June 30, 2019
Call to Worship
Adapted from Hebrews 12
Lift up your hearts this morning; here you enter Zion and to the city of the living God, a taste of the heavenly Jerusalem, and the life to come.
Here we glimpse kingdom realities; here you join innumerable angels in their festal gathering. In our gathered worship we join the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and we enter the presence of God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.
2 Songs (to be chosen by the worship team)
Old Testament Reading
Wisdom acts patiently with joy and determination, while folly unravels in self-ruin.
1 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. 2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them. 4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. 9 Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy acceptance. 10 The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy. 11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Confession of Sin
Adapted from Matthew 6
Father, hear our prayers of confession, and meet us with your divine mercy and restoration in Christ. You call us to simple prayers, but too often we heap up our words in prayer, hoping to impress others with our intellect and insights or possibly pry some goodness from you through demonstrations of strength in our own devotion. We come to you expecting forgiveness for our sins, but we are often slow to forgive others. You have shown us mercy, but we often demand that others live by our own system of merit. Forgive our debts of sin, and continually teach us to practice the same sort of mercy: forgiving others on the basis of Christ’s sacrifice in the hope of the Spirit’s renewal and transformation. Lead us away from temptations that test us, and deliver us from the schemes of the evil one. Instead lead us in the paths of your righteousness for your own glory and name’s sake.
Worshippers may continue in silent reflection and confession.
Assurance of Pardon
Adapted from Matthew 6
Brothers and sisters, this is the assurance of our belonging and pardon in Christ. We address God as “our Father,” because in Christ, we are loved and adopted as sons and daughters. Christ assures us that our Father in heaven knows our needs before we even call on him in prayer; this includes his leading us to confess our sins and our need for forgiveness. All of our deepest needs and longings have been met in Christ. In union with him, we enjoy the Father’s love and provision. In his cross our guilt is absorbed, and in his resurrection, we are given new life like his own. Now he has filled us with the Holy Spirit, so that our following him in obedience grows in freedom and joy. Thanks be to the Father, through Jesus, the Son, and by the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below.
Praise him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Why do we give?
As with every part of our worship, giving is both expressive and formative. We give by taking stock of the Lord’s care and provision for us, exercising contentment, and expressing our thanks. As we open our hands to give, our lives are formed away from self-interest into patterns of self-giving and generosity.
Greeting One Another in Christ and dismissal of Sparrows
Prayers for Christ’s Church & World
Confession of Faith
The Apostles’ Creed ca. AD 215
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, 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 sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Lord’s Supper
How should you participate?
Like the rest of our worship, the Lord’s Supper is for everyone, but our participation varies. All baptized Christians, who trust in Christ as Savior and Lord, and seek to follow him more faithfully through belonging to a church that embraces the Gospel and cultivating peace in their relationships, are welcomed to eat & drink. If you are not a Christian, or if you choose not to commune, you are welcomed to come forward to observe or to ask for prayer.
How should your children participate?
Children are invited to come forward, either to receive communion or a prayer of blessing. To receive communion, a child should be baptized and formally received as a communing member of this church (by talking with our session) or officially received by the church to which you belong. If your children will not be receiving communion, we will gladly pray for them when they join you at the front.
Please Note: The light drink is juice and the dark drink is wine. Gluten-free bread is available upon request. Please approach the table by the center aisle and return to your seat using the side aisles. We will come forward a few rows at a time, starting in the front.
2 Communion Songs (to be chosen by the worship team)
As you go out into the world, may you know the joy, freedom, and purpose the Holy Spirit gives in following Jesus as his worshipers and disciples, for the glory of our Father in Heaven. For to him belong the kingdom, power, and glory forever!
Come Quickly, Lord Jesus! Amen!
Please return your pew Bible to the shelving next to the fireplace in the fellowship area.