FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Words of Welcome – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prelude: “Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott” – Dietrich Buxtehude
- Call to Worship – Ed Staats
- Leader: We have been called together to face God’s new way of living.
- People: Sometimes we’d rather remember how things used to be.
- Leader: But this is a new day. This is a day to put aside fear and to take courage.
- People: We will look to the new day ahead of us and take courage in God’s loving call.
- Leader: This morning the opening worship of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church takes place in St. Louis. Our opening hymn has been suggested for use in all the congregations of our denomination. We join together in one voice with our brothers and sisters across the country.
- ALL: LET US WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER!
- Hymn: “Draw the Welcome Circle Wider” – BEACH SPRING
- Call to Confession and Prayer (unison)
- Most holy and most merciful God, in your presence we must face the sinfulness of our nature and the error of our ways, intended or accidental. You alone know how often we fail by wandering from your paths, wasting our gifts, and underestimating your love. Have mercy upon us, O God, for we have broken your requirements for justice and overlooked opportunities for kindness. Humble us with your truth and raise us by your grace that we may more nearly be the people of Christ and the witnesses of your Spirit. Hear our silent prayers of return …
- Assurance of Pardon
- Leader: There is no greater joy in the heart of God than the moment that a son or daughter opens to the gift of forgiveness.
- People: God’s Spirit reaches out to assure us of welcome in Christ.
- Leader: In the name of Jesus Christ we are God’s by grace, forgiven and redeemed.
- People: With great joy we are made alive. Alleluia!
- ALL: AMEN.
- Response 322: “Spirit of the Living God” – LIVING GOD
- Passing of the Peace
- Anthem – “Peace Like a River/Amazing Grace” – arranged by Joel Raney
- The Men’s Quartet: James Bates, Richard Ray, Matt Killion, Bob Borders, accompanied by Shirley Hawkes
- Scripture: Readings From Montreat
- Sermon: LIFT EVERY VOICE: Reflections from Montreat – Reverend Joel Weible, Pastor
- Download the sermon to play on your audio device: 061718 SERMON jw
- Hymn 563: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – LIFT EVERY VOICE
- Affirmation of Faith – from THE IONA COMMUNITY
- We believe that God hopes and works for a world where all shall be included in the feast of life and that in Christ we see how costly it is to bring that world about.
- We believe that God of all the earth is at work beyond the churches as well as within them, working for justice, so that all may have a say in what happens to them.
- We long for the time when all who hunger and thirst for justice shall be satisfied and we believe that despite the persistence of evil, now is always the time when more good can be done and we can make a difference. Amen.
- Time of Giving Thanks – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
- Call to Offering and Offering
- Offertory: “In Christ Alone” – arranged by Lloyd Larson
- Doxology 592: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
- Prayer of Dedication (unison)
- O God, we celebrate your Spirit so freely given and so powerfully active within our church. As that Spirit moves in our midst, may it inspire us toward generosity and fire us with energy to serve you well. Receive our humble gifts in the name of Christ, whose presence is certain when the Spirit is with us. Amen.
- Hymn 429: “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” – ABBOT’S LEIGH
- Charge and Benediction – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
- The Ringing of the Bell
- Postlude: “Arise, My Soul, Arise!” – arranged by Dale Wood