"Joy in Heaven"

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  • BULLETIN FOR STREAMING SERVICE 

     

     

    THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
    FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

    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 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

    *CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
    Crowds gathered to hear Jesus speak of pain—
    the pain of losing something precious.
    Crowds gathered to hear Jesus speak of joy—
    the joy of finding what was lost.
    We gather to hear Jesus speak words of truth, words of power, words of love.
    Speak now, O Lord, for your servants are listening.

    *HYMN 735 ||| I Need Thee Every Hour ||| Need

    CALL TO CONFESSION
    There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Let the sound of our confession cause celebration in heaven.

    *PRAYER OF CONFESSION
    Create in us clean hearts, O God, cast out any transgression you find there—ransack, renovate, redecorate! Deep in our hearts, remove fearful features and restore your original design. The old lamps are dim; bring new light into the darkness. Make your dwelling place deep in our hearts, and teach us wisdom, so the hearts you transform may rejoice.
    (silent prayer)
    Amen.

    *DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
    The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ came into the world to save sinners. Believe the gospel.
    In Jesus Christ we are redeemed. 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 4:11-12, 22-28
    11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse—12a wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them. 22"For my people are foolish, they do not know me; they are stupid children, they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but do not know how to do good." 23I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light. 24I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro. 25I looked, and lo, there was no one at all, and all the birds of the air had fled. 26I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger. 27For thus says the LORD: The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end. 28Because of this the earth shall mourn, and the heavens above grow black; for I have spoken, I have purposed; I have not relented nor will I turn back.

    SPECIAL MUSIC

    SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Luke 15:1-10
    1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3So he told them this parable: 4"Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 8"Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
    The Word of the Lord
    Thanks be to God!

    SERMON ||| "Joy In Heaven" ||| Rev. Matt Lang

    WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

    *HYMN 442 ||| Just as I Am, Without One Plea ||| Woodworth


    *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| The Brief Statement of Faith 1983
    In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.

    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

    *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.

    WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

    *HYMN 649 ||| Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound ||| Amazing Grace


    BLESSING
    Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever!
    Alleluia!

    CHARGE
    To be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as God’s reconciling community. Christ has called us to this mission and given us the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    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: Laura Dillman
    Usher: Phil Dillman

    Web Techs: Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett

     

    SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 and Luke 16:1-13.

    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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