Sunday Worship – October 28, 2018 TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

The Chancel Choir rehearses before the Sunday Service…

PART 1:  

PART 2:  

  • Call to Worship – James Bates and congregation
    • Leader:   God has given us this beautiful earth and all that grows and runs upon it.
    • People:   Thanks be to God!
    • Leader:   God has given us breath to live and spirit to sing.
    • People:   Thanks be to God!
    • Leader:   God has gathered us into a community of care and worship.
  • Hymn 446:  Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken – AUSTRIAN HYMN
  • Call to Confession and Prayer (unison)                                     
    • Gracious God, we come before you to be honest with ourselves.  When our thoughts have been small minded, when our thoughts have been unruly, when our thoughts have been bitter, we have not thought as Christ thinks.  When our words have been unfeeling, when our words have been thoughtless, when our words have been empty, we have not spoken as Christ speaks.  When we have acted out of fear, when we have acted out of anger, when we have acted out of selfishness, we have not acted as Christ acts.  We ask your forgiveness now, and your reforming of our thoughts, words, and deeds.  In Christ’s name, hear our silent prayers of return …
  • Assurance of Pardon – James Bates and congregation
    • Leader:   With God, there is no chasm that cannot be bridged, no loss that cannot be recovered, no mistake that cannot be forgiven, and no life that cannot be redeemed.
    • People:   By the grace of God in Christ Jesus, our sins are forgiven and the ability to begin again is ours.
  • Response 322:  Spirit of the Living God – LIVING GOD
  • Passing of the Peace

PART 3:  

  • Anthem:  Treasures in Heaven – Joseph Clokey
    • The Chancel Choir

PART 4:  

PART 5:  

  • Hymn 514:  Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ – LINSTEAD
  • Affirmation of Faith for Stewardship Season                     
    • We believe in God, Creator of the Universe, Giver of every good gift, Author of Life itself.
    • We believe in Jesus Christ, who reminded us that God’s Kingdom is already among us and commanded us to care for those in need.  And who taught us not to store up treasures on earth, but to empty ourselves in self-giving love.
    • We believe in the Holy Spirit, who inspires us to the faithful stewardship of God’s gifts and in whom we live and move and have our being.
    • We believe that stewardship is an act of worship and a means of praising God who has blessed us so abundantly.  God has great things in store for us, for it is in giving that we receive.  Amen.

PART 6:  

  • Time of Giving Thanks – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor
  • Announcements
  • Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
  • Call to Offering and Offering

PART 7:  

  • Offertory:  All Things Bright and Beautiful – arranged by Robert Swift
  • Doxology 592:  Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
  • Prayer of Dedication (unison)
    • Loving God, we dedicate this morning’s offering in prayer – our commitments to the present.  These coins and paper are our work, expressing in a clear and visible way our love and thanks. But we also offer the fragile dreams and hopes that we have for this church and its future.  Receive all, we pray, for it is offered in love.  Amen

PART 8:  

  • Hymn 430:  Come Sing, O Church, in Joy! – DARWALL’S 148TH
  • Charge and Benediction – Rev. Joel Weible, Pastor

PART 9:  

  • The Ringing of the Bell
  • Postlude:  Fugue in D minor – J.S. Bach