The Church of Worship
11th Sunday after Pentecost
August 20, 2017
Words printed in bold type are read by the congregation.
Please share your prayer requests and answered prayer/praises
by writing them on the blue card found in the
pew rack and placing it in the offering plate.
*Those who are able may stand
WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
please sign the Ministry of Friendship pad
WE PRAISE THE LORD OUR CREATOR
INTROIT AND BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Let this be a time of preparing our hearts for worship
#613 “O Lord, Our Lord”
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: This is the day the Lord has made.
All: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
One: God has forgiven us and drawn us close, reconciling us through Jesus Christ, who has lavished upon us the fullness of the blessed Holy Spirit.
All: With glad and grateful hearts let us praise the Lord.
*HYMN OF PRAISE #39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
WE CONFESS OUR NEED
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus; we are tormented! We are dismayed at your presence, anguished by the awful fallout of our own failures. We cannot take back what we have said or undo what we have done or atone for the agony we have caused. We are haunted by the past, plagued by the present, and fearful of the future. We shrink away from your gaze as strangers outside your circle of blessing. Yet the faith you have planted in us reaches out for your favor, returns to your presence, and hungers for your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
*ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: Our God embraces us with kindness, forgiving our sins, preserving our lives, and restoring our souls through the abundant provision of our Lord Jesus Christ. Receive now that which your souls long for and believe the Good News:
All: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
One: We have received peace with God through Jesus Christ. Therefore, let us turn to those around us and greet one another in the peace of Christ.
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*SUNG RESPONSE “Gloria Patri” (Avery & Marsh)
Glory be to the Father, and the son, and the Holy ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world
without end. Amen. As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
OLD TESTAMENT READING Isaiah 56: 1, 6 – 8, Psalm 67
SPECIAL MUSIC by the Trinity Trio
“Lean On Me (with We Shall Overcome)
GOSPEL LESSON (page 797) Matthew 15: 21 – 28
SERMON “A Just Welcoming”
A TIME OF SILENT REFLECTION
*HYMN #353 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
DEDICATION OF OUR LIVES AND OUR GIFTS
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRYER
Prayer Concerns: Charlie Elmquist in rehab at Samaritas and Sally McSwane in the hospital.
Church Members to keep in prayer this week: Roy and Kay Wohlford, 616 Lakeshore Dr., Cadillac
Special Care Member: Carl Derby at the Curry House
Mission of the Presbyterian Church (USA): Jennison Parkwood and First Presbyterian Church of Jonesville
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.
WE GO RENEWED
*HYMN #729 “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”
*BENEDICTION RESPONSE #66 “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”