Worship Schedule

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2011

All worship data for 2011

September 2011

Worship data for September 2011

September 4, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 23 A
Scripture 1: 

Romans 13:8-14

Scripture 2: 

Ezekiel 33:7-11

Sermon: 
One Standard. Many Consequences.
Hymn 1: 
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, No. 400
Hymn 2: 
Sweet, Sweet Spirit, No. 334
Hymn 3: 
How Firm a Foundations, No. 529
Call to Worship: 
<p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Jesus said: you did not choose me, but I chose you.<br><strong>And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.</strong><br>Christ has called us to gather here this day.<br><strong>Let us draw near to him for strength and purpose.</strong></span></span><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
The Nicene Creed, No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
There are religions, O God, that use sacrifices and charms as excuses to live faithless lives. Indeed, we are tempted to use prayer to manipulate you into winking at sin. You called Israel away from those kinds of piety, and, through Jesus the Messiah, you make us accountable not only for what we do on the outside, but for who we are on the inside. Forgive us for the times when we make ourselves exceptions to your law. By your spirit empower us to worship only you - to live faithfully with our spouses, our families, and our neighbors.

Communion

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September 4, 2011
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September 11, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 24 A
Scripture 1: 

Matthew 18:21-35

Sermon: 
No High Ground at Ground Zero
Hymn 1: 
This Is My Father's World, No. 144
Hymn 2: 
Blessed Assurance, No. 369
Hymn 3: 
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, No. 110
Call to Worship: 
<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Somewhere a young girl is looking through her bag of keepsakes trying to find a sign of a mother’s love.<br><strong>A boy seeks a hero who is the worth the following.</strong><br>You knew us, Great Creator, before we were born.<br><strong>You loved us already.&nbsp; We gather today in the strength of your mighty heart. </strong></span></span><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
You did not come to us, O God, because we were nice people. You came to us because we are not so nice. We are often like the pharisee who strutted around in his righteousness by putting others down. We say, 'well at least we are not like them', as if that were a warrant for our salvation. Bring us to our knees, O God, with no claim but Christ and his mercy.

Theme: none of us has a high ground to stand on in regard to others, considering God has not dealt with us accord to what we deserve, but accord to his mercy. This is especially worth remembering on "9/11".

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September 11, 2011
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September 18, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 25 A
Scripture 1: 

Matthew 20:1-16

Scripture 2: 

Jonah 3:10-4:11

Sermon: 
It's All Grace Anyway
Hymn 1: 
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, No. 64
Hymn 2: 
Kum Ba Yah, No. 494
Hymn 3: 
Amazing Grace, No. 378
Call to Worship: 
<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above,<br><strong>coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation<br>or shadow due to change.</strong><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; James 1:17</span></span><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
<p><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">135.&nbsp; What are the three aspects of saving faith?<br><br><strong>The three aspects of saving faith are the assent of the mind, the consent of the will, and a full resting in the person and work of Christ.&nbsp; With the mind, one accepts the truth of Christ, and with the will, one accepts the demands of Christ.&nbsp; It is then that one’s whole inner being can rest in God’s promises and truly accept the abiding Presence of Christ.&nbsp; Believing in Christ for salvation is more that believing that Christ is Lord; it is believing in Christ as Lord, committing oneself to Him. </strong><br>-&nbsp; Question 135 of the <u>Wesleyan Catechism</u></span></span><br>&nbsp;</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of truth, we confess that we have practiced a kind of religion that avoids telling the truth. We have used religion to hide from things that we had rather not think about. To avoid touching hard questions of life and faith that threaten us. We have confused purity with cowardice. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Kindle fire within us that our eyes might have light to see - that our hearts may have the warmth to embrace this weary world with your wisdom.

Theme: as long as we are mindful of the generosity of the creator, we will have little time on our hands to grouse about how much we have compared to others. The knowledge we have to base such accounting is not that good anyway.

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September 18, 2011
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September 25, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 26 A
Scripture 1: 

Philippians 2:1-13

Sermon: 
Trading a Self for a Life
Hymn 1: 
I Love to Tell the Story, No. 156
Hymn 2: 
My Jesus, I Love Thee, No. 172
Hymn 3: 
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us, No. 381
Call to Worship: 
<p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>O taste and see that the Lord is good;<br><strong>happy are those who take refuge in the Lord.</strong><br>Your word, O Lord, is truth;<br><strong>Sanctify us in your truth.</strong></span></span><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">What is the fourth petition of the Lord's prayer?</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;"><strong>“Give us this day our daily bread.” That is: be pleased to provide<br>for all our bodily needs so that thereby we may acknowledge that thou art<br>the only source of all that is good, and that without thy blessing neither<br>our care and labor nor thy gifts can do us any good. Therefore, may we<br>withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it in thee alone.</strong><br>Question 125 of the <u>Heidelberg Catechism</u></span></span><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
O Heavenly Savior, what did we ever gain by trying to forge our own lives? How many ways have we found to turn honest testimony into bragging rights, staking our value on our own merits? Can we not understand that it is the cross of Christ that draws the lost the the Savior. Forgive us for the countless times we have wasted words trying to justify ourselves. Forgive us when we have been an obstacle to people searching for your grace.

Theme: perhaps the greatest obstacle to people surrendering themselves to Jesus Christ is the central paradox that by emptying ourselves to him as he emptied himself for us, we are filled with a life truly given by God, and truly inaccessible by us.

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September 25, 2011
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October 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary A

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October 2011
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October 2, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 27 A
Scripture 1: 

Matthew 21:33-46

Sermon: 
When the Owner's Out of Town
Hymn 1: 
"Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore" No. 344
Hymn 2: 
"He Lives", No. 310
Hymn 3: 
"Lord, Whose Love Through Humble Service", No. 581
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Today we worship God in spirit and in truth. The day will come when we will worship God in a world where all evil is vanquished. Rouse us with a vision for that which is not yet, so that your light might become a beacon in us for all.
Creed: 
Apostles' Creed
Prayer of Confession: 
World Communion from Board of Discipleship

World Communion Sunday

Theme: the test of religious faith: how we behave when God is out of town.

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October 9, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 28 A
Scripture 1: 

Matthew 22:1-4

Sermon: 
Whose Party to Go To
Hymn 1: 
Joy in the Morning
Hymn 2: 
Lord, I Want to be a Christian, No. 402
Hymn 3: 
"Are You Able", No. 530
Call to Worship: 
<p><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;"><span style="font-size:16px;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;<br>you hold my lot.<br><strong>The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;<br>I have a goodly heritage. </strong><br><strong>I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;<br>in the night also<br>my heart instructs me. </strong><br>I keep the Lord always before me;<br>because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.<br>Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;<br>my body also rests secure.<br><strong>For you do not give me up to Sheol,<br>or let your faithful one see the Pit.<br>You show me the path of life.<br>In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.</strong></span><br><span style="font-size:16px;">- Psalm 16:5-10</span></span><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
<p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">No. 889</span></span></p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Most holy God, where can we go to escape from your dominion? You have chosen to make your life with us. When we try to hide from you, we lose ourselves.. The parts of our life that we set aside, apart from you, come to nothing. Forgive us. Teach us to trust you every day, in every way. In Christ we pray.

Words for Hymn 1

Joy in the Morning

by Natalie Sleeth, from Sing the Faith, No 2284

There'll be joy in the morning on that day,

there'll be joy in the morning on that day,

for the daylight will dawn when the darkness is gone,

there'll be joy in the morning on that day.

 

There'll be peace and contentment evermore, (2)

every heart, every voice on that day will rejoice,

there'll be peace and contentment evermore.

 

There'll be love and forgiveness everywhere, (2)

and the way of the Lord will that day be restored,

there'll be love and forgiveness everywhere.

 

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October 16, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 29 A
Scripture 1: 

Matthew 22:15-22

Sermon: 
How to Walk Around a Political Trap
Hymn 1: 
Seek Ye First, No. 405
Hymn 2: 
Sanctuary
Hymn 3: 
Onward Christians Soldiers, No. 575
Call to Worship: 
<table frame="VOID" rules="NONE" border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup><col width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td align="LEFT" height="191" width="710"><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,<br>a stronghold in times of troub<strong>le.<br>And those who know your name put their trust in you,</strong><br>for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.<br><strong>Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.<br>Declare his deeds among the peoples.</strong><br>- Psalm 9:9-11</span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
<p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">No. 886</span></span></p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Even though every nation in scripture from Egypt to Israel to Rome has been chastised by God, we make ourselves an exception. Waving flags, we make excuses for ourselves and our people. As a church we have failed to be any different than any secular patriot marching in a parade. Fill us with the spirit of the Exodus, mighty God. Be a pillar of fire to our nation, that we might find our way through these embattled days to the promised land of true peace and justice where you alone are glorified.

Words for Hymn

Sanctuary

by John Thompson and Randy Scruggs, from Sing the Faith, No. 2164

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,

pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I'll be a living sanctuary

for you.

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October 23, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 30 A
Scripture 1: 

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

Sermon: 
Speaking God in An UnGodly Time
Hymn 1: 
O Worship the King, No. 73
Hymn 2: 
This is the Day, No. 657
Hymn 3: 
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is
Call to Worship: 
<p><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>for you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory,<br>and the one who lifts up my head.<br><strong>I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy hill. </strong><br>I lie down and sleep; I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.<br>&nbsp;- adapted from Psalm 3:3-5</span></span></p>
Creed: 
<table frame="VOID" rules="NONE" border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup><col width="630"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td align="LEFT" height="153" width="630"><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">What advantage comes from acknowledging God’s creation<br>and providence?<br><strong>We learn that we are to be patient in adversity, grateful in the midst<br>of blessing, and to trust our faithful God and Father for the future, assured<br>that no creature shall separate us from his love, since all creatures are so<br>completely in his hand that without his will they cannot even move.</strong><br>Heidelberg Catechism, Question 28</span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, who sustains us in this life and the life to come, we live under the seal of your good providence. We believe that our future, however difficult, is blessed. Even death itself cannot take away our bond to Christ and his resurrection. But we confess, our Lord, that we become discouraged. Sometimes it is as though we are aliens in our own homes, and the people that we thought we knew are like strangers. Give us courage to trust the details of our lives to your good care. Forgive us when we fail to reflect that care for others.

Words for Hymn

Where the Spirit of the Lord Is

by Stephen R. Adams from Sing the Faith, No. 2119

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is peace.

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is love.

There is comfort in life's darkest hour,

there is light and life, there is help and power

in the spirit, in the spirit of the Lord.

 

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October 30, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 31 A
Scripture 1: 

Micah 3:5-12

Scripture 2: 

Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon: 
A Good Lead Despite Bad Leadership
Hymn 1: 
O For a Thousand Tongues (vss. 1-4), No. 57
Hymn 2: 
Come, Christians, Join to Sing, No. 158
Hymn 3: 
This Is My Father's World, No. 144
Call to Worship: 
<table frame="VOID" rules="NONE" border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup><col width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td align="LEFT" height="134" width="710"><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>In the kingdom of God all things will be brought to light.<br>Unfaithful rulers will reckon with the wrath of our Lord.<br><strong>The rule of love and justice will prevail in every seat of power<br>and we will stand in the glory of God.</strong></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
<p><em><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;"><font color="#330330">I believe in God, the Father almighty,<br> creator of heaven and earth. </font></span></span></em></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;"><font color="#330330">Q. What does this mean? </font></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;"><font color="#330330"><b>A. I believe that God created me, along with all creatures. God gave to me: body and soul, eyes, ears and all the other parts of my body, my mind and all my senses and preserves them as well. God gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and land, spouse and children, fields, animals, and all I own. Every day God abundantly provides everything I need to nourish this body and life. God protects me against all danger, shields and defends me from all evil. God does all this because of pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy, not because I've earned it or deserved it. For all of this, I must thank, praise, serve,and obey God. Yes, this is true! </b></font></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><span style="font-family: times new roman,times,serif;"><font color="#330330">- from Martin Luther's Small Catechism</font></span></span></p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Eternal God, in every generation we are prone to believe we are the high point of all of human history. We magnify our accomplishments beyond what is due. We baptize our points of view about everything as final truth. We forget those who have gone before us. Our heritage. The triumphs and tragedies that have made our present life possible. Forgive our ignorance, as we remember with gratitude the saints of every generation, alive and dead, who shall be our companions in your eternal realm.
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November 2011

Book Chapter for November 2011

November 6, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 32 A
Scripture 1: 

Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16

Scripture 2: 

Matthew 25:1-13

Sermon: 
To Be or Not Be (There)
Hymn 1: 
My God I Love Thee, No. 470
Hymn 2: 
Near to the Heart of God, No. 472
Hymn 3: 
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is No. 2117 Sing the Faith
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you</strong>.<br>What shall we return to the Lord for all the good things God has done for us?<br><strong>We will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.</strong><br><br>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
You told us, Messiah, that it is in the nature of the Holy One to come at an unexpected hour. We have not been good waiters. We have wandered into the company of people who await nothing - expect nothing other than what they can wrest for themselves. If we were truthful, we would be shocked to hear of your arrival. The centuries have made us dull. We scurry around looking for many things, but not for you. Shock us out of our complacency. Open our hearts so that we might open our arms to welcome you.

I want to put some special music together with Charlie Smith and Elizabeth Cross, combining "Wake Awake, for Night Is Flying" (Wachet Auf. UMH 720)) with "Here I Am" (2178 STF)

Reserve Field: 
"Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying" (No. 720, Wachet Auf) - Charles Smith
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November 13, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 33 A
Scripture 1: 

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Scripture 2: 

Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon: 
All Out
Hymn 1: 
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, No. 278
Hymn 2: 
This Little Light of Mine. No. 585
Hymn 3: 
Here I Am, Lord, No. 593
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>How lovely is the garden of the Lord, where what is sown bears fruit, blessing the earth with its goodness.<br><strong>How lovely is the word sown in the human heart, yielding love and justice.</strong><br>Let us draw near to our just and loving God.<br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
No. 652 (Responsive Text)
Prayer of Confession: 
Christ our brother, you offered your life so that we might have eternal life. But what you give comes at a great price. You have invited us to follow you to the banquet of grace, but also to the cross of your suffering. We would rather be distant admirers than disciples. Forgive us for the times that we have failed to follow you into the world's pain, preferring to sit in the corner to nurse our own hurts.

November 20, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Christ the King A
Scripture 1: 

Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon: 
Whoa! There's No Insulation on This Wire!
Hymn 1: 
We Gather Together, No. 131
Hymn 2: 
Battle Hymn of the Republic No. 717
Hymn 3: 
Come, Ye thankful People, Come, No. 694
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>From you comes my praise in the great congregation;<br>my vows I will pay before those who fear him.<br><strong>The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord.</strong><br>May your hearts live forever!<br><strong>All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord;<br>and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. </strong><br>For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.<br><strong>To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;<br>before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him. </strong><br>Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,<br>and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -Psalm 22:25-31<br><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
The Church's One Foundation No. 546 (read stanzas responsively)
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Spirit, behind the seats of power in this world you are moving through your Church, and by other means as well, to bring joy to sad people; to establish a new world where the peace of the land no longer has to take second place to special interests. We know what you intend, our Lord, but we do not do it. We love justice and peace only so long as they do not overly disturb our way of life. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Turn our deeds to your desire. Turn us around to face the one who is coming to bring justice to the greatest and the least.
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November 27, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 1 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 13:24-37

Sermon: 
Hanging of the Greens
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>There is something that is happening to us.<br>It is like a child growing in the mother's womb.<br><strong>It is like a gentle snow that falls beneath the street lights on a winter night.</strong><br>We are being changed by a mystery.<br><strong>Our God has joined his life with ours.</strong><br><br>&nbsp;</p>

Hanging of the Greens

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December 2011

December 4, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 2 B
Scripture 1: 

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Sermon: 
"Feet on the Ground. Eyes on God."
Hymn 1: 
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (No. 196) to Stuttgart (No. 611)
Hymn 2: 
Of the Father's Love Begotten, No. 184, Charles Smith sing vs 1,2, no amen
Hymn 3: 
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, No. 216
Call to Worship: 
<p><span style="font-size: 12px;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Lighting of Advent Wreath, Candle 2</span></span><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
<p>Christ Jesus,<br>though he was in the form of God,<br>did not regard equality with God<br>as something to be exploited,<br>but emptied himself,<br>taking the form of a slave,<br>being born in human likeness.<br>And being found in human form<br>he humbled himself<br>and became obedient to the point of death—<br>even death on a cross.<br>Therefore God also highly exalted him<br>and gave him the name that is above every name,<br>so that at the name of Jesus<br>every knee should bend,<br>in heaven and on earth and under the earth,<br>and every tongue should confess to the glory of God:<br>Jesus Christ is Lord!&nbsp;&nbsp; Amen.<br>&nbsp; -based on Philippians 2:6-11 (NRSV)</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from you, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves. We have turned from our neighbors, and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world, and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed. In your great mercy forgive our sins and free us from selfishness, that we may choose your will and obey your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
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December 11, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 3 B
Scripture 1: 

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Scripture 2: 

Luke 1:46b-55

Sermon: 
"How to Write a Christmas Story"
Hymn 1: 
Away in a Manger, No. 217
Hymn 2: 
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, No. 229
Hymn 3: 
Once in Royal David's City, No. 250
Call to Worship: 
Lighting of Advent Wreath, Candle 3
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
We confess that too often we look to this time of year as one more cycle in a world where nothing really changes. We go through the motions of faith but are dull to any new thing. We take our news from the secular press only to leave our Bibles closed and dusty on a shelf. We take our gospel from piped-music of department stores far from the poor travelers of Bethlehem. Open our hearts to the living Word that would bring us down to those places where cattle feed and nameless people in our own town struggle to survive.
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December 18, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 4 B
Scripture 1: 

Luke 1:26-38

Sermon: 
The Holy Birth Promise
Hymn 1: 
O Come, All Ye Faithful, No. 234
Hymn 2: 
The Friendly Beasts, No. 227
Hymn 3: 
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, No. 240
Call to Worship: 
Lighting of Advent Wreath, Candle 4
Creed: 
Psalm 24, No. 212 (text)
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Spirit, behind the seats of power in this world you are moving through your Church, and by other means as well, to bring joy to sad people; to establish a new world where the peace of the land no longer has to take second place to special interests. We know what you intend, our Lord, but we do not do it. We love justice and peace only so long as they do not overly disturb our way of life. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Turn our deeds to your desire. Turn us around to face the one who is coming to bring justice to the greatest and the least.

Special music by Kayte and Matthew Brock.

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December 25, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Christmas B
Scripture 1: 

Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)

Sermon: 
"A Glimpse of Heaven"
Hymn 1: 
What Child Is This, No. 219
Hymn 2: 
Gentle Mary Laid Her Child Lowly in a Manger
Hymn 3: 
Good Christian Friends Rejoice!, No. 224
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>O sing to the Lord a new song;<br><strong>sing to the Lord all the earth.</strong><br>Sing and give praise to God's name;<br><strong>tell the glad news of salvation from day to day.</strong><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
All things are governed by the providence of God. We believe that all things in heaven and on earth, and in all creatures, are preserved and governed by the providence of this wise, eternal and almighty God. For David testifies and says: “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?” from The Second Helvetic Confession
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Creator, you hard-wired our souls to thrive on compassion. Jesus taught his disciples to invest by giving. He taught by the example of his own family that we can find family anywhere in any place that we have an open heart. We confess that we sometimes draw in on ourselves in this holy time, pushing the world aside as we embrace the familiar. We close our doors against the cold, but cannot remove the chill of our own households. Touch us deeply with your warm embrace so that we might find our joy in meeting neighbors everywhere.

Gentle Mary Laid Her Child Lowly in a Manger*

Gentle Mary laid her child lowly in a manger;
There He lay, the undefiled, to the world a stranger.
Such a babe in such a place, can He be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race who have found his fa-vor.

Angels sang about His birth, wise men sought and found Him;
Heaven's star shone brightly forth, glory all around Him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight, heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night, all the hills were ring-ing.

Gentle Mary laid here child lowly in a manger;
He is still the undefiled, but no more a stranger.
Son of God, of humble birth, beautiful the story;
Praise His name in all the earth, hail the King of glo-ry.

*to "Tempus Adest Floridum"

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2012

All worship data for Year 2012

January 2012

January 1, 2011

Liturgical Date: 
Christmas 1 B
Scripture 1: 

Luke 2:22-40

Sermon: 
One Boy, One Blessing, Many Blessed
Hymn 1: 
As With Gladness Men of Old No. 63
Hymn 2: 
On This Day Earth Shall Ring No. 46
Hymn 3: 
There's Something about That Name
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>The Word of God quenches the thirst of the pilgrims of faith.<br><strong>The love of God gives us courage to witness.</strong><br>Let us draw near to God, our provider.<br><strong>Let us worship the God who makes all things right<br>now and for all eternity.</strong><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Light of the World, as we begin to pack away the decorations of another Christmas gone, we feel many things. For some of us, relief for the end of it all. For others, a reminder of the loneliness of a season without loved ones we have known. For many of us, we feel regrets at the passing of the moment as the sentiments of another season begin to fall into obscurity. But you are the light of the world. As we face the turning another year, shine your light upon us so that we might sense the peace that has no season. And forgive us when we fail to recognize the Prince of Peace, who would daily light our way.

There's Something about That Name

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! There's just something about that name!
Master, Savior, Jesus! Like the fragrance after the rain;
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Let all heaven and earth proclaim:
Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there's something about that name!

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Jan 8 Keys to Life Series: Who Is This God?

Liturgical Date: 
Baptism of the Lord B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:3

Sermon: 
Keys to Life Series: 'Who Is This God, Anyway?'
Hymn 1: 
How Great Thou Art No. 77
Hymn 2: 
Sanctuary
Hymn 3: 
Be Still My Soul No. 534
Call to Worship: 
<table frame="VOID" rules="NONE" style="width: 1001px; height: 135px;" border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup><col width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td align="LEFT" height="134" width="710">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Today let us celebrate the lovingkindness of our Lord.<br><strong>Let us remember the commandments of life</strong><br>for our God did not desert us in our sorrow.<br><strong>We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation No 885
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from sisters and brothers in Christ. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, and show reluctance to welcome one another; we allow the past to hold us hostage. In your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Remind us of the promises you make in baptism so that we may rise to new life, and live together in grace.

Sanctuary

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,

pure and holy, tried and true.

With thanksgiving, I'll be a living

sanctuary for you.

 

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January 8, 2012
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Jan 15 Keys to Life Series: Key 1

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 2 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:2

Sermon: 
Life Key 1: God and What 'Alpha' Means
Hymn 1: 
Amazing Grace No. 378
Hymn 2: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
Hymn 3: 
Because He Lives No. 364
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved,<br>but abides forever.<br><strong>As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people,<br>from this time on and forevermore. </strong><br>For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous,<br><strong>so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong. </strong><br>Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.<br>But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers.<br><strong>Peace be upon Israel!</strong><br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -Psalm 125<br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church No. 884
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of hosts, we do not know the times that we have been in the presence of wonder, only to walk away looking at our feet. We do not know how many days have passed in which angels came to us in the most ordinary circumstances while we were preoccupied with ourselves. We are like ghosts who pass through the world without being able to touch. Or to appreciate the encounters that would turn us from our cold haunted existence to the warm hearth of your glory.

Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
1.
Praise the Lord with the sound of trumpet,
praise the Lord with the harp and lute,
praise the Lord with the gentle sounding flute.

Praise the Lord in the field and forest,
praise the Lord in the city squaree,
praise the Lord anytime and anywhere.

Praise the Lord in the wind and sunshine,
praise the Lord in the dark of night,
praise the Lord in the rain or snow
or in the morning light.

Praise the Lord in the deepest valley,
praise the Lord on the highest hill,
praise the Lord, never let your voice be still.

2.
Praise the Lord with the crashing cymbal,
praise the Lord with the pipe and string,
praise the Lord with the joyful songs you sing.

Praise the Lord on a weekday morning,
praise the Lord on a Sunday noon,
praise the Lord by the light of sun or moon.

Praise the Lord in the time of sorrow,
praise the Lord in the time of joy,
praise the Lord every moment,
nothing let your praise destroy.

Praise the Lord in the peace and quiet,
praise the Lord in your work or play,
praise the Lord everywhere in every way.

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January 15, 2012
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Jan 22 Keys to Life Series: Key 2

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 3 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:4-6

Sermon: 
God Doesn't Have a Shelf Life
Hymn 1: 
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name No. 154
Hymn 2: 
Father, I Adore You
Hymn 3: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.&nbsp; Worship the Lord with gladness.&nbsp;&nbsp; Come into God's presence with singing.<br><strong>For the Lord is a gracious God, whose mercy is everlasting; and whose faithfulness endures to all generations.</strong></p>
Creed: 
<p>What advantage comes from acknowledging God’s creation<br>and providence?<br><strong>We learn that we are to be patient in adversity, grateful in the midst<br>of blessing, and to trust our faithful God and Father for the future, assured<br>that no creature shall separate us from his love, since all creatures are so<br>completely in his hand that without his will they cannot even move.</strong><br>Heidelberg Catechism, Question 28<br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called us to be a servant people, but we do not do what you command. We are often silent when we should speak, and useless when we could be useful. Have mercy on us, O God. Forgive us and free us from sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father, I Adore You

Father, I adore You,
lay my life before You;
how I love You.

Jesus, I adore You,
lay my life before You;
how I love You.

Spirit, I adore You,
lay my life before You;
how I love You.

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January 22, 2012
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Jan 29: Keys to Life Series 3

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 4 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:7

Sermon: 
Honest Prayer: the Art of Naming God
Hymn 1: 
Hymn of Promise No. 707
Hymn 2: 
Thou Art Worthy
Hymn 3: 
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty No. 64
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Search me, O God, and know my heart;<br><strong>try me and know my thoughts!</strong><br>See if there is any wicked way in me,<br><strong>and lead me in the way everlasting.</strong><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
<p>A Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada No. 883</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
You have chosen us, our Creator, to be an active part of your creation. You have especially called us to live our lives in the spirit of your son, Jesus, who demonstrated to us how to live that blessed life. But we grow tired of the demands of following him. We would choose other heroes. Or none at all. We resent being called out for responsibilities at inconvenient times, so we, like Jonah go into hiding. Forgive us. Return us to the joy of the daily walk with your son. In his name we pray.

Thou Art Worthy

Thou are worthy, thou are worthy,
thou are worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory, glory and honor,
glory and honor and power.

For thou hast created, hast all things created;
thou hast created all things.
And for thy pleasure they are created;
thou are worthy, O Lord.

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January 29, 2012
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February 2012

Feb 5: Keys to Life 3

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 5 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:7

Scripture 2: 

Mark 1:29-39

Sermon: 
Honest Prayer: Naming God Right
Hymn 1: 
His Name is Wonderful No. 174
Hymn 2: 
Thou Art Worthy
Hymn 3: 
Spirit of the Living God No. 393
Call to Worship: 
<table frame="VOID" rules="NONE" border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup><col width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td width="710" align="LEFT" height="134"><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Search me, O God, and know my heart;<br><strong>try me and know my thoughts!</strong><br>See if there is any wicked way in me,<br><strong>and lead me in the way everlasting.</strong></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
You gave us a life, our Creator, with the hope that we might be a blessing to the whole creation. How do we find wisdom to express the dreams and aspirations of your holy realm? We have fallen short of those dreams. Drawing authority to ourselves, we have willfully gone beyond your limits. We have taken what did not belong to us. And to this day we have fallen into those same habits in our everyday life. Forgive us, O Creator. Through the miracle of Jesus Christ restore us to that place of peace where we can stand with clear eyes to greet you without shame.

Thou Art Worthy

Thou are worthy, thou are worthy,
thou are worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory, glory and honor,
glory and honor and power.

For thou hast created, hast all things created;
thou hast created all things.
And for thy pleasure they are created;
thou are worthy, O Lord.

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Feb 12: Keys to Life 4

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 6 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:8-11

Scripture 2: 

Mark 1:40-45

Sermon: 
Sabbath Is a Garden Planted by God that Makes us Complete
Hymn 1: 
This Is the Day that the Lord Has Made No. 657
Hymn 2: 
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken No. 731
Hymn 3: 
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing No. 57
Call to Worship: 
<table frame="VOID" rules="NONE" border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup><col width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td height="134" width="710" align="LEFT"><font size="3">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Jesus said: you did not choose me, but I chose you.<br><strong>And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.</strong><br>Christ has called us to gather here this day.<br><strong>Let us draw near to him for strength and purpose.</strong></font></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord and provider, who made the world and sustains all of life, your beauty is reflected throughout your creation. Your gospel is always near to us. But life is a trial, and there are times when are afraid. There are times when your promises seem like tiny things compared with the brash claims of this world. We confess that we have been impatient with your message. We have run after the loud noises of the media markets that leave us empty, and have abandoned the still small voice of your spirit. Forgive us.
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Feb 19: Keys to Life 5

Liturgical Date: 
Transfiguration B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:12

Scripture 2: 

Mark 9:2-9

Sermon: 
Giving our Parents to God
Hymn 1: 
For the Fruits of This Creation No. 97 to Ar Hyd Y Nos No. 688
Hymn 2: 
Many and Great, O God No. 148
Hymn 3: 
Wonderful Words of Life No. 600
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip.<br><strong>For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.</strong><br>I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue.<br><strong>If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.&nbsp; But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer.</strong><br>Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Psalm 66:8-10;17-20 (NRSV)</p>
Creed: 
<p>What advantage comes from acknowledging God’s creation<br>and providence?<br><strong>We learn that we are to be patient in adversity, grateful in the midst<br>of blessing, and to trust our faithful God and Father for the future, assured<br>that no creature shall separate us from his love, since all creatures are so<br>completely in his hand that without his will they cannot even move.</strong><br>Heidelberg Catechism, Question 28</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, Moses' face glowed with the light of your glory when he returned from meeting you. He became a man apart, as did the prophets and the apostles of the Church. You have called us to be separate, as well, not because we should look down on others, but as a testimony to the light. We confess that we have shunned our calling, wishing to shrink into the shadows. Forgive us for being timid. We pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, who is the light of the world,
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February 12, 2012
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Feb 26: Keys to Life 6

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 1 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:13

Scripture 2: 

Mark 1:9-15

Sermon: 
Blood Belongs to God
Hymn 1: 
Guide Me, Thou, O Great Jehovah No. 127
Hymn 2: 
Come, Christians, Join to Sing, No. 158
Hymn 3: 
This Is My Father's World, No. 144
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Brothers and sisters, welcome in the name of the resurrected Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ.<br><strong>O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good;<br>God's steadfast love endures forever.</strong><br>Let us draw near to God in worship.<br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
The Nicene Creed No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
You gave us a life, our Creator, with the hope that we might be a blessing to the whole creation. How do we find wisdom to express the dreams and aspirations of your holy realm? We have fallen short of those dreams. Failing in true vision, we have made up stories of ourselves. We have misrepresented you even as we have misrepresented ourselves. Failing a vibrant life in the present, we have turned your house into a place of artifacts and dusty memories. Forgive us, O Creator. Through the miracle of Jesus Christ restore our existence to the blessed arena of justice and righteousness.
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February 26, 2012
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March 2012

March 4 Keys to Life 7

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 2 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:14

Scripture 2: 

Mark 8:27-38

Sermon: 
Finding Really Good Life through Faithfulness
Hymn 1: 
Stand Up and Bless the Lord No. 662
Hymn 2: 
I Believe in God Almighty
Hymn 3: 
Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing No. 671
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Somewhere a young girl is looking through her bag of keepsakes trying to find a sign of a mother’s love.<br><strong>A boy seeks a hero who is the worth the following.</strong><br>You knew us, Great Creator, before we were born.<br><strong>You loved us already.&nbsp; We gather today in the strength of your mighty heart. </strong><br><br>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
Apostles' Creed No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, faith is such a short and easy word to say. But it is far from easy to live. We admit and confess that we have substituted piety for faith. We have allowed the rituals of religious devotion to substitute for a practical life of trust in Jesus Christ. We have worshiped edifices and memories, turning faith to mere sentiments. By your mercy, bring us to that simple trust to follow where you lead, leaving all the consequences of our life to your care.

Cheating on a spouse is ultimately a form of suicide.

I Believe in God Almighty
(Tune: "Arfon", from Sing the Faith, No. 2042, words by Sylvia G. Dunstan)

I believe in God Almighty, Father of all things that be,
Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea.
I believe in God's Son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,
of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.

I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified;
taken from the cross, was buried -- True Life there had truly died.
I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,
then ascended to God's right hand. He will come to judge and save.

I believe in God's own Spirit, bonding all the saints within
one Church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;
in the body's resurrection, for the breaking of death's chain
gives the life that's everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.

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March 11: Keys to Life 8

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 3 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:15

Scripture 2: 

John 2:13-25; Mark 11:15-19

Sermon: 
Earn? Yes. Receive? Yes. Snatch? Um.
Hymn 1: 
Holy, Holy, Holy No. 64
Hymn 2: 
The Gift of Love No. 408
Hymn 3: 
The Wonder of It All
Call to Worship: 
<table frame="VOID" rules="NONE" border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup><col width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td height="134" width="710" align="LEFT"><font size="3">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above,<br><strong>coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation<br>or shadow due to change.</strong><br> James 1:17</font></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
In Jesus of Nazareth, true humanity was realized once for all. Jesus, a Palestinian Jew, lived among his own people and shared their needs, temptations, joys, and sorrows. He expressed the love of God in word and deed and became a brother to all kinds of sinful men. But his complete obedience led him into conflict with his people. His life and teaching judged their goodness, religious aspirations, and national hopes. Many rejected him and demanded his death. In giving himself freely for them, he took upon himself the judgment under which all men stand convicted. God raised him from the dead, vindicating him as Messiah and Lord. The victim of sin became victor, and won the victory over sin and death for all men. - from The Confession of 1967
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light, and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.

The Wonder of It All by George Beverly Shea, No. 13 in Hymns for the Family of God

There's a wonder of sunset at evening,

the wonder as sunrise I see;

but the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul

is the wonder that God loves me.

 

Refrain:

O the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!

Just to think that God loves me. (2)

 

There's the wonder of springtime and harvest,

the sky, the stars, the sun;

but the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul

is a wonder that's only begun. (Refrain)

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March 11, 2012
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March 18: Keys to Life 9

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 4 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:16

Scripture 2: 

John 3:14-21

Sermon: 
Neighborhood Watch
Hymn 1: 
Glorifiy Thy Name
Hymn 2: 
Sweet Hour of Prayer No. 496
Hymn 3: 
Amazing Grace No.378
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br><strong>Praise and glory to you, Spirit of God.</strong><br>you come like the wind of heaven, unseen, unbidden.<br><strong>Like the dawn you illumine the world around us;</strong><br>you grant us a new beginning every day.<br><strong>Come Holy Spirit.&nbsp; Grant us a new beginning today.</strong><br><br>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
No. 889
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called us to be a servant people, but we do not do what you command. We are often silent when we should speak, and useless when we could be useful. Have mercy on us, O God. Forgive us and free us from sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Since lying is so hard to maintain, relax and surprise everybody with the truth!

Glorify Thy Name

from Sing the Faith, No. 2016

Father, we love you,

we worship and adore you,

glorify thy name in all the earth.

Glorify thy name, glorify thy name,

glorify thy name in all the earth.

Jesus, we love you . . .

Spirit, we love you. . .

 

Scripture

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

John 3:14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God."

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March 18, 2012
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March 25: Key to Life 10

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 5 B
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 20:17

Scripture 2: 

Luke 15:8

Sermon: 
The Secret of the Lost Coin
Hymn 1: 
Because He Lives No. 364
Hymn 2: 
Lord, Speak to Me No. 463
Hymn 3: 
Spirit of the Living God No. 393
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
No. 888
Prayer of Confession: 
Why is it, O God of righteousness, that brothers betray brothers? Why, through the centuries, have Christian nations gone to war against people of their own faith and hope? Why in many of our own communities, do congregations try to outdo each other in their claims to the truth? Forgive us, O God, of the avarice of our own hearts. For we are not unlike the brothers who cast Joseph into the pit in the betrayal of family and faith. We have coveted the life of our brothers and sisters instead of discovering the riches that you have laid at our own doorstep. Lead us, as you led Joseph's brothers, to reconciliation and love. We ask this, in the name of Christ Jesus our lord.

Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Luke 15:8 "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? 9 When 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.'

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March 25, 2012
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April 2012

April 1, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Passion B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 14:1-15:47

Sermon: 
The Change
Hymn 1: 
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna No. 278
Hymn 2: 
What Wondrous Love Is This No. 292 (banjo acc)
Hymn 3: 
God's Great Love Is So Amazing (to tune "Austria", No. 731)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus the Messiah did not come into the world to condemn it. He came for love. He came to make a division between good and evil. He came for eternal life. For life that cannot be cut short by any hostile intervention. Let us claim the spirit of Christ with our prayer and worship.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
O Father of mercies, who are we to appreciate the love that has given us life: the kindness of people that we never knew; the late nights of prayer that sustained us. If we but knew the sacrifices that have been made by faithful people on our behalf from teachers, elders, strangers, and members of our family. But most of all, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth. We do not come to you because we have been brave and faithful. At critical moments, we, like Simon, ran away and denied all. Forgive us Lord. By your mercies restore us to the peace of your kingdom.

God's Great Love Is So Amazing

God's great love is so amazing!
See a shepherd with his flocks!
Ninety-nine are safely grazing;
one is lost among the rocks.
That good shepherd goes and searches
'til he finds the one astray.
So God says to fill our churches
with the ones who've lost their way.

God in love is always seeking!
See a woman with her broom!
For a single coin she's sweeping
every corner of the room.
When it's found she calls each neighbor,
telling friends from all around.
So God says to search and labor
'til God's precious ones are found.

God keeps waiting, searching, yearning!
See a father's heartfelt joy!
Thankful for his son's returning,
he runs out to greet his boy.
To the angry older brother,
hear the father's patient call.
So God says to love each other,
for in Christ God loves us all.

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April 8, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Easter B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 16:1-8

Sermon: 
Tomb? Been There. Done That.
Hymn 1: 
Christ the Lord is Risen Today No. 302
Hymn 2: 
Up from the Grave He Arose No. 322
Hymn 3: 
He Lives No. 310
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
Jesus is Lord. He is Lord, Indeed!
Prayer of Confession: 
In this early hour we greet the new day that marks everything that is fresh and right. In this early hour we greet the kingdom's dream of life that is unquenchable and eternal. The new light reveals our own fragile being. But you are the God of the resurrection, and we can only bring your our weakness. Forgive our sins. Have mercy on us. Raise us, also, to life, this happy day.
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April 15, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 2 B
Scripture 1: 

John 20:19-30

Sermon: 
Believing First. Seeing Second. That Order.
Hymn 1: 
Were You There? Cokesbury No. 255
Hymn 2: 
Father, I Adore You
Hymn 3: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Cokesbury No. 256
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Psalm 105:1-4
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty from Sing the Faith, No. 2042, words by Synthia Dunstan, tune: Arfan. I believe in God Almighty, Father of all things that be, Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea. I believe in God's son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ, of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life. I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified; taken from the cross, was buried - true life there had truly died. I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave, then ascended to God's right hand. He will come to judge and save. I believe in God's own Spirit, bonding all the saints within one Church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin; in the body's resurrection, for the breaking of death's chain gives the life that's everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Creator, by your hand we are wonderfully made. You gave us minds to devise tools to explore space from light years in vastness down to the smallest particles. But we have turned your gifts against you. We have become dishonest with honest doubt, and tried to reduce you to our level. We have tried to shrink your reality to what we think is possible, as surely as the ancient idol makers fashioned you in stone. Judge our idolatry, O God, and set right our spiteful ways. Send your spirit to open our souls to your possibilities - even to raise the dead.

Father, I Adore You,
Lay my life before you.
How I love you.

Jesus . . .
Spirit. . .

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April 22, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 3 B
Scripture 1: 

Luke 24:36-49

Sermon: 
Connecting the Dots
Hymn 1: 
Beautiful River Cokesbury No. 207
Hymn 2: 
Near to the Heart of God, No. 472
Hymn 3: 
God, That Madest Earth and Heaven No. 688
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. What would we be, without you, O Lord, to divert us from the deep-worn paths of habit? You call us from the low places to meet many trials of faith. You refine us like gold. You cut away the roughness from the uncut diamond so that the light might shine: May your glory shine through us with the colors of heaven.
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” - from Brief Statement of Faith, Book of Confessions
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, there is nothing in all creation that can describe fully who you are. To believe in you is to have faith in things unseen. To follow Christ is to follow one we never knew in the days of his Galilean wanderings. We confess that we sometimes have trouble believing what we have not seen with our own eyes. We make ourselves the center of the universe from which we imagine all truth must spring. Forgive us of such silliness. Teach us by your spirit to see Christ in our own neighborhoods among our own neighbors with the same zeal as Simon and Mary Magdalene greeted Jesus in the road.
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April 29, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 4 B
Scripture 1: 

John 10:11-18

Sermon: 
Jesus Does Not Disappoint
Hymn 1: 
My Hope Is Built No. 368
Hymn 2: 
Jesu, Jesu No. 432
Hymn 3: 
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross No. 301
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. How lovely is the garden of the Lord, where what is sown bears fruit, blessing the earth with its goodness. How lovely is the word sown in the human heart, yielding love and justice. Let us draw near to our just and loving God.
Creed: 
Apostles' Creed, No 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Sovereign God, you stretch your hand over the stars - you caress the power of the quasar. You dance in the nucleus of the atom: from the smallest to the largest you are God. But we, like Jonah of old, try to assign you a territory. We try to make you a territorial god - to enclose you in borders; to house you in foolish sanctuaries. But wherever we set our foot, you claim that space as holy ground. Even the ugly places. Forgive us for dividing your dominion to our convenience. Have mercy, and deliver us so that we can stand in your glory wherever we are.
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May 2012

May 6, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 5 B
Scripture 1: 

Acts 8:26-40

Sermon: 
A Eunuch and a Suffering Servant
Hymn 1: 
Sweet, Sweet Spirit No. 334
Hymn 2: 
I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
Hymn 3: 
Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ in Presbyterian Hymnal No. 514
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
O Christ, you came to the twelve to call them out of the old life to follow you. You came to the villagers to summon them to live their lives where they were, but as citizens of the kingdom of God. But we have turned your calling into a religious option. We have translated the word "grace" into "license". We have turned obedience into the cheap words, "I believe." Teach us to do less talking and more following. Forgive us for all the scams we have tried to run on you and your kingdom. Have mercy on us as you guide us onto the right path.

I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me
from Presbyterian Hymnal, No. 369

I'm gonna live so God can use me
anywhere Lord, any time!
I'm gonna live so God can use me
anywhere Lord, any time!

I'm gonna work . . .
pray. . .
sing. . .

Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
(Jamaican folk melody)

Let us talents and tongues employ,
reaching out with a shout of joy!
Bread is broken, the wine is poured,
Christ is spoken and seen and heard:

Refrain
Jesus lives again. Earth can breath again.
Pass the word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one,
at the table he sets the tone,
teaching people to live, to bless,
love in word and in deed express:
(refrain)

Jesus calls us in, sends us out
bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share:
God, Immanuel, and everywhere!
(refrain)

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May 13, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 6 B
Scripture 1: 

1 John 5:1-6

Sermon: 
The Force that Really Is With Us
Hymn 1: 
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name No. 154
Hymn 2: 
Wade In the Water
Hymn 3: 
He Is Lord No. 177 (twice)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. How lovely is the garden of the Lord, where what is sown bears fruit, blessing the earth with its goodness. How lovely is the word sown in the human heart, yielding love and justice. Let us draw near to our just and loving God.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.
Prayer of Confession: 
As we gather in your name this day, gracious God, we come as a people of misplaced hopes and misplaced visions. We have adapted the values of your kingdom to the values of this world. We have compromised the commands of love and justice with a dozen excuses. If we have thought about our ethics at all, we have not always taken the cross of Christ as our starting point. Forgive us, merciful God. May your spirit set us on fire with something that is an alternative in a desperate world.

Wade in the Water
from Sing the Faith, No. 2107

Wade in the water.
Wade in the water children.
Wade in the water.
God's gonna trouble the water.

See that host all dressed in white -
Wade in the water.

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May 20, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 7 B
Scripture 1: 

I John 5:9-13

Sermon: 
Walking Around the Posers
Hymn 1: 
Wonderful Words of Life No. 600
Hymn 2: 
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God No. 110
Hymn 3: 
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms No. 133
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O come let us bow down and worship; let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For the Lord is our God; we are God's own, the flock for whom the Good Shepherd laid down his life.
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, hear our confession. We never seem to be able to quite get where we are going. We are a day late and a dollar short. Too many of our plans turn out to be fantasies. We do not finish. Or if we do, we look back and ask ourselves “What's the point?” There has been too much of “we” and not enough of you. We have held you at arm's length because we cannot control you. Have mercy upon us.
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May 27, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Pentecost B
Scripture 1: 

Acts 2:1-21

Sermon: 
What Language Barrier?
Hymn 1: 
"Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore" No. 344
Hymn 2: 
Sanctuary
Hymn 3: 
We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, No. 418
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing and give praise to God's name; tell the glad news of salvation from day to day.
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God s new heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus! from “A Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith. We confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit. We do not necessarily listen for your word of grace, or live as a people raised in Christ. Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our timid lives by the power of your brazen Spirit.

Sanctuary
from Sing the Faith, No. 2164

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary,
pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving I'll be a living
sanctuary for you.

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June 2012

June 3, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Trinity B
Scripture 1: 

Isaiah 6:1-8

Sermon: 
Look at God and Live, Not Die
Hymn 1: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
Hymn 2: 
The Unclouded Day Cokesbury No. 207
Hymn 3: 
Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ in Presbyterian Hymnal No. 514
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And to you also. Let us gather in the Spirit that is holy, as our hearts and souls are opened to the wonder of God.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, we would take the beauty of a roadside daisy and reduce it to a trivial nothing. Our pride has led us to confuse thinking with posturing, so that we shrink all life's sacred mystery to little things that make us look clever on the outside while leaving us empty on the inside. Forgive our sin. Draw us out of ourselves to the sacred ground where your glory fills us with your sacred mystery. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
1.
Praise the Lord with the sound of trumpet,
praise the Lord with the harp and lute,
praise the Lord with the gentle sounding flute.

Praise the Lord in the field and forest,
praise the Lord in the city squaree,
praise the Lord anytime and anywhere.

Praise the Lord in the wind and sunshine,
praise the Lord in the dark of night,
praise the Lord in the rain or snow
or in the morning light.

Praise the Lord in the deepest valley,
praise the Lord on the highest hill,
praise the Lord, never let your voice be still.

2.
Praise the Lord with the crashing cymbal,
praise the Lord with the pipe and string,
praise the Lord with the joyful songs you sing.

Praise the Lord on a weekday morning,
praise the Lord on a Sunday noon,
praise the Lord by the light of sun or moon.

Praise the Lord in the time of sorrow,
praise the Lord in the time of joy,
praise the Lord every moment,
nothing let your praise destroy.

Praise the Lord in the peace and quiet,
praise the Lord in your work or play,
praise the Lord everywhere in every way.

Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
(Jamaican folk melody)

Let us talents and tongues employ,
reaching out with a shout of joy!
Bread is broken, the wine is poured,
Christ is spoken and seen and heard:

Refrain
Jesus lives again. Earth can breath again.
Pass the word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one,
at the table he sets the tone,
teaching people to live, to bless,
love in word and in deed express:
(refrain)

Jesus calls us in, sends us out
bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share:
God, Immanuel, and everywhere!
(refrain)

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June 10, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 10 B
Scripture 1: 

2nd Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Sermon: 
The Whole Spectrum
Hymn 1: 
Morning Has Broken No. 145
Hymn 2: 
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing No. 57
Hymn 3: 
Here I Am, Lord, No. 593
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Around the world today, men and women are gathered in the name of Christ. Most have little upon this earth to call their own. Some will loose their lives for their faith. Many will be slandered in an unjust world. Let us join with them, and turn our life to God. Let us trust in his abundant mercies.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty (Tune: "Arfon", from Sing the Faith, No. 2042, words by Sylvia G. Dunstan) I believe in God Almighty, Father of all things that be, Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea. I believe in God's Son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ, of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life. I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified; taken from the cross, was buried -- True Life there had truly died. I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave, then ascended to God's right hand. He will come to judge and save. I believe in God's own Spirit, bonding all the saints within one Church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin; in the body's resurrection, for the breaking of death's chain gives the life that's everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.
Prayer of Confession: 
God of grace, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind - and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your way, and follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your holy name.
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June 17, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 11 B
Scripture 1: 

2 Corinthians 5:6-10;16-19

Sermon: 
Cool in Christ. Warm in Spirit.
Hymn 1: 
I Love to Tell the Story No. 156
Hymn 2: 
We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight
Hymn 3: 
Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing No. 671
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. This is a day of celebration. Let us rejoice in the majesty of God Almighty, who made heaven and earth. Let us also be merry in joy of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit who rule this universe and all else beyond our imaginations. Let up worship the Lord who would take a child into his arms and call that child the kingdom of God.
Creed: 
The Nicene Creed No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
O Living Word, Spirit of all wisdom and understanding, we stand on the shoulders of countless women and men who have born testimony to your glory. Where would we be without faith's story? And yet we are great forgetters. In our frenzied pace we only hear what comes in two-minute clips. We consume advise that has been produced for someone's profit. Forgive us. Open our hearts to listen and be changed.

We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight
from Presbyterian Hymnal, No. 399
tune "Dunlap's Creek"

We walk by faith and not by sight,
no gracious words we hear
from Christ who spoke as none 'er spoke;
but we believe Him near.

We may not touch His hands and side,
nor follow where He trod;
but in His promise we rejoice,
and cry: "My Lord and God!"

Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;
and may our faith abound
to call on You when You are near
and seek where You are found.

That when our life of faith is done,
in realms of clearer light
we may behold You as You are,
with full and endless sight.

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June 24, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 12 B
Scripture 1: 

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Sermon: 
People Don't Always Admit the Goodness of Christ They See in Others
Hymn 1: 
This Is the Day that the Lord Has Made No. 657
Hymn 2: 
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing No. 400
Hymn 3: 
How Can I Keep from Singing
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!" The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! -Psalm 29
Creed: 
All things are governed by the providence of God. We believe that all things in heaven and on earth, and in all creatures, are preserved and governed by the providence of this wise, eternal and almighty God. For David testifies and says: “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?” from The Second Helvetic Confession
Prayer of Confession: 
O Master of the Way, you have removed all barriers that block our walk with you. You have shown us the way to deepest peace. But we have treated your word as an option of last resort. We have turned your gospel into a set of morals. We have often made the way of Christ into a charming sideline to what we fancy to be real life. Because we have treated your good news so casually, people sometimes look at us and think: "they are full of hot air." Have mercy on us, Holy One. May your spirit quicken us to take up the way of Christ for which we were baptized.

How Can I Keep from Singing
(My Life Flows On)
from Sing the Faith, No. 2212

My life flows on in endless song
above earth's lamentation.
I hear the clear, though far-off hymn
that hails the new creation

Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging,
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? (Refrain)

What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather 'round?
Songs in the night he giveth. (Refrain)

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? (Refrain)

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July 2012

July 1, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 13 B
Scripture 1: 

TBD visiting preacher

Sermon: 
TBD visiting preacher
Hymn 1: 
O Worship the King No. 73
Hymn 2: 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand No. 474
Hymn 3: 
My Country 'Tis of Thee No. 697
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The God we worship today is magnificent He feeds the thousands who gather hungry and hoping. And then he treads upon chaos, commanding the storm. We have known the storm, our Lord. We come to you today with open hands to sing your praise.
Creed: 
Affirmation from Romans No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy Spirit, you have anointed us with the power to see this world as citizens of the kingdom of God. You have given us the power to embrace the prophets - to recognize what is sacred. But we decide what people are worth by the brands they wear. We have become an economy constantly on a war-footing. We trumpet our righteousness to the world and spend what we do not have. We side with those who would silence truth in the name of national security. Forgive us, and fill us with your fire, so that we, like the apostles, can abandon the old life and proclaim your kingdom.
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July 8, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 14 B
Scripture 1: 

TBD visiting preacher

Sermon: 
TBD visiting preacher
Hymn 1: 
How Great Thou Art No. 77
Hymn 2: 
Fairest Lord Jesus No. 189
Hymn 3: 
He Touched Me No. 367
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God blows like a fresh wind after a summer storm. He clears the air and scatters the trash as the skies become blue over our heads. Let us open the windows our our houses. Let us open the doors of our souls and worship God.
Creed: 
The Nicene Creed No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.
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July 15, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 15 B
Scripture 1: 

TBD visiting preacher

Sermon: 
TBD visiting preacher
Hymn 1: 
For the Beauty of the Earth No. 92
Hymn 2: 
Jesu, Jesu No. 432
Hymn 3: 
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing No. 400
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. - Psalm 9:9-11
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Gracious God, you have sown among us the seeds of possibility. You came repeatedly to Israel to judge and make right the wrongs of human sin. At the right time, you sent Christ to free all who would come to him. All too often, we have been like the seeds sown upon the rocky ground, where the root of life could not take hold. We have let weeds grow up in Eden, separating us from your purpose. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, and set us free from the things that choke our lives.
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July 22, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 16 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 6:30-34

Scripture 2: 
Psalm 69:1-3
Sermon: 
“But have you told me all?” “Yes” “You have not, Miss Stone.”
Hymn 1: 
I Love to Tell the Story No. 156
Hymn 2: 
"Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore" No. 344
Hymn 3: 
I Love You, Lord, No. 2068 in Sing the Faith
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Today we worship God in spirit and in truth. The day will come when we will worship God in a world where all evil is vanquished. Rouse us with a vision for that which is not yet, so that your light might become a beacon in us for all.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, we are blessed indeed by the wonders of your creation. We, particularly in America, are surrounded by great bounty. But for all the goodness of this land, we are but a work in progress. Your prophets have told us that the world as we know it must pass away. O God, we have set too much store by this world's goods. We pray that you make us poor, not only in spirit, but also in practice. Open our eyes to the kingdom that we may see it with the eyes of Christ on the mountain.

I Love You, Lord, and I lift my voice,
to worship you, O my soul rejoice.
Take joy, my King, in what you hear,
may it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

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July 29, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 17 B
Scripture 1: 

Ephesians 3:14-21

Sermon: 
He Exceeds Everything
Hymn 1: 
When Morning Gilds the Skies No. 185
Hymn 2: 
I Believe in God Almighty No. 2042 in Sing the Faith
Hymn 3: 
The Lone Wild Bird No. 2052 in Sing the Faith
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Come Lord Jesus. Shine on us like the brightest star in the sky.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
We were created in your image from the dust of the earth. We claim that you are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, but in the space between, we have spent a lot of time creating ourselves in our own image. We try to insure our destiny by hedging and hoarding. We are more willing to march to war as soldiers of a secular nation than as soldiers of the cross. Have mercy on us. Bring us back to your purpose so that we might find the abundant life of Christ.

The lone wild bird in lofty flight
is still with Thee, nor leaves Thy sight.
Yeah, I am Thine, I rest in Thee.
Great Spirit come and rest in me.

The ends of earth are in Thine hands.
The seas dark deep and far off lands.
Yeah I am Thine, I rest in Thee.
Great Spirit come and rest in me.

O search me God, my heart reveal,
renew my life, me spirit heal,
for I am Thine, I rest in Thee.
Great Spirit come and rest in me.

- words from Presbyterian Hymnal, No. 322, and adapted from Sing the Faith, No. 2052

I Believe in God Almighty
(Tune: "Arfon", from Sing the Faith, No. 2042, words by Sylvia G. Dunstan)

I believe in God Almighty, Father of all things that be,
Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky and sea.
I believe in God's Son, Jesus, now for us both Lord and Christ,
of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.

I believe that Jesus suffered, scourged and scorned and crucified;
taken from the cross, was buried -- True Life there had truly died.
I believe that on the third day Christ was raised up from the grave,
then ascended to God's right hand. He will come to judge and save.

I believe in God's own Spirit, bonding all the saints within
one Church, catholic and holy, where forgiveness frees from sin;
in the body's resurrection, for the breaking of death's chain
gives the life that's everlasting. This the faith that I have claimed.

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August 2012

August 5, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 18 B
Scripture 1: 

John 6:24-35

Sermon: 
Real Food
Hymn 1: 
Thou Art Worthy in Sing the Faith, No. 2041
Hymn 2: 
O Sing a Song of Bethlehem No. 179
Hymn 3: 
He Is Lord No. 177 (twice)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the mystery of God's power in this world. He comes to us with the still, small voice. He comes to us in the challenge of sacred texts. He comes to us in judgment to make us clean and whole. The Sacred Spirit surprises us in an unexpected moment. Come, o Holy One, speak to us your glory.
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, the witnesses of your Church, which is the body of Christ, tell us that in time of greatest need, you provide us all things necessary for life. We, in our turn, are sent to offer ourselves to the world, sharing our life and means so that all people might have a place at the table of creation's bounty. But in real life we have hoarded our riches and wasted our food. We see people as a means of profit instead of companions at Christ's table. Open our hearts, our minds, and our hands to the generosity of your steadfast love.

Thou Art Worthy

Thou are worthy, thou are worthy,
thou are worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory, glory and honor,
glory and honor and power.

For thou hast created, hast all things created;
thou hast created all things.
And for thy pleasure they are created;
thou are worthy, O Lord.

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August 12, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 19 B
Scripture 1: 

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

Sermon: 
How the Holy Spirit Leads Us from Our First Thoughts to Our Best Thoughts
Hymn 1: 
There's Something About That Name No. 171
Hymn 2: 
Morning Has Broken No. 145
Hymn 3: 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand No. 474
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of Christ completes every aspect of our life. We come to worship God in our brokenness. He mends our marriages and heals the broken hearts. Every man, woman and child of us finds life in our Maker. Let us worship God.
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God s new heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus! from “A Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess the blindness that is not even aware of hurt; the pride that dares not admit that it is wrong; the selfishness that can see nothing but its own will; the righteousness that knows no fault; the callousness that has ceased to care; the defiance that does not regret its own sins; the evasion that always tries to make excuses; the coldness of heart that is too hardened to repent. God, we are sinners; be merciful to us.
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August 19, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 20 B
Scripture 1: 

John 6:51-58

Sermon: 
Eat What's Set Before You!
Hymn 1: 
To God Be the Glory No. 98
Hymn 2: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet in Sing the Faith No. 2020
Hymn 3: 
Amazing Grace No.378
Call to Worship: 
Psalm 147 pg. 159
Creed: 
We believe there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God's purpose. We are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. Rom. 8:1, 28, 38, 39
Prayer of Confession: 
O God our maker, who created us to love: to love friends, to love sacrifice for others, to honor the love of women and men - we thank you for the passions that enrich our lives and fill our hearts. We confess that we, along with many of our ancestors, have cast a dark shadow over the passions of the heart, calling sin what is a gift of God. Free us from being prudes. Within the disciplines of your holy law, show us how we might faithfully celebrate our humanity as we follow Christ.

Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet
1.
Praise the Lord with the sound of trumpet,
praise the Lord with the harp and lute,
praise the Lord with the gentle sounding flute.

Praise the Lord in the field and forest,
praise the Lord in the city squaree,
praise the Lord anytime and anywhere.

Praise the Lord in the wind and sunshine,
praise the Lord in the dark of night,
praise the Lord in the rain or snow
or in the morning light.

Praise the Lord in the deepest valley,
praise the Lord on the highest hill,
praise the Lord, never let your voice be still.

2.
Praise the Lord with the crashing cymbal,
praise the Lord with the pipe and string,
praise the Lord with the joyful songs you sing.

Praise the Lord on a weekday morning,
praise the Lord on a Sunday noon,
praise the Lord by the light of sun or moon.

Praise the Lord in the time of sorrow,
praise the Lord in the time of joy,
praise the Lord every moment,
nothing let your praise destroy.

Praise the Lord in the peace and quiet,
praise the Lord in your work or play,
praise the Lord everywhere in every way.

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August 26, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 21 B
Scripture 1: 

Ephesians 6:10-20

Sermon: 
They're Already Beaten.
Hymn 1: 
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God No. 110
Hymn 2: 
Kum Ba Ya No. 494
Hymn 3: 
God of the Sparrow No. 122
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We need not look far to find the signs of God's nearness. Kinfolks discover old bonds. Strangers find new friends in odd places. Pioneers build a home in the frontier. Wherever God is in the wide world, there is hope. Let us worship the one who makes a way for us where there was none.
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Your word is life to us, Lord God. We learned our life from the compassion of Jesus. We learned from him that life is more than the instinct to survive. Indeed, he taught us by his own example that the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. But we like sheep, have hidden from you. We rebel against the thought that we belong to anyone but ourselves. Restore us to the green pastures where life is rich and deep.
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September 2012

September 2, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 22 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 7:1-8

Scripture 2: 

Song of Solomon 2:8-13

Sermon: 
Why Turn God's Blessings into Curses?
Hymn 1: 
This Is the Day that the Lord Has Made No. 657
Hymn 2: 
God's Great Love Is So Amazing (to tune "Austria", No. 731)
Hymn 3: 
Blest Be the Tie that Binds No. 557
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. With its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense Then the kings assembled, they came on together. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight; trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor, as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever. We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever. -Psalm 48
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
O Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, risen in glory in the Father, and the Holy Spirit: we sometimes make great claims in the name of God. It is one thing to believe in the majesty and glory of the Creator. It is quite another to see you in the poorest and the weakest. Or to see you in your suffering at the hands of evil. As we come to offer you our service in this hour, forgive us of all of our bombast and pride, even as you teach us the way of the cross.

God's Great Love Is So Amazing

God's great love is so amazing!
See a shepherd with his flocks!
Ninety-nine are safely grazing;
one is lost among the rocks.
That good shepherd goes and searches
'til he finds the one astray.
So God says to fill our churches
with the ones who've lost their way.

God in love is always seeking!
See a woman with her broom!
For a single coin she's sweeping
every corner of the room.
When it's found she calls each neighbor,
telling friends from all around.
So God says to search and labor
'til God's precious ones are found.

God keeps waiting, searching, yearning!
See a father's heartfelt joy!
Thankful for his son's returning,
he runs out to greet his boy.
To the angry older brother,
hear the father's patient call.
So God says to love each other,
for in Christ God loves us all.

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September 9, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 23 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 7:24-30

Sermon: 
Beyond Shame: I AM Created in the Image of God!
Hymn 1: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529
Hymn 2: 
Something Beautiful No. 394
Hymn 3: 
I Come with Joy No. 617
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord of Israel is not some stand-offish deity who lives in isolated pomp. The Lord of Israel loves the prayers of his people. He would rather hear our arguments than our silence. Let us bring our case before the Lord and show him our mettle as we honor him with our candor.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.
Prayer of Confession: 
There are religions, O God, that use sacrifice and charms as excuses to live faithless lives. Indeed, we are tempted to use prayer to manipulate you into winking at sin. Through your prophets you called Israel away from such piety, and, through Jesus the Messiah you make us accountable not only for what we do on the outside, but who we are on the inside. Forgive us for the times when we make ourselves exceptions to your law. By your spirit empower us to worship only you - to live faithfully with our spouses, our families, and our neighbors
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September 16, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 24 B
Scripture 1: 

Proverbs 1:20-33

Sermon: 
Compounding Interest in Wisdom
Hymn 1: 
Wonderful Words of Life No. 600
Hymn 2: 
There Is a Balm in Gilead No. 375
Hymn 3: 
O Happy Day, That Fixed My Choice No. 391
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Our help is in the Lord, who judges the nations. In our sadness the Lord of life finds us. We do not linger in our grief for old failed dreams. God will give us new dreams. Let us worship the God of new dreams.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (Ecumenical Version) No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess our neglect. Our neglect of your Word for our lives. We have become dry and brittle, like the litter on the forest floor, easily kindled by the smallest spark. We neglect the ones we love, making lonely those whom God has given us to cherish. We neglect the poor, looking through them as though they did not exist. Have mercy on us Break our hearts in the heart of Christ, that we might reflect his love to the world.
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September 23, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 25 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 9:30-37

Sermon: 
Jesus Nukes Humpty Dumpty Religion
Hymn 1: 
Sanctuary No. 2164 in Sing the Faith
Hymn 2: 
His Eye Is On the Sparrow No. 2146 in Sing the Faith
Hymn 3: 
Just As I Am No. 357
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Word of God quenches the thirst of the pilgrims of faith. The love of God gives us courage to witness. Let us draw near to God, our provider. Let us worship the God who makes all things right now and for all eternity.
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
O Heavenly Savior, what did we ever gain by trying to forge our own lives? How many ways have we found to turn honest testimony into bragging rights, staking our value on our own merits? Can we not understand that it is the cross of Christ that draws the lost the the Savior. Forgive us for the countless times we have wasted words trying to justify ourselves. Forgive us when we have been an obstacle to people searching for your grace.

Sanctuary

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,
pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living
sanctuary for you.

His Eye Is On the Sparrow
1. Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home,
when Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is he:

(Refrain)
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.
I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm free,
for his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

2. "Let not your heart be troubled," his tender word I hear,
and resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
though by the path he leadeth but one I may see:
(refrain)

3. Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
when song gives place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to him, from care he sets me free:
(refrain)

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September 30, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 26 B
Scripture 1: 

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22

Sermon: 
Saying "Yeah!" and "Boo!" in the Right Places.
Hymn 1: 
To God Be the Glory No. 98
Hymn 2: 
On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand No. 724
Hymn 3: 
O God, Our Help In Ages Past No. 117
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us receive the gift of God today. Let us ask for wisdom and the blessing of all. Let us take the least seat in the house to make way for others. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our strength and redeemer.
Creed: 
Korean Methodist Statement of Faith No. 884
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of truth, we confess that we have practiced a kind of religion that avoids telling the truth. We have used religion to hide from things that we had rather not think about. To avoid touching hard questions of life and faith that threaten us. We have confused purity with cowardice. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Kindle fire within us that our eyes might have light to see and our hearts warmth to embrace this weary world in your power.
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October 2012

October 7, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 27 B
Scripture 1: 

Job 1:1, 2:1-10

Sermon: 
Job Series: Time of Trial
Hymn 1: 
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty No. 139
Hymn 2: 
O Mary, Don't You Weep No. 134 (to banjo)
Hymn 3: 
Be Still My Soul No. 534
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God blows like a fresh wind after an autumn rain. He clears the air and softens the sky. Let us open the windows our our houses to the cooling breeze. May God's Spirit refresh us and bring peace to our land.
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
Most holy God, where can we go to escape from your dominion? You have chosen to make your life with us. When we try to hide from you, we lose ourselves.. The parts of our life that we set aside, apart from you, come to nothing. Forgive us. Teach us to trust you every day, in every way. In Christ we pray.
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October 14, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 28 B
Sermon: 
Job Series: When God Doesn't Show Up
Hymn 1: 
Be Thou My Vision No. 451
Hymn 2: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529
Hymn 3: 
Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, Cokesbury No. 100
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. - Psalm 9:9-11
Creed: 
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. from “Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.
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October 21, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 29 B
Scripture 1: 

Job 38:12-7, 34-41

Sermon: 
Job Series: So, It's a Creation Thing, Is It?
Hymn 1: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Cokesbury No. 256 (to banjo)
Hymn 2: 
What a Friend No. 526
Hymn 3: 
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior Cokesbury No. 149
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. - Psalm 16:5-10
Creed: 
What is the real purpose of being a human being? To glorify God and enjoy him forever. Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 1
Prayer of Confession: 
O Creator, you promised your people, Israel, that they would be a blessing to all nations. In Jesus Christ we are sealed by our baptism to that ancient promise. But sometimes we grow weary with promises. Sometimes it seems we are alone in the universe, and when we pray to you, it is as though we were talking into empty air. We give up and lose attention. We stray into our own ways and forget the blessing that we are meant to carry into the world. Do not forget us, O Lord. Have mercy.
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October 28, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 30 B
Scripture 1: 

Job 42

Sermon: 
Job Series: A Text That Shatters with Grace In a Huge Universe
Hymn 1: 
Thou Art Worthy in Sing the Faith, No. 2041
Hymn 2: 
The Old Rugged Cross No. 504
Hymn 3: 
Do Lord, Remember Me No. 527 (banjo or guitar)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The house of the Lord is open to everyone. Children open the Word of God and proclaim the mysteries of the faith. The Spirit blows where it will and we are changed in the twinkling of an eye.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (traditional) No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Eternal God, in every generation we are prone to believe we are the high point of all of human history. We magnify our accomplishments beyond what is due. We baptize our points of view about everything as final truth. We forget those who have gone before us. Our heritage. The triumphs and tragedies that have made our present life possible. Forgive our ignorance, as we remember with gratitude the saints of every generation, alive and dead, who shall be our companions in your eternal realm.

Thou Art Worthy

Thou are worthy, thou are worthy,
thou are worthy, O Lord,
to receive glory, glory and honor,
glory and honor and power.

For thou hast created, hast all things created;
thou hast created all things.
And for thy pleasure they are created;
thou are worthy, O Lord.

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November 2012

November 4, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 31 B
Scripture 1: 

Ruth 1:1-18

Scripture 2: 

Mark 12:28-34

Sermon: 
Where Are You, Ruth?
Hymn 1: 
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord No. 540
Hymn 2: 
Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ in Presbyterian Hymnal No. 514
Hymn 3: 
Rejoice, the Lord Is King No. 715
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!" The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! -Psalm 29
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (ecumenical version) No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Eternal God, in every generation we are prone to believe we are the high point of all of human history. We magnify our accomplishments beyond what is due. We baptize our points of view about everything as final truth. We forget those who have gone before us. Our heritage. The triumphs and tragedies that have made our present life possible. Forgive our ignorance, as we remember with gratitude the saints of every generation, alive and dead, who shall be our companions in your eternal realm.

Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
(Jamaican folk melody)

Let us talents and tongues employ,
reaching out with a shout of joy!
Bread is broken, the wine is poured,
Christ is spoken and seen and heard:

Refrain
Jesus lives again. Earth can breath again.
Pass the word around: loaves abound!

Christ is able to make us one,
at the table he sets the tone,
teaching people to live, to bless,
love in word and in deed express:
(refrain)

Jesus calls us in, sends us out
bearing fruit in a world of doubt,
gives us love to tell, bread to share:
God, Immanuel, and everywhere!
(refrain)

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November 11, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 32 B
Scripture 1: 

Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17

Sermon: 
The Power of a Random Act of Kindness
Hymn 1: 
Into My Heart, Sing the Faith, No. 2160
Hymn 2: 
How Can I Keep from Singing No. 2212 in Sing the Faith
Hymn 3: 
They'll Know We are Christians By Our Love
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. -Psalm 130
Creed: 
All things are governed by the providence of God. We believe that all things in heaven and on earth, and in all creatures, are preserved and governed by the providence of this wise, eternal and almighty God. For David testifies and says: “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?” from The Second Helvetic Confession
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, who sustains us in this life and the life to come, we live under the seal of your good providence. We believe that our future, however difficult, is blessed. Even death itself cannot take away our bond to Christ and his resurrection. But we confess, our Lord, that we become discouraged. Sometimes it is as though we are aliens in our own homes, and the people that we thought we knew are like strangers. Give us courage to trust the details of our lives to your good care. Forgive us when we fail to reflect that care for others.

How Can I Keep from Singing
(My Life Flows On)
from Sing the Faith, No. 2212

My life flows on in endless song
above earth's lamentation.
I hear the clear, though far-off hymn
that hails the new creation

Refrain: No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I'm clinging,
Since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? (Refrain)

What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather 'round?
Songs in the night he giveth. (Refrain)

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? (Refrain)

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

We are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord,
we are one in the spirit, we are one in the Lord,
and we pray that all unity may one day be restored,

Refrain
and they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love,
yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand (2)
and together we'll spread the news that God is in our land.
(Refrain)

We will work with each other, we will work side by side (2)
and we'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride,
(Refrain)

All praise to the Father from whom all things come,
and all praise to Christ Jesus, God's only Son,
and all praise to the Spirit who makes us one,
(Refrain)

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November 18, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 33 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 13:1-8

Sermon: 
Israel's Birthpangs: Ruth->Obed->Jesse->David-> . . . Jesus Messiah
Hymn 1: 
Come, Christians, Join to Sing No. 158
Hymn 2: 
Fairest Lord Jesus No. 189
Hymn 3: 
God of the Sparrow No. 122
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us join in this ancient prayer of Israel, and give thanks for all the children who bless our life: Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. Children are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. -Psalm 127
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Christ our brother, you offered your life so that we might have eternal life. But what you give comes at a great price. You have invited us to follow you to the banquet of grace, but also to the cross of your suffering. We would rather be distant admirers than disciples. Forgive us for the times that we have failed to follow you into the world's pain, preferring to sit in the corner to nurse our own hurts.
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November 25, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Christ the King B
Scripture 1: 

Revelation 1:4-8

Sermon: 
New World Symphony
Hymn 1: 
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come No. 694
Hymn 2: 
We Gather Together No. 131
Hymn 3: 
We've a Story to Tell to the Nations No. 569
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Our God has shown us that he can and will cut through every obstacle to save the lost and give rest to the weary. When we were nobody, he called our name, and claimed us as his own. Let us give our thanks and praise to the Lord.
Creed: 
The members of the church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But they have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Their strength is in their confidence that God’s purpose rather than man’s schemes will finally prevail.
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. We confess that we have not expected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment. In the common course of human events, we accept lies as truth, exploit neighbors, abuse the earth, and refuse your justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world.
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December 2012

December 9, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 2 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 3:1-6
Sermon: 
“We are walking on the ground of our salvation.”
Hymn 1: 
Kum Ba Yah No. 494
Hymn 2: 
People Look East No. 202
Hymn 3: 
Hail the Lord's Anointed No. 203
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The prophet Isaiah writes of someone who is coming into our world out of the ruins of the nation. This person will be like a tiny green sprig that shoots up from an old rotten stump. Along the mountain paths of Tennessee in December you might be surprised at how many green things lie low to the ground waiting for their time. Yet even in their waiting, they are still lovely. That is how it is with us. That is what we believe. We are filled with peace beyond our understanding. We light this candle to cast light upon our waiting, May God come quickly and bring that peace for which we long.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (traditional) No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Spirit, behind the seats of power in this world you are moving through your Church, and by other means as well, to bring joy to sad people; to establish a new world where the peace of the land no longer has to take second place to special interests. We know what you intend, our Lord, but we do not do it. We love justice and peace only so long as they do not overly disturb our way of life. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Turn our deeds to your desire. Turn us around to face the One who is coming to bring justice to the greatest and the least.
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December 16, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 3 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 3:7-18
Sermon: 
Good News Outside the Box
Hymn 1: 
All Things Bright and Beautiful No. 147
Hymn 2: 
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly No. 229
Hymn 3: 
What Child is This? No. 219
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Along the rocks that gird the mountain light shines through what was hidden to reveal the stark simplicity of living things. The woods stand dormant in the winter Among the rocks and fallen leaves. Cedars shine in the low golden light. We await with joy what God has touched with life. Holy One, make us like the countryside around us, simple and beautiful. We light this candle for the joy that God has planted in our hearts Even in the time of trial.
Creed: 
Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada No. 883
Prayer of Confession: 
In the words of your prophet, Amos, you spoke: "I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. . But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." We confess that we have substituted sweet piety for integrity. We show more interest in the decorum of religion than in our testimony. Forgive us, righteous Judge. By your mercy mold us into your holiness so that our words and our deeds might truly reflect your glory.
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December 23, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 4 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 1:39-55
Sermon: 
“There Are Going to Be Some Changes Around Here.”
Hymn 1: 
Joy to the World No. 246
Hymn 2: 
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing No. 240
Hymn 3: 
Once in Royal David's City No. 250
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Here in Cowan the town is lit with the colors of the season. The depot train is trimmed with blinking lights. We pray, O God, that the colors and the sounds of the season might be met with love: love within the household - love at checkout stands and waiting lines - love in houses of worship where your name is called. But even where that is lacking, you loved us before we knew how to love one another. We light this candle for the love that came to us in your only begotten son born in Bethlehem.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Philippians 2:5-11a
Prayer of Confession: 
We confess that too often we look to this time of year as one more cycle in a cosmos where nothing changes. We go through the motions of faith but are dull to any new thing. We take our news from the secular press only to leave our Bibles closed and dusty on a shelf. We take our gospel from piped-music of department stores far from the poor travelers of Bethlehem. Open our hearts to the living Word that would bring us down to those places where cattle feed and nameless people in our own town struggle to survive.

Vocal Special: "Lady Christmas" Katlyn Council

Quartet: "While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night" to Sherburne, from the Sacred Harp

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December 24, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Christmas Eve C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 2:1-20
Hymn 1: 
O Come All Ye Faithful No. 234
Hymn 2: 
Silent Night No. 239

Vocal Special  Charles Smith "O Holy Night"

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December 30, 2012

Liturgical Date: 
Christmas 1 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 2:41-52
Sermon: 
Who's Rule?
Hymn 1: 
Go, Tell It on the Mountain No. 251
Hymn 2: 
O Little Town of Bethlehem No. 230 to Forest Green No. 152
Hymn 3: 
Angels from the Realms of Glory No. 220
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We need not look far to find the signs of God's nearness. Kinfolks discover old bonds. Strangers find new friends in odd places. Pioneers build a home in the frontier. Someone moves to a new city to start a new life. Young people begin a new family. Wherever God is in the wide world, there is hope. Let us worship the one who makes a way for us where there was none.
Creed: 
"What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism "
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Creator, you hard-wired our souls to thrive on compassion. Jesus taught his disciples to invest by giving. He taught by the example of his own family that we can find family anywhere in any place that we have an open heart. We confess that we sometimes draw in on ourselves in this holy time, pushing the world aside as we embrace the familiar. We close our doors against the cold, but cannot remove the chill of our own households. Touch us deeply with your warm embrace so that we might find our joy in meeting neighbors everywhere.
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2013

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January 2013

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January 6, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany C
Scripture 1: 
Job 1:1-5
Scripture 2: 
Ephesians 3:1-12
Sermon: 
Good Job, Job.
Hymn 1: 
Lord I Lift Your Name on High Sing the Faith No. 2088
Hymn 2: 
We Three Kings, No. 254
Hymn 3: 
Lord of the Dance No. 261
Call to Worship: 
<p> <style type="text/css"> <!--{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%0A%09%09BODY%2CDIV%2CTABLE%2CTHEAD%2CTBODY%2CTFOOT%2CTR%2CTH%2CTD%2CP%20%7B%20font-family%3A%22Arial%22%3B%20font-size%3Ax-small%20%7D%0A%09%09%20%2D%2D%3E--></style> </p><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td align="LEFT" height="153"><font size="3">The Lord be with you.<br><strong>And also with you.</strong><br>The Word of God quenches the thirst of the pilgrims of faith.<br><strong>The love of God gives us courage to witness.</strong><br>Let us draw near to God, our provider.<br><strong>Let us worship the God who makes all things right<br>now and for all eternity.</strong></font></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
Mighty and merciful God, you have called us to be your people and claimed us for the service of Jesus Christ. We confess that we have not lived up to our calling. We have been timid and frightened disciples, forgetful of your powerful presence and the strength of your Spirit among us. O God, forgive our foolish and sinful ways. As you have chosen us and claimed us in our baptism, strengthen us anew to choose Christ’s way in this world. Give us your Holy Spirit that each of us may be provided with the gifts of grace needed to fulfill our common calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Vocal solo by Julia Sumpter
Reserve Field: 
Ave Maria Alyssa Sumpter and Charles Smith
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January 13, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Baptism of the Lord
Scripture 1: 
Job 1:6-22
Scripture 2: 
Luke 3:15-17;21-22
Sermon: 
When the Satan Wants to Test His Theories
Hymn 1: 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings, Sing the Faith No. 2087
Hymn 2: 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand No. 474
Hymn 3: 
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise No. 103
Call to Worship: 
<p>The Lord be with you.<br>And also with you.<br>The spirit of God is our strength in good times and in bad times.<br>When things are bad we are not abandoned.<br>Even the dark night becomes the ambiance for the shining light.<br>Let us worship the Lord of light.</p>
Creed: 
<p>What is the fourth petition of the Lord's prayer?<br>A. “Give us this day our daily bread.” That is: be pleased to provide<br>for all our bodily needs so that thereby we may acknowledge that thou art<br>the only source of all that is good, and that without thy blessing neither<br>our care and labor nor thy gifts can do us any good. Therefore, may we<br>withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it in thee alone.<br>Question 125 of the Heidelberg Catechism</p>
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from sisters and brothers in Christ. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, and show reluctance to welcome one another; we allow the past to hold us hostage. In your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Remind us of the promises you make in baptism so that we may rise to new life, and live together in grace.
Reserve Field: 
Gustav Holst's Thaxted Alyssa Sumpter, flute, Andy Gay, piano
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January 20, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 2
Scripture 1: 
Job 2:1-13
Scripture 2: 
I Corinthians 12:1-11
Sermon: 
When It's Not Funny Anymore
Hymn 1: 
To God be the Glory No. 98
Hymn 2: 
Here I Am, Lord No. 593
Hymn 3: 
God That Madest Earth and Heaven No. 688
Call to Worship: 
<p> <style type="text/css"> <!--{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2D%20%0A%09%09BODY%2CDIV%2CTABLE%2CTHEAD%2CTBODY%2CTFOOT%2CTR%2CTH%2CTD%2CP%20%7B%20font-family%3A%22Arial%22%3B%20font-size%3Ax-small%20%7D%0A%09%09%20%2D%2D%3E--></style> </p><table border="0" cellspacing="0" cols="1"><colgroup width="710"></colgroup><tbody><tr><td align="LEFT" height="134"><font size="3">The Lord be with you.<br>And also with you.<br>Brothers and sisters, welcome in the name of the resurrected Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ.<br>O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good;<br>God's steadfast love endures forever.<br>Let us draw near to God in worship.</font></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>
Creed: 
Affirmations from Romans No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of hosts, we do not know the times that we have been in the presence of wonder, only to walk away looking at our feet. We do not know how many days have passed in which angels came to us in the most ordinary circumstances while we were preoccupied with ourselves. We are like ghosts who pass through the world without being able to touch. Or to appreciate resistance that would turn us from our haunted existence to the light of your glory.
"Just for Askin' Love" written by Andy Gay sung by Katlyn Council
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January 27, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 3 C
Scripture 1: 
Job 3:1-3; 23
Scripture 2: 
Luke 4:14-21
Sermon: 
The Beginning of Deliverance
Hymn 1: 
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing No. 400
Hymn 2: 
Now Thank We All Our God No. 102
Hymn 3: 
Jesu, Jesu No. 432
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus said: you did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Christ has called us to gather here this day. Let us draw near to him for strength and purpose.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (Ecumenical Version) No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of all wisdom, you have redeemed our lives in Jesus Christ. In the church throughout the world you call people to witness to your glory. But we often prefer to listen to the voices of wrath. We are cast down by voices, inside and outside the church, who discredit the spiritual gifts of all people. We are seduced by political entertainers, clinging to opinion while neglecting prayer. Forgive us, O Lord.
"Soar Away" from The Sacred Harp, No. 455 the Choir
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February 2013

February 3, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 4 C
Scripture 1: 
Hebrews 2:14-18
Scripture 2: 
Job 22:1-11; 21
Sermon: 
Talking to God helps what we say about God.
Hymn 1: 
God, That Madest Earth and Heaven No. 688
Hymn 2: 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand No. 474
Hymn 3: 
Lord, Speak to Me No. 463
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Then I heard every creature in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea and all that is in them, singing: To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
Creed: 
The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, faith is such a short and easy word to say. But it is far from easy to live. We admit and confess that we have substituted piety for faith. We have allowed the rituals of religious devotion to substitute for a practical life of trust in Jesus Christ. We have worshiped edifices and memories, turning faith to mere sentiments. By your mercy, bring us to that simple trust to follow where you lead, leaving all the consequences of our life to your care.
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February 10, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Transfiguration C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 9:28-43a
Sermon: 
TBD by Elizabeth Ferguson
Hymn 1: 
Amazing Grace No. 378
Hymn 2: 
His Name is Wonderful No. 174
Hymn 3: 
Because He Lives No. 364
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty in Sing the Faith No. 2043
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, Moses' face glowed with the light of your glory when he returned from meeting you. He became a man apart, as did the prophets and the apostles of the Church. You have called us to be separate, as well, not because we should look down on others, but as a testimony to the light. We confess that we have shunned our calling, wishing to shrink into the shadows. Forgive us for being timid. We pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, who is the light of the world,
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February 17, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 1 C
Scripture 1: 
changed for Dick Scott Welch
Scripture 2: 
changed for Dick Scot Welch
Sermon: 
TBA Dick Scot Welch
Hymn 2: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529
Hymn 3: 
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days No. 269
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Brothers and sisters, welcome in the name of the resurrected Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ. O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God's steadfast love endures forever. Let us draw near to God in worship.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord and provider, who made the world and sustains all of life, your beauty is reflected throughout your creation. Your gospel is always near to us. But life is a trial, and there are times when are afraid. There are times when your promises seem like tiny things compared with the brash claims of this world. We confess that we have been impatient with your message. We have run after the loud noises of the media markets that leave us empty, and have abandoned the still small voice of your spirit. Forgive us.
This service was changed at the last minute due to Andy Gay's sickness - and the delay in coming home from Guatemala on Saturday. Andy called Dick from the Houston airport to ask him to fill in for him at the last minute on Sunday.
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February 24, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 2 C
Scripture 1: 
Job 28
Scripture 2: 
Luke 4:1-13
Sermon: 
"This Time We Look Down to Find God"
Hymn 1: 
Lord I Lift Your Name on High Sing the Faith No. 2088
Hymn 2: 
What A Friend We Have in Jesus No. 526
Hymn 3: 
Wonderful Words of Life No. 600
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Somewhere a young girl is looking through her bag of keepsakes trying to find a sign of a mother’s love. A boy seeks a hero who is the worth the following. You knew us, Great Creator, before we were born. You loved us already. We gather today in the strength of your mighty heart.
Creed: 
The Nicene Creed, No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light, and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior.
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March 2013

March 3, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 3 C
Scripture 1: 
Isaiah 55:1-9
Scripture 2: 
Job 31:38-40
Sermon: 
Ask the Rocks and the Eagles.
Hymn 1: 
This is My Father's World No. 144
Hymn 2: 
His Name is Wonderful No. 174
Hymn 3: 
There'll Be Joy in the Morning Sing the Faith No. 2284
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of God's glory. Let us draw unto the glory of the Creator. And let us embrace our Redeemer. We will go from here sustained by the fire of the Sacred Spirit.
Creed: 
God’s sovereign love is a mystery beyond the reach of the human mind. Human thought ascribes to God superlatives of power, wisdom, and goodness. But God reveals his love in Jesus Christ by showing power in the form of a servant, wisdom in the folly of the cross, and goodness in receiving sinners. The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of his love. God has created the world of space and time to be the sphere of his dealings with men. In its beauty and vastness, sublimity and awfulness, order and disorder, the world reflects to the eye of faith the majesty and mystery of its Creator. from "The Confession of 1967"
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of all wisdom, you have redeemed our lives in Jesus Christ. In the church throughout the world you call people to witness to your glory. But we often prefer to listen to the voices of wrath. We are cast down by voices, inside and outside the church, who discredit the spiritual gifts of all people. We are seduced by political entertainers, clinging to opinion while neglecting prayer. Forgive us, O Lord.
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March 10, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 4 C
Scripture 1: 
Job 38:28-33
Scripture 2: 
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Sermon: 
"Job from the 'Non-human' Point of View - and Who Else?"
Hymn 1: 
Thou Art Worthy Sing the Faith No. 2041
Hymn 2: 
How Can I Keep from Singing Sing the Faith No. 2212
Hymn 3: 
Near to the Heart of God No. 472
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Praise and glory to you, Spirit of God. you come like the wind of heaven, unseen, unbidden. Like the dawn you illumine the world around us; you grant us a new beginning every day. Come Holy Spirit. Grant us a new beginning today.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called us to be a servant people, but we do not do what you command. We are often silent when we should speak, and useless when we could be useful. Have mercy on us, O God. Forgive us and free us from sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lone Wild Bird Choir Mear Choir
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March 17, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 5 C
Scripture 1: 
Scripture 2: 
Isaiah 43:16-21
Sermon: 
The New Job
Hymn 1: 
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah No. 127
Hymn 2: 
I Love to Tell the Story No. 156
Hymn 3: 
All Things Bright and Beautiful No. 147
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty Sing the Faith No, 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Lord of the covenant, you made an offer to Israel, which, in Jesus Christ, you extend to all people. You invite us to follow the laws of shalom - the way of peace and right living. But we have preempted your authority -- trying proving ourselves by our own standards. Our efforts have been a disaster. Everyone can see the difference between who we would like to think we are and the way we really live our lives. Bring us back to your way, O Lord, so that you alone might refine our hearts to glory.

Scripture Full Texts

Isaiah 43:16-21 full text
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March 24, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Passion C
Scripture 1: 
Sermon: 
When Jesus Died, He Took the Powers of Death with Him
Hymn 1: 
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna No. 278
Hymn 2: 
Were You There No. 288
Hymn 3: 
What Wondrous Love Is This No. 292
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus the Messiah did not come into the world to condemn it. He came for love. He came to make a division between good and evil. He came for eternal life. For life that cannot be cut short by any hostile intervention. Let us claim the spirit of Christ with our prayer and worship.
Creed: 
Affirmation from Romans No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
O Father of mercies, who are we to appreciate the love that has given us life: the kindness of people that we never knew; the late nights of prayer that sustained us. If we but knew the sacrifices that have been made by faithful people on our behalf from teachers, elders, strangers, and members of our family. But most of all, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth. We do not come to you because we have been brave and faithful. At critical moments, we, like Simon, ran away and denied all. Forgive us Lord. By your mercies restore us to the peace of your kingdom.
Scripture Readers
  • Luke 23:1-5: Charles Money
  • Luke 23:6-12: Elizabeth Cross
  • Luke 23:13-25: Tom Wagner
  • Luke 23:26-43: Jonathan McGee
  • Luke 23:44-49: Evan Hawkins
  • Luke 23:50-56: undesignated
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March 31, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Easter C
Scripture 1: 
Sermon: 
Moving On
Hymn 1: 
Christ the Lord is Risen Today No. 302
Hymn 2: 
Crown Him with Many Crowns No. 327
Hymn 3: 
Up from the Grave He Arose No. 322
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by things that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.
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April 2013

April 7, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 2 C
Scripture 1: 
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April 14, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 3 C
Scripture 1: 
Sermon: 
Did you notice the following change?
Hymn 1: 
How Great Thou Art No. 77
Hymn 2: 
Seek Ye First No. 405
Hymn 3: 
What a Friend We Have in Jesus No. 526
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. What would we be, without you, O Lord, to divert us from the deep-worn paths of habit? You call us from the low places to meet many trials of faith. You refine us like gold. You cut away the roughness from the uncut diamond so that the light might shine: May your glory shine through us with the colors of heaven.
Creed: 
Affirmation of Faith from Romans No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, there is nothing in all creation that can describe fully who you are. To believe in you is to have faith in things unseen. To follow Christ is to follow one we never knew in the days of his Galilean wanderings. We confess that we sometimes have trouble believing what we have not seen with our own eyes. We make ourselves the center of the universe from which we imagine all truth must spring. Forgive us of such silliness. Teach us by your spirit to see Christ in our own neighborhoods among our own neighbors.
"Cry Abba Father" written by Caroline McGee "A Lenten Prayer" written by Andy Gay and choir
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April 21, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 4 C
Scripture 1: 
Scripture 2: 
John 10:22-30
Sermon: 
I ate the whole enchilada as my enemy watched. It was delicious.
Hymn 1: 
Amazing Grace No. 378
Hymn 2: 
Blessed Assurance No. 369
Hymn 3: 
He Leadeth Me No. 128
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 3 Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 4 Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6 With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? 7 The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. 10 All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12 They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. - Psalm 118:1-14
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Sovereign God, you stretch your hand over the stars - you caress the power of the quasar. You dance in the nucleus of the atom: from the smallest to the largest you are God. But we, like Jonah of old, try to assign you a territory. We try to make you a territorial god - to enclose you in borders; to house you in foolish sanctuaries. But wherever we set our foot, you claim that space as holy ground. Even the ugly places. Forgive us for dividing your dominion to our convenience. Have mercy, and deliver us so that we can stand in your glory wherever we are.
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April 28, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 5 C
Scripture 1: 
Sermon: 
If Love is Where I Came From, and Love is Where I'm Going, then Love is where I Am
Hymn 1: 
Holy, Holy, Holy No. 64
Hymn 2: 
His Name is Wonderful No. 174
Hymn 3: 
This Is My Song No. 437
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We are in a sanctuary of God, a place of safety and a place of refreshment. In the gospel of Jesus Christ we discover ourselves and the challenge that is given to us. We accept the challenge of nothing less than the gospel. Holy Spirit, fill us with fire to meet the challenge. Fill us with peace to meet the world in your name.
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God s new heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus! from “A Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy Spirit, we have heard it said that we are the captains of our own lives. That our success depends on what we make of ourselves. That the key to success is competition. We have taught these things to our children in our schools, in our clubs, and sometimes even in our churches. In the face of such self absorption our baptism in Christ fades to a distant memory - a vague charm, a pretty dress, a new shirt. Break our spirits if those spirits have diverted us from finding the path to your holy ground. Bring us to the well of living water where our life begins anew.
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May 2013

May 5, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 6 C
Scripture 1: 
Sermon: 
Knowing Your Silent Partner
Hymn 1: 
Spirit of God (choir teach) Sing the Faith No. 2117
Hymn 2: 
The Gift of Love No. 408
Hymn 3: 
O Thou Who This Mysterious Bread No. 613
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. How lovely is the garden of the Lord, where what is sown bears fruit, blessing the earth with its goodness. How lovely is the word sown in the human heart, yielding love and justice. Let us draw near to our just and loving God.
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, hear our confession. We never seem to be able to quite get where we are going. We are a day late and a dollar short. Too many of our plans turn out to be fantasies. We do not finish. Or if we do, we look back and ask ourselves “What's the point?” There has been too much of “we” and not enough of you. We have held you at arm's length because we cannot control you even as our lives spin out of control. Have mercy upon us.

Choir: Sweet Rivers of Redeeming Love

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May 12, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 7 C
Scripture 1: 
Sermon: 
When Demons Bring out the Worst, God Brings Out the Best!
Hymn 1: 
Spirit of God Sing the Faith No. 2117
Hymn 2: 
Standing in the Need of Prayer No. 352
Hymn 3: 
Father, I Adore You Sing the Faith No. 2038
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (traditional) No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Spirit, you surprise us with the power to heal what is broken and the reveal what is hidden to the world. You work deeply inside us to reveal the teaching of Jesus that love and forgiveness overcome the powers of this world that would destroy us. And yet we celebrate vengeance as a way of salvation. We have allowed powers to take root in our hearts and cool the compassion the Jesus commanded to rule our lives. Only your fire can break the demons and unclean things among us. Only your fire can turn bitterness to that amazing grace where your glory and purpose claim us. May it be so.
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May 19, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Pentecost C
Scripture 1: 
Scripture 2: 
Sermon: 
A Quiet Pentecost
Hymn 1: 
Something Beautiful No. 394
Hymn 2: 
Seek Ye First No. 405
Hymn 3: 
Only Trust Him No. 337
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing and give praise to God's name; tell the glad news of salvation from day to day.
Creed: 
"I Believe in God Almighty" Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith. We confess that we resist the force of your Spirit. We do not necessarily listen for your word of grace, or live as a people raised in Christ. Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our timid lives by the power of your brazen Spirit.
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May 26, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Trinity C
Scripture 1: 
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Sermon: 
Glory, Hope, and Being Right in the Middle of It"
Hymn 1: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet Sing the Faith No. 2020
Hymn 2: 
Near to the Heart of God No. 472
Hymn 3: 
I Am Thine, O Lord No. 419
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And to you also. Let us gather in the Spirit that is holy, as our hearts and souls are opened to the wonder of God.
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, we would take the beauty of a roadside daisy and reduce it to a trivial nothing. Our pride has led us to confuse thinking with posturing, so that we shrink all life's sacred mystery to little things that make us look clever on the outside while leaving us empty on the inside. Forgive our sin. Draw us out of ourselves to the sacred ground where your glory fills us with your sacred mystery. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Choir Christ is Made the Sure Foundation (Westminster Abbey) No. 559
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June 2013

June 2, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 9 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 7:1-10
Sermon: 
Even Though We Aren't the Same, God Is
Hymn 1: 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings, Sing the Faith No. 2087
Hymn 2: 
This Little Light of Mine (different tune) No. 585
Hymn 3: 
What a Friend We Have in Jesus No. 526
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. This is a day of celebration. Let us rejoice in the majesty of God Almighty, who made heaven and earth. Let us also be merry in joy of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit who rule this universe and all else beyond our imaginations. Let up worship the Lord who would take a child into his arms and call that child the kingdom of God.
Creed: 
Korean Statement of Faith No. 884
Prayer of Confession: 
O Living Word, Spirit of all wisdom and understanding, we stand on the shoulders of countless women and men who have born testimony to your glory. Where would we be without faith's story? And yet we are great forgetters. In our frenzied pace we only hear what comes in two-minute clips. We consume advise that has been produced for someone's profit. Forgive us. Open our hearts to listen and be changed.
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June 9, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 10 C
Scripture 1: 
I Kings 17:17-24
Scripture 2: 
Psalm 30
Sermon: 
Lord, I'm thinkiing this would be a good time to come to the rescue.
Hymn 1: 
Great is the Lord Sing the Faith No. 2022
Hymn 2: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot No. 703
Hymn 3: 
His Eye Is On the Sparrow Sing the Faith No. 2146
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Around the world today, men and women are gathered in the name of Christ. Most have little upon this earth to call their own. Some will loose their lives for their faith. Many will be slandered in an unjust world, but they will celebrate the goodness of God. Let us join with them, and turn our life to God. Let us trust in his abundant mercies.
Creed: 
All things are governed by the providence of God. We believe that all things in heaven and on earth, and in all creatures, are preserved and governed by the providence of this wise, eternal and almighty God. For David testifies and says: “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?” from The Second Helvetic Confession
Prayer of Confession: 
God of grace, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind - and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your purpose, and, in ways sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle, follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your holy name.
Reserve Field: 
Volunteers in Medicine Testimony
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June 16, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 11 C
Scripture 1: 
Galatians 2:15-21
Sermon: 
Let's Give Up and Get On With It!
Hymn 1: 
Great is the Lord Sing the Faith No. 2022
Hymn 2: 
Wonderful Words of Life No. 600
Hymn 3: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The house of the Lord is open to everyone. Children open the Word of God and proclaim the mysteries of the faith. The Spirit blows where it will and we are changed in the twinkling of an eye.
Creed: 
We believe there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God's purpose. We are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. Rom. 8:1, 28, 38, 39
Prayer of Confession: 
Gracious God, you have sown among us the seeds of possibility. You came repeatedly to Israel to judge and make right the wrongs of human sin. At the right time, you sent Christ to free all who would come to him. All too often, we have been like the seeds sown upon the rocky ground, where the root of life could not take hold. We have let weeds grow up in Eden, separating us from your purpose. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, and set us free from the things that choke our lives.
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June 23, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 12 C
Scripture 1: 
I Kings 19:1-15
Sermon: 
The Space Between the Words
Hymn 1: 
God of Grace and God of Glory No. 577
Hymn 2: 
I'll Fly Away No. 2282
Hymn 3: 
Here I Am, Lord No. 593
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!" The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! -Psalm 29
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, we are blessed indeed by the wonders of your creation. We, particularly in America, are surrounded by great bounty. But for all the goodness of this land, we are but a work in progress. Your prophets have told us that the world as we know it must pass away. O God, we have set too much store by this world's goods. We pray that you make us poor, not only in spirit, but also in practice. Open our eyes to the kingdom that we may see it with the eyes of Christ on the mountain.
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June 30, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 13 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 11:1-13
Sermon: 
Surplus of Generocity
Hymn 1: 
Morning Has Broken No. 145
Hymn 2: 
There's Something About That Name No. 171
Hymn 3: 
Fairest Lord Jesus No. 189
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Come Lord Jesus. Shine on us like the brightest star in the sky.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (ecumenical version) No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
We were created in your image from the dust of the earth. We claim that you are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, but in the space between, we have spent a lot of time creating ourselves in our own image. We try to insure our destiny by hedging and hoarding. We are more willing to march to war as soldiers of a secular nation than as soldiers of the cross. Have mercy on us. Bring us back to your purpose so that we might find the abundant life of Christ.
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July 2013

July 7, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 14 C
Scripture 1: 
2 Kings 5:1-14
Scripture 2: 
Luke 10:1-11; 16-20
Sermon: 
Message by Stacy Rector
Hymn 1: 
America the Beautiful No. 696
Hymn 2: 
This Is My Song No. 437
Hymn 3: 
How Can I Keep from Singing Sing the Faith No. 2212
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God blows like a fresh wind after a summer storm. He clears the air and scatters the trash as the skies become blue over our heads. Let us open the windows our our houses. Let us open the doors of our souls and worship God.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.
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July 14, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 15 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 10:25-37
Scripture 2: 
Deuternomy 30:9-14
Sermon: 
The Most Important Mission Trip Destination
Hymn 1: 
Spirit of God Sing the Faith No. 2117
Hymn 2: 
Wonderful Words of Life No. 600
Hymn 3: 
Just A Closer Walk with Thee Sing the Faith 2158
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. - Psalm 9:9-11
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Gracious God, you have sown among us the seeds of possibility. You came repeatedly to Israel to judge and make right the wrongs of human sin. At the right time, you sent Christ to free all who would come to him. All too often, we have been like the seeds sown upon the rocky ground, where the root of life could not take hold. We have let weeds grow up in Eden, separating us from your purpose. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, and set us free from the things that choke our lives.
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July 21, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 16 C
Scripture 1: 
Genesis 18:1-10a
Scripture 2: 
Luke 10:38-42
Sermon: 
Sermon by Monnie Caine
Hymn 1: 
"This Is My Father's World" No. 144
Hymn 2: 
They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love Sing the Faith No. 2223
Hymn 3: 
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior No. 351
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Today we worship God in spirit and in truth. The day will come when we will worship God in a world where all evil is vanquished. Rouse us with a vision for the world which is to come that your light might shine through us as a beacon of hope to the world.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Philippians 2:5-11a
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess the blindness that is not even aware of hurt; the pride that dares not admit that it is wrong; the selfishness that can see nothing but its own will; the righteousness that knows no fault; the callousness that has ceased to care; the defiance that does not regret its own sins; the evasion that always tries to make excuses; the coldness of heart that is too hardened to repent. God, we are sinners; be merciful to us.
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July 28,2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 17 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 11:1-13
Sermon: 
Message by Kevin Simmons
Hymn 1: 
Great is the Lord Sing the Faith No. 2022
Hymn 2: 
Kum Ba Ya No. 494
Hymn 3: 
How Great Thou Art No. 77
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Come Lord Jesus. Shine on us like the brightest star in the sky.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (Ecumenical) No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, the witnesses of your Church, which is the body of Christ, tell us that in time of greatest need, you provide us all things necessary for life. We, in our turn, are sent to offer ourselves to the world, sharing our life and means so that all people might have a place at the table of creation's bounty. But in real life we have hoarded our riches and wasted our food. We see people as a means of profit instead of companions at Christ's table. Open our hearts, our minds, and our hands to the generosity of your steadfast love.
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August 2013

August 4, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 18 C
Scripture 1: 
Genesis 4:1-16
Scripture 2: 
Luke 15:11-32
Sermon: 
"If You Do Well" by Stacy Rector
Hymn 1: 
Glorify Thy Name Sing the Faith No. 2016
Hymn 2: 
For All the Saints Sing the Faith No. 2283
Hymn 3: 
Into My Heart Sing the Faith No. 2160
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the mystery of God's power in this world. He comes to us with the still, small voice. He comes to us in the challenge of sacred texts. He comes to us in judgment to make us clean and whole. The Sacred Spirit surprises us in an unexpected moment. Come, o Holy One, speak to us your glory.
Creed: 
Statment of Faith of the United Church of Canada No. 883
Prayer of Confession: 
You did not come to us, O God, because we were nice people. You came to us because we are not so nice. We are often like the pharisee who strutted around in his righteousness by putting others down. We say, 'well at least we are not like them', as if that were a warrant of our salvation. Bring us to our knees, O God, with no claim but Christ and his mercy.
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August 11, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 19 C
Scripture 1: 
Hebrews 11:1-16
Scripture 2: 
Genesis 15:1-6
Sermon: 
Go ahead and read the data, but follow God
Hymn 1: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet Sing the Faith No. 2020
Hymn 2: 
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus Sing the Faith No. 2129
Hymn 3: 
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is Sing the Faith No. 2119
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of Christ completes every aspect of our life. We come to worship God in our brokenness. He mends our marriages and heals the broken hearts. Every man, woman and child of us finds life in our Maker. Let us worship God.
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God s new heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus! from “A Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
O Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, risen in glory in the Father, and the Holy Spirit: we sometimes make great claims in the name of God. It is one thing to believe in the majesty and glory of the Creator. It is quite another to see you in the poorest and the weakest. Or to see you in your suffering at the hands of evil. As we come to offer you our service in this hour, forgive us of all of our bombast and pride, even as you teach us the way of the cross.
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August 18, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 20 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 12:49-56
Scripture 2: 
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Sermon: 
Creator, Not Cuddler
Hymn 1: 
Thou Art Worthy Sing the Faith No. 2041
Hymn 2: 
Trust and Obey No. 467
Hymn 3: 
Have Thine Own Way, Lord No. 382
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God is our strength in good times and in bad times. When things are bad we are not abandoned. Even the dark night becomes the ambiance for the shining light. Let us worship the Lord of light.
Creed: 
We believe there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God's purpose. We are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. Rom. 8:1, 28, 38, 39
Prayer of Confession: 
Your word is life to us, Lord God. We learned our life from the compassion of Jesus. We learned from him that life is more than the instinct to survive. Indeed, he taught us by his own example that the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. But we like sheep, have hidden from you. We rebel against the thought that we belong to anyone but ourselves. Restore us to the green pastures where life is rich and deep.
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August 25, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 21 C
Scripture 1: 

Isaiah 58:9b-14

Sermon: 
Never Failing Spring
Hymn 1: 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings, Sing the Faith No. 2087
Hymn 2: 
Morning Has Broken No. 145
Hymn 3: 
Lord, Speak to Me No. 463
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We need not look far to find the signs of God's nearness. Kinfolk discover old bonds. Strangers find new friends in odd places. Pioneers build a new life on some unknown frontier. A young woman moves to a new city to restart her life. Young people begin a new family. God is with them all - with us all, whoever and wherever we are. Where there is God, there is inspiration and endurance. Let us worship the One who has blessed us with this holy life of new beginnings.
Creed: 
A Modern Affiirmation No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
Gracious God, you have sown among us the seeds of possibility. You came repeatedly to Israel to judge and make right the wrongs of human sin. At the right time, you sent Christ to free all who would come to him. All too often, we have been like the seeds sown upon the rocky ground, where the root of life could not take hold. We have let weeds grow up in Eden, separating us from your purpose. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, and set us free from the things that choke our lives.
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September 2013

September 1, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 22 C
Scripture 1: 
Psalm 112
Sermon: 
The Life that God Creates for Us
Hymn 1: 
Lord I Lift Your Name on High Sing the Faith No. 2088
Hymn 2: 
There's Within My Heart a Melody No. 380
Hymn 3: 
There's Something About That Name No. 171
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. With its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense Then the kings assembled, they came on together. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight; trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor, as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever. We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever. -Psalm 48
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, risen in glory in the Father, and the Holy Spirit: we sometimes make great claims in the name of God. It is one thing to believe in the majesty and glory of the Creator. It is quite another to see you in the poorest and the weakest. Or to see you in your suffering at the hands of evil. As we come to offer you our service in this hour, forgive us of all of our bombast and pride, even as you teach us the way of the cross.
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September 8, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 23 C
Scripture 1: 
Psalm 139: 1-6;13-18
Scripture 2: 
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Sermon: 
A Choice and a Destiny
Hymn 1: 
This Is the Day No. 657
Hymn 2: 
It's Me, It's Me, O Lord No. 352
Hymn 3: 
There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood No. 622
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord of Israel is not some stand-offish deity who lives in isolated pomp. The Lord of Israel loves the prayers of his people. He would rather hear our arguments than our silence. Let us bring our case before the Lord and show him our mettle as we honor him with our candor.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (traditional) No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
There are religions, O God, that use sacrifice and charms as excuses to live faithless lives. Indeed, we are tempted to use prayer to manipulate you into winking at sin. Through your prophets you called Israel away from such piety, and, through Jesus the Messiah you make us accountable not only for what we do on the outside, but who we are on the inside. Forgive us for the times when we make ourselves exceptions to your law. By your spirit empower us to worship only you - to live faithfully with our spouses, our families, and our neighbors
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September 15, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 24 C
Scripture 1: 

I Timothy 1:12-17

Sermon: 
It's Not About Us
Hymn 1: 
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name No. 154
Hymn 2: 
Wonderful Words of Life No. 600
Hymn 3: 
What a Friend We Have in Jesus No. 526
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Our help is in the Lord, who judges the nations. In our sadness the Lord of life finds us. We do not linger in our grief for old failed dreams. God will give us new dreams. Let us worship the God of new dreams.
Creed: 
What is the fourth petition of the Lord's prayer? A. “Give us this day our daily bread.” That is: be pleased to provide for all our bodily needs so that thereby we may acknowledge that thou art the only source of all that is good, and that without thy blessing neither our care and labor nor thy gifts can do us any good. Therefore, may we withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it in thee alone. Question 125 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess our neglect. Our neglect of your Word for our lives. We have become dry and brittle, like the litter on the forest floor, easily kindled by the smallest spark. We neglect the ones we love, making lonely those whom God has given us to cherish. We neglect the poor, looking through them as though they did not exist. Have mercy on us Break our hearts in the heart of Christ, that we might reflect his love to the world.
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September 22, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 25 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 16:1-13
Sermon: 
Our hearts always show who we are really serving.
Hymn 1: 
I Love You Lord (2 times) Sing the Faith No. 2068
Hymn 2: 
Wade in the Water Sing the Faith No. 2107
Hymn 3: 
O How He Loves You and Me Sing the Faith No. 2108
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Word of God quenches the thirst of the pilgrims of faith. The love of God gives us courage to witness. Let us draw near to God, our provider. Let us worship the God who makes all things right now and for all eternity.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty, Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
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September 29, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 26 C
Scripture 1: 

Luke 16:19-31

Sermon: 
We already know all we need to know about heaven to get there.
Hymn 1: 
Just a Closer Walk with Thee Sing the Faith No. 2158
Hymn 2: 
Sanctuary (3 times) Sing the Faith No. 2164
Hymn 3: 
His Eye Is On the Sparrow Sing the Faith No. 2146
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us receive the gift of God today. Let us ask for wisdom and the blessing of all. Let us take the least seat in the house to make way for others. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our strength and redeemer.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (ecumenical) No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of truth, we confess that we have practiced a kind of religion that avoids telling the truth. We have used religion to hide from things that we had rather not think about. To avoid touching hard questions of life and faith that threaten us. We have confused purity with cowardice. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Kindle fire within us that our eyes might have light to see and our hearts warmth to embrace this weary world in your power.
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October 2013

October 6, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 27 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 17:5-10
Sermon: 
The Stuff That's Worth Doing Over and Over Again
Hymn 1: 
Seek Ye First No. 405
Hymn 2: 
Lord, I Want to be a Christian No. 402
Hymn 3: 
We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder No. 418
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God blows like a fresh wind after an autumn rain. He clears the air and softens the sky. Let us open the windows our our houses to the cooling breeze. May God's Spirit refresh us and bring peace to our land.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Philippians 2:5-11a
Prayer of Confession: 
Most holy God, where can we go to escape from your dominion? You have chosen to make your life with us. When we try to hide from you, we lose ourselves.. The parts of our life that we set aside, apart from you, come to nothing. Forgive us. Teach us to trust you every day, in every way. In Christ we pray.
Communion Hymn One Bread, One Body No. 620
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October 13, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 28 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 17:11-19
Sermon: 
Where Thanks Begin and End
Hymn 1: 
Great is the Lord Sing the Faith No. 2022
Hymn 2: 
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name No. 154
Hymn 3: 
O God, Our Help in Ages Past No. No. 117 with Lamb of God, Sing the Faith No. 2113
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. - Psalm 9:9-11
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of truth, we confess that we have practiced a kind of religion that avoids telling the truth. We have used religion to hide from things that we had rather not think about. To avoid touching hard questions of life and faith that threaten us. We have confused purity with cowardice. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Kindle fire within us that our eyes might have light to see and our hearts warmth to embrace this weary world in your power.
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October 20, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 29 C
Scripture 1: 
Genesis 32:22-31
Scripture 2: 
Jeremiah 31:27-34
Sermon: 
From the Ashes
Hymn 1: 
Morning Has Broken No. 145
Hymn 2: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529
Hymn 3: 
Nearer, My God, To Thee No. 528
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. - Psalm 16:5-10
Creed: 
How many things must you know that you may live and die in the blessedness of this comfort? Three. First, the greatness of my sin and wretchedness. Second, how I am freed from all my sins and their wretched consequences. Third, what gratitude I owe to God for such redemption. -Heidelberg Catechism, Question 2
Prayer of Confession: 
O Creator, you promised your people, Israel, that they would be a blessing to all nations. In Jesus Christ we are sealed by our baptism to that ancient promise. But sometimes we grow weary with promises. Sometimes it seems we are alone in the universe, and when we pray to you, it is as though we were talking into empty air. We give up and lose attention. We stray into our own ways and forget the blessing that we are meant to carry into the world. Do not forget us, O Lord. Have mercy.
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October 27, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 30 C
Scripture 1: 
Luke 18:9-14
Sermon: 
The Goodness We Claim for Ourselves Is Our Worst Nightmare
Hymn 1: 
Arise, Shine Sing the Faith No. 2005
Hymn 2: 
Father, We Love You Sing the Faith No. 2016
Hymn 3: 
Now Thank We All Our God No. 102
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The house of the Lord is open to everyone. Children open the Word of God and proclaim the mysteries of the faith. The Spirit blows where it will and we are changed in the twinkling of an eye.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (traditional) No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained, and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
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November 2013

November 3, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 31 C
Scripture 1: 
Isaiah 1:10-18
Scripture 2: 
Luke 19:1-10
Sermon: 
“CTRL Reset”
Hymn 1: 
Spirit of God Sing the Faith No. 2117
Hymn 2: 
Let All Things Now Living
Hymn 3: 
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God No. 110
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!" The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! -Psalm 29
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Eternal God, in every generation we are prone to believe we are the high point of all of human history. We magnify our accomplishments beyond what is due. We baptize our points of view about everything as final truth. We forget those who have gone before us. Our heritage. The triumphs and tragedies that have made our present life possible. Forgive our ignorance, as we remember with gratitude the saints of every generation, alive and dead, who shall be our companions in your eternal realm.

Let All Things Now Living

Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
to God the Creator triumphantly raise,
who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
who guideth us on to the end of our days.
His banners are o'er us, his light goes before us,
a pillar of fire shing forth in the night,
'til shadows have vanished and darkness is banished,
as forward we travel from light into light.

His law he enforces, the stars in their courses,
the sun in his orbit obediently shine;
the hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
the deeps of the ocean proclaim him divine.
We, too, should be voicing our love, and rejoicing -
with glad adoration, a song let us raise
'til all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise.

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November 10, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 32 C
Scripture 1: 
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Sermon: 
The Things That We Must See
Hymn 1: 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings Sing the Faith No. 2087
Hymn 2: 
At the Name of Jesus No. 168
Hymn 3: 
God, That Madest Earth and Heaven, No. 688
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. -Psalm 130
Creed: 
All things are governed by the providence of God. We believe that all things in heaven and on earth, and in all creatures, are preserved and governed by the providence of this wise, eternal and almighty God. For David testifies and says: “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?” from The Second Helvetic Confession
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, who sustains us in this life and the life to come, we live under the seal of your good providence. We believe that our future, however difficult, is blessed. Even death itself cannot take away our bond to Christ and his resurrection. But we confess, our Lord, that we become discouraged. Sometimes it is as though we are aliens in our own homes, and the people that we thought we knew are like strangers. Give us courage to trust the details of our lives to your good care. Forgive us when we fail to reflect that care for others.
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Prelude: At the Name of Jesus No. 168 (King's Weston)
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November 17, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 33 C
Scripture 1: 
Isaiah 65:17-25
Sermon: 
Now We're Talking about the Real World!
Hymn 1: 
We Are God's People Sing the Faith No. 2220
Hymn 2: 
Let There Be Peace on Earth No. 431
Hymn 3: 
There's Within My Heart a Melody No. 380
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us join in this ancient prayer of Israel, and give thanks for all the children who bless our life: Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. Children are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. -Psalm 127
Creed: 
Affirmation from 1 Corinthians and Colossians No. 888
Prayer of Confession: 
Christ our brother, you offered your life so that we might have eternal life. But what you give comes at a great price. You have invited us to follow you to the banquet of grace, but also to the cross of your suffering. We would rather be distant admirers than disciples. Forgive us for the times that we have failed to follow you into the world's pain, preferring, like Simon, to sit in the corner to nurse our own hurts.
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Prelude: We Are God's People Sing the Faith No. 2220
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November 24, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Christ the King C
Scripture 1: 
Colossians 1:11-20
Sermon: 
Conclusions about Jesus at the End of the Day
Hymn 1: 
We Gather Together No. 131
Hymn 2: 
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come No. 694
Hymn 3: 
Fairest Lord Jesus No. 189
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Our God has shown us that he can and will cut through every obstacle to save the lost and give rest to the weary. When we were nobody, he called our name, and claimed us as his own. Let us give our thanks and praise to the Lord.
Creed: 
The members of the church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose rather than the schemes of people will finally prevail.
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. We confess that we have not expected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment. In the common course of human events, we accept lies as truth, exploit neighbors, abuse the earth, and refuse your justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world.
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December 2013

December 1, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 1 A
Reserve Field: 
Hanging of the Greens
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December 8, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 2 A
Scripture 1: 
Romans 15:4-13
Sermon: 
"The Avenues of Hope"
Hymn 1: 
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus No. 196
Hymn 2: 
Blessed Be the God of Israel No. 209 (choir teach)
Hymn 3: 
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel No. 211
Call to Worship: 
Advent Wreath Service for Lighting the Second Advent Candle Reader: “0 Come, 0 Come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear. 0 Come, Desire of nations, bind all people in one heart and mind; bid envy, strife and quarrels cease; fill the whole world with heaven’s peace. ” Congregation: “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” Reader: We shall light the first candle again, remembering the hope of Israel for the Messiah. We also recall the Christian hope for the coming of Christ in final victory. Today’s candle symbolizes preparation for the comings (past, present, future) of the Christ. John’s call for preparation reminds us of our responsibility to “get the road ready” for Jesus. This preparation involves growing and changing, smoothing and making straight. The assurance of God’s love and grace gives us hope that our preparations are received in the name of Christ. (Light two candles.) These are the candles of hope and preparations. Let us pray: All: Eternal God, give us insight into the ways of purity as we prepare our lives to receive you. May we exemplify attitudes which truly prepare the way for Jesus Christ in our homes, offices, businesses, schools, and especially in our church. Amen.
Creed: 
Nicene Creed No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
Here is our confession. We have worried too much about what other people think. Not out of concern for them, but only to protect ourselves. We carry unnecessary burdens around like rocks in a purse. Old resentments.. Little score pads of who did what to whom. Little hatreds we wear under our shirts like badges of honor. We do these things in such a way that, when the time comes for us to be Christ to the one facing us, we are not there. Strip away these things from our lives so that we can be open doors to your grace.
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December 15, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 3 A
Scripture 1: 
Isaiah 35:1-10
Scripture 2: 
Matthew 11:2-11
Sermon: 
“What a Person of God Looks Like Close Up”
Hymn 1: 
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates No. 213
Hymn 2: 
What Child Is This No. 219
Hymn 3: 
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly No. 229
Call to Worship: 
Advent Wreath Service for Lighting the Third Advent Candle Reader: This is the day when the spirit of Advent changes. The last two Sundays were days of hope and preparation. Today the pink candle we light symbolizes our joy in the event of Christ’s Coming. Congregation: Fill our lives with doing good; “admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances” (I Thess. 5:14, 16—18a) Reader: “God among us” is reason for rejoicing always, in times of difficulty as well as times of easy celebration. Our way of knowing the presence of God includes putting on the mind of Christ, occupying our whole life with doing good. To fill ourselves with what is good is not as simple as filling our Christmas stocking with goodies. In times of difficulty, we are especially called to look to the strength of mind and spirit exemplified by Jesus. (Light three candles.) These candles are our hope, preparation and joy. Let us pray. All: We thank you, God of Light, for grace as we seek to put on the mind of Christ. Fill us with joy at your coming. Amen.
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
In the words of your prophet, Amos, you spoke: "I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. . But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." We confess that we have substituted sweet piety for integrity. We show more interest in the decorum of religion than in our testimony. Forgive us, righteous Judge. By your mercy mold us into your holiness so that our words and our deeds might truly reflect your glory.
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December 22, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 4 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon: 
"The Advantage of Angels"
Hymn 1: 
Angels from the Realms of Glory No. 220
Hymn 2: 
Away in a Manger to "Cradle Song"
Hymn 3: 
Joy to the World No. 246
Call to Worship: 
Advent Wreath Service for Lighting the Fourth Advent Candle and the Chirst Candle Reader: Relighting the Advent candles of hope, preparation, and joy reminds us of Christ’s past, present, and future comings. The fourth candle symbolizes God’s love for the world in giving Jesus to us. (Light four candles.) Congregation: God’s offering of peace and love to the world through Jesus Christ is the gift we have been preparing to celebrate. Preparing our lives to receive this gift with profound joy and thanksgiving is our best acknowledgment of the Lord’s greatness. Receiving Him is the source of our most lasting peace. Reader: “Be most afraid for behold I bring you good news of great joy, which shall come to all people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a savior who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) (Light the Christ candle.) Let us pray: All: Thanks be to God for this unspeakable gift. In gratitude we offer our lives as instruments of your peace. Amen.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Creator, you hard-wired our souls to thrive on compassion. Jesus taught his disciples to invest by giving. He taught by the example of his own family that we can find family anywhere in any place that we have an open heart. We confess that we sometimes draw in on ourselves in this holy time, pushing the world aside as we embrace the familiar. We close our doors against the cold, but cannot remove the chill of our own households. Touch us deeply with your warm embrace so that we might find our joy in meeting neighbors everywhere.

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December 29, 2013

Liturgical Date: 
Christmas 1 A
Scripture 1: 
Isaiah 63:7-9
Scripture 2: 
Matthew 2:13-23
Sermon: 
“You do what you have to do. And God finishes.”
Hymn 1: 
O Come, All Ye Faithful No. 234
Hymn 2: 
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly No. 229
Hymn 3: 
'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime NO. 244
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We need not look far to find the signs of God's nearness. Kinfolk discover old bonds. Strangers find new friends in odd places. Pioneers build a new life on some unknown frontier. A young woman moves to a new city to restart her life. Young people begin a new family. God is with them all - with us all, whoever and wherever we are. Where there is God, there is inspiration and endurance. Let us worship the One who has blessed us with this holy life of new beginnings.
Creed: 
What is the fourth petition of the Lord's prayer? A. “Give us this day our daily bread.” That is: be pleased to provide for all our bodily needs so that thereby we may acknowledge that thou art the only source of all that is good, and that without thy blessing neither our care and labor nor thy gifts can do us any good. Therefore, may we withdraw our trust from all creatures and place it in thee alone. Question 125 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Light of the World, as we begin to pack away the decorations of another Christmas gone, we feel many things. For some of us, relief for the end of it all. For others, a reminder of the loneliness of a season without loved ones we have known. For many of us, we feel regrets at the passing of the moment as the sentiments of another season begin to fall into obscurity. But you are the light of the world. As we face the turning another year, shine your light upon us so that we might sense the peace that has no season. And forgive us when we set aside the Prince of Peace, who would daily light our way.
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2014

Year 2013

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January 2014

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January 5, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Christmas 2 A
Scripture 1: 
Ephesians 3:1-12
Sermon: 
His Name is Wonderful
Hymn 1: 
We Three Kings No. 254
Hymn 2: 
His Name is Wonderful No. 174
Hymn 3: 
There's Something about that Name No. 171
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God is our strength in good times and in bad times. When things are bad we are not abandoned. Even the dark night becomes the ambiance for the shining light. Let us worship the Lord of light.
Creed: 
In Jesus of Nazareth, true humanity was realized once for all. Jesus, a Palestinian Jew, lived among his own people and shared their needs, temptations, joys, and sorrows. He expressed the love of God in word and deed and became a brother to all kinds of sinful people. But his complete obedience led him into conflict with his people. His life and teaching judged their goodness, religious aspirations, and national hopes. Many rejected him and demanded his death. In giving himself freely for them, he took upon himself the judgment under which all stand convicted. God raised him from the dead, vindicating him as Messiah and Lord. The victim of sin became victor, and won the victory over sin and death for the sake of all. from The Confession of 1967
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of hosts, we do not know the times that we have been in the presence of wonder, only to walk away looking at our feet. We do not know how many days have passed in which angels came to us in the most ordinary circumstances while we were preoccupied with ourselves. We are like ghosts who pass through the world without being able to touch. Or to appreciate resistance that would turn us from our haunted existence to the light of your glory.
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January 12, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Baptism A
Scripture 1: 
John 2:1-11
Sermon: 
The Awakening Dream
Hymn 1: 
Spirit of God Sing the Faith No. 2117
Hymn 2: 
God of Grace and God of Glory No. 420
Hymn 3: 
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is Sing the Faith No. 2119
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of Christ completes every aspect of our life. We come to worship God in our brokenness. He mends our marriages and heals the broken hearts. Every man, woman and child of us finds life in our Maker. Let us worship God.
Creed: 
Affirmation from 1 Timothy No. 889
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from sisters and brothers in Christ. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, and show reluctance to welcome one another; we allow the past to hold us hostage. In your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Remind us of the promises you make in baptism so that we may rise to new life, and live together in grace.
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Choir: The Lone Wild Bird
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January 19, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany 2
Scripture 1: 
John 1:29-36
Sermon: 
The Sign of the Descending Dove
Hymn 1: 
Lamb of God Sing the Faith No. 2113
Hymn 2: 
Kum Ba Ya No. 494
Hymn 3: 
Something Beautiful, Something Good No. 394
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Call on the name of the Lord in praise; make known God's deeds among the nations! Sing to God with joyful songs; tell of God's wonderful deeds!
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (ecumenical) No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
You have chosen us, our Creator, to be an active part of your creation. You have especially called us to live our lives in the spirit of your son, Jesus, who demonstrated to us how to live that blessed life. But we grow tired of the demands of following him. We would choose other heroes. Or none at all. We resent being called out for responsibilities at inconvenient times, so we, like Jonah go into hiding. Forgive us. Return us to the joy of the daily walk with your son. In his name we pray.
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Prelude: Tune "Abbot's Leigh" No. 584
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January 26, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany 3 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 4:12-17
Sermon: 
Lay of the Land
Hymn 1: 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings Sing the Faith No. 2087
Hymn 2: 
This Little Light of Mine No. 585
Hymn 3: 
Let All Thiings Now Living
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus said: you did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Christ has called us to gather here this day. Let us draw near to him for strength and purpose.
Creed: 
The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of all wisdom, you have redeemed our lives in Jesus Christ. In the church throughout the world you call people to witness to your glory. But we often prefer to listen to the voices of wrath. We are cast down by voices, inside and outside the church, who discredit the spiritual gifts of all people. We are seduced by political entertainers, clinging to opinion while neglecting prayer. Forgive us, O Lord.
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Choir "Blessed Jesus at Thy Word"
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February 2014

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February 2, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany 4 A
Scripture 1: 
Micah 6:1-8
Scripture 2: 
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Sermon: 
How much does it cost to get into this church?
Hymn 1: 
Thou Art Worthy Sing the Faith No. 2041
Hymn 2: 
Standing in the Need of Prayer No. 352
Hymn 3: 
It Is Well with My Soul No. 377
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts! See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Creed: 
A Statement of Faith from the United Church of Canada No. 883
Prayer of Confession: 
O Master of the Way, you have removed all barriers that block our walk with you. You have shown us the way to deepest peace. But we have treated your word as an option of last resort. We have turned your gospel into a set of morals. We have often made the way of Christ into a charming sideline to what we fancy to be real life. Because we have treated your good news so casually, people sometimes look at us and think: "they are full of hot air." Have mercy on us, Holy One. May your spirit quicken us to take up the way of Christ for which we were baptized.
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February 9, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany 5 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 5:13-20
Sermon: 
"Welcome to Evangelical Boot Camp: Down on the Ground and Give Me 50!
Hymn 1: 
Morning Has Broken No. 145
Hymn 2: 
On Eagle's Wings No. 143 (choir teach)
Hymn 3: 
Shall We Gather at the River No. 723
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. God did not command us to slight us of any good thing. His law is a pathway to peace and goodwill. His rule covers our life with the opportunity that only comes of grace. Let us praise the God of grace today.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
We were created in your image from the dust of the earth. We claim that you are the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, but in the space between, we have spent a lot of time creating ourselves in our own image. We try to insure our destiny by hedging and hoarding. We are more willing to march to war as soldiers of a secular nation than as soldiers of the cross. Have mercy on us. Bring us back to your purpose so that we might find the abundant life of Christ.
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Prelude: "St Patrick"
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February 16, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany 6 A
Scripture 1: 
I Corinthians 3:1-9
Sermon: 
Take a Load Off Me
Hymn 1: 
I Come with Joy No. 617
Hymn 2: 
Great is Thy Faithfulness No. 140
Hymn 3: 
On Eagle's Wings No. 143
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus said: you did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Christ has called us to gather here this day. Let us draw near to him for strength and purpose.
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, from Abraham to Jesus you have called us to follow you along the disciple's road, but we have hidden in the shadows, unwilling to move or to risk anything. Jesus in his teaching pointed out the way of life, but we spend much of our time merely surviving. Or wandering off the path in useless endeavors. Or missing the mark altogether. Forgive us and restore us to life that is true.
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February 23, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany 7 A
Scripture 1: 
Leviticus 19:1-18
Hymn 1: 
This is the Day the Lord Hath Made No. 658
Hymn 2: 
There Is A Fountain Filled with Blood No. 622
Hymn 3: 
Now Thank We All Our God No. 102
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
What advantage comes from acknowledging God’s creation and providence? We learn that we are to be patient in adversity, grateful in the midst of blessing, and to trust our faithful God and Father for the future, assured that no creature shall separate us from his love, since all creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they cannot even move. Heidelberg Catechism, Question 28
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, Moses' face glowed with the light of your glory when he returned from meeting you. He became a man apart, as did the prophets and the apostles of the Church. You have called us to be separate, as well, not because we should look down on others, but as a testimony to the light. We confess that we have shunned our calling, wishing to shrink into the shadows. Forgive us for being timid. We pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, who is the light of the world.
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March 2014

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March 2, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Transfiguration A
Scripture 1: 
Psalm 131
Scripture 2: 
Matthew 17:1-9
Sermon: 
Anchor in the Storm
Hymn 1: 
Glorify Thy Name Sing the Faith No. 2016
Hymn 2: 
Great is the Lord Sing the Faith No. 2022
Hymn 3: 
Holy, Holy, Holy No. 64
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided; whereof is one Christ, very God and very Man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men. Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he return to judge all men at the last day. The Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God . First Four Articles of Religion, compiled by John Wesley
Prayer of Confession: 
To you, our God and Creator, we come, bold in the spirit of Jesus Christ, to take our place on the holy mountain. And yet we realize that your standards of what is holy and sacred leave us unsure and unsteady, because we have set aside holiness in our own lives. We have bought into what trends instead of what transcends. Sometimes we join with the crowds who say we can be holy without naming God. That we can serve the good without naming Jesus. That our own spirits are sufficient without the Holy Spirit to hold us accountable. And so we, like those disciples, talk worried talk when we have nothing to say. Forgive us, and like them, lead us into the paths of salvation that will not fail us.
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March 9, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 1 A
Scripture 1: 
Psalm 32
Scripture 2: 
Ezra 3:10-13
Sermon: 
The Same Tears for Joy and Sorrow
Hymn 1: 
Thou Art Worthy Sing the Faith No. 2041
Hymn 2: 
Near the Cross
Hymn 3: 
For the Beauty of the Earth (vss 1-4) No. 92
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Praise and glory to you, Spirit of God. you come like the wind of heaven, unseen, unbidden. Like the dawn you illumine the world around us; you grant us a new beginning every day. Come Holy Spirit. Grant us a new beginning today.
Creed: 
Affirmation from Romans No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
You gave us a life, our Creator, with the hope that we might be a blessing to the whole creation. How do we find wisdom to express the dreams and aspirations of your holy realm? We have fallen short of those dreams. Failing in true vision, we have made up stories of ourselves. We have misrepresented you even as we have misrepresented ourselves. Failing a vibrant life in the present, we have turned your house into a place of artifacts and dusty memories. Forgive us, O Creator. Through the miracle of Jesus Christ restore our existence to the blessed arena of justice and righteousness.
Near the Cross 1. Jesus keep me near the cross, there a precious fountain, free to all a healing stream flows from Calvary's mountain. Refrain In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever, 'til my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river. 2. At the cross I stood one day. Love and mercy found me; there a bright and morning star shed its beams around me. 3. Near the cross, O Lamb of God, bring the scenes before me; help me walk from day to day with it's shadow o'er me. 4. Near the cross I'll watch and wait, hoping, trusting ever, 'til I reach the golden strand just beyond the river.
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Charles Money reading Psalm 32 Susie Lux reading Ezra
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March 16, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 2 A
Scripture 1: 
Romans 4:12-17
Scripture 2: 
Psalm 121
Sermon: 
The Promise from the Beginning
Hymn 1: 
Here I Am, Lord No. 593
Hymn 2: 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand No. 474
Hymn 3: 
Rescue the Perishing No. 591
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of God's glory. Let us draw unto the glory of the Creator. And let us embrace our Redeemer. We will go from here sustained by the fire of the Sacred Spirit.
Creed: 
The members of the church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose rather than the schemes of people will finally prevail.
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, faith is such a short and easy word to say. But it is far from easy to live. We admit and confess that we have substituted piety for faith. We have allowed the rituals of religious devotion to substitute for a practical life of trust in Jesus Christ. We have worshiped edifices and memories, turning faith to mere sentiments. By your mercy, bring us to that simple trust to follow where you lead, leaving all the consequences of our life to your care.
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Choir Special My Life is in You Lord Sing the Faith No. 2032
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March 23, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 3 A
Scripture 1: 
Psalm 95
Scripture 2: 
Exodus 17:1-7
Sermon: 
Was there a time when God didn't show up?
Hymn 1: 
My Life is in You Lord Sing the Faith 2032 (taught by Choir)
Hymn 2: 
He Touched Me No. 367
Hymn 3: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet Sing the Faith 2020
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Do not make us an exception, our God. As you examine the motives and the hearts of your people, do not spare us the truthful gaze. For we know that, far to often, the only justice that we have longed for is our own justice – not our neighbors'. And certainly not the foreigner's, whose pain we can set aside as easily as changing channels on the television. Do not make us an exception, our God, and we will not make them an exception. For in Christ Jesus, salvation is offered to all. Hear our prayer, O God.
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March 30, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 4 A
Scripture 1: 
John 9:1-41
Hymn 1: 
There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place No. 334
Hymn 2: 
What Wondrous Love is This No. 292
Hymn 3: 
Amazing Grace No. 378
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Praise and glory to you, Spirit of God. you come like the wind of heaven, unseen, unbidden. Like the dawn you illumine the world around us; you grant us a new beginning every day. Come Holy Spirit. Grant us a new beginning today.
Creed: 
All things are governed by the providence of God. We believe that all things in heaven and on earth, and in all creatures, are preserved and governed by the providence of this wise, eternal and almighty God. For David testifies and says: “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?” from The Second Helvetic Confession
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called us to be a servant people, but we do not do what you command. We are often silent when we should speak, and useless when we could be useful. Have mercy on us, O God. Forgive us and free us from sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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April 2014

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April 6, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 5 A
Scripture 1: 
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Scripture 2: 
John 11:1-45
Sermon: 
Believe This!
Hymn 1: 
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name No. 79
Hymn 2: 
Only Trust Him (vss 1-3) No. 337
Hymn 3: 
I Love to Tell the Story No. 156
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
Why is it, O God of righteousness, that brothers betray brothers? Why, through the centuries, have Christian nations gone to war against people of their own faith and hope? Why in many of our own communities, do congregations try to outdo each other in their claims to the truth? Forgive us, O God, of the avarice of our own hearts. For we are not unlike the brothers who cast Joseph into the pit in the betrayal of family and faith. We have coveted the life of our brothers and sisters instead of discovering the riches that you have laid at our own doorstep. Lead us, as you led Joseph's brothers, to reconciliation and love. We ask this, in the name of Christ Jesus our lord.
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Prelude: Holy God, We Praise thy Name No. 79
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April 13, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Passion A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 27:15ff
Sermon: 
What God Does on the Worst Day
Hymn 1: 
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna No. 278
Hymn 2: 
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross No. 301
Hymn 3: 
Were You There No. 288
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus the Messiah did not come into the world to condemn it. He came for love. He came to make a division between good and evil. He came for eternal life. For life that cannot be cut short by any hostile intervention. Let us claim the spirit of Christ with our prayer and worship.
Creed: 
Affirmation from Romans No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
O Father of mercies, who are we to appreciate the love that has given us life: the kindness of people that we never knew; the late nights of prayer that sustained us. If we but knew the sacrifices that have been made by faithful people on our behalf from teachers, elders, strangers, and members of our family. But most of all, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth. We do not come to you because we have been brave and faithful. At critical moments, we, like Simon, have denied you. Forgive us Lord. By your mercies restore us to the peace of your kingdom.
Reserve Field: 
Choir Anthem: I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary HFG No. 270
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April 17, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Maundy A
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April 20, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Easter A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 28:1-10
Hymn 1: 
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (vss. 1-4) No. 302
Hymn 2: 
Up from the Grave He Arose No. 322
Hymn 3: 
Because He Lives No. 364
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
In Jesus of Nazareth, true humanity was realized once for all. Jesus, a Palestinian Jew, lived among his own people and shared their needs, temptations, joys, and sorrows. He expressed the love of God in word and deed and became a brother to all kinds of sinful people. But his complete obedience led him into conflict with his people. His life and teaching judged their goodness, religious aspirations, and national hopes. Many rejected him and demanded his death. In giving himself freely for them, he took upon himself the judgment under which all stand convicted. God raised him from the dead, vindicating him as Messiah and Lord. The victim of sin became victor, and won the victory over sin and death for the sake of all. from The Confession of 1967
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by things that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.
Reserve Field: 
Choral Anthem and Prelude "The Way that He Loves"
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April 27, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 2 A
Scripture 1: 
Psalm 16
Scripture 2: 
John 20:19-31
Sermon: 
You Show Me the Path of Life
Hymn 1: 
Something Beautiful, Something Good No. 394
Hymn 2: 
Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore No. 344
Hymn 3: 
The Battle Hymn of the Republic No. 717
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Psalm 105:1-4
Creed: 
Affirmation from I Corinthians and Colossians No. 888
Prayer of Confession: 
As we gather in your name this day, gracious God, we come as a people of misplaced hopes and misplaced visions. We have adapted the values of your kingdom to the values of this world. We have compromised the commands of love and justice with a dozen excuses. If we have thought about our ethics at all, we have not always taken the cross of Christ as our starting point. Forgive us, merciful God. May your spirit set us on fire with something that is an alternative in a desperate world.
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May 2014

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May 4, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 3 A
Scripture 1: 
Luke 24:13-25
Sermon: 
He Meets Us!
Hymn 1: 
Hymn of Promise No. 707
Hymn 2: 
Christ the Lord is Risen Sing the Faith No. 2116 (choir teach)
Hymn 3: 
His Eye Is on the Sparrow No. 2146
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. What would we be, without you, O Lord, to divert us from the deep-worn paths of habit? You call us from the low places to meet many trials of faith. You refine us like gold. You cut away the roughness from the uncut diamond so that the light might shine: May your glory shine through us with the colors of heaven.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, there is nothing in all creation that can describe fully who you are. To believe in you is to have faith in things unseen. To follow Christ is to follow one we never knew in the days of his Galilean wanderings. We confess that we sometimes have trouble believing what we have not seen with our own eyes. We make ourselves the center of the universe from which we imagine all truth must spring. Forgive us of such silliness. Teach us by your spirit to see Christ in our own neighborhoods among our own neighbors with the same zeal as Simon and Mary Magdalene greeted Jesus in the road.
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May 11, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 4 A
Scripture 1: 
Isaiah 25:1-8
Sermon: 
Breathe that Fresh Air!
Hymn 1: 
God that Madest Earth and Heaven No. 688
Hymn 2: 
There's a Song Sing the Faith No. 2141 (choir teach)
Hymn 3: 
Lord Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing No. 671
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 3 Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 4 Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6 With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? 7 The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. 10 All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12 They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. - Psalm 118:1-14
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O Christ, you came to the twelve to call them out of the old life to follow you. You came to the villagers to summon them to live their lives where they were, but as citizens of the kingdom of God. But we have turned your calling into a religious option. We have translated the word "grace" into "license". We have turned obedience into the cheap words, "I believe." Teach us to do less talking and more following. Forgive us for all the scams we have tried to run on you and your kingdom. Have mercy on us as you guide us onto the right path.
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Prelude: There's a Song Sing the Faith No. 2141
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May 18, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 5 A
Scripture 1: 
1 Peter 2:2-10
Sermon: 
Stone of Zion
Hymn 1: 
This is the Day No. 657
Hymn 2: 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings in Sing the Faith, No. 2087
Hymn 3: 
All through the Night
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. How lovely is the garden of the Lord, where what is sown bears fruit, blessing the earth with its goodness. How lovely is the word sown in the human heart, yielding love and justice. Let us draw near to our just and loving God.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Philippians 2:5-11a
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, hear our confession. We never seem to be able to quite get where we are going. We are a day late and a dollar short. Too many of our plans turn out to be fantasies. We do not finish. Or if we do, we look back and ask ourselves “What's the point?” There has been too much of “we” and not enough of you. We have held you at arm's length because we cannot control you even as our lives spin out of control. Have mercy upon us.
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May 25, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 6 A
Scripture 1: 
Acts 17:22-31
Sermon: 
The Gap Among the Gods
Hymn 1: 
Cantad al Senior
Hymn 2: 
All Things Bright and Beautiful, No. 147
Hymn 3: 
O Worship the King, No. 73
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O come let us bow down and worship; let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For the Lord is our God; we are God's own, the flock for whom the Good Shepherd laid down his life.
Creed: 
Creed of the Korean Methodist Church, No. 884
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Spirit, you surprise us with the power to heal what is broken and to reveal what is hidden to the world. You work deeply inside us to reveal the teaching of Jesus that love and forgiveness overcome the powers of this world that would destroy us. And yet we celebrate vengeance as a way of salvation. We have allowed powers to take root in our hearts and cool the compassion that Jesus commanded to rule our lives. Only your fire can break the demons and unclean things among us. Only your fire can turn bitterness to that amazing grace where your glory and purpose claim us. May it be so.

Cantad al Senor

Cantad al Senor, un cantico nuevo (3 times)

Cantad al Senor, cantad al Senor

O sing to the Lord, O sing God a new song (3)

O sing to our God, O sing to our God.

Porque el Senor, ha hecho prodigios (3 times)

Cantad al Senor, cantad al Senor.

By his holy power our God has done wonders (3)

O sing to our God, O sing to our God.

Cantad al Senor, alabad le con arpa (3)

Cantad al Senor, cantad al Senor.

So dance for our God, and blow all the trumpets (3)

And sing to our God, and sing to our God.

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June 2014

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June 1, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 7 A
Scripture 1: 
Acts 1:6-14
Hymn 1: 
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God, No. 712
Hymn 2: 
Lamb of God in Sing the Faith, No. 2113
Hymn 3: 
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, No. 89
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O come let us bow down and worship; let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For the Lord is our God; we are God's own, the flock for whom the Good Shepherd laid down his life.
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
Hymnal, pg 26
Reserve Field: 
Communion Hymn: Bless the Lord, My Soul
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June 8, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Pentecost A
Scripture 1: 
Acts 2:1-21
Scripture 2: 
John 7:37-39
Sermon: 
Trusting the Routine to God's Excellence
Hymn 1: 
Spirit of God in Sing the Faith, No. 2117
Hymn 2: 
Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown, No. 386 (choir teach)
Hymn 3: 
The Lone Wild Bird in Sing the Faith, No. 2052
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing and give praise to God's name; tell the glad news of salvation from day to day.
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith. We confess that we resist the force of your Spirit. We do not necessarily listen for your word of grace, or live as a people raised in Christ. Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our timid lives by the power of your brazen Spirit.
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June 15, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Trinity A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 28:16-20
Hymn 1: 
Great is the Lord in Sing the Faith, No. 2022
Hymn 2: 
Fairest Lord Jesus, No. 189
Hymn 3: 
Be Thou My Vision, No. 451
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And to you also. Let us gather in the Spirit that is holy, as our hearts and souls are opened to the wonder of God.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty in Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, we would take the beauty of a roadside daisy and reduce it to a trivial nothing. Our pride has led us to confuse thinking with posturing, so that we shrink all life's sacred mystery to little things that make us look clever on the outside while leaving us empty on the inside. Forgive our sin. Draw us out of ourselves to the sacred ground where your glory fills us with your sacred mystery. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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June 22, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 12 A
Scripture 1: 
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Scripture 2: 
Matthew 10:24-39
Sermon: 
Unlocking the Closet
Hymn 1: 
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, No. 133
Hymn 2: 
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High in Sing the Faith, No. 2088
Hymn 3: 
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, No. 57 (vss 1,2,3,6)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The God we worship today is magnificent He feeds the thousands who gather hungry and hoping. And then he treads upon chaos, commanding the storm. We have known the storm, our Lord. We come to you today with open hands to sing your praise.
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation, No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
God of grace, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind - and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your purpose, and, in ways sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle, follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your holy name.
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Prelude: Bless the Lord, My Soul (choir and instruments)
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June 29, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 13 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 10:40-42
Sermon: 
Welcoming is (a way of) Life
Hymn 1: 
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, No. 139 (vss. 1,2,3,5)
Hymn 2: 
Lord, I Want to be a Christian No. 402
Hymn 3: 
I Love You, Lord in Sing the Faith, No. 2069 (twice)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God blows like a fresh wind after a summer storm. He clears the air and scatters the trash as the skies become blue over our heads. Let us open the windows our our houses. Let us open the doors of our souls and worship God.
Creed: 
The members of the church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose rather than the schemes of people will finally prevail.
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy Spirit, you have anointed us with the power to see this world as citizens of the kingdom of God. You have given us the power to embrace the prophets - to recognize what is sacred. But we decide what people are worth by the brands they wear. We have become an economy constantly on a war-footing. We trumpet our righteousness to the world and spend what we do not have. We side with those who would silence truth in the name of national security. Forgive us, and fill us with your fire, so that we, like the apostles, can abandon the old life and proclaim your kingdom.
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Prelude Coilsfield House by Nathaniel Gow
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July 2014

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July 5, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 14 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 11:16-30
Sermon: 
Real God Looking for Real People
Hymn 1: 
O Spirit of the Living God, No. 539
Hymn 2: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, No. 703
Hymn 3: 
For All the Saints, No. 711 (vss. 1-4)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us receive the gift of God today. Let us ask for wisdom and the blessing of all. Let us take the least seat in the house to make way for others. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our strength and redeemer.
Creed: 
Affirmation from I Timothy, No. 889
Prayer of Confession: 
Gracious God, you have sown among us the seeds of possibility. You came repeatedly to Israel to judge and make right the wrongs of human sin. At the right time, you sent Christ to free all who would come to him. All too often, we have been like the seeds sown upon the rocky ground, where the root of life could not take hold. We have let weeds grow up in Eden, separating us from your purpose. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, and set us free from the things that choke our lives.
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Communion Hymn: Fill My Cup, Lord, No. 641
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July 13, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 15 A
Scripture 1: 
Romans 8:1-11
Sermon: 
Not Being Stuck
Hymn 1: 
Sweet, Sweet Spirit, No. 334
Hymn 2: 
Because He Lives, No. 364
Hymn 3: 
What a Friend We Have in Jesus, No., 526
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. - Psalm 9:9-11
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, we are blessed indeed by the wonders of your creation. We, particularly in America, are surrounded by great bounty. But for all the goodness of this land, we are but a work in progress. Your prophets have told us that the world as we know it must pass away. O God, we have set too much store by this world's goods. We pray that you make us poor, not only in spirit, but also in practice. Open our eyes to the kingdom that we may see it with the eyes of Christ on the mountain.
Reserve Field: 
Song Teach: Shine, Jesus Shine Sing the Faith No. 2173
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July 20, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 16 A
Scripture 1: 
Genesis 28:10-19
Sermon: 
I Thought This Place Seemed Unusual
Hymn 1: 
Sweet Hour of Prayer, No. 496
Hymn 2: 
Trust and Obey, No. 467
Hymn 3: 
I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary, Hymns for the Family of God, No. 270
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Today we worship God in spirit and in truth. The day will come when we will worship God in a world where all evil is vanquished. Rouse us with a vision for the world which is to come that your light might shine through us as a beacon of hope to the world.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty in Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, the witnesses of your Church, which is the body of Christ, tell us that in time of greatest need, you provide us all things necessary for life. We, in our turn, are sent to offer ourselves to the world, sharing our life and means so that all people might have a place at the table of creation's bounty. But in real life we have hoarded our riches and wasted our food. We see people as a means of profit instead of companions at Christ's table. Open our hearts, our minds, and our hands to the generosity of your steadfast love.
Reserve Field: 
Choral Anthem: Forgive our Sins as We Forgive No. 390 (Detroit)
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July 27, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 17 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Hymn 1: 
I'd Rather Have Jesus, Hymns for the Family of God, No. 650
Hymn 2: 
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (tune "Resignation"), Hymns for the Family of God, No. 66
Hymn 3: 
My Faith Looks Up to Thee, No. 452
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Glory to you, almighty God, for you sent your only-begotten Son, that we might have life. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for you became flesh and dwelt among us, that we might become your people. Glory to you, Holy Spirit, for you direct and rule our lives. Glory to you, almighty God, and to your Son, Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Creed: 
Affirmation from I Timothy No. 889
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light, and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Chrsit our Savior.
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need My Shepherd will supply my need, Jehovah is His name; In pastures fresh He makes me feed beside the living stream. He brings my wandering spirit back when I forsake His ways, and leads for His mercy's sake in paths of truth and grace. When I walk through the shades of death, His presence is my stay; One word of His supporting grace drives all my fears away. His hand in sight of all my foes doth still my table spread; My cup with blessings overflows, His oil anoints my head. The sure provisions of my God attend me all my days; O may Thy house be my abode, and all my work be praise. There would I find a settled rest while others go and come; No more a stranger, nor a guest, but lke a child at home. I'd Rather Have Jesus I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold, I'd rather be his than have riches untold; I'd rather have Jesus than houses or lands, I'd rather be led by his nail-pierced hands. Refrain Than to be the king of a vast domain or be held in sin's dread sway; I'd rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today. I'd rather have Jesus than men's applause, I'd rather be faithful to his dear cause; I'd rather have Jesus than worldwide fame, I'd rather be true to his holy name, (Refrain) He's fairer than lilies of rarest bloom, He's sweeter than honey from out the comb; He's all that my hungering spirit needs, I'd rather have Jesus and let him lead, (Refrain)
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August 2014

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August 3, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 18 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 14:13-21
Hymn 1: 
I Love You, Lord Sing the Faith, No. 2068
Hymn 2: 
It Is Well with My Soul, No. 377
Hymn 3: 
Have Thine Own Way, Lord, No. 382
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the mystery of God's power in this world. He comes to us with the still, small voice. He comes to us in the challenge of sacred texts. He comes to us in judgment to make us clean and whole. The Sacred Spirit surprises us in an unexpected moment. Come, o Holy One, speak to us your glory.
Creed: 
The Nicene Creed, No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
The scripture witnesses to our life as a time of testing - and sometimes of suffering. But we repress this part of the gospel, picking out what pleases us like chocolates in a box. We hide the full gospel from our children. We select the images of God that serve our purposes. Forgive us, great God, of spiritual dishonesty. Have mercy on us. Through the spirit of Christ Jesus, make us strong to accept the cost of being your disciples.
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August 10, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 19 A
Scripture 1: 
Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:2;2:6-9;21-24
Hymn 1: 
Let There Be Peace on Earth, No. 431
Hymn 2: 
Thou Art Worthy in Sing the Faith, No. 2041
Hymn 3: 
Joy in the Morning in Sing the Faith, No. 2284
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us meditate upon the grand creator of all things. the same God who, in Christ Jesus, became a slave and despised by the very people he made; the very God who was not ashamed to become one of us: Our Lord is without parallel in all religion. Let us worship him this blessed day.
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God s new heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus! from “A Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess the blindness that is not even aware of hurt; the pride that dares not admit that it is wrong; the selfishness that can see nothing but its own will; the righteousness that knows no fault; the callousness that has ceased to care; the defiance that does not regret its own sins; the evasion that always tries to make excuses; the coldness of heart that is too hardened to repent. God, we are sinners; be merciful to us.
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August 17, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 20 A
Scripture 1: 
Mathew 15:21-28
Sermon: 
Kevin Simmons preaching
Hymn 1: 
We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder, No. 418
Hymn 2: 
The Gift of Love, No. 408
Hymn 3: 
Rock of Ages, No. 361
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of Christ completes every aspect of our life. We come to worship God in our brokenness. He mends our marriages and heals the broken hearts. Every man, woman and child of us finds life in our Maker. Let us worship God.
Creed: 
We believe there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God's purpose. We are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. Rom. 8:1, 28, 38, 39
Prayer of Confession: 
O God our maker, who created us to love: to love friends and enemies, to love sacrifice for others, to honor the love of women and men - we thank you for the passions that enrich our lives and fill our hearts. We confess that we, along with many of our ancestors, have cast a dark shadow over the passions of the heart, calling sin what is a gift of God. Free us from being prudes. Within the disciplines of your holy law, show us how we might faithfully celebrate our humanity as we follow Christ.
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August 24, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 21 A
Scripture 1: 
Mathew 16:13-20
Sermon: 
Gideons
Hymn 1: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet in Sing the Faith, No. 2020
Hymn 2: 
Jesus Loves Me, No. 191 / On Eagle's Wings, No. 143
Hymn 3: 
Amazing Grace, No. 378
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We need not look far to find the signs of God's nearness. Kinfolks discover old bonds. Strangers find new friends in odd places. Pioneers build a home in the frontier. Someone moves to a new city to start a new life. Young people begin a new family. Wherever God is in the wide world, there is hope. Let us worship the one who makes a way for us where there was none.
Creed: 
"I Believe in God Almighty" Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Your word is life to us, Lord God. We learned our life from the compassion of Jesus. We learned from him that life is more than the instinct to survive. Indeed, he taught us by his own example that the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. But we like sheep, have hidden from you. We rebel against the thought that we belong to anyone but ourselves. Restore us to the green pastures where life is rich and deep.
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August 31, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 22 A
Scripture 1: 
Exodus 3:1-15
Hymn 1: 
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, No. 133
Hymn 2: 
My Life Flows On in Sing the Faith, No. 2212
Hymn 3: 
Something Beautiful, No. 394
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. With its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense Then the kings assembled, they came on together. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight; trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor, as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever. We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever. -Psalm 48
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
O Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, risen in glory in the Father, and the Holy Spirit: we sometimes make great claims in the name of God. It is one thing to believe in the majesty and glory of the Creator. It is quite another to see you in the poorest and the weakest. Or to see you in your suffering at the hands of evil. As we come to offer you our service in this hour, forgive us of all of our bombast and pride, even as you teach us the way of the cross.
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September 2014

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September 7, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 23 A
Scripture 1: 
John 4:27-38
Sermon: 
They're Coming!
Hymn 1: 
Spirit of God in Sing the Faith, No. 2117
Hymn 2: 
Farther Along
Hymn 3: 
This is My Song, No. 437
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord of Israel is not some stand-offish deity who lives in isolated pomp. The Lord of Israel loves the prayers of his people. He would rather hear our arguments than our silence. Let us bring our case before the Lord and show him our mettle as we honor him with our candor.
Creed: 
Affirmation from Romans, No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
There are religions, O God, that use sacrifice and charms as excuses to live faithless lives. Indeed, we are tempted to use prayer to manipulate you into winking at sin. Through your prophets you called Israel away from such piety, and, through Jesus the Messiah you make us accountable not only for what we do on the outside, but who we are on the inside. Forgive us for the times when we make ourselves exceptions to your righteousness. By your spirit empower us to worship only you - to live faithfully with our spouses, our families, and our neighbors.
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September 14, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 24 A
Scripture 1: 
John 4:39-42
Sermon: 
It's Enough to Believe
Hymn 1: 
Lamb of God in Sing the Faith, No. 2113
Hymn 2: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, No. 703
Hymn 3: 
Trust and Obey, No. 467
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Our help is in the Lord, who judges the nations. In our sadness the Lord of life finds us. We do not linger in our grief for old failed dreams. God will give us new dreams. Let us worship the God, the giver of new dreams.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty in Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess our neglect. Our neglect of your Word for our lives. We have become dry and brittle, like the litter on the forest floor, easily kindled by the smallest spark. We neglect the ones we love, making lonely those whom God has given us to cherish. We neglect the poor, looking through them as though they did not exist. Have mercy on us Break our hearts in the heart of Christ, that we might reflect his love to the world.

Choral special: Cantad al Senor

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Prelude: All through the Night
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September 21, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 25 A
Scripture 1: 

Exodus 16:2-15

Hymn 1: 
On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand, No. 724
Hymn 2: 
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us, No. 381
Hymn 3: 
Rise Up, O Men of God, No. 576
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Life is a journey in which we find ourselves sometimes in places of plenty, sometimes in great need. Your power goes before us Your heart beats for us Your spirit courses through our souls so that we we can give you praise even in the wild places - even in the day of trial. Let us worship God.
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
O Heavenly Savior, what did we ever gain by trying to forge our own lives? How many ways have we found to turn honest testimony into bragging rights, staking our value on our own merits? Can we not understand that it is the cross of Christ that draws the lost the the Savior. Forgive us for the countless times we have wasted words trying to justify ourselves. Forgive us when we have been an obstacle to people searching for your grace.
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September 28, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 26 A
Scripture 1: 
Exodus 17:1-7
Sermon: 
That Test and Quarrel Place
Hymn 1: 
How Great Thou Art, No. 77
Hymn 2: 
Heleluyan No. 78
Hymn 3: 
All People That on Earth Do Dwell, No. 75
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. When we did not know God was with us God did not cease to be with us. The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. When we did not credit our Lord with life's blessing, but chose to see our path as a curse, choosing blame over blessing, the Lord our God, in Jesus Christ, saw the promise in us - in this broken people. Let us worship the Lord of Creation whose steadfast love heals us and makes us into a new creation.
Creed: 
What does the Law of God require of us? Jesus Christ teaches this in a summary in Matthew: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” - Heidelberg Catechism, Question 4
Prayer of Confession: 
Even though every nation in scripture from Egypt to Israel to Rome has been chastised by God, we make ourselves an exception. Waving flags, we make excuses for ourselves and our people. As a church we have failed to be any different than any secular patriot marching in a parade. Fill us with the spirit of the Exodus, mighty God. Be a pillar of fire to our nation, that we might find our way through these embattled days to the promised land of true peace and justice where you alone are glorified..
Reserve Field: 
Choir: Let There be Peace on Earth, Nol 431
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October 2014

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October 5, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 27 A
Scripture 1: 
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Sermon: 
How to Live Life Worth Living or Goodbye Shame!
Hymn 1: 
Glorify Thy Name in Sing the Faith, No. 2016
Hymn 2: 
I Come with Joy, No. 617
Hymn 3: 
We Are God's People in Sing the Faith, No. 2220
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Today let us celebrate the lovingkindness of our Lord. Let us remember the commandments of life for our God did not desert us in our sorrow. We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Most holy God, where can we go to escape from your dominion? You have chosen to make your life with us. When we try to hide from you, we lose ourselves.. The parts of our life that we set aside, apart from you, come to nothing. Forgive us. Teach us to trust you every day, in every way. In Christ we pray.
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October 12, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 28 A
Scripture 1: 
Exodus 32:1-14
Sermon: 
The Difference between God and god
Hymn 1: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529
Hymn 2: 
Lord, I Lift Your Name on High, Sing the Faith No. 2088
Hymn 3: 
Let the Lower Lights be Burning, Cokesbury No. 100
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Today let us celebrate the lovingkindness of our Lord. Let us remember the commandments of life for our God did not desert us in our sorrow. We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.

Psalm 23
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

23:3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake.

23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff-- they comfort me.

23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

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October 19, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 29 A
Scripture 1: 
Exodus 33:12-23
Sermon: 
“Letting God be God without Trying to Fix It”
Hymn 1: 
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise No. 103
Hymn 2: 
Freely, Freely No. 389
Hymn 3: 
Blessed Be the God of Israel No. 209
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. - Psalm 16:5-10
Creed: 
What is true faith? It is not only a certain knowledge by which I accept as true all that God has revealed to us in his Word, but also a wholehearted trust which the Holy Spirit creates in me through the gospel, that, not only to others, but to me also God has given the forgiveness of sins, everlasting righteousness and salvation, out of sheer grace solely for the sake of Christ’s saving work. - Heidelberg Catechism, Question 21
Prayer of Confession: 
O Creator, you promised your people, Israel, that they would be a blessing to all nations. In Jesus Christ we are sealed by our baptism to that ancient promise. But sometimes we grow weary with promises. Sometimes it seems we are alone in the universe, and when we pray to you, it is as though we were talking into empty air. We give up and lose attention. We stray into our own ways and forget the blessing that we are meant to carry into the world. Do not forget us, O Lord. Have mercy.
Reserve Field: 
Isaiah 45:1-7
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October 26, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 30 A
Scripture 1: 
Psalm 90
Scripture 2: 
Matthew 22:34-46
Sermon: 
Finding the "Yes" among the "No's"
Hymn 1: 
Sing with All the Saints in Glory, No. 702
Hymn 2: 
Nothing but the Blood, No. 362
Hymn 3: 
He Touched Me, No. 367
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. When we look across the landscape we see the trials of humanity that test our hope. When we look at the ground under our feet we pray that you will guard our path. The ancients of Israel proclaimed your glory in the heavens. The people of the Church through the ages have staked their hopes on the name of Jesus the Messiah in whose name we are named - in whose body we are claimed as witnesses to your hope in the world. Holy Spirit, lead us, your children of hope along th paths of blessing, guided by your light, that we might reflect your light all around us..
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty, Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Eternal God, in every generation we are prone to believe we are the high point of all of human history. We magnify our accomplishments beyond what is due. We baptize our points of view about everything as final truth. We forget those who have gone before us. Our heritage. The triumphs and tragedies that have made our present life possible. Forgive our ignorance, as we remember with gratitude the saints of every generation, alive and dead, who shall be our companions in your eternal realm.
Be still and know that I am God, be still and know that I am God. from Sing the Faith, No. 2057 (vs 1) Psalm 90:1-6;13-17 ^ 1Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.” 4For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night. 5You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; 6in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. ^ 7For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed. 8You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance. 9For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh. 10The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. ^ 11Who considers the power of your anger? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. 12So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. 13Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants! 14Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. 15Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil. 16Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. 17Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands— O prosper the work of our hands! ^
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November 2014

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November 2, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 31 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 23:1-12
Sermon: 
Power from Below
Hymn 1: 
Come, Christians, Join to Sing, No. 158
Hymn 2: 
Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore, No. 344
Hymn 3: 
God of the Sparrow No. 122
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus is the living Word of God, and he meets us and all who gather in his name. Let us open our minds and our hearts to be refreshed by the Word. Let us join hands and hearts as we worship in the power of his presence, united with those witnesses who have gone before us and all the people who stand in the power of his Word throughout the world today.
Creed: 
Affirmation from 1 Timothy, No. 889
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, who sustains us in this life and the life to come, we live under the seal of your good providence. We believe that our future, however difficult, is blessed. Even death itself cannot take away our bond to Christ and his resurrection. But we confess, our Lord, that we become discouraged. Sometimes it is as though we are aliens in our own homes, and the people that we thought we knew are like strangers. Give us courage to trust the details of our lives to your good care. Forgive us when we fail to reflect that care for others.

Responsive Reading

A paraphrase based on Paul's letter to the Thessalonians 2:9-13

(Congregation taking the voice of Paul)

We remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of those to whom we minister while we proclaimed to them the gospel of God. The people we seek to serve are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless we have sought to make our conduct to all believers. As church and community know, we dealt with each perosn we encounter like a father with his children, urging and encouraging everyone and pleading that all people lead a life worthy of God, who calls our gathering into his own kingdom and glory. We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when those we serve received the word of God that they heard from us, they accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in all the believers.

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November 9, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 32 A
Scripture 1: 
Amos 5:18-24
Scripture 2: 
Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20
Sermon: 
A Little Truth Saves a Lot of Confusion
Hymn 1: 
Shine, Jesus, Shine, Sing the Faith, No. 2173
Hymn 2: 
We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight (to Dunlap's Creek)
Hymn 3: 
Faith of our Fathers, No. 710
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. -Psalm 130
Creed: 
All things are governed by the providence of God. We believe that all things in heaven and on earth, and in all creatures, are preserved and governed by the providence of this wise, eternal and almighty God. For David testifies and says: “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth?” from The Second Helvetic Confession
Prayer of Confession: 
You told us, Messiah, that it is in the nature of the Holy One to come at an unexpected hour. We have not been good waiters. We have wandered into the company of people who await nothing - expect nothing other than what they can wrest for themselves. If we were truthful, we would be shocked to hear of your arrival. The centuries have made us dull. We scurry around looking for many things, but not for you. Shock us out of our complacency. Open our hearts so that we might open our arms to welcome you.
Responsive Reading Amos 5:18-24 Alas for you who desire the day of the LORD! Why do you want the day of the LORD? It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake. Is not the day of the LORD darkness, not light, and gloom with no brightness in it? I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.
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November 16, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 33 A
Scripture 1: 
Matthew 25:14-30
Scripture 2: 
I Thessaloniains 5:1-11
Sermon: 
The Window of Opportunity
Hymn 1: 
Standing in the Need of Prayer, No. 352
Hymn 2: 
All Things Bright and Beautiful, No. 147
Hymn 3: 
To God be the Glory, No. 98
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us join in this ancient prayer of Israel, and give thanks for all the children who bless our life: Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. Children are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. -Psalm 127
Creed: 
Article I - Of Faith in the Holy Trinity There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body or parts, of infinite power, wisdom, and good; the maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there are three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Prayer of Confession: 
Christ our brother, you offered your life so that we might have eternal life. But what you give comes at a great price. You have invited us to follow you to the banquet of grace, but also to the cross of your suffering. We would rather be distant admirers than disciples. Forgive us for the times that we have failed to follow you into the world's pain, preferring, like Simon, to sit in the corner to nurse our own hurts.
Responsive Reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 5Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
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November 23, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Christ the King A
Scripture 1: 

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Hymn 1: 
We Gather Together, No. 131
Hymn 2: 
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come, No. 694
Hymn 3: 
Now Thank We All Our God, No. 102
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Our God has shown us that he can and will cut through every obstacle to save the lost and give rest to the weary. When we were nobody, he called our name, and claimed us as his own. Let us give our thanks and praise to the Lord.
Creed: 
The members of the church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose rather than the schemes of people will finally prevail.
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. We confess that we have not expected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment. In the common course of human events, we accept lies as truth, exploit neighbors, abuse the earth, and refuse your justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure when Christ comes to judge the world.
Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
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November 30, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 1 B
Scripture 1: 
Isaiah 64:1-9
Sermon: 
Longing
Hymn 1: 
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, No. 211
Hymn 2: 
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, No. 196
Hymn 3: 
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, No. 5
Call to Worship: 
The lighted candle reminds us of hope. Long ago, before Jesus, persons had hope as they waited for the Messiah. We hope, too, for the Savior's kingdom of love to cover the world. May the living Prince of hope be with us. Let us pray: Be with us, God of hope, as we seek what is right and just. May we always live in the light of Christ, who is among us. Amen.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Philippians 2:5-11a
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Spirit, behind the seats of power in this world you are moving through your Church, and by other means as well, to bring joy to sad people; to establish a new world where the peace of the land no longer has to take second place to special interests. We know what you intend, our Lord, but we do not do it. We love justice and peace only so long as they do not overly disturb our way of life. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Turn our deeds to your desire. Turn us around to face the one who is coming to bring justice to the greatest and the least.
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December 2014

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December 7, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 2 B
Scripture 1: 

2 Peter 3:8-15a

Sermon: 
Hanging of the Greens Service
Call to Worship: 
Lighting of the Advent Wreath This is the day when the spirit of Advent changes. The last two Sundays were days of hope and preparation. Today the pink candle we light symbolizes our joy in the event of Christ’s Coming. Fill our lives with doing good; “admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances” (I Thess. 5:14, 16—18a) “God among us” is reason for rejoicing always, in times of difficulty as well as times of easy celebration. Our way of knowing the presence of God includes putting on the mind of Christ, occupying our whole life with doing good. To fill ourselves with what is good is not as simple as filling our Christmas stocking with goodies. In times of difficulty, we are especially called to look to the strength of mind and spirit exemplified by Jesus. (Light three candles.) These candles are our hope, preparation and joy. Let us pray. We thank you, God of Light, for grace as we seek to put on the mind of Christ. Fill us with joy at your coming. Amen.
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December 14, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 3 B
Scripture 1: 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Scripture 2: 

Luke 1:46b-55

Sermon: 
Just As I Am
Hymn 1: 
We Will Glorify the King of Kings in Sing the Faith, No. 2087
Hymn 2: 
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates, No. 213
Hymn 3: 
People, Look East, No. 202
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Along the rocks that gird the mountain, light shines through what was hidden to reveal the stark simplicity of living things. The woods stand dormant in the winter Among the rocks and fallen leaves. Cedars shine in the low golden light. We await with joy what God has touched with life. Holy One, make us like the countryside around us, simple and beautiful. We light this candle, the color pink, for the joy that God has planted in our hearts Even in the time of trial.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty in Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us these Chrismon symbols of our relationship with you. We confess that there have been times when we have been unfaithful in our relationship with you. We have failed to pray, or used prayer as a last resort instead of the first principle of an enterprise. Sometimes we have been untruthful; sometimes we have been mean to others and acted without love; sometimes you have blessed us without ever hearing a word of thanks.
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December 21, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Advent 4 B
Scripture 1: 

Luke 1:26-28

Scripture 2: 

Luke 2:1-20

Sermon: 
"The Love of God at Christmas" Cantata with Bethel United Methodist and Cowan Fellowship Choirs
Hymn 3: 
Angels We Have Heard on High, No. 238
Call to Worship: 
Lighting of the Advent Wreath Relighting the Advent candles of hope, preparation, and joy reminds us of Christ’s past, present, and future comings. The fourth candle symbolizes God’s love for the world in giving Jesus to us. (Light four candles.) God’s offering of peace and love to the world through Jesus Christ is the gift we have been preparing to celebrate. Preparing our lives to receive this gift with profound joy and thanksgiving is our best acknowledgment of the Lord’s greatness. Receiving Him is the source of our most lasting peace. “Be not afraid for behold I bring you good news of great joy, which shall come to all people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a savior who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) (Light the Christ candle.) Let us pray: Thanks be to God for this unspeakable gift. In gratitude we offer our lives as instruments of your peace. Amen.
Creed: 
What is the real purpose of being a human being? To glorify God and enjoy him forever. - Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 1
Prayer of Confession: 
We confess that too often we look to this time of year as one more cycle in a cosmos where nothing really changes. We go through the motions of faith, but are dull to any new thing. We take our news from the secular press only to leave our Bibles closed and dusty on a shelf. We take our gospel from the piped-in music of department stores far from the poor travelers of Bethlehem. Open our hearts to the living Word that would bring us down to those places where cattle feed and nameless people in our own town struggle to survive.
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December 28, 2014

Liturgical Date: 
Christmas 1 B
Scripture 1: 

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Sermon: 
If You Look Real Close at the Ground
Hymn 1: 
Once in Royal David's City, No. 250
Hymn 2: 
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, No. 216
Hymn 3: 
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, No. 229
Call to Worship: 
10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. Isaiah 6110-11 (NRSV)
Creed: 
Affirmation from First Corinthians, No. 888
Prayer of Confession: 
Light of the World, as we begin to pack away the decorations of another Christmas gone, we feel many things. For some of us, relief for the end of it all. For others, a reminder of the loneliness of a season without loved ones we have known. For many of us, we feel regrets at the passing of the moment as the sentiments of another season begin to fall into obscurity. But you are the light of the world. As we face the turning another year, shine your light upon us so that we might sense the peace that has no season. And forgive us when we set aside the Prince of Peace, who would daily light our way.
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2015

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January 2015

Worship information for January 2015

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January 4, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Epiphany B
Scripture 1: 

Ephesians 3:1-12

Scripture 2: 
Matthew 2:1-12
Sermon: 
"Shaking Up the Boundaries of God's Goodness"
Hymn 1: 
Come, We that Love the Lord, No. 732
Hymn 2: 
Wade in the Water, Sing the Faith, No. 2108
Hymn 3: 
This Is My Father's World, No. 144
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We come together this day because the Lord God Almighty, who created the heavens and the earth has revealed to us his glory, for our God has come to share life with us, and when we have lost our way, to show us the way of life. This is an amazing grace that we can share with friends and neighbors, confident that our Maker continues to shower upon the blessings of his blessedness - the holiness of his holiness.
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation, No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Light, beaming through this darkened world, you have blessed us with the sounds of hope as we have remembered how the Lord Jesus Christ came into this world. We sometimes forget how amazing your amazing grace is. We sometimes overlook the simple truth that your goodness to all people exceeds anything that we could say or do as a testimony. We confess that, given what you have called us be, we are all like little children learning to do things we have never done before. Please pick us up when we fall down from time to time. Encourage us when we grow weary. When our vocabulary fails to give you the glory you merit, teach us how to talk.
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January 11, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Baptism of the Lord B
Scripture 1: 
Genesis 16
Scripture 2: 
Mark 1:4-11
Sermon: 
The Names between Abraham, Sarah and Isaac
Hymn 1: 
On Eagle's Wings, No. 143
Hymn 2: 
Children of the Heavenly Father, No. 141
Hymn 3: 
God of the Sparrow God of the Whale, No. 122
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. When Jesus received baptism, the heavens were opened as the Creator of the universe said, “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased.” Through Christ Jesus we are brought together into the ancient covenant life where the Lord God meets his people with a steadfast love that cannot be thwarted. Let us draw near to that love as we worship God.
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from sisters and brothers in Christ. We cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, and show reluctance to welcome one another; we allow the past to hold us hostage. In your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Remind us of the promises you make in baptism so that we may rise to new life, and live together in grace.
Reserve Field: 
Special: "When Jesus Came to Jordan", No. 252
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January 18, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 2 B
Scripture 1: 
Ruth 4:13-22
Scripture 2: 
John 1:43-51
Sermon: 
Six Degrees of Compassion
Hymn 1: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet in Sing the Faith, No. 2020
Hymn 2: 
This Little Light of Mine, No. 585
Hymn 3: 
Holy God We Praise thy Name, No. 79
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Call on the name of the Lord in praise; make known God's deeds among the nations! Sing to God with joyful songs; tell of God's wonderful deeds!
Creed: 
"I Believe in God Almighty" in Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of hosts, we do not know the times that we have been in the presence of wonder, only to walk away looking at our feet. We do not know how many days have passed in which angels came to us in the most ordinary circumstances while we were preoccupied with ourselves. We are like ghosts who pass through the world without being able to touch. Or to appreciate resistance that would turn us from our haunted existence to the light of your glory.
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January 25, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 3 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 1:14-20

Scripture 2: 
I Kings 12:25-29
Sermon: 
Say again, who did you say brought us out of Egypt?
Hymn 1: 
I'm Gonna Sing Where the Spirit Says Sing, No. 333
Hymn 2: 
Spirit of God, Sing the Faith, No. 2117
Hymn 3: 
How Firm a Foundation, No. 529
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God s new heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus! from “A Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called us to be a servant people, but we do not do what you command. We are often silent when we should speak, and useless when we could be useful. Have mercy on us, O God. Forgive us and free us from sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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February 2015

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February 1, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 4 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 1:21-28

Scripture 2: 

2 Chronicles 35:1-2,15-19

Sermon: 
When the King Orders a Passover
Hymn 1: 
Morning Has Broken, No. 145
Hymn 2: 
I Need Thee Every Hour, No. 397
Hymn 3: 
Something Beautiful, Something Good, No. 394
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts! See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Creed: 
By the indwelling of the Holy Spirit all believers being vitally united to Christ, who is the head, are thus united one to another in the Church, which is his body. He calls and anoints ministers for their holy office, qualifies all other officers in the Church for their special work, and imparts various gifts and graces to its members. He makes the Word effective and too, also, the ordinances of the gospel. By him the Church will be preserved, increased, purified, and at last made perfectly holy in the presence of God. from the Westminster Confession of Faith
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of righteousness, we are handy at sacrifice. We sacrifice the land for the sake of easy wealth. We buy cheap imports produced on the backs of poor people. Sometimes we sacrifice friendships, our families, and even our marriages in order to get more money, or follow our private dreams. But we have been slow to make the only sacrifice worthy of Christ: the gift of love for God and our neighbors. Forgive us of our shortsightedness. By your spirit bring us to that place where we can live with gratitude for God's sacrifice for us.
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February 8, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 5 B
Scripture 1: 

Romans 1:1-4

Scripture 2: 

Mark 1:29-39

Sermon: 
The Basis of Our Greeting
Hymn 1: 
Sanctuary in Sing the Faith, No. 2164
Hymn 2: 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand, No. 474 (vss. 1 and 2 sang by Charles Smith and Katlyn Council
Hymn 3: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, No. 703
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus the Messiah did not come into the world to condemn it. He came for love. He came to make a division between good and evil. He came for eternal life. For life that cannot be cut short by any hostile intervention. Let us claim the spirit of Christ with our prayer and worship.
Creed: 
Statement of Faith, United Church of Canada, No. 883
Prayer of Confession: 
Gracious God, you have sown among us the seeds of possibility. You came repeatedly to Israel to judge and make right the wrongs of human sin. At the right time, you sent Christ to free all who would come to him. All too often, we have been like the seeds sown upon the rocky ground, where the root of life could not take hold. We have let weeds grow up in Eden, separating us from your purpose. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, and set us free from the things that choke our lives.
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February 15, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 6 B or Transfiguration B
Scripture 1: 

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Scripture 2: 

Mark 9:2-9

Sermon: 
Discovery
Hymn 1: 
O Worship the King, No. 73
Hymn 2: 
I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, No. 521
Hymn 3: 
I Love Thy Kingdom Lord, No. 540
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Bless our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard, who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. I cried aloud to him, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:8-10;17-20
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty in Sing the Faith No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, Moses' face glowed with the light of your glory when he returned from meeting you. He became a man apart, as did the prophets and the apostles of the Church. You have called us to be separate, as well, not because we should look down on others, but as a testimony to the light. We confess that we have shunned our calling, wishing to shrink into the shadows. Forgive us for being timid. We pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, who is the light of the world.
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February 22, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 1 B
Scripture 1: 

Romans 1:7

Scripture 2: 

Mark 1:9-15

Sermon: 
“The Privilege of Being Driven Out”
Hymn 1: 
Lamb of God, Sing the Faith No. 2113
Hymn 2: 
Living for Jesus, Sing the Faith No 2149
Hymn 3: 
Standing on the Promises No. 374
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. By the sheer goodness of God we are saved By his steadfast love we are rescued from any terror. The time is right to worship God. I am here with all of you to give glory to my Savior.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
You gave us a life, our Creator, with the hope that we might be a blessing to the whole creation. How do we find wisdom to express the dreams and aspirations of your holy realm? We have fallen short of those dreams. Drawing authority to ourselves, we have willfully gone beyond your limits. We have taken what is yours and called it our owns. And to this day we have fallen into those same habits in our everyday life. Forgive us, O Creator. Through the spirit of Jesus Christ restore us to that place of peace where we can stand with clear eyes to greet you without shame.
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March 2015

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March 1, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 2 B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 8:31-38

Scripture 2: 
Romans 1:8
Sermon: 
Goodbye Self
Hymn 1: 
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name No. 154
Hymn 2: 
Are Ye Able No. 530
Hymn 3: 
Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown No. 386
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Brothers and sisters, welcome in the name of the resurrected Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ. O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God's steadfast love endures forever. Let us draw near to God in worship.
Creed: 
The Nicene Creed, No. 880
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, faith is such a short and easy word to say. But it is far from easy to live. We admit and confess that we have substituted piety for faith. We have allowed the rituals of religious devotion to substitute for a practical life of trust in Jesus Christ. We have worshiped edifices and memories, turning faith to mere sentiments. By your mercy, bring us to that simple trust to follow where you lead, leaving all the consequences of our life to your care.
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March 8, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 3 B
Scripture 1: 

Romans 1:9-10

Scripture 2: 

John 2:13-22

Sermon: 
Cleaning House
Hymn 1: 
O Spirit of the Living God, No. 539
Hymn 2: 
Be Still My Soul, No. 534
Hymn 3: 
He Touched Me, No. 367
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Somewhere a young girl is looking through her bag of keepsakes trying to find a sign of a mother’s love. A boy seeks a hero who is the worth the following. You knew us, Great Creator, before we were born. You loved us already. We gather today in the strength of your mighty heart.
Creed: 
The members of the church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose rather than the schemes of people will finally prevail. - from the Confession of 1967, The Book of Confessions
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, from Abraham to Jesus you have called us to follow you along the disciple's road, but we have hidden in the shadows, unwilling to move or to risk anything. Jesus in his teaching pointed out the way of life, but we spend much of our time merely trying to survive – or wandering in useless endeavors. Or missing the mark altogether. Forgive us and restore us to life that is true.
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March 15, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 4 B
Scripture 1: 

John 3:14-21

Scripture 2: 

Romans 1:11-12

Sermon: 
The Way of Light
Hymn 1: 
Into My Heart, Sing the Faith, No. 2160
Hymn 2: 
For All the Saints, Sing the Faith, No. 2283
Hymn 3: 
My Life Flows On, Sing the Faith, No. 2122
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of God's glory. Let us draw unto the glory of the Creator. And let us embrace our Redeemer. We will go from here sustained by the fire of the Sacred Spirit.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty, Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of all wisdom, you have redeemed our lives in Jesus Christ. In the church throughout the world you call people to witness to your glory. But we often prefer to listen to the voices of wrath. We are cast down by voices, inside and outside the church, who discredit the spiritual gifts of all people. We are seduced by political entertainers, clinging to opinion while neglecting prayer. Forgive us, O Lord.
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March 22, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Lent 5 B
Scripture 1: 

Matthew 14:22-33

Scripture 2: 

Psalm 89:5-9

Sermon: 
Slippery When Wet
Hymn 1: 
Thou Art Worthy, Sing the Faith, No. 2041
Hymn 2: 
Fairest Lord Jesus, No. 189
Hymn 3: 
Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing, No. 671
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Praise and glory to you, Spirit of God. you come like the wind of heaven, unseen, unbidden. Like the dawn you illumine the world around us; you grant us a new beginning every day. Come Holy Spirit. Grant us a new beginning today.
Creed: 
Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church, No. 884
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called us to be a servant people, but we do not do what you command. We are often silent when we should speak, and useless when we could be useful. Have mercy on us, O God. Forgive us and free us from sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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March 29, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Passion B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 15:1-39

Scripture 2: 

Romans 1:16-17

Sermon: 
Blessed are the Meek
Hymn 1: 
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, No. 278
Hymn 2: 
What a Friend We Have in Jesus, No. 526
Hymn 3: 
Were You There, No. 288
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus the Messiah did not come into the world to condemn it. He came for love. He came to make a division between good and evil. He came for eternal life. For life that cannot be cut short by any hostile intervention. Let us gather in the Spirit of Christ with our prayer and worship.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Philippians 2:5-11a
Prayer of Confession: 
O Father of mercies, who are we to appreciate the love that has given us life: the kindness of people that we never knew; the late nights of prayer that sustained us. If we but knew the sacrifices that have been made by faithful people on our behalf from teachers, elders, strangers, and members of our family. But most of all, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus of Nazareth. We do not come to you because we have been brave and faithful. At critical moments, we, like Simon, have denied you. Forgive us Lord. By your mercies restore us to the peace of your kingdom.
Reserve Field: 
Prelllude A Mighty Fortress, No. 110
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April 2015

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April 5, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Easter B
Scripture 1: 

Mark 16:1-8

Scripture 2: 

Psalm 118:1-2,14-24

Sermon: 
Well, I forgot to be afraid
Hymn 1: 
Christ the Lord is Risen Today (vss, 1,2,3,5), No. 302
Hymn 2: 
Father, I Adore You, Sing the Faith, No. 2038
Hymn 3: 
Because He Lives, No. 364
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. By the grace of our Lord and the remarkable mercies of Jesus Christ we are, all here, children of God. By the Holy Spirit we are a new creation, and tomorrow we will be yet something new again. Let us worship God, the Creator of all that is good and right.
Creed: 
Let us remember, brothers and sisters, the good news that has been proclaimed to us, which we have received, in which also we stand, through which also we are being saved . . Most important of all, we have received what those who have gone before us received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time . . . Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to Paul who considered himself the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because of the way he has once persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God we are what we are, and his grace toward us has not been in vain. - based on First Corinthians 15:1ff.
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by things that lead to death. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.
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April 12, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 2 B
Scripture 1: 

John 20:19-31

Scripture 2: 

Psalm 133

Sermon: 
Amazing Grace Cantata
Hymn 1: 
This is the Day, No. 657
Hymn 2: 
Lord of the Dance, No. 261
Hymn 3: 
Glorify Thy Name, Sing the Faith, No. 2016
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. Psalm 105:1-4
Creed: 
We believe there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God's purpose. We are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. Rom. 8:1, 28, 38, 39
Prayer of Confession: 
As we gather in your name this day, gracious God, we come as a people of misplaced hopes and misplaced visions. We have adapted the values of your kingdom to the values of this world. We have compromised the commands of love and justice with a dozen excuses. If we have thought about our ethics at all, we have not always taken the cross of Christ as our starting point. Forgive us, merciful God. May your spirit set us on fire with something that is an alternative in a desperate world.
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April 19, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 3 B
Scripture 1: 

Luke 24:36-48

Scripture 2: 

Psalm 4

Sermon: 
That Weird Place between Disbelieving and Happy
Hymn 1: 
Come, Christians, Join to Sing, No. 158
Hymn 2: 
Grace Greater than Our Sin, No. 365
Hymn 3: 
On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand, No. 724
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. What would we be, without you, O Lord, to divert us from the deep-worn paths of habit? You call us from the low places to meet many trials of faith. You refine us like gold. You cut away the roughness from the uncut diamond so that the light might shine: May your glory shine through us with the colors of heaven.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, there is nothing in all creation that can describe fully who you are. To believe in you is to have faith in things unseen. To follow Christ is to follow one we never knew in the days of his Galilean wanderings. We confess that we sometimes have trouble believing what we have not seen with our own eyes. We make ourselves the center of the universe from which we imagine all truth must spring. Forgive us of such silliness. Teach us by your spirit to see Christ in our own neighborhoods among our own neighbors with the same zeal as Simon and Mary Magdalene greeted Jesus in the road.
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April 26, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 4 B
Scripture 1: 

I John 3:16-24

Scripture 2: 

Psalm 23

Sermon: 
The Key that Unlocks the Door
Hymn 1: 
For the Beauty of the Earth, No. 92 (vss. 1-4)
Hymn 2: 
Jesus Loves Me, No. 191
Hymn 3: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, No. 703
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 3 Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 4 Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6 With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? 7 The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. 10 All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12 They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. - Psalm 118:1-14
Creed: 
Apostles' Creed, Ecumenical Version, No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Sovereign God, you stretch your hand over the stars - you caress the power of the quasar. You dance in the nucleus of the atom: from the smallest to the largest you are God. But we, like Jonah of old, try to assign you a territory. We try to make you a territorial god - to enclose you in borders; to house you in foolish sanctuaries. But wherever we set our foot, you claim that space as holy ground. Even the ugly places. Forgive us for dividing your dominion to our convenience. Have mercy, and deliver us so that we can stand in your glory wherever we are.
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May 2015

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May 3, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 5 B
Scripture 1: 

Acts 8:26-40

Scripture 2: 

John 15:1-8

Sermon: 
Who Is This Good News For?
Hymn 1: 
Wonderful Words of Life, No. 600
Hymn 2: 
You Alone are Holy, Sing the Faith No. 2077
Hymn 3: 
Here I Am, Lord No. 593
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We are in a sanctuary of God, a place of safety and a place of refreshment. In the gospel of Jesus Christ we discover ourselves and the challenge that is given to us. We accept the challenge of nothing less than the gospel. Holy Spirit, fill us with fire to meet the challenge. Fill us with peace to meet the world in your name.
Creed: 
We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the Church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God s new heaven and new earth, praying, Come, Lord Jesus! from “A Brief Statement of Faith”
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy Spirit, we have heard it said that we are the captains of our own lives. That our success depends on what we make of ourselves. That the key to success is competition. We have taught these things to our children in our schools, in our clubs, and sometimes even in our churches. In the face of such self absorption our baptism in Christ fades to a distant memory - a vague charm, a pretty dress, a new shirt. Break our spirits if those spirits have diverted us from finding the path to your holy ground. Bring us to the well of living water where our life begins anew.
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May 10, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 6 B
Scripture 1: 

Acts 10:44-48

Scripture 2: 

John 15:9-17

Sermon: 
And the Walls Come A-tumblin' Down
Hymn 1: 
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above No. 126
Hymn 2: 
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy No. 121
Hymn 3: 
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms No. 133
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. How lovely is the garden of the Lord, where what is sown bears fruit, blessing the earth with its goodness. How lovely is the word sown in the human heart, yielding love and justice. Let us draw near to our just and loving God.
Creed: 
The World Methodist Social Affirmation No. 886
Prayer of Confession: 
O Christ, you came to the twelve to call them out of the old life to follow you. You came to the villagers to summon them to live their lives where they were, but as citizens of the kingdom of God. But we have turned your calling into a religious option. We have translated the word "grace" into "license". We have turned obedience into the cheap words, "I believe." Teach us to do less talking and more following. Forgive us for all the scams we have tried to run on you and your kingdom. Have mercy on us as you guide us into the way of integrity.
Reserve Field: 
Prelude: As the Sun Doth Daily Rise (Innocents) No. 675 with violin introduction
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May 17, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Easter 7 B
Scripture 1: 

Psalm 1

Scripture 2: 

Revelation 11:15-19

Sermon: 
Hoisted By Their Own Pitards
Hymn 1: 
This is the Day, No. 657
Hymn 2: 
This Little Light of Mine, (to tune we know) No. 585
Hymn 3: 
Christ for the World We Sing, No. 568
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O come let us bow down and worship; let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For the Lord is our God; we are God's own, the flock for whom the Good Shepherd laid down his life.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty, Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O Holy Spirit, you surprise us with the power to heal what is broken and to reveal what is hidden to the world. You work deeply inside us to reveal the teaching of Jesus that love and forgiveness overcome the powers of this world that would destroy us. And yet we celebrate vengeance as a way of salvation. We have allowed powers to take root in our hearts that cool the compassion Jesus commanded to rule our lives. Only your fire can break the demons and unclean things among us. Only your fire can turn bitterness to that amazing grace where your glory and purpose claim us. May it be so.
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May 24, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Pentecost B
Scripture 1: 

Romans 8:22-27

Scripture 2: 

Psalm 104:24-35

Sermon: 
Success? Failure? Advance? Retreat? It's all good!
Hymn 1: 
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing, No. 57 (vss. 1,2,3,6)
Hymn 2: 
Glorify Thy Name, Sing the Faith No. 2016
Hymn 3: 
All Creatures of our God and King, No. 62 (vss. 1,2,3)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing and give praise to God's name; tell the glad news of salvation from day to day.
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith. We confess that we resist the force of your Spirit. We do not necessarily listen for your word of grace, or live as a people raised in Christ. Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our timid lives by the power of your brazen Spirit.
Reserve Field: 
Choir "O Spirit of the Living God", No. 539
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May 31, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Trinity B
Scripture 1: 

Romans 8:12-17

Scripture 2: 

John 3:1-17

Sermon: 
The Light beyond the Lies
Hymn 1: 
Holy, Holy, Holy No. 64
Hymn 2: 
The Gift of Love, No. 408
Hymn 3: 
Trust and Obey, No. 467 (vss. 1-3)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And to you also. Let us gather in the Spirit that is holy, as our hearts and souls are opened to the wonder of God.
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation, No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
God of grace, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind - and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We ignore your commandments, stray from your purpose, and, in ways sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle, follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully and give honor to your holy name.
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June 2015

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June 7, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 10 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 37:1-11

Scripture 2: 

Mark 3:20-35

Sermon: 
If we wait around for life to be fair . . .
Hymn 1: 
To God be the Glory, No. 98
Hymn 2: 
My Life Flows On in Sing the Faith, No. 2212
Hymn 3: 
Something Beautiful, Something Good, No. 394
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. This is a day of celebration. Let us rejoice in the majesty of God Almighty, who made heaven and earth. Let us also be merry in joy of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit who rule this universe and all else beyond our imaginations. Let up worship the Lord who would take a child into his arms and call that child the kingdom of God.
Creed: 
The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world. from the Book of Order
Prayer of Confession: 
O Master of the Way, you have removed all barriers that block our walk with you. You have shown us the path to deepest peace. But we have treated your word as an option of last resort. We have turned your gospel into a set of morals. We have often made the way of Christ little more than a charming sideline to what we fancy to be real life. Because we have treated your good news so casually, people sometimes look at us and think: "they are full of hot air." Have mercy on us, Holy One. May your spirit quicken us to take up the way of Christ for which we were baptized.
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June 14, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 11 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 37:12-36

Scripture 2: 

Mark 4:26-34

Sermon: 
"The Joseph Route" Series: "There Ain't No Sync in This House"
Hymn 1: 
How Great Thou Art, No. 77 (vss. 1,2,4)
Hymn 2: 
As A Fire Is Meant for Burning, Sing the Faith No. 2237
Hymn 3: 
He Leadeth Me, No. 128 (vss. 1,2,4)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Around the world today, men and women are gathered in the name of Christ. Most have little upon this earth to call their own. Some will loose their lives for their faith. Many will be slandered in an unjust world, but they will celebrate the goodness of God. Let us join with them, and turn our life to God. Let us trust in his abundant mercies.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty, Sing the Faith, No 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
The scripture witnesses to our life as a time of testing - and sometimes of suffering. But we repress this part of the gospel, picking out what pleases us like chocolates in a box. We hide the full gospel from our children. We select the images of God that serve our purposes. Forgive us, great God, of spiritual dishonesty. Have mercy on us. Through the spirit of Christ Jesus, make us strong to accept the cost of being your disciples.
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June 21, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 12 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 39:1-5

Scripture 2: 

Mark 4:35-41

Sermon: 
“It's Just What I Do.”
Hymn 1: 
The Lone, Wild Bird, Sing the Faith, No. 2052 (vss. 1,2,4,5)
Hymn 2: 
Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Sing the Faith, No. 2158
Hymn 3: 
Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet, Sing the Faith, No. 2020
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus is the living Word of God, and he meets us and all who gather in his name. Let us open our minds and our hearts to be refreshed by the Word. Let us join hands and hearts as we worship in the power of his presence, united with those witnesses who have gone before us and all the people who stand in the power of his Word throughout the world today.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, Ecumenical Version, No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy Spirit, you have anointed us with the power to see this world as citizens of the kingdom of God. You have given us the power to embrace the prophets - to recognize what is sacred. But we decide what people are worth by the brands they wear. We have become an economy constantly on a war-footing. We trumpet our righteousness to the world and spend what we do not have marketing our way or life. We side with those who would silence truth in the name of national security. Forgive us, and fill us with your fire, so that we, like the apostles, can abandon the falseness of the world and proclaim your kingdom.
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June 28, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 13 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 40

Scripture 2: 

Mark 5:21-43

Sermon: 
Two Years of Being Forgotten
Hymn 1: 
God That Madest Earth and Heaven, No. 688
Hymn 2: 
This Little Light of Mine, (to tune we know) No. 585
Hymn 3: 
For All the Saints, No. 711, Vss. 1 and 5
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The God we worship today is magnificent He feeds the thousands who gather hungry and hoping. And then he treads upon chaos, commanding the storm. We have known the storm, our Lord. We come to you today with open hands to sing your praise.
Creed: 
The members of the church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose rather than the schemes of people will finally prevail. from the Confession of 1967
Prayer of Confession: 
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.
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July 2015

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July 5, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 14 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 41

Scripture 2: 

Mark 6:1-13

Sermon: 
Our Success is Never Our Own
Hymn 1: 
America the Beautiful, No. 696
Hymn 2: 
Trust and Obey, No. 467
Hymn 3: 
America, No. 697
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God blows like a fresh wind after a summer storm. He clears the air and scatters the trash as the skies become blue over our heads. Let us open the windows our our houses to the glory of the Spirit.. Let us open the doors of our souls and worship God.
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
O Living Word, Spirit of all wisdom and understanding, we stand on the shoulders of countless women and men who have born testimony to your glory. Where would we be without faith's story? And yet we are great forgetters. In our frenzied pace we only hear what comes in two-minute clips. We consume advise that has been produced for someone's profit. Forgive us. Open our hearts to listen and be changed.
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July 12, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 15 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 42

Scripture 2: 

Mark 6:14-29

Sermon: 
Who decides who is expendable?
Hymn 1: 
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, No. 703
Hymn 2: 
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, No. 405
Hymn 3: 
Be Still My Soul, No. 534
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion. Declare his deeds among the peoples. - Psalm 9:9-11
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Gracious God, you have sown among us the seeds of possibility. You came repeatedly to Israel to judge and make right the wrongs of human sin. At the right time, you sent Christ to free all who would come to him. All too often, we have been like the seeds sown upon the rocky ground, where the root of life could not take hold. We have let weeds grow up in Eden, separating us from your purpose. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, and set us free from the things that choke our lives.
Prayer for the Veggie Offering We return to you this offering from that with which you've blessed us, for those who need this food that they may not be hungry - give them health and give them hope and bless them with your presence. And may the light of Jesus Christ guide us all, that we might find the bread that satisfies our deepest hunger not just just for today, but for the day to come. Amen.
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July 19, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 16 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 44

Scripture 2: 

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Sermon: 
Rachel's Kids
Hymn 1: 
Standing in the Need of Prayer, No. 352
Hymn 2: 
There is a Balm in Gilead, No. 375
Hymn 3: 
Grace Greater than Our Sin, No. 365
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Today we worship God in spirit and in truth. The day will come when we will worship God in a world where all evil is vanquished. Rouse us with a vision for the world which is to come that your light might shine through us as a beacon of hope to the world.
Creed: 
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Philippians 2:5-11a
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, we are blessed indeed by the wonders of your creation. We, particularly in America, are surrounded by great bounty. But for all the goodness of this land, we are but a work in progress. Your prophets have told us that the world as we know it must pass away. O God, we have set too much store by this world's goods. We pray that you make us poor, not only in spirit, but also in practice. Open our eyes to the kingdom that we may see it with the eyes of Christ on the mountain.
Reserve Field: 
Focus Sermon Text: Genesis 44:18-20
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July 26, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 17 B
Scripture 1: 

Genesis 45

Scripture 2: 

Ephesians 3:14-21

Sermon: 
Thank God for All Those Wonky Dreams
Hymn 1: 
O Lord, Hear My Prayer, Sing the Faith, No. 2200 (5 times)
Hymn 2: 
For All the Saints, Sing the Faith, No. 2283
Hymn 3: 
I'll Fly Away, Sing the Faith, No. 2282
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Come Lord Jesus. Shine on us like the brightest star in the sky.
Creed: 
The World Methodist Social Affirmation, No. 886
Prayer of Confession: 
Holy God, hear our confession. We never seem to be able to quite get where we are going. We are a day late and a dollar short. Too many of our plans turn out to be fantasies. We do not finish. Or if we do, we look back and ask ourselves “What's the point?” There has been too much of “we” and not enough of you. We have held you at arm's length because we cannot control you even as our lives spin out of control. Have mercy upon us.
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August 2015

Worship information for August 2015

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August 2, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 18 B
Scripture 1: 

Ephesians 4:1-16

Scripture 2: 

John 6:24-35

Sermon: 
When It's From Heaven
Hymn 1: 
How Firm a Foundation No. 529 (vss. 1,2,3)
Hymn 2: 
Near to the Heart of God No. 472
Hymn 3: 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand No. 474
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the mystery of God's power in this world. He comes to us with the still, small voice. He comes to us in the challenge of sacred texts. He comes to us in judgment to make us clean and whole. The Sacred Spirit surprises us in an unexpected moment. Come, o Holy One, speak to us your glory.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed, Ecumenical, No. 882
Prayer of Confession: 
Our Lord, the witnesses of your Church tell us that in time of greatest need, you provide us all things necessary for life. You have sent us to offer ourselves to the world, sharing our life and means so that all people might have a place at the table of creation's bounty. But in real life we have hoarded our riches and wasted our food. We see people as a means of profit instead of companions at Christ's table. Open our hearts, our minds, and our hands to the generosity of your steadfast love.
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August 9, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 19 B
Hymn 1: 
I Love to Tell the Story, No. 156
Hymn 2: 
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, No. 133
Hymn 3: 
God of the Sparrow No. 122
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us meditate upon the grand creator of all things. the same God who, in Christ Jesus, became a slave and despised by the very people he made; the very God who was not ashamed to become one of us: Our Lord is without parallel in all religion. Let us worship him this blessed day.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty in Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess the blindness that is not even aware of hurt; the pride that dares not admit that it is wrong; the selfishness that can see nothing but its own will; the righteousness that knows no fault; the callousness that has ceased to care; the defiance that does not regret its own sins; the evasion that always tries to make excuses; the coldness of heart that is too hardened to repent. God, we are sinners; be merciful to us.
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August 16, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 20 B
Scripture 1: 

Psalm 111

Hymn 1: 
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty No. 139 (vss. 1-4)
Hymn 2: 
Be Thou My Vision No. 451
Hymn 3: 
On Eagle's Wings No. 143
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of Christ completes every aspect of our life. We come to worship God in our brokenness. He mends our marriages and heals the broken hearts. Every man, woman and child of us finds life in our Maker. Let us worship God.
Creed: 
Affirmation from Romans No. 887
Prayer of Confession: 
O God our maker, who created us to love: to love friends and enemies, to love sacrifice for others, to honor the love of women and men - we thank you for the passions that enrich our lives and fill our hearts. We confess that we, along with many of our ancestors, have cast a dark shadow over the passions of the heart, calling sin what is a gift of God. Free us from being prudes. Within the disciplines of your holy law, show us how we might faithfully celebrate our humanity even as you create us anew in the image of Christ.
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August 23, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 21 B
Scripture 1: 

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Scripture 2: 
John 6:55-69
Sermon: 
What's Beyond the Dead End
Hymn 1: 
Come, We That Love the Lord, No. 732
Hymn 2: 
On Jordan's Stormy Banks I Stand, No. 724
Hymn 3: 
Hymn of Promise, No. 707
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. We need not look far to find the signs of God's nearness. Kin folks discover old bonds. Strangers find new friends in odd places. Pioneers build a home in the frontier. Someone moves to a new city to start a new life. Young people begin a new family. Wherever God is in the wide world, there is hope. Let us worship the one who makes a way for us where there was none.
Creed: 
What is contained in a prayer which pleases God and is heard by him? First, that we sincerely call upon the one true God, who has revealed himself to us in his Word, for all that he has commanded us to ask of him. Then, that we thoroughly acknowledge our need and evil condition so that we may humble ourselves in the presence of his majesty. Third, that we rest assured that, in spite of our unworthiness, he will certainly hear our prayer for the sake of Christ our Lord, as he has promised us in his Word. Question 117 of the Heidelberg Catechism
Prayer of Confession: 
Your word is life to us, Lord God. We learned our life from the compassion of Jesus. We learned from him that life is more than the instinct to survive. Indeed, he taught us by his own example that the Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. But we like sheep, have hidden from you. We rebel against the thought that we belong to anyone but ourselves. Restore us to the green pastures where life is rich and deep.
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August 30, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 22 B
Scripture 1: 

Ecclessiastes 1:12-18

Scripture 2: 

Mark 7:1-8

Sermon: 
No Fudging. If it's not there, you can't count it!
Hymn 1: 
My Life Is In You, Lord, Sing the Faith, No. 2032
Hymn 2: 
Lamb of God, Sing the Faith, No. 2113
Hymn 3: 
Father, I Adore You Sing the Faith, No. 2038
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. With its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense Then the kings assembled, they came on together. As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight; trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor, as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever. We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple. Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever. -Psalm 48
Creed: 
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. Col. 1:15-20
Prayer of Confession: 
O Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, risen in glory in the Father, and the Holy Spirit: we sometimes make great claims in the name of God. It is one thing to believe in the majesty and glory of the Creator. It is quite another to see you in the poorest and the weakest. Or to see you in your suffering at the hands of evil. As we come to offer you our service in this hour, forgive us of all of our bombast and pride, even as you teach us the way of the cross.
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September 2015

Worship information for September 2015

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September 6, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 23 B
Scripture 1: 

Ecclessiastes 2:1-11

Scripture 2: 

Mark 7:24-37

Sermon: 
“From down where the demons live to up where the life begins.”
Hymn 1: 
I Sing the Almighty Power of God No. 152
Hymn 2: 
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus No. 277
Hymn 3: 
There's Something about that Name No. 171
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Lord of Israel is not some stand-offish deity who lives in isolated pomp. The Lord of Israel loves the prayers of his people. He would rather hear our arguments than our silence. Let us bring our case before the Lord and show him our mettle as we honor him with our candor.
Creed: 
A Modern Affirmation, No. 885
Prayer of Confession: 
There are religions, O God, that use sacrifice and charms as excuses to live faithless lives. Indeed, we are tempted to use prayer to manipulate you into winking at sin. Through your prophets you called Israel away from such piety, and, through Jesus the Messiah you make us accountable not only for what we do on the outside, but who we are on the inside. Forgive us for the times when we make ourselves exceptions to your law. By your spirit empower us to worship only you - to live faithfully with our spouses, our families, and our neighbors
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September 13, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 24 B
Scripture 1: 

James 3:1-12

Scripture 2: 

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Sermon: 
"What Would Jesus Say?"
Hymn 1: 
You Alone Ae Holy, Sing the Faith, No. 2077
Hymn 2: 
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, No. 384 (vss. 1,2,4)
Hymn 3: 
Pass It On, No. 572
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Our help is in the Lord, who judges the nations. In our sadness the Lord of life finds us. We do not linger in our grief for old failed dreams. God will give us new dreams. Let us worship the God, the giver of new dreams.
Creed: 
I Believe in God Almighty, Sing the Faith, No. 2042
Prayer of Confession: 
O God, we confess our neglect. Our neglect of your Word for our lives. We have become dry and brittle, like the litter on the forest floor, easily kindled by the smallest spark. We neglect the ones we love, making lonely those whom God has given us to cherish. We neglect the poor, looking through them as though they did not exist. Have mercy on us Break our hearts in the heart of Christ, that we might reflect his love to the world.
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September 20, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 25 B
Scripture 1: 

James 3:13-18

Scripture 2: 

Mark 9:30-37

Sermon: 
“Wisdom for Dummies (and Geniuses, Too)”
Hymn 1: 
Sanctuary, Sing the Faith, No. 2164
Hymn 2: 
Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Sing the Faith, No. 2158
Hymn 3: 
God of Grace and God of Glory, No. 577 (vss. 1,3,4)
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The Word of God quenches the thirst of the pilgrims of faith. The love of God gives us courage to witness. Let us draw near to God, our provider. Let us worship the God who makes all things right now and for all eternity.
Creed: 
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. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments. we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. from "A Brief Statement of Faith"
Prayer of Confession: 
O Heavenly Savior, what did we ever gain by trying to forge our own lives? How many ways have we found to turn honest testimony into bragging rights, staking our value on our own merits? Can we not understand that it is the cross of Christ that draws the lost the the Savior. Forgive us for the countless times we have wasted words trying to justify ourselves. Forgive us when we have been an obstacle to people searching for your grace.
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September 27, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 26 B
Scripture 1: 

Zechariah 14:16-19

Scripture 2: 

Mark 9:38-50

Sermon: 
Everyone Gets a Tent
Hymn 1: 
Glorify Thy Name, Sing the Faith, No. 2016
Hymn 2: 
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name, No. 79 (vss. 1,2,5)
Hymn 3: 
Thou Art Worthy, Sing the Faith, No. 2041
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us receive the gift of God today. Let us ask for wisdom and the blessing of all. Let us take the least seat in the house to make way for others. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our strength and redeemer.
Creed: 
What does the Law of God require of us? Jesus Christ teaches this in a summary in Matthew: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” - Heidelberg Catechism, Question 4
Prayer of Confession: 
O God of truth, we confess that we have practised a kind of religion that avoids telling the truth. We have used religion to hide from things that we had rather not think about. To avoid touching hard questions of life and faith that threaten us. We have confused purity with cowardice. Forgive us, Mighty Spirit. Kindle fire within us that our eyes might have light to see and our hearts warmth to embrace this weary world in your power.
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October 2015

Worship information for October 2015

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October 4, 2015

Liturgical Date: 
Ordinary 27 B
Scripture 1: 

Psalm 8

Scripture 2: 

Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12

Sermon: 
Let us not under-estimate our God-given purpose.
Hymn 1: 
All People That on Earth Do Dwell, No. 75
Hymn 2: 
Morning Has Broken, No. 145
Hymn 3: 
Shine, Jesus, Shine, Sing the Faith, No. 2173
Call to Worship: 
The Lord be with you. And also with you. The spirit of God blows like a fresh wind after an autumn rain. He clears the air and softens the sky. Let us open the windows our our houses to the cooling breeze. May God's Spirit refresh us and bring peace to our land.
Creed: 
The Apostles' Creed (traditional), No. 881
Prayer of Confession: 
Most holy God, where can we go to escape from your dominion? You have chosen to make your life with us. When we try to hide from you, we lose ourselves.. The parts of our life that we set aside, apart from you, come to nothing. Forgive us. Teach us to trust you every day, in every way. In Christ we pray.
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October 11, 2015