GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 24, 2014
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
GREETING AND PREPARATION
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you!
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of
your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment.
People: The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be
established before you.
Leader: We praise you, Lord, who crowns us with love and compassion, who satisfies our
desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
People: From everlasting to everlasting your love is with those who fear you, O Lord, and your
righteousness to their children’s children, with those who keep your covenant and
remember to obey your commandments.
— from Psalm 102-103
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
PRAISE TO THE LORD (PRAISE HIM)
Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him
Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him
Praise to the Lord, Who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, Yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how all your longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, Who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.
Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.
CHORUS X 2
OUR GREAT GOD
Eternal God, unchanging, mysterious and unknown.
Your boundless love unfailing, in grace and mercy shown.
Bright seraphim in endless flight around your glorious throne.
They raise their voices day and night in praise to you alone.
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Lord, we are weak and frail, helpless in the storm.
Surround us with your angels, hold us in your arms.
Our cold and ruthless enemy, his pleasure is our harm.
Rise up, oh Lord, and he will flee before our Sovereign God.
Let every creature in the sea and every flying bird;
Let every mountain, every field and valley of the earth;
Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the living God, who rules them by His word.
All my life long I had panted for a drink from some cool spring
That I hoped would quench the burning of the thirst I felt within
Hallelujah! He has found me, the One my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies all my longings, through his blood I now am saved.
Feeding on the filth around me, ‘till my strength was almost gone
Longed my soul for something better, only still to hunger on.
Poor I was and sought for riches, something that would satisfy
But the dust I gathered ‘round me only mocked my soul’s sad cry.
Well of water ever springing, Bread of Life so rich and free
Untold wealth that never faileth, my Redeemer is to me.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes
them will obtain mercy.
— Proverbs 28:13
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
People: Heavenly Father, we confess we dishonor you by our words, thoughts, and deeds.
Depending on our own strength we stumble; proclaiming our own goodness we sin;
glorying in our own righteousness we corrupt everything we touch. We turn from you,
and desire lasting satisfaction from the things of this world. We pray now, forgive us our
many sins, cleanse the darkness from our lives, turn our faces toward you. In the name
of your most precious son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
WORDS OF PARDON
Leader: Be strong and do not fear! Your God will come to save you. Then will the eyes of the
blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a
deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy...And we, the ransomed of the Lord, will enter
with singing. Everlasting joy will crown our heads.
— Isaiah 35:1-6
SONG OF RESPONSE - TRISAGION
Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy on us.
Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy
Have mercy, have mercy on us.
PASSING THE PEACE
THE WORD OF GOD
Exodus 20:1-2, 17 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;
17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Minister: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God!
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Sermon series: Finding Freedom: The 10 Commandments
Sermon title: The Freedom of Contentment
Speaker: Jared Ayers
The Catholic novelist (Flannery O' Connor) believes that you destroy your freedom by sin; the modern reader believes, I think, that you gain it in that way.
- Stephen Prothero, from “Sinning Boldly,” in the July/August 2006
edition of Books & Culture Magazine
Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong,
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They half me back far from you,
those things which have no being
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance, I gasped, and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.
- St. Augustine of Hippo, from The Confessions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GOD BE MERCIFUL TO ME
God, be merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea;
Plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me, make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.
My transgressions I confess, grief and guilt my soul oppress;
I have sinned against Thy grace and provoked Thee to Thy face;
I confess Thy judgment just, speechless, I Thy mercy trust.
I am evil, born in sin; Thou desirest truth within.
Thou alone my Savior art, teach Thy wisdom to my heart;
Make me pure, Thy grace bestow, wash me whiter than the snow.
Broken, humbled to the dust, by Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice, and in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins O hide Thy face, blot them out in boundless grace.
Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true;
Cast me not away from Thee, let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart.
Sinners then shall learn from me and return, O God, to Thee;
Savior, all my guilt remove, and my tongue shall sing Thy love;
Touch my silent lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall praise accord.
People: Lord, you have put gladness in our hearts; you have satisfied our hunger with good
things. In giving all, you have not withheld from us your own dear Son. How can we
withhold anything from you, our Lord and our God? Renew us day by day with the gift of
your Spirit, that we may give ourselves completely to your service and walk with joy in
the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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.
SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD
BE THOU MY VISION
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Minister: Now may the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you, and give you peace in
your going out and in your coming in; in your sitting down and your rising up; in your
work and in your play; in your joy and in your sorrow, in your laughter and in your tears:
until that day comes which is without dawn and without dark.
Minister: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!
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.
At Liberti Church, we call membership being “in covenant,” and the first step of coming in-covenant at Liberti is to attend an in-covenant class. Our next in-covenant class will take place after church on Sunday, September 21. If you have been coming to Liberti for a little while and would like to learn more about our church and our beliefs, we especially invite you to attend. For more information and to sign up, please email our administrator.
LIBERTI BLOCK PARTY - SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars for the evening of Sunday, September 28! We’re throwing a block party for our church and local community to celebrate the purchase and renovation of the First Baptist Building, and you won’t want to miss it!