Sunday Worship – August 5, 2018


Former Pastor and Guest Speaker, Dr. Wayne Willis pauses for a photo with church members.  (Dotty Willis, D.D. and John Hendrickson, Wayne Willis)

PART 1:  

  • The Ringing of the Bell
  • Words of Welcome – Reverend Dr. Wayne Willis, Guest and Former Pastor
  • Prelude:  “Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church” – arranged by R. Powell

PART 2:  

  • Call to Worship – Richard Ray and congregation
    • Leader:    In faith, our ancestors set out for a new land, seeking relationship with a new God.
    • People:   In faith, we seek to follow God in our lives.
    • Leader:    In faith, the church seeks to discern the future to which God calls us in our age.
    • People:   In faith, we gather now to worship, seeking new life in Christ.
  • Hymn 341:  “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine!” – ASSURANCE
  • Call to Confession and Prayer  (unison)                           
    • God of Adam and Eve, of Cain and Abel, of Abraham and Sarah, God of all our mothers and fathers, and God of our children and grandchildren:  We give thanks that you are a God who acts in history and yet we confess that we are too often busy with our own lives to perceive you at work in our time, right here and right now.  We fall into fear and despair about our troubled world, as if you had no care for us.  Forgive our lack of faith and help us to join you as you labor to bring new life on earth.  In the name of Christ, hear our silent prayers of return …
  • Assurance of Pardon – Richard Ray and congregation
    • Leader:    God loves us and frees us from all that we do to turn away from the transformative power of belief.
    • People:   God hears our cries and questions, and promises to remain in covenant with us.
    • Leader:    In the name of the Risen One, who came, who comes, and who is to come again, the heavy weight of our doubt is lifted.
    • People:   We are forgiven and may begin again to love as Christ loves.
    • ALL:      ALLELUIA!  AMEN.
  • Response 298:  “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” – IN BABILONE
  • Passing of the Peace

PART 3:  

  • Anthem – The Men’s Quartet, accompanied by Shirley Hawkes:  “Down to the River to Pray” – arranged by Mary McDonald/written by Ken Medema

PART 4:  

  • Scripture:  Ephesians 4:1-6
  • Sermon:  HOLY GOSSIP – Reverend Dr. Wayne Willis, Guest and Former Pastor

PART 5:  

  • Hymn 172:  “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” – RESIGNATION
    • Flute:  Alison Clark
  • Affirmation of Faith:  “The Apostles’ Creed”
    • I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    • I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

PART 6:  

  • Time of Giving Thanks
  • Announcements
  • Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
  • Call to Offering and Offering

PART 7:  

  • Offertory:  “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” – arranged by Wilbur Held
  • Doxology 592:  “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
  • Prayer of Dedication (unison)
    • One and Eternal God of time and space, we respond to you with joy as we lift up our tithes and offerings.  The opportunity to share is a blessing for which we are very thankful.  Your generous provision for our needs prompts us to be generous in return.  Accomplish your purposes, we pray, through these gifts and in our lives.  Amen.

PART 8:  

    • Communion Setting #1:  “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – arranged by Mark Hayes
      • Flute:  Alison Clark
    • Communion Setting #2:  “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” – arranged by Mark Hayes
      • Flute Alison Clark

PART 9:  

  • Hymn 485:  “To God Be the Glory” – TO GOD BE THE GLORY
  • Charge and Benediction

PART 10:  

  • The Ringing of the Bell
  • Postlude:  “Overture in D” – G.F. Handel