August 27, 2017
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
ORDER OF SERVICE
Welcome and Passing of the Peace
WE INVITE GOD’S PRESENCE INTO OUR HEARTS
Centering Music “Sanctuary”
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.
Ringing of the Church Bell
*Call to Worship
Leader: Liberating God,
People: we know that what we don’t stand up against, we let happen.
Leader: We seek to be those who stand up.
People: We know the power of people who work together for good.
Leader: We seek to join hands with all your saints, from all times and in all places
All: and be those who work for good.
*Opening Prayer (Unison)
In the ancient stories, we have seen God at work in the lives and perilous circumstances faced by God’s people. The events that led to the exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt were brought about by common people, defiant midwives, a courageous mother, a vigilant sister, and a compassionate princess. God has stood by the people and delivered them from danger. We know God still does work for good; this is the nature of God and the purpose of Christ’s church. Amen.
*Hymn of Praise “God of Grace and God of Glory” #436 vs. 1, 2 & 5
WE PRAYERFULLY ENTRUST OURSELVES TO GOD
Introduction to Our Time of Prayer
Silent Prayer of Confession
Words of Affirmation
The God of Moses and Miriam, “I Am Who I Am,” makes a way for you. She holds your hand and insists upon life. You are a channel of her love, now and always. Praise be to the God of life who is, now and forever!
Joys and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Lord’s Prayer (Aramaic Translation by Bruce Sanguin)
Congregational Response “Be Still and Know” #743
Be still and know that I am God. (3x)
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD
*Hymn of Preparation “In Egypt Under Pharaoh” #574
Scripture: Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, *Matthew 16:13-20
Sermon (Guest Preacher)
WE OFFER GRATITUDE TO GOD
Invitation to Give and Share
With praise and thanks, we create new life. With vigor and sweat, we deliver our love. With care and hope, we stretch out our hands. We give our gifts of tithes and offerings to renew the world again.
*Doxology “We Give You But Your Own” #785
We give you but your own, what e’er the gift may be; All that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.
*Prayer of Dedication
Gracious God, you have given us so much and you have loved us so steadfastly. In response, we seek to be bearers of your love in the world. We return a little of what you have given us. May these gifts impact those who receive them in truly meaningful ways. Amen.
WE GO FORTH AS GOD’S PEOPLE
*Hymn of Dismissal “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service” #495 vs. 1, 2 & 4
*Shared Blessing (Unison)
We are the visible signs of God’s loving kindness. May we be vigilant as we observe the world, diligent in our work for peace and justice, and confident that light and hope will never be defeated. We go from here knowing God’s goodness in our hearts, and assured that we are loved. Amen.
*Sung Blessing “God Be with You” #809
God be with you, God be with you, God be with you till we meet again. O God be with you, God be with you, God be with you till we meet again.
Ringing of the Church Bell
Please join us downstairs for refreshments and fellowship.
*Those who are able are invited to stand for sections marked with an asterisk (*).