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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
June 21, 2015
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

PRELUDE  

GREETING AND PREPARATION

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

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let us worship God.
People: “He is our refuge and our fortress, our God, in whom we trust.”

Leader: Let us confess with our mouths, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead.
People: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Let us call upon our true God, believing him in our hearts, confessing him with our mouths, worshiping him in spirit and in truth.

— Based on Psalm 91:2; Romans 10:9, 13

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD 

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow,
no other fount I know - nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my cleansing this I see - nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my pardon, this my plea! Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow,
no other fount I know - nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Nothing can for sin atone, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Naught of good that I have done, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow,
no other fount I know - nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace - nothing but the blood of Jesus.
This is all my righteousness - nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow,
no other fount I know - nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I'll overcome! Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Now by this I'll reach my home! Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow,
no other fount I know - nothing but the blood of Jesus.


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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


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10,000 REASONS

CHORUS
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, it's 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 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 forevermore

CHORUS x2


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CALL TO CONFESSION 

Leader: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Yet the lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

—Isaiah 30:15, 18, NIV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: Righteous Father, we who own more than we use, proclaim more than we experience, and request more than we need, come asking your forgiveness.

We seek your salvation, then act like we save ourselves.
We ask your forgiveness, then repeat our errors.
We experience your grace, then act defeated.
We rely on your power, but only in hard times.

Forgive our every defection. Bring us to an unbroken commitment and a steady trust, through Jesus Christ, who is the way of hope, the truth of God, and the life of love, now and always. Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION 

WORDS OF PARDON

Leader: Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  

—Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV

SONG OF RESPONSE - KYRIE ELEISON

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on us. 
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on us. 
REPEAT

PASSING THE PEACE


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THE WORD OF GOD

SCRIPTURE READING

Psalm 27:1-6, NRSV
1The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;     
of whom shall I be afraid?
2When evildoers assail me     
to devour my flesh —
my adversaries and foes —     
they shall stumble and fall.
3Though an army encamp against me,     
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,     
yet I will be confident.
4One thing I asked of the Lord,     
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord     
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,     
and to inquire in his temple.
5For he will hide me in his shelter     
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;     
he will set me high on a rock.
6Now my head is lifted up     
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent     
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

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

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Sermon Series: Reversed Thunder: Learning to Pray from the Psalms
Sermon Title: Trust
Speaker: Jon Brown


REFLECTIONS

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
 
— Thomas Merton, from Thoughts In Solitude


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NICENE CREED

Minister: Let us say what we believe.

People: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from
 heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. 

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. 


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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: With joy we praise you, gracious God, for you have created heaven and earth, made us in your image, and kept covenant with us—even when we fell into sin. We give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord, who by his glorious resurrection overcame the power of sin and gave us new life. Therefore we join our voices with all the saints and angels and the whole creation to proclaim the glory of your 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: By your power you raised Jesus from death to life. Through his victory over the grave we are set free from the bonds of sin and the fear of death to share the glorious freedom of the children of God. In his rising to life you promise eternal life to all who believe in him. We praise you that as we break bread in faith, we shall know the risen Christ among us.


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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.     

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.


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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 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.


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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


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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.


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SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD

OFFERING 

ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER
 
All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

REFRAIN
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.


All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

REFRAIN

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!


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BENEDICTION

Minister: As you leave the sanctuary today, may you know the hope to which God has called you, experience the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and trust his incomparably great power for us who believe.  

— Based on Ephesians 1:18-19

People: Amen.

DISMISSAL

Minister: Go out now, in the hope of the resurrected Lord Jesus, to love and serve the world. 
People: Thanks be to God!


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NEW HERE?
Welcome, and thanks for joining us! We'd love for you to fill out one of our welcome cards (available at the welcome tables and online), so that we can help you better connect at Liberti.

NEW TO LIBERTI BRUNCH
Are you new to Liberti? Join us before church on Sunday, 6/28 for a (free!) brunch. You’ll be able to meet church leaders, hear about Liberti Church’s mission and vision, ask questions, and meet others who are new to Liberti. For more information, and to sign up, email administrator@liberti.org.

MAIN LINE MOVIE NIGHT
Liberti is sponsoring a free community movie night at Harcum College (730 Montgomery Ave, Narberth) on Friday, 7/17. We’ll have snacks and activities beginning at 7:00 PM, and the movie - Frozen - will begin at sundown. We’ll need volunteers to help setup, tear-down, and lead activities, and we’ll also need everyone to invite friends and neighbors - this is a great way to reach out to our community! 

BUDGET REPORT & MEMBER VOTE
During our annual meeting last week, we discussed the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year - you can find the full budget report at libertichurch.org/news/budget2015. Next Sunday, 6/18, members will be voting on the proposed budget during both services. If you’re a member of Liberti, please review the proposed budget and plan to attend next week’s service!

PRAYER REQUESTS
This week, please pray alongside us for…
 
Our Church — For the many dads or soon-to-be dads in our community, and also for those for whom Father’s Day is hard.
Our City — For Alpha Pregnancy Services, and the work that the do for kids and families in our neighborhoods.
Our World — For the hundreds of thousands of children in Brazil who are forced to live and work on the streets; that they may know your gentle touch and love.

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