GATHERING BEFORE GOD
October 5, 2014
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
GREETING AND PREPARATION
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you!
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!
People: My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Leader: Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in tents of the wicked.
People: For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.
— From Psalm 84
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
COME THOU FOUNT
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise His mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of Thy redeeming love.
Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by Thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
interposed His precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor,
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for Thy courts above.