August 20, 2017

11th Sunday after Pentecost

10:20AM



Greet your neighbors–Pass Friendship Pad to others in your pew, and then pass it back.





Gathering





Prelude

Sweet Hour of Prayer

William B. Bradbury,

Arr. Clarence Kohlmann


Welcome, Announcements, Joys & Concerns



Call To Worship

Marilyn Stephan

L: Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good.

P: God’s steadfast love endures forever.

L: Maintain justice, and do what is right.

P: God our Savior is coming soon.

L: Let us worship God.

Opening Prayer



*Hymn #14

“For the Beauty of the Earth”

*Call To Confession

*Prayer Of Confession

We have not loved you, O God, as you have loved us. We have been like children who accepted love without knowing its cost. Forgive us, we pray, for every act of betrayal, every failure to be kind, every gratification of self, and every blindness to the needs of others. Come and dwell in us with your spirit of generosity, that we may bless the world with what you have given us. For your name’s sake. Amen.


*Silent Prayer Of Confession

*Assurance Of Pardon

*Gloria patri #581



Children’s chat

Marilyn Stephan




Special Music

In Thee is Gladness

J.S. Bach


Hearing



Unison Prayer For Illumination

Merciful Savior, by the power of your Spirit, open our eyes and our hearts to your word of love, mercy, healing, and blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




First Lesson


Psalm 133

Second Lesson

Genesis 45:1-15




Sermon

“Opportunity”

Rev. Shelley Gardner





Responding


*Hymn #700

“I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me ”


*Affirmation Of Faith

A Brief Statement of Faith

In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”




Offering



Offertory

Passacaglia in G Minor

Andre Raison.

*Doxology #606

“Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”

*Offertory Prayer


Prayers of God’s people and the lord’s prayer





Sending




*Hymn #65

“Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah ”

*Benediction

*Hymn #601


“Amen”

Postlude

All Glory be to God on High

Johann Pachelbel


*Those Who Can, May Stand