July 9, 2017

Order of Worship

- 10:30 am

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—
you and your household.” (Acts 16:30-31)

God Gathers Us for Worship

Prelude

Welcome

Prayer of Preparation

* Call to Worship: Psalm 100:1-3

Leader:              Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

People:                               Worship the Lord with gladness;

                                             come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

         It is he who made us, and we are his;

         We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

* Opening Hymn: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (#772)

* God’s Greeting

* Songs of Praise:    As a Deer in Want of Water (#616)
                                    He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands (#26:1-5 then below)

                                         (After v. 5: He’s got Paul and Silas. . .)

* Prayer of Invocation

Children ages 3-7 are invited to Bible Camp

as we sing Go Now in Peace (# 950)

Go now in peace, go now in peace;

may the love of God surround you

everywhere, everywhere you may go.

We Seek God’s Mercy

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession:

O God, you bring justice to the oppressed and give bread
         to the hungry.
Forgive us when we do not follow you.
         You free the prisoner and restore sight to the blind.
Forgive us when we do not follow you.
         You support the downtrodden and protect the stranger.
Forgive us when we do not follow you.
         You block evildoers and help orphans and widows.
Forgive us when we do not follow you.
         You stand against injustice. You stand with the wronged.
Forgive us when we do not follow you.
         You condemn those who seek their own interests,
         controlling and harming others.
Forgive us when we do not follow you.
         You bring about justice and true peace among people.
God, forgive us when we do not follow you. Grant us your grace. Embolden us that, as your people, we may stand where you stand. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: 1 John 2:1-2

* The Passing of the Peace

                                    The peace of the Lord be with you.

                                    And also with you.

                  (We greet each other with these same words.)

God’s Will for Our Lives (Ephesians 4:29-32)

Prayer of God’s People
Our father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Help us to really know you,
to bless, worship, and praise you
for all your works
and for all that shines
forth from them:
Your almighty power, wisdom, kindness,
justice, mercy, and truth.
Help us to direct all our living—
what we think, say, and do—
so that your name will never
be blasphemed because of us
but always honored and praised.
. . .
For yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever.

We have made all these requests of you
because, as our all-powerful King,
you not only want to, but are able to
give us all that is good,
and because your holy name,
and not we ourselves,
should receive all the praise, forever.
What you can give us is so much more
than we dare to ask of you.
Forgive us that we ask so little.
To the glory of the Father, the Son, and the
Holy Spirit, we offer this prayer.
Amen.

We Hear God’s Word

Prayer for Right Hearing

Old Testament Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12 (pg. 672)

Psalm 145:8-14: I Will Extol You, O My God (#561:1, 3)

Second Reading: Acts 16:16-34 (pg. 784)

Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 (pg. 689)

The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God.

Message: Free Indeed

We Respond with Thanksgiving

* Hymn of Response: And Can It Be (# 695)

Offerings for the Ministry of Hessel Park Church

(please sign and pass friendship folders)

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

                                    (Prayer continues)

God Sends Us Out with His Blessing

* Parting Hymn: Sent Forth by God’s Blessing (#936)

* God’s Blessing:

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us
is able to accomplish abundantly more
than all we can ask or imagine,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus.

 Alleluia! Amen.

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