September 27, 2020

Opening Declaration of Dependence

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8  
Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Joel 2:13  
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Daniel 9:9–10  
Correct me, O Lord, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. Jeremiah 10:24 
I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” Luke 15:18–19  
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8–9

Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord in His sanctuary!
Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord in His firmament!
Praise God for His mighty deeds! Praise God according to His greatness!
Praise God with trumpet sound.
Let lute and harp resound with tambourine and dance in praise to God!
With strings and pipe let every type of praise be heard!
Sound the loud clashing cymbals!  Let your praise resound with cymbals
!Let everything that breathes praise God! Let heaven and earth praise God. Alleluia, sing alleluia!
Lift your voice in praise to God. Alleluia, sing alleluia!
Let everything that breathes praise God! Sing alleluia!
Congregation, please stand and join the choir in singing:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near, Join me in glad adoration!
Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him!
Let the Amen sound from His people again: Gladly forever adore Him!

Prayer of Confession

‍Almighty and most merciful Father,
         we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep,
         we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
         we have offended against Your holy laws,
         we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
         and we have done those things which we ought not to have done,
         and so we are helpless without You.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders,
         spare us, as we confess our faults,
         restore us, as we are penitent, according to Your promises declared to us in Christ Jesus our Lord,
         and grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and devout life, to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

 All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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, for ever. Amen.

Assurance of Grace

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and  live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For  you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to  the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24-25)
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.

General prayer

The Old Testament Lesson

The Hymn - "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates"   (Trinity Hymnal 198)
Scripture Reading - Isaiah 53
The Hymn -  "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"  (Trinity Hymnal 247)

The New Testament Lesson - John 19:1-27

Benediction

     Leader: Now may the God of peace  who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,  the great shepherd of the sheep, by  the blood of      the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will,  working in us  that which is pleasing in his sight,      through Jesus Christ,  to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

September 27, 2020
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Announcements
Scripture Sentence
- Psalm 124:8
     Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Prelude

Liturgy of the Word

Call to Worship - Psalm 148:1-14
     Minister: Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

     People: Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

     Minister: Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!

     People: Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!  Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven.

     Minister: He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him. Let all people say,

     All: Praise the LORD!

Opening Hymn - "The Church's One Foundation" (Trinity Hymnal #347)
     The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
     she is his new creation by water and the Word:
     from heav'n he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
     with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

     Elect from ev'ry nation, yet one o'er all the earth,
     her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth;
     one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
     and to one hope she presses, with ev'ry grace endued.

     Though with a scornful wonder men see her sore oppressed,
     by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
     yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, "How long?"
     And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

     The church shall never perish! Her dear Lord to defend,
     to guide, sustain, and cherish, is with her to the end;
     though there be those that hate her, and false sons in her pale,
     against both foe and traitor she ever shall prevail.
     'Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,
     she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
     till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
     and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

     Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One,
     and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won:
     O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we,
     like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee.

Prayer of Invocation
Silent Confession
Corporate Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
     All: Our Father, although You are a holy God, who cannot look upon sin, look upon Christ our Savior and forgive us for His sake. You have promised us that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins  and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. For if we do sin, we have an Advocate before Your throne,  Jesus Christ the Righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins. Give us Your pardon by Your mercies, dear Father, for You have clothed us in Christ’s righteousness.  We ask also that You would give us an increase of the grace of Your Holy Spirit, so that we may learn the wisdom of Your ways  and walk in Your holy paths,  for Your glory and the good of our neighbor.

     All: 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, for ever. Amen.
Assurance of Grace
- 1 John 2:1-2
     But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

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.
Offertory
- 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
    He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
Prayer of the Church - Elder Brad Tidwell
Reading of Scripture
- Psalm 11
Hymn of Preparation  - "The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want" (Trinity Hymnal #85)
     The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want; he makes me down to lie
     in pastures green; he leadeth me the quiet waters by.

     My soul he doth restore again, and me to walk doth make
     within the paths of righteousness, e'en for his own name's sake.

     Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale, yet will I fear none ill,
     for thou art with me; and thy rod and staff me comfort still.

     My table thou hast furnished in presence of my foes;
     my head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.

     Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me;
    and in God's house forevermore my dwelling place shall be.

Scripture Reading: John 1:1-10
Sermon: "I Am the Door of the Sheep" by Rev. Vincenzo Coluccia

Liturgy of the Upper Room

Hymn of Preparation - "Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless" (Trinity Hymnal #424)
    Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless Your chosen pilgrim flock
     With manna in the wilderness, with water from the rock.

     Hungry and thirsty, faint and weak, as you when here below,
     Our souls the joys celestial seek which from our sorrows flow.

     We would not live by bread alone, but by that word of grace,
     In strength of which we travel on to our abiding place.

     Be known to us inbreaking bread, but do not then depart;
     Savior, abide with us, and spread Your table in our heart.

     There sup with us in love divine: Your body and your blood,
     That living bread, that heav'nly wine, Be our immortal food.

Words of Institution
Our Confession of Faith
- "The Apostles' Creed"
     Minister: Christian, in whom do you believe?
     All: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker 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 into hell.
     The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into 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 Humble Approach

Approach the Table

Prayer of Thanksgiving

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. Amen.
Benediction
Postlude