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REFLECTIONS


Love your enemies is good.  There is nothing to be said against it, except that it is too difficult for most of us to practice sincerely. — Bertrand Russell

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; when there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood and to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.  — a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

 


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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
July 3, 2016
7th Sunday after Pentecost
Main Line Campus

OPENING SENTENCES

Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
 — Psalm 124:8

THIS IS AMAZING GRACE

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
And leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

CHORUS
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh, Jesus, I sing for
All that You've done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory, the King of Glory

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy, worthy, worthy

CHORUS
Music and Lyrics: Philip Wickham, Josh Farro and Jeremy Riddle


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GREETING AND PREPARATION

Leader: The Lord be with you. 
People:  And also with you. 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let us worship God, our light and our salvation. 
People: The Lord is the stronghold of our lives. We desire to live in God’s house and to seek God in his holy temple.
Leader: We have come with shouts of joy, to sing and to make music to the Lord.
People: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth. Teach us your ways and make straight our paths in this hour of worship and always.  — based on Psalm 27; John 4:23

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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FATHER LONG BEFORE CREATION
 
Father long before creation
Thou had chosen us in love
And that love so deep so moving
Draws us close to Christ above
Still it keeps us, still it keeps us
firmly fixed in Christ alone 

CHORUS
And the world will sing His love,
Yes the world will sing His love,
And we'll all join hands,
every woman, every man
to sing his love , to sing His love. 

Though the world may change its fashion
Yet our God is e're the same His compassion and His covenant
Through all ages will remain God's own children, 
God's own children Must forever praise His name

CHORUS  

God's compassion is my story
Is my boasting all the day
Mercy free and never failing
Moves our will directs my way
God so loved us, God so loved us
That His only Son He gave

CHORUS

Loving Father now before
Thee We will ever praise thy love
And our songs will sound unceasing
Til we reach our home above, 
Giving glory, giving glory To our God and to the Lamb  

CHORUS


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JESUS PAID IT ALL

I hear the Savior say,
Thy 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

O 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

Words by Elvina M. Hall, 1865. Music by John T. Grape.


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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 - 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


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THE WORD OF GOD

SCRIPTURE READING

Matthew 5:38-42 NRSV

38  “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.


Minister: This is the gospel of the Lord. 
People:   Praise to you O Christ! 

SILENT REFLECTION 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION AND SERMON
Sermon Series: The Greatest Sermon Ever

Sermon Title: Sacrificial Love  

Speaker: Mike Harder


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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 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 catholic1 church,         
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)


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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.

Minister: Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith.


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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:     Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.

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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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 BELIEFLord 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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JESUS I AM RESTING

Jesus, I am resting, resting
In the joy of what thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon thee,
As thy beauty fills my soul,
For by thy transforming power,
Thou hast made me whole.

Jesus, I am resting, resting
In the joy of what thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of thy loving heart.

O how great thy lovingkindness,
Vaster, broader than the sea!
O how marvelous thy goodness
Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in thee, Beloved,
Know what wealth of grace is thine,
Know thy certainty of promise
And have made it mine.

Simply trusting thee, Lord Jesus,
I behold thee as thou art,
And thy love, so pure, so changeless,
Satisfies my heart;
Satisfies its deepest longings,
Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings:
Thine is love indeed.

Ever lift thy face upon me
As I work and wait for thee;
Resting 'neath thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth's dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father's glory,
Sunshine of my Father's face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with thy grace.

Words by Elvina M. Hall, 1865. Music by John T. Grape.


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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Minister: Lord, in your mercy,
People: Hear our prayer.

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 

COME THOU FOUNT

Come, thou Fount of every blessing, 
tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,  
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above. 
Praise His mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of Thy redeeming love. 

Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by Thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, 
wandering from the fold of God; 
He, to rescue me from danger,
interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor,
daily I'm constrained to be! 
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, 
bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love; 
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for Thy courts above.

Words by Robert Robinson, 1758. Music by John Wyeth, 1813.


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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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