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THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

September 22, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Congregation stands as able - Indented BOLD indicates Congregation to speak.

WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HOMEWOOD
MISSION STATEMENT

Through the grace of God, faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we prayerfully seek to discern God’s will for this congregation and to reach beyond ourselves to feed the hungry, body and soul. Adopted by Session 7/31/17

PRAYER FOR PEACE
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.
(Scottish Blessing)

PRELUDE |Nearer, My God, to Thee  | Sarah F. Adams & Lowell Mason
Just a Closer Walk with Thee | adapted by Willis Ray

INTROIT | Precious Lord arr. W Haeger

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP from Psalm 51:10-14
One: Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD;
Many: praise the name of the LORD.
One: Blessed be the name of the LORD
Many: from this time on and forevermore.
One: From the rising of the sun to its setting
Many: the name of the LORD is to be praised.
One: The LORD is high above all nations,
Many: and his glory above the heavens.
One: Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,
One: who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
Many: He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.
All: Praise the LORD!

*HYMN 611  |  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee |Hymn to Joy

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God who created the world and its resources and who created human kind with the gifts of industry and creativity; we admit that we have both those gifts and access to the riches of the earth. Ashamedly we admit that we value our creations more than yours. With sad hearts we acknowledge that we build our nests thinking that we have provided some sense of security. We confess that we having a hard time believing that you not only value us but also provide for us even more than the birds. Help us to use our skill and resourcefulness to worship you more than anything else. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA
Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,
and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me,
and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ is with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389| Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord (sung twice)| Hal'luhu

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN |Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING| Jeremiah 8:18-9:1| p. 667 / 868 OT

ANTHEM| Jesus, Name Above All Names| arr. John F. Wilson

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING| Luke 16:1-13| p. 74 / 96 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON Either Or or Both And? Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 738 |O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee| Maryton

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from The Larger Catechism
Q. 103. Which is the First Commandment?
A. The First Commandment is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Q. 104. What are the duties required in the First Commandment?
A. The duties required in the First Commandment are: the knowing and acknowledging of God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly; by thinking, meditating, remembering, highly esteeming, honoring, adoring, choosing, loving, desiring, fearing of him; believing him; trusting, hoping, delighting, rejoicing in him; being zealous for him; calling upon him, giving all praise and thanks, and yielding all obedience and submission to him with the whole man; being careful in all things to please him, and sorrowful when in anything he is offended; and walking humbly with him.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY| I Know Who Holds Tomorrow | I. Stanphill


*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
God of All, see in our gifts our response to the puzzle of serving you and wealth. Know that we intend to make you first in all we do. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 623| I've Got Peace like a River Peace Like a River

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 543 |God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me  |  Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

POSTLUDE Fight the Good Fight arr. Robert F. Swift

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Liturgist: Joyce Anders
Ushers: Charlene Hansen, Bob James, Eleanor Steiner

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by Session, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is also invited to today’s Bake Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Association.

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