Relicta sunt duo, miseria et misericordia…
Two are left: the pitiful and Pity…

—Augustine of Hippo

Half of the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.
They don’t mean to do harm- but the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
To think well of themselves.

—Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly, in T.S. Eliot’s play The Cocktail Party


Gathering Before God
October 14, 2018
 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Center City Campus

Opening Sentences

Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

—Psalm 124:8

Holy Holy Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! 
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; 
Holy, Holy, Holy, Merciful and Mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy, all the saints adore Thee. 
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; 
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, 
Who wert and art and ever more shall be. 

Holy, holy, holy, Though the darkness hide Thee, 
Tho' the eye of sinful man your glory may not see, 
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee 
Perfect in power, in love and purity. 

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! 
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and Mighty! 
God in three persons, blessed Trinity! 

Words and Music by Reginald Heber.


Greeting & Preparation

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

Call to Worship

Leader: Bless the LORD, O my soul, 
People: and all that is within me, bless his holy Name. 

Leader: He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities; 
People: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name. 

Leader: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; 

People: bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name. 

—from Psalm 103

Prayer of Invocation


O Love Incomprehensible

O Love incomprehensible 
That made Thee bleed for me 
The Judge of all has suffered death 
To set His prisoner free

What pain what soul-oppressing pain 
The Great Redeemer bore 
While bloody sweat like drops of rain 
Distilled from every pore!


Arraigned at Pilates shameful bar, 
Unparalleled disgrace! 
See spotless innocence appear 
In guilts detested place


The spotless Savior lived for me, 
And died upon the mount 
The obedience of His life and death, 
Is placed to my account!


Tis finished! now aloud He cries, 
No more the Law requires 
And now, amazing sacrifice, 
The Lord of Life expires!


On Thee alone my hope relies, 
Beneath Thy cross I fall 
My Lord, my Life, my Sacrifice, 
My Savior and my All!


©2001 Kevin Twit Music (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Psalm 126

Our mouths, they were filled, filled with laughter.
Our tongues, they were loosed, loosed with joy.
Restore us, O Lord! Restore us, O Lord!

Although we are weeping,
Lord, help us keep sowing
The seeds of Your Kingdom
For the day You will reap them!
Your sheaves we will carry;
Lord, please do not tarry!
All those who sow weeping
Will go out with songs of joy!

The nations will say “He has done great things!”
The nations will sing songs of joy.
Restore us, O Lord! Restore us, O Lord!

Chorus (2x)

Music & lyrics by Isaac Wardell, 2012.


Membership & Baptism

Presentation and Vows


Parents & Candidates

Minister: Do you renounce sin and the power of evil in your life and in the world?

Candidate: I renounce them.

Minister: Who is your Lord and Savior?

Candidate:  Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior

Minister: Will you be a faithful covenant member of Liberti Church, and through a life of
worship, community, and mercy seek to advance God’s purposes here and
throughout the world?

Candidate:  I will, and I ask God to help me. 

Minister: Do you promise to accept the spiritual guidance of the church and its leaders, to
walk in a spirit of Christian love with this congregation, and to seek those things
that make for unity, purity, and peace?

Candidate: I do.

Minister:  Do you promise to instruct your child in the truth of God’s word, in the way of
salvation through Jesus Christ; to pray for your child, to teach your child to pray;
and to train your child in Christ’s way by example, through worship, and in the
nurture of the church?
Parents:    We do, and we ask God to help us.


Liberti Church

Minister: Do you promise to love, encourage, and support this by teaching them the gospel
by being an example of Christian faith and character, and by giving strong support
of God’s family in fellowship, prayer, and service?
People: We do.

Confession of Faith — The Apostles’ Creed

Minister:  Let us affirm our faith together in the words of the Apostles’ creed:
Do you believe in God the Father?
People:   We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

Minister: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People:   We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was
conceived by the Holy Spirit, 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 is seated on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there
He will come to judge the living and the dead.

Minister:  Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People:   We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic1 church, the communion
of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the
life everlasting. Amen.
  (1that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places) 

Prayer of Thanksgiving


Theodore Whitman

Passing the Peace


The Word of God

Prayer for Illumination & Scripture Reading

John 8:1-11, NRSV

while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”

Minister:        This is the gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, O Christ!


Sermon Series: Encountering Jesus
Sermon Title: Jesus and a Sinner
Speaker: Jared Ayers


The Lord’s Table 

The Great Thanksgiving


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

  Lift up your hearts now!  
We lift them to the Lord.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our saving God.
  It is right and good, always and everywhere.
To give thanks, to the Lord.

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… we worship and adore your glorious name, saying:                                         

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might.
The whole earth is full of Your glory,
hosanna in the highest!

Minister:   Most righteous God…  Together, we proclaim the mystery the faith.    

Your death, O Christ, we proclaim.
Your rising celebrate! 
Your coming Lord we await, to make all things new


Minister:   Send your Holy Spirit upon us… Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Praise to the Father,
praise to the Son, 
praise to the Spirit, 
Our God the Three in One. 


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.


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.  


Man Of Sorrows

“Man of Sorrows” what a name
For the Son of God, Who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah what a Savior

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with his blood
Hallelujah what a Savior

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He
Full atonement can it be
Hallelujah what a Savior

Lifted up was he to die,
“It is finished” was His cry
Now in heaven exalted high
Hallelujah what a Savior

When he comes our glorious King
All His ransomed home to bring
Then anew this song we’ll sing
Hallelujah what a Savior


Prayers of the People 

Minister: Lord, in your mercy,
People: hear our prayer.

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


Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms,
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms,

Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in the pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms,
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Lean-ing on the everlasting arms?
I have bless-ed peace with my Lord so near,
Lean-ing on the everlasting arms.


2003 John Andrew Schreiner Music. 



Minister: Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, 
from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
People: Amen. 

—Ephesians 6:23


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