Order of Worship 10/18/2020

THIRD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Sunday, October 18, 2020

 

GATHERING AND PREPARING TO WORSHIP GOD

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Leader:  Christ is risen!

People:  He is risen indeed!

 

PRELUDE:                                          “Chanson Triste”                                       Maurice Ravel

 

Readying Our Hearts (A time of silent prayer and reflection in preparation for worshiping God together.)

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (adapted selections from Psalm 34)

 

Leader:  Let us extol the Lord at all times;  May His praise always be on our lips.

People: We will boast in the Lord our God;  Let the afflicted hear and rejoice, for our God will save them out of all their troubles

Leader:  Come glorify the Lord with me;  Let us exalt His name together.

People: The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.

Leader:  Taste and see that the Lord is good;  Blessed are they who take refuge in Him.

People: The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous.  Our God saves all who are crushed in spirit.

All:       Come, let us extol the Lord together;  Let us rejoice in God our Savior.

 

INVOCATION

 

*OPENING SONG:                            “Everlasting God”                                      Benton Brown

Acoustic Worship Team

 

Verse:

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord

We will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord.  (repeat)

 

Pre-chorus:

Our God, You reign forever.

Our hope, our Strong Deliverer.

 

Chorus

You are the everlasting God

The everlasting God.

You do not faint, You won’t grow weary.

You’re the defender of the weak,

You comfort those in need,

You lift us up on the wings like eagles.

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Mark 1:40-42

 

Now a leper came to him [Jesus] and fell to his knees, asking for help.  “If you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said.

Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing.  Be clean!”  The leprosy left him at once, and he was clean.

 

Leader: This is the word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:  (Unison prayer after a time of silent personal confession.)

 

Sometimes, O God, we confess that we treat other people as if they were less than beings created in Your image.  And instead of loving our neighbors we push them aside, especially the difficult ones, the needy ones, the ones that are hard to spend time with, the ones who confront us, the ones who don’t think like or look like or act like us.  And sometimes when we do things like that, it’s not really about the other people, but about us – about our sin, our selfishness, our pride, our prejudices.  We are in such desperate need of Your forgiveness.  We need to be forgiven for our many sins, including the sin of valuing what and who the world values instead of what and who You value.  Help us to be better, kinder, more loving and accepting – to have the compassion of Christ with all whom You bring into our lives — even as You grow in us an ever deepening love for You, we ask in Jesus’ name.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

Leader:   The prophet Isaiah reminds us that just as a mother cannot forget her nursing child or fail to show compassion for the child of her womb, neither can God forget us, God’s children.  The good news is this:  In Christ we are loved, accepted, and forgiven;  We are welcomed home again and again.  Receive this good news and live in peace with our Creator God.

*All:      (Gloria Patri)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;  As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Amen.

 

ENCOUNTERING GOD THROUGH GOD’S WORD

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Psalm 8:1-9

 

LORD, our Lord,

how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

You have set Your glory in the heavens.

     Through the praise of children and infants

You have established a stronghold against Your enemies,

to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,

the moon and the stars, which You have set in place,

What is mankind that You are mindful of them,

human beings that You care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of Your hands;

You put everything under their feet:

All flocks and herds,

and the animals of the wild,

The birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas.

LORD, our Lord,

how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

*SONG:                                                 “As the Deer”                                        Martin Nystrom

Acoustic Worship Team

 

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after Thee;

You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship Thee.

 

Refrain:

You alone are my strength and shield; to You along may my spirit yield. 

You alone are my heart’s desire, and I long to worship Thee.

 

You’re my friend and You are my brother, even though You are a King;

I love You more than any other, so much more than anything!  (Refrain)

 

I want you more than gold or silver, only You can satisfy;

You alone are the real joy giver and the apple of my eye.  (Refrain)

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Genesis 1:26-28

 

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;  fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON:  “A Case for Human Dignity:  Being Image Bearers of the One True God”

 

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD THROUGH AFFIRMATION, OFFERING, AND PRAYER

 

*SONG OF REFLECTION AND RESPONSE:  Hymn #55

“Great God, Your Love Has Called Us Here” (alternate tune)

 

Great God, Your love has called us here, as we, by love for love were made.

Your living likeness still we bear, though marred, dishonored, disobeyed.

We come, with all our heart and mind Your call to hear, Your love to find.

 

We come with self-inflicted pains of broken trust and chosen wrong,

Half free, half bound by inner chains, by social forces swept along,

By powers and systems close confined yet seeking hope for human kind.

 

Great God, in Christ You call our name and then receive us as Your own,

Not through some merit, right or claim, but by Your gracious love alone.

We strain to glimpse Your mercy seat and find You kneeling at our feet.

 

Then take the towel, and break the bread, and humble us, and call us friends.

Suffer and serve till all are fed, and show how grandly love intends

To work till all creation sings, to fill all worlds, to crown all things.

 

Great God, in Christ You set us free Your life to live, Your joy to share.

Give us Your Spirit’s liberty to turn from guilt and dull despair

And offer all that faith can do while love is making all things new.

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER AND OFFERING

 

Invitation

 

Affirmation of Faith:  The Apostles’ Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

 

I 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.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

Words of Institution

 

Partaking of the Elements and the Giving of Our Offering

 

“Adagio Cantabile”                                   Sergei Prokofiev

 

(For those joining with us in the Sanctuary this morning, you are invited, as you come forward to receive the Communion Elements, and as you feel so led, to place your offering in one of the plates up front.  For those unable to be with us physically, you are encouraged to partake of the elements in your home at this time.  Also, as you are able, we invite you to set aside your offering as an act of personal dedication at this time, either to be mailed in, dropped off at the church, or brought in when you are able to join us in worship.  Let this time be one of receiving from and offering yourself up to our Lord — to the praise of His holy name.)

 

Prayer of Commitment

 

*Sung Response (Doxology)

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,

Praise Him all creatures here below; 

Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts,

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

 

SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done;  on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation;  but deliver us from evil;  for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

 

BRINGING OUR WORSHIP INTO OUR WORLD

 

*CLOSING SONG:  #577   “Sing a New Church”

 

Summoned by the God who made us rich in our diversity,

Gathered in the name of Jesus, richer still in unity.

 

Refrain:

Let us bring the gifts that differ and, in splendid, varied ways,

Sing a new Church into being, one in faith and love and praise.

 

Radiant risen from the water;  robed in holiness and light,

Male and female in God’s image, male and female, God’s delight.  (Refrain)

 

Trust the goodness of creation;  trust the Spirit strong within.

Dare to dream the vision promised sprung from seed of what has been.  (Refrain)

 

Bring the hopes of every nation;  bring the art of every race.

Weave a song of peace and justice;  let it sound through time and space.  (Refrain)

 

Draw together at one table all the human family;

Shape a circle ever wider and a people ever free.  (Refrain)

 

BENEDICTION  (Numbers 6:24-26)

 

The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;  the Lord turn His countenance toward you and give you peace.  Amen.

 

POSTLUDE                                             “Hornpipe”                                              G. F. Handel

 

 

MEMORY VERSE:  Genesis 1:27

 

“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them;  male and female He created them.” 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

  1. Hope 7 has remained open to serve the Albia community of Troy, and beyond, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and our faith family continues to support their work. It has been hard to keep up our regular collections as the church was closed for a time and even now attendance is low, but Hope 7 still needs our help. You are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, toiletries and other hygiene items either at Third Church (and we will get the items to Hope 7), or at Hope 7 directly (M-W-Th 9:30-11:45), or call Sue Laz to arrange for a pick-up.

 

  1. Operation Christmas Child

 

Once again Third Church will be participating in Operation Christmas Child (a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse).  Millions of children all over the world live in very difficult situations and long to know that they are loved.  Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has shared the Good News of God’s love with hurting children around the world.

 

Through simple shoe boxes filled with toys and other small gifts children receive the assurance that God loves them and what may be their only Christmas gift.

 

There are a few different ways you can participate in this project this year.  As in the past you can pack a shoebox. Shoeboxes are available in the narthex.  Shoeboxes should be brought back to the church by November 15th.  The Outward Ministry Committee will cover the cost for those unable to include the $9.00 shipping fee.

 

Some reminders when packing your shoebox:

  • If you wrap your box, please wrap the box and lid separately.
  • Please be sure to follow the instructions in the brochure of what can and cannot be packed in a shoebox.
  • If you are including the $9.00 for shipping, place the money in the envelope provided with the brochure and put the envelope inside the box on the top of the shoebox contents. If paying by check, please make the check payable to “Samaritan’s Purse”.
  • Place a rubber band around your box to hold the lid on.

 

If you would like to pack a shoebox but are unable to get out to shop, you can pack a shoebox online.  Go to the Operation Christmas Child website and click on “Build a Shoebox Online” and follow the instructions.  There is a requested donation of $25.00.

 

You can also send a donation of $25 to the church indicating that it is for an OCC shoebox and a box will be packed for you.

 

Finally we would encourage everyone to pray.  Pray for the children around the world that will receive shoeboxes.  Pray that through this expression of love, a desire to embrace the truth of the good news of Jesus Christ will be planted in their hearts.  Pray for the safety and health of all the O.C.C. staff and volunteers who will be travelling to distribute shoebox gifts to all areas of our world.  Pray that God would work through these simple shoebox gifts to transform hearts and lives around the world for His Glory!

 

For more information about Operation Christmas Child or the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse you can go to www.samaritanspurse.com.

 

If you have any questions about Third Church’s participation in this project, please speak with anyone on the Outward Ministry Committee (Deena Dominy, Pat Gilmaier, Jason Laz, Sue Laz, Jen McAuley, Andy Miller and Pastor John).