- In Person Sunday, August 15, 11 a.m. (Mask required for all)
- Worship Live Streaming at 11 a.m. Click here for the August 15 streaming live service. (link available approximately 10:45 am Try this link to use without Facebook ... it may not need Facebook Access
- Note to viewers of Live Streaming: These services, as you may have noticed, are a work in progress. This week we are going to experiment with the sound. We do not want to be in Facebook violation of copyright infringement regarding use of hymns. Hopefully we will have more info by next week, but in the meantime we are going to try to mute the music. We know it is an important part of the service and hopefully my next week the songs and hymns can be included again. Thank you for your patience.
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NEXT TIME: Readings for next week: TBA
PRELUDE Sing a New Song Daniel Schutte
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP based on Psalm 111:1-3, 10
Praise the Lord!
One: I thank the Lord with all my heart
Many: in the company of those who do right, in the congregation.
One: The works of the Lord are magnificent;
Many: they are treasured by all who desire them.
One: God’s deeds are majestic and glorious.
Many: God’s righteousness stands forever.
One: Fear of the Lord is where wisdom begins;
Many: sure knowledge is for all who keep God’s laws.
All: God’s praise lasts forever!
*HYMN 361 O Christ, the Great Foundation Aurelia
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God, we welcome your embrace to comfort us. We cherish times
we feel as if we were conversing with you. We avoid wrestling with you.
Life has struggles enough without adding yet another. Forgive our
fatigue, lethargy, and fear. Fill us again with your grace and power so
we may meet you with all our heart, mind, body and energy.
(time of silent confession)
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
The God who created us created us out of and for love and community. The same
God continues to invite us and smooth the path through forgiveness. Jesus told
Peter to forgive seventy-seven times because he knew God forgives infinitely more
than that. Know and believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN Rev. Dudley J. Elvery
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Instead of passing a pad we ask that you sign the register in the Narthex as you leave, if you haven’t done so already.)
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING | 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 | CEB
10 Then David lay down with his ancestors and was buried in David’s City. 11 He ruled over Israel forty years—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12 Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his royal power was well established.
3 Now Solomon loved the Lord by walking in the laws of his father David, with the exception that he also sacrificed and burned incense at the shrines. 4 The king went to the great shrine at Gibeon in order to sacrifice there. He used to offer a
thousand entirely burned offerings on that altar. 5 The Lord appeared to Solomon at Gibeon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.” 6 Solomon responded, “You showed so much kindness to your servant my
father David when he walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with a heart true to you. You’ve kept this great loyalty and kindness for him and have now given him a son to sit on his throne. 7 And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your
servant, king in my father David’s place. But I’m young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing. 8 But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size.
9 Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.” 10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had made this
request. 11 God said to him, “Because you have asked for this instead of requesting long life, wealth, or victory over your enemies—asking for discernment so as to acquire good judgment— 12 I will now do just what you said. Look, I hereby give you a wise and understanding mind. There has been no one like you before now, nor will there be anyone like you afterward. 13 I now also give you what you didn’t ask for: wealth and fame. There won’t be a king like you as long as you live. 14 And
if you walk in my ways and obey my laws and commands, just as your father David did, then I will give you a very long life.”
SPECIAL MUSIC Variations on "Lord Jesus Christ Be Present Now" Gregg Sewell
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING | Ephesians 5:15-20 | CEB
15 So be careful to live your life wisely, not foolishly. 16 Take advantage of every opportunity because these are evil times. 17 Because of this, don’t be ignorant, but understand the Lord’s will. 18 Don’t get drunk on wine, which produces depravity.
Instead, be filled with the Spirit in the following ways: 19 speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts; 20 always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON | Choir Practice | Rev. Dudley J. Elvery
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN 821 | My Life Flows On How Can I Keep From Singing
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Affirmation from the Confession of 1967
God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in man. The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which men are reconciled to God and to one another. He enables them to receive forgiveness as they forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as they make peace among themselves. In spite of their sin, he gives them
power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and his gospel of reconciliation to all men.
The reconciling work of Jesus was the supreme crisis in the life of mankind. His cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to men, moves them to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates the new life in Christ. The new life takes shape in a community in which men know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are. They therefore accept
themselves and love others, knowing that no man has any ground onwhich to stand, except God’s Grace.
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 Give Me Jesus John Purifoy
*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
Offering dedication: Just as we sing joyfully, we give cheerfully. We
offer ourselves, our time and our wealth to you, not because we have to
but because we want to. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN 65 | Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah CWM Rhondda
*PRAYER OF BLESSING from St. Patrick
We 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.
We arise today through God's strength to pilot us;
God's might to uphold us, God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to look before us, God's ear to hear us,
God's word to speak for us, God's hand to guard us,
God's way to lie before us, God's shield to protect us,
God's hosts to save us 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.
We arise today
Through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation. Amen.
POSTLUDE | La Morisque Tielman Susato | (1500-1561)