September 3, 2023 Worship Bulletin
ORDER OF WORSHIP
September 3, 2023 10:30 AM
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.
**Kindly stand if you are able
PRELUDE. ”Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah!” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 105)
Leader: O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the
PEOPLE: Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.
Leader: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
PEOPLE: Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
Leader: O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
PEOPLE: Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.
Leader: And the LORD made his people very fruitful, and made them stronger than their foes,
PEOPLE: whose hearts he then turned to hate his people, to deal craftily with his
Leader: He sent his servant Moses, and Aaron whom he had chosen.
PEOPLE: Praise the LORD!
Dear Lord, who created the universe and all within it, we praise you for your mercies that are
boundless and your grace that is unending. Fill us now with your Sprit as we gather before you and we seek to walk your faithful pathways. Amen.
**OPENING HYMN: “All Creatures of Our God and King” Red #356
CALL TO CONFESSION
Come to God for guidance in your life, come to God for forgiveness of our wayward sins and
transgressions; come to God for greater understanding of his world and our place within it. Let
us come to God in Prayer.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Creator God, we come to you again and again, each time still striving to know how we can serve you better, how we can make more of a difference in our world and yours. Guide us to new directions, new horizons were we may see the light of our Redeemer’s love and your forgiving grace. Amen.
(a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
We are forgiven by love. We are forgiven by grace. We are forgiven by Gospel. We are always and forever forgiven. Amen
**HYMN OF PRAISE “We Are God’s People” Red #700
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth.
Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING Exodus 3: 1-15 Dan Olson
EPISTLE READING Romans 12: 9-10; 17-21
GOSPEL READING Matthew 16:21-28
SERMON MESSAGE THAT’S WHO I SAID I AM! John Redman, CRE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own
healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray,
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
COMMUNION HYMN “Spirit of the Living God” Red 297
Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Words of Institution
Prayer after Communion
**PASSING OF THE PEACE
**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Apostles Creed (Traditional)
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.
OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We give freely from the bounty we have been given by our Gracious God. May what we offer in these moments help to become the very blessing and hope that others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
OFFERTORY “Oh Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go”
PRAYER OF THANKS
Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
**CLOSING HYMN “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing” Red #834
May the grace of Christ – which renews us daily, and the love of ‘God – which enables us to love everyone, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit – which unifies us in one body, hold and keep us until we meet again. Amen
POSTLUDE “Abide with Me” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
John Redman, CRE
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