GATHERING BEFORE GOD
September 6, 2015
Fifteenth 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: I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

People: I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; 
 your faithfulness is a firm as the heavens.
Leader: You said, "I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
 I have sworn to my servant David: 'I will establish your descendants forever."

People: Praise the Lord!
                                                                                  -based on Psalm 89:1-4 NRSV
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
 


FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thyself, best Gift Divine.
To our race so freely given,
For that great, great love of Thine,
Peace on earth and joy in Heaven.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.


OUR GREAT GOD

Eternal God, unchanging, mysterious and unknown.
Your boundless love unfailing, in grace and mercy shown.
Bright seraphim in endless flight around your glorious throne.
They raise their voices day and night in praise to you alone.

CHORUS
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!

Lord, we are weak and frail, helpless in the storm.
Surround us with your angels, hold us in your arms.
Our cold and ruthless enemy, his pleasure is our harm.
Rise up, oh Lord, and he will flee before our Sovereign God.

CHORUS

Let every creature in the sea and every flying bird;
Let every mountain, every field and valley of the earth;
Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the living God, who rules them by His word.

CHORUS
 


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
 

CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. 
                                                                                                     -based on Psalm 139:23-24, NRSV
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
People: God of everlasting love, we confess that we have been unfaithful to our covenant with you and with one another. We have worshipped other gods: money, power, greed, and convenience. We have served our own self-interest instead of serving only you and your people. We have not loved our neighbors as you have commanded, nor have we rightly loved ourselves. Forgive us, gracious God, and brign us back into the fullness of our covenant with you and one another. Through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION
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 bowed down.
                                                                                                                                 -Psalm 145:13-14

SONG OF RESPONSE

 

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

                                                                                     THE WORD OF GOD



SCRIPTURE READING
Hebrews 11:1-12,32-40;12:1-2, NRSV

11:1-12
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith* our ancestors received approval.By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.*

 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain’s. Through this he received approval as righteous, God himself giving approval to his gifts; he died, but through his faith* he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken so that he did not experience death; and ‘he was not found, because God had taken him.’ For it was attested before he was taken away that ‘he had pleased God.’ And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.

 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’

32-40: 
And what more should I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two,* they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, without us, be made perfect.

12:1-2:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of 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 Pioneer
Speaker: Paul Burkhart
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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 decended 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 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 of its hosts and earth with all of 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 green 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. 

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WE WILL FEAST IN THE HOUSE OF ZION

CHORUS
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

 


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 prayer 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



THIS IS MY FATHER'S WORLD

This is my Father's world,
and to my listening ears
all nature sings and round me rings
the music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world,
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world
The birds their carols raise.
Thy morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world
He shines in all that's fair;
In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world,
O let me ne'er forget:
That thought the wrong seems oft' so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father's world,
the battle is not done
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And the earth and heaven be one.





 


BENEDICTION

Minister: Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
                                                                                             -I Corinthians 16:13-14, NRSV
People: Amen.

DISMISSAL

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


 

 

 



 

 



 

 

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