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Reflections

“What we do know for sure, however, is that Paul regarded as inappropriate to the body of Christ the selfish eye, the prompts mind, the ear hungry for compliments and the mouth that spoke none, the heart that had little room for others, and the hand that served only the self.”

—Fred B. Craddock,
Interpretation: A Bible commentary for teaching and preaching


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Gathering Before God
September 2, 2018
15th Sunday after Pentecost
Main Line Campus

Opening Sentences

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

—Psalm 124:8

Come Ye Sinners

Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched, 
Weak and wounded, sick and sore; 
Jesus, ready, stands to save you,
Full of pity, joined with power. 
He is able, He is able;
He is willing; doubt no more.

Come ye needy, come, and welcome, 
God's free bounty glorify; 
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh. 
Without money, without money
Come to Jesus Christ and buy.

Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Bruised and broken by the fall; 
If you tarry 'til you're better, 
You will never come at all. 
Not the righteous, not the righteous;
Sinners Jesus came to call.

Let not conscience make you linger,
Nor of fitness fondly dream; 
All the fitness He requires
Is to feel your need of Him.
This He gives you, this He gives you,
'Tis the Spirit's rising beam.

Lo! The Incarnate God, ascended;
Pleads the merit of His blood. 
Venture on Him; venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.
None but Jesus, none but Jesus
Can do helpless sinners good.

 

© 2005 Birdwing Music
CCLI Song # 4582588 -- CCLI License #


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Greeting & Preparation

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


Call to Worship

Leader:     Praise the LORD, O my soul! 
People:     We will praise the LORD as long as we live; 
                  
we will sing praises to our God all our life long. 

Leader:     The LORD sets prisoners free;
                  the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. 
People:     We will praise the LORD as long as we live; 
                  
we will sing praises to our God all our life long. 

Leader:     Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; 
People:     we will sing praise to the LORD as long as we live; 
                
 we will sing praises to our God all our life long. 

—from Psalm 146
 

Prayer of Invocation


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10,000 Reasons

Chorus:
Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning
It's time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Chorus

You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Chorus

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

Chorus

 

 

Words and Music by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman, 2011.
© 2011 Shout! Publishing.


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Wonderful Merciful Savior

Wonderful, Merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Could rescue the souls of men?
 Oh, You rescue the souls of men.

Chorus:
You are the One that we praise,
You are the One we adore.
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for,
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper,
Spirit we long to embrace;
You offer hope when our hearts
Have hopelessly lost the way,
Oh we've hopelessly lost the way. 

Chorus

Almighty infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own;
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne,
Oh, we're falling before Your throne.

Chorus (2x)

 

 

Music & lyrics by Dawn Rodgers & Eric Wyse. Chorus by Jack Schrader, 1989. 
Music and lyrics by Sandra McCracken, 2015.


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Call to Confession

Leader:      Return to the Lord your God,
                  for he is gracious and merciful,
                  slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. -Joel 2:13

Prayer of Confession

People:      Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you.     
                  You call, but we have not listened. 
                 
 We walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. 
                  
We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed. 
                 
 God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy,
                  we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness;
              
    through Jesus Christ our Redeemer- Amen.

Silent Confession & Words of Pardon

Leader:     Hear the good news: 
                 Jesus Christ, who gave himself once and for all, forgives and saves! 

—from Hebrews 10.17-19, 23

Song of Response- Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father
Glory be to the Son
Glory be to the Spirit Three in One
As it was in the beginning
It will be forever
Amen, Amen, Amen


Passing the Peace & Announcements


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The Word of God

Prayer for Illumination & Scripture Reading
Philippians 2:1-11, NRSV

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. 9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

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

Sermon
Sermon Series:        One Another
Sermon Title:           Regard Others
Speaker:                  Vito Baldini


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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 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).


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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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Alas And Did My Savior Bleed

Alas and did my savior bleed
Did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a fool as I?

Chorus: 
The strangeness of love,
my life in Your death
In Your brokenness
my wholeness revealed
Your bonds are my freedom,
Your sorrow my song
And by Your wounds I am healed

Was it for crimes that I have done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Chorus

But drops of grief can ne'er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
'Tis all that I can do.

Chorus

And by Your wounds I am healed.

 

Isaac Watts, pub.1707
ref. by Ralph E. Hudson, 1885


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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

Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take him at his word;
Just to rest upon his promise;
Just to know, "Thus saith the Lord."

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I've proved him o'er and o'er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more.

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust his cleansing blood;
Just in simple faith to plunge me
'Neath the healing, cleansing flood! 

Refrain

Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace. 

Refrain

I'm so glad I learned to trust thee,
Precious Jesus, Saviour, Friend;
And I know that thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. 

Refrain


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Benediction

Minister:    May the Lord our God- the Alpha and Omega,
                  the first and the last, the beginning and the end-
                  be with you this day and forevermore. Alleluia! 

—Revelation 21:6

People:      Amen.

Dismissal

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

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