“A Potter Shaping”


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  • BULLETIN FOR STREAMING SERVICE 
    THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD

    THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

    September 4, 2022                                                   ​​​11:00 a.m.

    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

    Did I offer peace today?  Did I bring a smile to someone’s face?  Did I offer words of healing?  Did I let go of my anger and resentment?  Did I forgive?  Did I love?  These are the real questions.  I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. 

    ~Henri Nouwen

    PRELUDE​​

    *CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP

    With endless creativity,God forms and shapes our lives.

    Each of us bears the image of our maker.  Each of us is made in love.

    *HYMN276 |||Sing a New Song unto the Lord​​ ||| Sing a New Song

    CALL TO CONFESSION

    Jesus calls us to follow him,knowing that the path is difficultand that sin lurks at every turn.  Trusting in God’s mercy,let us seek forgiveness that we may follow more nearly in the wayof Jesus.

    *PRAYER OF CONFESSION

    O God,you have given us a firm foundation in Jesus Christ,yet we have chosen to build on sinking sand.  The works of our hands crumble around us,and our best efforts are not good enough;sin is real, and we are powerless before it.  Forgive us for thinking we know best.  Mend our broken valuesand create in us hearts that seek your purposes,so that what we build with our livesmay give you glory.

         (silent prayer)

    Amen.

    *DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS

    Jesus accompanies us on life’s journey, offering abundant mercy and bountiful forgiveness along the way.  This is good news!

    In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!Thanks be to God!

    *THE GLORIA 581

    MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN​​​​ |||  Rev. Matt Lang

    WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS

    WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

    FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| ​​​​​Jeremiah 18:1-11

    1The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2"Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words." 3So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.5Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. 9And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it. 11Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the LORD: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.

    SPECIAL MUSIC    

    SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Luke 14:25-33

    25Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, 26"Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.' 31Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. 33So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

    The Word of the Lord

    Thanks be to God!

    SERMON​ ||| "A Potter Shaping"​​​ ||| Rev. Matt Lang

    WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

    *HYMN 223 ||| When I Survey the Wondrous Cross​​ ||| Hamburg

    *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  ​​​                The Apostles’ Creed

    believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

    PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE 

    OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

    OFFERTORY​​

    *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

    As we offer our treasure and hearts to you, O God, may they be used to pass on the promise of hope, of peace, of life, of community to all in need of your gifts and presence in their lives.  Amen.

    SEALING OF THE WORD

    INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

    GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 

    The Lord be with you.

    And also with you.

    Lift up your hearts.

    We lift them up to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

    It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    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.

    WORDS OF INSTITUTION

    SHARING OF THE MEAL

    All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion.  Please come forward down the side aisle.Take a piece of the bread and a cup and eat.  Please dispose of the cups in the waste baskets by the table.  We have gluten free bread available.  Return to your seat by the center aisle.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

    God of glory, in this holy feastyou have made us one with Christand with that great multitude of the faithful—those who hunger and thirst no moreand worship night and day in your temple.  Lead us in the paths of righteousnessand guide us to the springs of the water of life,until we join the choir of the redeemed,singing: Salvation belongs to our Godwho is seated on the throne,and to the Lamb: Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

    *HYMN299  |||You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim ||| Hanover

    BLESSING

    The blessing of the one God—Spirit, Son, and Father—be with you now and always. 

    Alleluia!

    CHARGE

    Lead a life worthy of your calling, giving glory to God in all things. 

    Amen.

    POSTLUDE

    Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!  Thanks be to God!

    Rev. Matt Lang, Pastor

    Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist

    Worship Liturgist: Jan Wahl

    Usher: Phil Dillman

    Web Techs:  Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett

    SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 and Luke 15:1-10.

    PRAYER CHAIN – If you want prayer requests included on the prayer chain, contact Shirley Armistead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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