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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 17, 2014
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost  

PRELUDE

GREETING AND PREPARATION

Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you!

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let us worship God, our light and our salvation.
People: The Lord is the stronghold of our lives.

Leader: We desire to live in God’s house
              and to seek God in his holy temple.

People: We have come with shouts of joy,
              to sing and to make music to the Lord.

Leader: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.
People: Teach us your ways and make straight our paths
              in this hour of worship and always.

— Based on Psalm 27; John 4:23

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD & KING

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
O praise Him, o praise Him,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice
O praise Him, o praise Him,
Alleluia, Alleluia, alleluia.

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye, alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bare,
praise God and on Him cast your care!
O praise Him, o praise Him,
Alleluia, Alleluia, alleluia.

Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!
O praise Him, o praise Him,
Alleluia, alleluia,  alleluia!


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JESUS PAID IT ALL

I hear the Savior say,
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in me thine all in all

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power, and Thine alone
Can change the lepers spots,
and melt the heart of stone

CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow


And when before the throne,
I stand in him complete
Jesus died my soul to save,
my lips shall still repeat

CHORUS

O praise the One who paid my debt,
and raised this life up from the dead.
O praise the One who paid my debt,
and raised this life up from the dead.

CHORUS


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HUNGRY

Hungry I come to you
For I know You satisfy.
I am empty, but I know
Your love does not run dry.

So I wait for You
So I wait for You

CHORUS
I’m falling on my knees, offering all of me.
Jesus, You’re all this heart is living for.


Broken I run to You
For Your arms are open wide.
I am weary, but I know
Your touch restores my life.

CHORUS


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CALL TO CONFESSION
 
Leader: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

— 1 John 1:8-9, NRSV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we   
              have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we
              see ourselves pure when we are stained and great when we are small.
        
              We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God,
              and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our
              Savior. Amen.         

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON

Leader: I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt 
             of their sin and rebellion against me.

—Jeremiah 33:8, NRSV

 SONG OF RESPONSE - TRISAGION  

Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy on us. 
(Repeat)

Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

 PASSING THE PEACE


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THE WORD OF GOD
 

SCRIPTURE READING

Exodus 20:1-2, 16, NRSV

1 Then God spoke all these words: 2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;

16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 

Colossians 3:5-10, NRSV

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8 But now you must get rid of all such things - anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.

Minister: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SERMON
Sermon series: Finding Freedom: The 10 Commandments
Sermon title: The Freedom & Truth
Speaker: Jared Ayers


REFLECTIONS

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd. 

— Flannery O’Connor


There is perhaps nothing that so marks us as human as the gift of speech.  Who knows to what degree and in what ways animals have the power to communicate with each other, but to all appearances it is only a shadow of ours.  By speaking, we can reveal the hiddenness of thought, we can express the subtlest as well as the most devastating of emotions, we can heal, we can make poems, we can pray.  All of which is to say we can speak truth- the truth of what it is to be ourselves, to be with each other, to be in the world- and such speaking as that is close to what being human is all about.  What makes lying an evil is less that the world is mischievously deceived by it than that we are sorely dehumanized by it.

 — Frederick Buechner, from Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC


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THE APOSTLES' CREED

Minister: Let us say what we believe.
People: We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We 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.


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 THE LORD’S TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Minister: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.

Minister: Lift up your hearts!
People: We lift them up to the Lord!

Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Minister: Holy and right it is, and our joyful duty to give thanks to you at all times and in all places, O Lord our Creator, almighty and everlasting God! You created heaven with all its hosts and the earth with all its plenty. You have given us life and being, and preserve us by your providence. But you have shown us the fullness of your love in sending into the world your Son, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word, made flesh for us and for our salvation. For the precious gift of this mighty Savior who has reconciled us to you we praise and bless you, O God. With your whole Church on earth and with all the company of heaven we worship and adore your glorious name, saying:
People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!

Minister: Most righteous God, we remember in this Supper the perfect sacrifice offered once on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ for the sin of the whole world. In the joy of his resurrection and in expectation of his coming again, we offer ourselves to you as holy and living sacrifices.

Minister: Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith.

People: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


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Minister: Send your Holy Spirit upon us, we pray, that the bread which we break and the cup which we bless may be to us the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Grant that, being joined together in him, we may attain to the unity of the faith and grow up in all things into Christ our Lord. And as this grain has been gathered from many fields into one loaf, and these grapes from many hills into one cup, grant, O Lord, that your whole Church may soon be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

WORDS OF INSTITUTION           
Minister: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.        
People: Therefore let us keep the feast.

HOLY COMMUNION
        
Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God.
    
Gluten-free communion wafers are available at the welcome table in the front lobby of the church. Please pick one up prior to coming forward to take communion.
 
Holy Communion, also called the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist, is the family meal of Christians. We invite all committed followers of Jesus Christ to partake of this sacrament: those who are baptized members of a congregation that proclaims the Gospel, who are at peace with God and their neighbor, and who seek strength to live more faithfully for Christ.


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PRAYERS FOR REFLECTION

If you are not a Christian, or if you are not prepared to share in this meal, we encourage you to spend this time in prayer. We hope that this time is helpful to you as you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ and with his people, the church. If you are unable to receive Communion, we invite you to meditate on one of the following prayers: 

PRAYER FOR THOSE SEARCHING FOR TRUTH: Lord Jesus, you claim to be the way, the truth, and the life. Grant that I might be undaunted by the cost of following you as I consider the reasons for doing so. If what you claim is true, please guide me, teach me, and open to me the reality of who you are. Give me an understanding of you that is coherent, convincing, and that leads to the life that you promise. Amen.

PRAYER OF BELIEF: Lord Jesus, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you for paying my debt, bearing my punishment on the cross, and offering forgiveness and new life. Knowing that you have been raised from the dead, I turn from my sins and receive you as Savior and Lord. Amen.

PRAYER OF COMMITMENT: Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you in baptism and in a life of committed discipleship in your church. Grant that I may take the necessary steps to be one with your people, and live in the fullness of your Spirit. Amen.


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JESUS, LOVER OF MY SOUL

Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, oh my Savior, hide, ’til life’s storm is past;
Safe into the haven guide; receive my soul at last.

Other refuge have I none, I helpless, hang on Thee;
Leave, oh leave me not alone, support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head in the shadow of Thy wing.

Thou, O Christ, are all I want, here more than all I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name - I am all unrighteousness!
False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.

Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin.
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, let me take of
Thee Spring Thou up within my heart, for all eternity.


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COMMUNION PRAYER
    
People: Loving God, you graciously feed us with the bread of life and the cup of eternal
              salvation. May we who have received this sacrament be strengthened in your         
              service; we who have sung your praises tell of your glory and truth; we who have seen
              the greatness of your love see you face to face in your kingdom. For you have made us
              your own people by the death and resurrection of your Son, our Lord, and by the         
              life-giving power of your Spirit. Amen.           

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Minister: Let us pray as our Lord Jesus has taught us:     
People: Our Father in heaven,
              hallowed be your name,
              your kingdom come,
              your will be done,
              on earth as it is in heaven.         
              Give us today our daily bread.
              Forgive us our sins
              as we forgive those who sin against us.
              Save us from the time of trial,
              and deliver us from evil.
              For the kingdom, the power, and
              the glory are yours, now and forever.
              Amen.


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SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD

OFFERING

DOXOLOGY 

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
Amen, Amen.
Amen, Amen.
(Repeat)


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BENEDICTION

Minister: May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit, give you a contrite heart.  
               May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal you by his wounds. May the 
               Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak to you words of pardon and peace.

People: Amen.

DISMISSAL

Minister:     Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People:      Thanks be to God!


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

EMMANUEL HOMELESS MINISTRY
Every second and fourth Saturday, Liberti partners with First Baptist Church to reach out to our homeless neighbors in Center City. We cook, serve and eat a meal together. We provide a reflection on a Scripture passage and seek to offer time to build relationships and relax in a safe environment. If you would like to become involved in this amazing ministry, please email Caroline Credille.
 
FALL AT LIBERTI CHURCH
This fall, there are many opportunities to get connected and more involved at Liberti! There will be several community and mercy events, in addition to ongoing weekly home groups. Click here to learn more about upcoming events and how you can get involved.

HOME GROUPS ARE RESUMING SOON!
A church isn’t simply an event to attend, but a community to belong to. The primary way in which our community connects together is in neighborhood-based groups that meet throughout the week. Home groups are smaller gatherings where you can get to know and be known by others as you develop honest relationships and work out together what it means to follow Jesus. They will resume for the semester the week of 9/7, so now is a great time to sign up. To find a group near you, and to sign up, please click here.   

LIBERTI KIDS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The baby boom at Liberti Church continues! If you are interested in discipling the youngest members of Liberti, we invite you to join us by serving on the meals for newborn families ministry or as a teacher or helper in one of our kids classes once a month on Sunday mornings. For more information or to sign-up, please email Ashley Somers.

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