Call to Worship
01 Prelude | tim vannasdale | Blest Be the Tie That Binds Us Together | arranged by Mark Hayes
02 Opening Sentences based on Psalm 145:3-6, 8 | Kathie Hazlett
The Lord is great and so worthy of praise!
God’s greatness can’t be grasped.
One generation will praise your works to the next one,
proclaiming your mighty acts.
They will talk all about the glorious splendor of your majesty;
I will contemplate your wondrous works.
They will speak of the power of your awesome deeds;
I will declare your great accomplishments.
The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
very patient, and full of faithful love.
03 Hymn 331 | God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand | NATIONAL HYMN | congregation
04 Prayer of Confession | pastor dudley & jerry hazlett
Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you. You call, but we have not listened. We walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed.
God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness; Amen
05 Words of Assurance based on Psalm 103:9-13 | pastor elvery
God won’t always play the judge; he won’t be angry forever.
He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin or repay us according to our wrongdoing, because as high as heaven is above the earth, that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him. As far as east is from west—that’s how far God has removed our sin from us. Like a parent feels compassion for their children—that’s how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him.
06 Moment with our Children | Pastor Dudley
07 Prayer of Illumination | Jerry Hazlett
08a Old Testament | Exodus 14:19-31 CEB | Kathie Hazlett
19 God’s messenger, who had been in front of Israel’s camp, moved and went behind them. The column of cloud moved from the front and took its place behind them.
20 It stood between Egypt’s camp and Israel’s camp. The cloud remained there, and when darkness fell it lit up the night. They didn’t come near each other all night.
21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord pushed the sea back by a strong east wind all night, turning the sea into dry land. The waters were split into two. 22 The Israelites walked into the sea on dry ground. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left.
23 The Egyptians chased them and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and cavalry.
24 As morning approached, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian camp from the column of lightning and cloud and threw the Egyptian camp into a panic.
25 The Lord jammed their chariot wheels so that they wouldn’t turn easily. The Egyptians said, "Let’s get away from the Israelites, because the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt!"
26 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the water comes back and covers the Egyptians, their chariots, and their cavalry."
27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. At daybreak, the sea returned to its normal depth. The Egyptians were driving toward it, and the Lord tossed the Egyptians into the sea.
28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the cavalry, Pharaoh’s entire army that had followed them into the sea. Not one of them remained.
29 The Israelites, however, walked on dry ground through the sea. The waters formed a wall for them on their right hand and on their left.
30 The Lord rescued Israel from the Egyptians that day. Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.
31 Israel saw the amazing power of the Lord against the Egyptians. The people were in awe of the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.
08b New Testament | Matthew 18:21-35 CEB | Pastor Elvery
21 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, how many times should I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Should I forgive as many as seven times?"
22 Jesus said, "Not just seven times, but rather as many as seventy-seven times
23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 When he began to settle accounts, they brought to him a servant who owed him ten thousand bags of gold.
25 Because the servant didn’t have enough to pay it back, the master ordered that he should be sold, along with his wife and children and everything he had, and that the proceeds should be used as payment.
26 But the servant fell down, kneeled before him, and said, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’
27 The master had compassion on that servant, released him, and forgave the loan.
28 "When that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him one hundred coins. He grabbed him around the throat and said, ‘Pay me back what you owe me.’
29 "Then his fellow servant fell down and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’
30 But he refused. Instead, he threw him into prison until he paid back his debt.
31 "When his fellow servants saw what happened, they were deeply offended. They came and told their master all that happened.
32 His master called the first servant and said, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you appealed to me.
33 Shouldn’t you also have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’
34 His master was furious and handed him over to the guard responsible for punishing prisoners, until he had paid the whole debt.
35 "My heavenly Father will also do the same to you if you don’t forgive your brother or sister from your heart."
09 Sermon: How Much? | pastor elvery
10 Hymn 649 | Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound | congregation
11 Prayers of the People | kathie hazlett
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you taught us to pray, and to offer our petitions to you in his name. Guide us by your Holy Spirit, that our prayers for others may serve your will and show your steadfast love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for the church.
Gracious God, you have called us to be the church of Jesus Christ. Keep us one in faith and service, breaking bread together, and proclaiming the good news to the world, that all may believe you are love, turn to your ways, and live in the light of your truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for peace.
Eternal God, you sent us a Savior, Christ Jesus, to break down the walls of hostility that divide us. Send peace on earth, and put down greed, pride, and anger,
which turn nation against nation and race against race. Speed the day when wars will end and the whole world accepts your rule; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for enemies.
O God, whom we cannot love unless we love our neighbors, remove hate and prejudice from us and from all people, so that your children may be reconciled with those we fear, resent, or threaten; and live together in your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for those who govern us.
Mighty God, sovereign over the nations, direct those who make, administer, and judge our laws; the President of the United States and others in authority among us; that, guided by your wisdom, they may lead us in the way of righteousness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for world leaders.
Eternal Ruler, hope of all the earth, give vision to those who serve the United Nations, and to those who govern all countries; that, with goodwill and justice,
they may take down barriers, and draw together one new world in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for the sick.
Merciful God, you bear the pain of the world. Look with compassion on those who are sick; cheer them by your word, and bring healing as a sign of your grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for those who sorrow.
God of comfort, stand with those who sorrow; that they may be sure that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, shall separate them from your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us pray for our families and friends.
God of compassion, bless us and those we love, our friends and families; that, drawing close to you, we may be drawn closer to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All our prayers, those spoken out loud and those said in silence are made in Jesus name.
And all of God’s people say, "Amen."
12 Offertory Anthem | grace | First Pres Choir
Offering | Prayer of Dedication | ed wahl
If you are so moved to give a monetary offering please send your contribution to:
First Presbyterian Church of Homewood
P O Box 1519
Homewood IL 60430
13 Hymn | I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me | Congregation
We Go to our Places of Ministry
14 Homework | Pastor elvery
15 Closing prayer and Blessing | Jerry Hazlett
I arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.
16 POSTLUDE| tim vannasdale | majesty | arranged by Dino Kartsonakis
Readings for next week: Exodus 16:2-15 and Matthew 20:1-16
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