Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The beginning of the prelude is a call to silence to enter into the spirit of prayer and community.
PRELUDE “La Réjouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks – G.F. Handel, arr. S. Conrady
CALL TO WORSHIP
OPENING HYMN “We Gather Together” No.
1. We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.
2. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. How long will humanity turn your glory into shame? How long will your people love delusions and seek false gods? In my anger I have sinned; though you continue to search my heart for love. Forgive me, O Lord, and help me to follow your teaching and live a life that is pleasing to you, so that your face may once again shine upon me. Amen.
A moment of silence for personal reflection
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
God pardons those who humbly repent and truly believe the gospel.
Since Jesus died for us, we have peace with God, to whom be praise and honor forever. Amen
SPECIAL MUSIC “Simple Gifts” – A. Copland
Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” No. 228
1. Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n to earth come down,
Fix in us they humble dwelling, all they faithful mercies crown;
Jesus thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love thou art’
Visit us with they salvation, Enter every trembling heart.
2. Finish, then, they new creation; Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see they great salvation Perfectly restored in thee;
Change from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee, Lose in wonder, love, and praise
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER “Hear our prayer” – D. Whelpton
A moment of personal 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 Thy daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
CHORAL RESPONSE TO PRAYER “Thou will keep Him” – Scottish Psalter, 1615
Sharing of Our Gifts
Your gifts to the church matter now more than ever! We encourage people to continue to make an offering by mailing to the church. Your generosity in this time makes a big difference.
Freely you have received, freely give. Let you light so shine before all that they may see your good works, and glorify your God who is in heaven.
CLOSING HYMN “Be Thou My Vision” No. 391
1. Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
2. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
3. High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heav’n’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
POSTLUDE “La Réjouissance” from Music for the Royal Fireworks – G.F. Handel, arr. S. Conrady