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Reflections

There can be no maturity in the spiritual life, no obedience in following Jesus, no wholeness in the Christian life apart from an immersion and embrace of community.  I am not myself by myself.  Community, not the highly vaunted individualism of our culture, is the setting in which Christ is at play.

Eugene Peterson, from Christ Plays in 10,000 Places:
A Conversation in Spiritual Theology

 


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Gathering Before God
August 26, 2018
14th 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

When I think about the Lord

When I think about the Lord
How He saved me
How He raised me
How He filled me up with the Holy Ghost
How He healed me to the uttermost

When I think about the Lord
How He picked me up and turned me around
And set my feet on solid ground

It makes me wanna shout hallelujah
Thank you Jesus
Lord You’re worthy of all the glory
All the honor
All the praise


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Greeting & Preparation

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


Call to Worship

Leader:     Together, we will tell your glory:
People:     O Lord our God, how majestic is your name! 

Leader:     In this congregation we will sing your praise
People:     O Lord our God, how majestic is your name! 

Leader:     Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
                  and to the Holy Spirit;
People:     O Lord our God, how majestic is your name! 

—from Psalm 8:1, 9; Hebrews 2:12

Prayer of Invocation


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There is a Fountain

There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains

The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day
And there have I, as vile as he, washed all my sins away; 
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away; 
And there have I, as vile as he, washed all my sins away

E'er since by faith I saw the stream your flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die

Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing your power to save,
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave
Lies silent in the grave, lies silent in the grave;
When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.

Dear dying Lamb, your precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved to sin no more
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved to sin no more
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more

 

 

Authors Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2005.


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By Faith

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creations grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by Gods own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

Chorus:
We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him, our souls reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done

Well walk by faith and not by sight

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed for Messiah would appear
With the power to break
The chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth

Chorus

By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name

Chorus

 

 © 2009 Thankyou Music.  CCLI # 5469291
Words & Music: Keith & Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townsend


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In Covenant Membership

Stories Of God’s Work & Vows

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. 

Liberti Church

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


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Confessions 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

Minister:    Almighty God, by the love of Jesus Christ you draw people to faith,
                  and welcome them into the church family.
                  May we show your joy by embracing new brothers and sisters, who with us believe
                  and with us will work to serve you. Keep us close together in your Spirit,
                  breaking bread in faith and in love, one with Jesus Christ our Lord and Master. Amen. 

Passing The Peace & Announcements


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The Word of God

Prayer for Illumination & Scripture Reading
Colossians 3:12-17, NRSV

12As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

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

Sermon
Sermon Series:        One Another
Sermon Title:           Teach and Admonish One Another
Speaker:                  Jared Ayers


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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

(2x)

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

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

(2x)                                                          

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.

 


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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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Good Good Father

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
And You tell me that you’re pleased and that I’m never alone

Chorus:
You’re a good, good Father
It’s who You are,  it’s who You are,
It’s who You are,
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am,
It’s who I am

Oh and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching for answers only you provide
‘Cause You know just What we need before we say a word

Chorus

Because You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable I, I can hardly think
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
Into love love love

Chorus (2x)


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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.
                Amen.


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Sending into God’s World

Offering

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

 

 

Words by Elvina M. Hall, 1865. Music by John T. Grape.


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Benediction

Minister:    May the grace of God lift you up; 
                  may the love of God hold you close;
                  may the blessing of God be yours forever! 

—from Mark 10:16

People:      Amen.

Dismissal

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

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