GATHERING BEFORE GOD
SEPTEMBER 6, 2015
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTACOST
MAIN LINE 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
 


YOU ALONE CAN RESCUE

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own soul could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

CHORUS
You alone can rescue, You alone can save
you alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise


You, oh Lord, have made a way
The great divide You heal
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, your love goes further still

CHORUS
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You're the giver of life.
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You're the giver of life.
CHORUS
 


IS 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 well with my soul.

TRADITIONAL CHORUS
It is well, (it is well), with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 




FOREVER REIGN
You are good, You are good, When there's nothing good in me
You are love, You are love, On display for all to see
You are light, You are light, When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope, You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace, When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true, Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy, You're the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life, In You death has lost its sting

CHORUS
OH, I'm running to Your arms,
I'm running to Your arms.
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign


You are more, You are more, Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord, All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here, In Your presence I'm made whole
You are God, You are God, Of all else I'm letting go

CHORUS
BRIDGE
My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus
CHORUS


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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REFLECTION


 

10,000 REASONS
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O 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 singing when the evening comes
CHORUS
Your 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 find
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 furthermore
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 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


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

Amen, Amen,
Amen, Amen. 
 


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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