Order of Worship 8/2/2020

GATHERING AND PREPARING TO WORSHIP GOD

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Leader:  Christ is risen!
People:  He is risen indeed!

PRELUDE:                              “Prelude in D Minor”                                          J.S. Bach

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

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  People of God, worship the living God today!
People: Let us remember that out of nothing God created the heavens and the earth.
Leader:  Let us proclaim to the nations that the Messiah of God has come.
People: Let us hold fast to the truth that Christ has died, Chris has risen, and Christ will come again.
Leader:  Let us celebrate the promise, as Jesus has affirmed, that the gates of hell cannot stand against the purposes of our sovereign God!
All:         Let us worship the one true God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – now and forever!

INVOCATION

*OPENING SONG:        “10, 000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”                 Matt Redman

Acoustic Worship Team

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.

Verse 1
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)

Verse 2
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)

(Interlude)

Verse 3
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)

Ending
Worship His holy name
Lord, I’ll worship Your holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name
Worship Your holy name.

SCRIPTURE READING:  Malachi 3:6-12

“I the LORD do not change.  So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.  Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them.  Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
“Will a mere mortal rob God?  Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse — your whole nation — because you are robbing me.  Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the LORD Almighty.  “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.

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.)

God of grace, we confess that we have elevated the things of this world above You.  We have made idols of possessions and people and used Your name for causes that are not consistent with You and Your purposes.  We have permitted our schedules to come first and have not taken the time to rightly worship You.  We have not always honored those who guided us in life.  We have participated in systems that devalue life or oppress others.  We have been unfaithful in our covenant relationships.  We have yearned for, and sometimes taken, that which is not ours.  Forgive us, O God, for the many ways we sin and fall short of Your glory.  Help us to learn to live together according to Your ways through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  (adapted from The Worship Sourcebook, Ó2004 CRC Publications)

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader:  Take comfort in the assurance that even those things that are hidden from memory, or are too deep for our words, are not beyond God’s forgiving love.  God, who knows us completely, bestows pardon and peace.
*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:  Matthew 6:19-24

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
“No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.
People:  Thanks be to God.

*SONG:                                   “Lord I Need You”                                 Maher/Nockels

Acoustic Worship Team

Verse 1
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Chorus
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Verse 2
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me.  (Chorus)

Bridge
So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Chorus 2
Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

SCRIPTURE READING:  Luke 16:1-13

Jesus told his disciples:  There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions.  So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you?  Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now?  My master is taking away my job.  I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg — I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors.  He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’”
‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly.  For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.  I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?  And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
“No one can serve two masters.  Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.
People:  Thanks be to God.

SERMON:  “Choosing the Right Priority”

 

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

 

*SONG OF REFLECTION AND RESPONSE:  # 570

“As Saints of Old Their First-fruits Brought”

As saints of old their first-fruits brought of vineyard, flock, and field
to God, the giver of all good, the source of bounteous yield;
so we today our first fruits bring:  the wealth of this good land,
of farm and market, shop and home, of mind and heart and hand.

A world in need now summons us to labor, love, and give,
to make our life an offering to God, that all may live.
The church of Christ is calling us to make the dream come true:
a world redeemed, by Christ-like love, all life in Christ made new.

With gratitude and humble trust we bring our best to you,
not just to serve your cause, but share your love with neighbors too.
O God, who gave yourself to us in Jesus Christ your Son,
help us to give ourselves each day until life’s work is done.

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

“Choral on Psalm 23”                                Douglas Wagner

(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:  # 580   “We Are Called to Be God’s People”

We are called to be God’s people, showing by our lives His grace,
One in heart and one in spirit, sign of hope for all the race. 
Let us show how He has changed us, and remade us as His own,
Let us share our life together as we shall around His throne.

We are called to be God’s servants, working in His world today;
Taking His own task upon us, all His sacred words obey. 
Let us rise, then, to His summons, dedicate to Him our all,
That we may be faithful servants, quick to answer now His call.

We are called to be God’s prophets, speaking for the truth and right,
Standing firm for godly justice, bringing evil things to light. 
Let us seek the courage needed, our high calling to fulfill,
That the world may know the blessing of the doing of God’s will.

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:                                “Rejoice the Lord Is King”                       arr. Anna Laura Page

(Scripture readings from NIV 2011)

Memory verses:  Matthew 6:21

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Mt 6:21)

ors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  Be reconciled to God.”