GATHERING BEFORE GOD
July 13, 2014
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
GREETING AND PREPARATION
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you!
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Jesus says, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
People: Lord we are weary and burdened. We need your rest.
Leader: Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.”
People: Lord, we seek not only to rest, but also to follow you.
Leader: Jesus says, “You will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
People: Lord, show us the liberty and freedom of following you.
- Matthew 11
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
O THE DEEP, DEEP LOVE OF JESUS
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me! Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love Leading onward, leading homeward
To Thy glorious rest above!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, Changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, Died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, Watcheth o’er them from the throne!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean vast of blessing, ’Tis a haven sweet of rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
’Tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, For it lifts me up to Thee!
I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say, You're beautiful.
I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It's all proclaiming who you are, You're beautiful.
I see you there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now you are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home, You're beautiful.
When we arrive at eternity's shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We'll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we'll sing, You're beautiful.
THERE IS A HOPE
There is a hope that burns within my heart,
That gives me strength for every passing day;
A glimpse of glory now revealed in meagre part, Yet drives all doubt away:
I stand in Christ, with sins forgiven;
And Christ in me, the hope of heaven!
My highest calling and my deepest joy,
To make His will my home.
There is a hope that lifts my weary head,
A consolation strong against despair,
That when the world has plunged me in its deepest pit,
I find the Savior there!
Through present sufferings, future's fear,
He whispers 'courage' in my ear.
For I am safe in everlasting arms,
And they will lead me home.
There is a hope that stands the test of time,
That lifts my eyes beyond the beckoning grave,
To see the matchless beauty of a day divine When I behold His face!
When sufferings cease and sorrows die, And every longing satisfied.
Then joy unspeakable will flood my soul, For I am truly home.
CALL TO CONFESSION
Leader: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
— Isaiah 30:15, 18, NIV
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
People: Father in heaven, wholeness, healing and flourishing come from what you are doing. Through your Spirit,
you are spreading the healing reign of Jesus. We come to you this morning owning the fact that we have not believed this. We have lived in despair, thinking that change is not possible. Or, we have lived in a desperate frenzy, trying to bring about healing and wholeness with our own strength. We now turn away and trust in what you have promised to do instead of focusing on what we are capable of doing. We pray in Christ’s name, Amen.
WORDS OF PARDON
Leader: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
— Psalm 91:1,2
SONG OF RESPONSE - TRISAGION
Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy on us.
Holy God. Holy and mighty.
Holy immortal One, have mercy, have mercy
Have mercy, have mercy on us.
PASSING THE PEACE
Parents may take their children to children’s ministry at this time.
THE WORD OF GOD
Exodus 20:1-2, 8-11, 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;
8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work — you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
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 Rest
Speaker: Jared Ayers
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)
THE LORD’S TABLE
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts!
We lift them up to the Lord!
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
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:
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!
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.
Together we proclaim the mystery of the faith.
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
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.
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.
ROCK OF AGES
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly; Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
People: Lord of all mercy, we your faithful people have celebrated that one true sacrifice which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace: by our communion, keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel and preserve us from all sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.
SENDING INTO GOD’S WORLD
GRACE THAT IS GREATER
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured - there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt
Grace, grace, God's grace
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within Grace, grace, God's grace
Grace that is greater than all our sin
Sin and despair like the sea-waves cold Threaten the soul with infinite loss Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace Freely bestowed on all who believe! You that are longing to see His face, Will you this moment His grace receive?
May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ shine in our hearts, transform our lives, and brighten the world. And the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, rest upon you always.
Minister: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!
SUMMER DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS
This summer, there are many opportunities to get and stay connected at Liberti! Two of our groups, “Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices” and “Counterfeit Gods,” begin this week, so sign up today! For a full list of groups and events, and to sign up, check out libertichurch.org/summer.
Join us today at 3:00 PM as we host a BBQ at the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center, one of our mercy partners in Norristown. We need folks willing to grill the food as well as friendly faces to sit down and befriend the residents. Head over to the Connect table in the lobby after the service for detailed parking information. We hope to see you there!
A PRAYING LIFE SEMINAR
Join us on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church for a lecture by Paul Miller on his book, A Praying Life. This is a great opportunity to learn more about connecting with God through prayer. To sign up, please visit libertichurch.org/summer. Free parking will be available in the Liberty Place parking garage (entrances located on 16th St. between Chestnut and Market, and 17th St. between Market and Chestnut).
FIRST BAPTIST BUILDING ANNOUNCEMENT
Liberti Church’s members have voted to affirm our elder board’s decision to purchase and renovate the First Baptist Church building. We are thrilled to be moving forward with this opportunity, and invite you to join us in this exciting process! For more details, our story, and how you can get involved, please visit libertichurch.org/first-baptist-building-purchase.