

WORDS OF PARDON


 
Leader:    The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The Lord upholds all                     who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. 

—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. 


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                        THE WORD OF GOD

SCRIPTURE READING

Hebrews 1:1-4

1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.
3 He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

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

 

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

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.  
 

 

GOD BE MERCIFUL TO ME

God, be merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea;
Plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me, make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.

My transgressions I confess, grief and guilt my soul oppress;
I have sinned against Thy grace and provoked Thee to Thy face;
I confess Thy judgment just, speechless, I Thy mercy trust.

I am evil, born in sin; Thou desirest truth within.
Thou alone my Savior art, teach Thy wisdom to my heart;
Make me pure, Thy grace bestow, wash me whiter than the snow.

Broken, humbled to the dust, by Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice, and in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins O hide Thy face, blot them out in boundless grace.

Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true;
Cast me not away from Thee, let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart.

Sinners then shall learn from me and return, O God, to Thee;
Savior, all my guilt remove, and my tongue shall sing Thy love;
Touch my silent lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall praise accord.

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



BE THOU MY VISION

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.


Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.


Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
eart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

BENEDICTION

 

Minister: God has shown you what is good. And what does the Lord require you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. 

-from Michah 6:8, NIV

People:     Amen.

DISMISSAL

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

 

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