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Reflections

With wine at hand, the good man concerns himself, not with getting drunk, but with drinking in all the natural delectabilities of wine: taste, color, bouquet; its manifold graces; the way it complements food and enhances conversation; and its sovereign power to turn evenings into occasions, to lift eating beyond nourishment to conviviality, and to bring the race, for a few hours at least, to that happy state where men are wise and women are beautiful, and even one's children begin to look promising... God gave us wine to make us gracious and keep us sane.

—Robert Farrar Capon, from The Supper of the Lamb:
A Culinary Reflection



In a forthright kitchen wonder— the response to nothing more urgent than a friend’s social embarrassment— Jesus changes water to delicious wine at a wedding in Cana, a town near Nazareth. Despite the symbolic meanings deduced by two millennia of commentators, it seems unlikely that John would describe such a homely feat unless he had been present and convinced of its actual and inexplicable occurrence. If not, why invent— for the inaugural sign of Jesus’ great career— a miraculous solution to a mere social oversight?

—Reynolds Price, from The Three Gospels

When Christ, as a sign of His power,
clearly changed the water into wine
All the crowd rejoiced, for they considered the taste marvelous.
Now we all partake of the banquet in the church
For Christ’s blood is changed into wine
And we drink it with holy joy,
Praising the great bridegroom,
For he is the true bridegroom, the Son of Mary,
The Word before all time who took the form of a servant,
He who has in wisdom created all things.

—Romanus Melodus, “Kontakion on the Marriage at Cana”






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Gathering Before God
September 16, 2018
17th 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


A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing;

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabbaoth, His name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.


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Greeting & Preparation

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


Call to Worship

Leader: The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
the Lord is the strength of my life. 

People: The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
the Lord is the strength of my life. 

Leader: The light shines in the darkness, 
and the darkness has not overcome it. 
People: The Lord is the strength of my life. 

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

People: The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
the Lord is the strength of my life. 


—from Psalm 27 & John 1

Prayer of Invocation


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Greeting & Preparation

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


Call to Worship

Leader: The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
the Lord is the strength of my life. 

People: The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
the Lord is the strength of my life. 

Leader: The light shines in the darkness, 
and the darkness has not overcome it. 
People: The Lord is the strength of my life. 

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

People: The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
the Lord is the strength of my life. 


—from Psalm 27 & John 1

Prayer of Invocation


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And Can It Be

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain!
For me who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be That
Thou, my God, should die for me?

Chorus:
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!


He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so Infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

Chorus

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
 I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

Chorus

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own

Chorus


© 1994 Scott Roley Music
CCLI Song # 5021581 -- CCLI License # 3040322


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Isaiah 43

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
And the waves, they shall not, overcome you
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you
I have called you by name, you are mine

Chorus:
For I am the Lord Your God
(I am the Lord Your God)
I am the Lord Your God
The Holy One of Israel, Your Savior

(2x)

Chorus 2:

For I am the Lord (Do not fear)
I am the Lord  (Do not fear)  

I am the Lord
(2x)

When you walk, through the fire, I will be with you.
And the Flames, they shall not, not consume you
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you
I have called you by name, you are mine


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Baptism

Presentation and Vows

Sadie Watson

Parents

Minister:  Parents, you stand before us having brought your child to receive the sacrament
of baptism. I ask you, therefore, before God and Christ’s church to reject evil,
to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church.
Do you renounce sin and the power of evil in your life and in the world?
Parents:     We renounce them.

Minister:    Who is your Lord and Savior?
Parents:    Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

Minister:     Do you promise to instruct Sadie in the truth of God’s word, in the way of salvation
through Jesus Christ; to pray for him, to teach him to pray; and to train him 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 family by teaching the
gospel of God’s love, 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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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

Minister:  The Lord be with you.
People:   And also with you.

Minister:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:   It is right to give our thanks and praise. 


Baptism


Passing the Peace 


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The Word of God

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

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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

Sermon
Sermon Series:        Encountering Jesus
Sermon Title:           Jesus at a Party
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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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





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Benediction

Minister:      The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the power of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

People:      Amen.

—Galatians 6:18

Dismissal

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

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