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GATHERING BEFORE GOD
August 10, 2014
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost  

PRELUDE

GREETING AND PREPARATION

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

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Our help is in the name of our God,
              who made heaven and earth.
People: Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving.             
              Make music upon the harp.
Leader: How good it is to celebrate God’s presence
              and sing praise throughout each day!
People: How good it is to sing praise             
              and give honor to our God! 

— Based on Psalm 147

PRAYER OF INVOCATION


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FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH

For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thyself, best Gift Divine.
To our race so freely given,
For that great, great love of Thine,
Peace on earth and joy in Heaven.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.


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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.


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MIGHTY TO SAVE
 
Everyone needs compassion
Love that's never failing
Let mercy fall on me
Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Savior
The hope of nations

CHORUS
Savior, He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever Author of salvation
He rose and conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave


So take me as You find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again
I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in
Now I surrender

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Shine your light and let the whole world see
We're singing for the glory of the risen King.

CHORUS


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CALL TO CONFESSION
 
Leader:  Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts. See if there is 
               any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

— Psalm 139:23-24, NRSV

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

People: Father, you have called us not just to believe in you, but to follow you. You have called
              us to follow you in the spreading of your Kingdom. Yet our lives are so out of step with
              you. In your kingdom, power is used to serve others. In our kingdoms, we use power to
              serve ourselves. In your kingdom, money is promiscuously shared. In our kingdoms, we
              anxiously hoard it. In your kingdom, the broken and downhearted are pursued. In our    
              kingdoms, we push them away. In your kingdom, forgiveness is given as a gift. In our
              kingdoms, we desperately try to earn it. Father, forgive us we pray. Forgive us and          
              cleanse us, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

SILENT CONFESSION

WORDS OF PARDON

Leader: The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The LORD upholds all
              who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.  

— Psalm 145:13-14, 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, 15, NRSV

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

15You shall not steal.

1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 NRSV
 
6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
 
17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

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 of Possessions
Speaker: Jared Ayers


REFLECTIONS

I was not aware of the changes that were happening in me that blurred the lines between right and wrong.  They came very slowly, over many years.

— Statement of Joseph “Chip” Skowron III to judge after being convicted of insider trading


Things are sacred and inviolable. The things of this world - trees and rivers, garden and wilderness, money and tools, chariots and chihuahuas - are gifts to the community that each of us is responsible for keeping and tending. They are not loot for plunder. The things of this world are not up for grabs to the strongest and canniest.

— Eugene H. Peterson from Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places:
A Conversation in Spiritual Theology


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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 I COME  

Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward forever on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.


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COMMUNION PRAYER
    
People: Almighty God, we thank you for providing the true bread from heaven, your Son, Jesus
             Christ our Lord. Grant that we who have received the Sacrament of his body and blood
             may abide in him and he in us, that we may be filled with the power of his endless life,
             now and forever. 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

THIS IS MY FATHER’S WORLD

This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings and round me rings
The music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world,
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.

This is my Father’s world
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world,
O let me ne’er forget:
That though the wrong seems oft’ so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world,
The battle is not done
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.


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BENEDICTION

Minister: May the blessing of God, the giver of every good and perfect gift; and of Christ, who
               summons us to service; and of the Holy Spirit, who inspires generosity and love, be
               with us all.

People: Amen.

DISMISSAL

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


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL CHURCH PICNIC
Please join us on Saturday, August 16 at 3:00 PM in West Fairmount Park for a picnic with both our Center City and Main Line campuses! Bring a picnic blanket and a friend! Additionally, if your last name starts with A-M, please bring a side dish, and N-Z, please bring a dessert. For detailed directions and parking information, and to sign up, click here.

2200 ARCH COUNSELING SUPPORT GROUPS
One of our ministry partners, 2200 Arch Counseling Services, is launching support groups this fall. Learn how to face varying life challenges such as anxiety, addictions, sexual abuse recovery or caring for a loved one struggling from a mental illness. Learn tools how to prevent lashing out or decrease impulsivity by joining the Emotion Regulation Skills group. Many people have benefited from support groups knowing that they are not alone in their suffering. All sessions will consist of 10 weekly group sessions at $40 per session per individual. Spots are limited to 10. For further details and enrollment information, please click here or email  counseling@2200archcs.org.  

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