"Who’d Have Thought It"


The sixteenth sunday after pentecost
Sunday September 12


  • In Person Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. (Mask required for all)  This Sunday, Pastor Elvery's sermon is "Who'd Have Thought It".
  • Worship Live Streaming at 11 a.m. Click here for the September 12 streaming of live service. (posted 11:01)
  • Note to viewers of Live Streaming: These services, as you may have noticed, are a work in progress.  Thank you for your patience.
  • Next Sunday, Mike Welf, Moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago, Elder at First Presbyterian Chicago Heights and Chaplain for the Chicago Heights Fire Department, will be our preacher.


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Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as 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.

PRELUDE  | The Kingsfold Trumpet | Alfred V. Fedak

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP | based on Psalm 19:1-4
Heaven is declaring God’s glory;
the sky is proclaiming his handiwork.
One day gushes the news to the next,
and one night informs another what needs to be known.

Of course, there’s no speech, no words—
their voices can’t be heard—
but their sound[a] extends throughout the world;
their words reach the ends of the earth.

*HYMN 459 | O Word of God Incarnate Munich

Loving God, who knows and loves us, we admit that we get tired of trying to be “spiritual adults”. Keeping our hearts and minds open to you, trying to discern what you would have us to do and whom we should call as a pastor, and finding hope in tiresome times takes a lot of effort. Help us to open our minds and lives enough to find your rest, understanding and forgiveness.
(silent prayer)

The good news is that Christ calls us to new life and enables us to begin again and again and again and again. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!



(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.)



20Wisdom shouts in the street; in the public square she raises her voice. 21Above the noisy crowd, she calls out. At the entrances of the city gates, she has her say: 22“How long will you clueless people love your naïveté, mockers hold their mocking dear, and fools hate knowledge? 23You should respond when I correct you. Look, I’ll pour out my spirit on you. I’ll reveal my words to you. 24I invited you, but you rejected me; I stretched out my hand to you, but you paid no attention. 25You ignored all my advice, and you didn’t want me to correct you. 26So I’ll laugh at your disaster; I’ll make fun of you when dread comes over you, 27when terror hits you like a hurricane, and your disaster comes in like a tornado, when distress and oppression overcome you. 28Then they will call me, but I won’t answer; they will seek me, but won’t find me 29because they hated knowledge and didn’t choose the fear of the Lord. 30They didn’t want my advice; they rejected all my corrections. 31They will eat from the fruit of their way, and they’ll be full of their own schemes. 32The immature will die because they turn away; smugness will destroy fools. 33Those who obey me will dwell securely, untroubled by the dread of harm.”
SPECIAL MUSIC Morning Has Broken Lani Smith

27Jesus and his disciples went into the villages near Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28They told him, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others one of the prophets.” 29He asked them, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ.” 30Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about him. 31Then Jesus began to teach his disciples: “The Human One[a] must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts, and be killed, and then, after three days, rise from the dead.” 32He said this plainly. But Peter took hold of Jesus and, scolding him, began to correct him. 33Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, then sternly corrected Peter: “Get behind me, Satan. You are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts.” 34After calling the crowd together with his disciples, Jesus said to them, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross, and follow me. 35All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me and because of the good news will save them. 36Why would people gain the whole world but lose their lives? 37What will people give in exchange for their lives? 38Whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this unfaithful and sinful generation, the Human One will be ashamed of that person when he comes in the Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON | "Who’d Have Thought It'  | Rev. Dudley J. Elvery


*HYMN 707 | Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord | Hall

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH | The Westminster Confession of Faith | 6.112
6.112 1. The light of nature showeth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth good unto all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture.

…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.


OFFERTORY | Be Thou My Vision | Lloyd Larson

*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.

We show you that we heed your wisdom as we bring our offerings to you. We commit ourselves to showing your way in a world that has lost its way. Amen.


*HYMN 826 | Lift High the Cross Crucifer

*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 | Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing Douglas E. Wagner

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
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist

Worship Liturgist: Paul Gerrish
Ushers: Bob James, Charlene Hansen, Eleanor Steiner

Next Sunday, Mike Welf, Moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago, Elder at First Presbyterian Chicago Heights and Chaplain for the Chicago Heights Fire Department, will be our preacher.

NEXT TIME: Readings for next week: TBD

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