8:30 Order of Worship

August 2, 2020

Sermon: Pastor Clay Smith

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prelude

Beach Spring
(arr. Larry Sue)

Handbell Ensemble

God calls us to worship

from Psalm 105:1-3

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

we praise god

Immortal, Invisible
(Text: Walter C. Smith, 1867 ; Tune: ST DENIO, Welsh hymn tune)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render, O help us to see:
'Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.

we pray for god to help us worship

Christ is risen! 
He is risen indeed!
He died for us that we might live for him.

god calls us to confess our sin

from John 11:25; James 4:8, 10

Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in him, though he die, yet shall he live. Therefore, draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

we confess our sin

Our Father in heaven,
you show the redeeming power of your life and love
in the midst of trouble and suffering.
But we often fear that affliction is punishment from you
or evidence that you have abandoned us,
rather than times to trust your power to sustain us
and to work in us to share your light and life with others.
So we turn away from you in rebellion
rather than turning to you for strength and guidance.
We often doubt your power to deliver us from evil,
and we are prone to treat as enemies
the people you have called us to love.
Lord, have mercy on us.

(personal prayers of confession)

Lord, in the midst of every trial, show your surpassing power in us and through us by your Holy Spirit so that having your all sufficiency in all things at all times, we may abound in hope and unconquered joy and bear the hope of redemption in Christ to all peoples to the praise of your great glory.

god declares our forgiveness
from Colossians 1:12-14; Ephesians 2:14, 16

God the Father has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He himself is our peace and has reconciled us to God in one body through the cross.
 
For all who have turned from sin in sorrow and look to God for mercy, this is God’s gift. In Jesus Christ, God loves you, God forgives you, God accepts you, and God rejoices over you as beloved daughters and sons.
Hallelujah, Amen!

We praise god

Grace
(Text and tune: Niki Shepherd, Johnny Robinson, and Rich Thompson, ©2016 Getty Music Songs)

Your grace that leads this sinner home
From death to life forever
And sings the song of righteousness
By blood and not by merit

Your grace that reaches far and wide
To every tribe and nation
Has called my heart to enter in
The joy of Your salvation

(chorus) 
By grace, I am redeemed
By grace, I am restored
And now I freely walk
Into the arms of Christ my Lord

Your grace that I cannot explain
Not by my earthly wisdom
The prince of life, without a stain
Was traded for this sinner

(chorus)

Let praise rise up and overflow
My song resound forever
For grace will see me welcomed home
To walk beside my Saviour

(chorus)

 

god instructs us in scripture reading

Acts 8:1-25

 

god instructs us in preaching

Scattered by the Wind
Rev. Dr. Clay Smith

 

we offer ourselves in gifts and song

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Spirit, Working in Creation
( Text: John Richards, 1978 Tune: Roland H. Prichard, 1830)

Spirit, working in creation, bringing order out of strife,
come among God's gathered people, giving harmony and life.
Spirit, speaking through the prophets so the voice of God was heard,
come, inspire, alert your people to this day's prophetic word.

Spirit, coming from the Father as a dove upon our Lord,
come upon your chosen people, may your blessings be outpoured.
Spirit driving to the desert even God's Anointed One,
come to us in trial and testing, that God's will in us be done.

Spirit, breathed on the disciples, giving peace where there was fear,
come among us, touch us, send us, making Jesus' presence near.
Spirit bringing freedom, blessing, help to poor, and health to lame,
come, anoint us, that such wonders may be done in Jesus' name.

Spirit, taking, breaking, making bread and wine our heavenly food,
come, and take us, break us, make us, live Christ's life in us renewed.
Praise and glory Holy Spirit, for your love on us outpoured,
giving honor to the Father, and proclaiming Jesus Lord.

 

 

 

 

we pray for the church and the world

We would love to pray for you!

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(prayers for the church and the world)

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. 

Great Is Thy Faithfulness
( Text: Thomas O. Chisolm, 1923,  Tune: William M. Runyan, 1923)

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Refrain:
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided--
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]

God blesses us and sends us out

And all God's people said...Hallelujah! Amen.

doxology
(Text: Thomas Ken, 1709; Tune: Louis Bourgeois, Genevan Psalter, 1551)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly hosts;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen, Amen, Amen.

postlude

Song of HOpe
(arr. Larry Sue)
Handbell Ensemble

 

Songs of worship are used with permission. CCLI #100150