Order of Worship -August 14

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ZTHIRD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

August 14, 2022

 

GATHERING AND PREPARING TO WORSHIP GOD

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Leader:  Christ is risen!

People:  He is risen indeed!

 

PRELUDE:                         “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”                           Robert Lau

 

Readying Our Hearts (A time of silent prayer and reflection in preparation for worshiping God together.)

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:  (selections from Psalm 24)

 

Leader:  The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

People: For He founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.

Leader:  Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?  Who may stand in His holy place?

People: The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, the one who does not lift up one’s soul to an idol or swear by what is false. 

Leader:  That one shall receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God the Savior.

People: Lift up your heads, O you gates;  be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 

Leader:  Who is He, this King of glory?

People: The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle, He is the King of glory.

 

INVOCATION

 

*OPENING SONG:  #31   “I Sing the Almighty Power of God”

 

I sing the almighty power of God that made the mountains rise,

That spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies. 

I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;

The moon shines full at His command and all the stars obey.

 

I sing the goodness of the Lord that filled the earth with food;

He formed the creatures with His word and then pronounced them good. 

Lord, how Your wonders are displayed where-e’er I turn my eye;

If I survey the ground I tread or gaze upon the sky!

 

There’s not a plan or flower below but makes Your glories known;

And clouds arise and tempest blow by order from Your throne;

While all that borrows life from You is every in Your care,

And every where that I may be, You, God, are present there.

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Isaiah 66:18-23   (Pew Bible pp. 1166-1167)

 

“And I, because of what they have planned and done, am about to come and gather the people of all nations and languages, and they will come and see my glory.

“I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations– to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory.  They will proclaim my glory among the nations.  And they will bring all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem as an offering to the LORD — on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the LORD.  “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the LORD in ceremonially clean vessels.  And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites,” says the LORD.

 

“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the LORD, “so will your name and descendants endure.  From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the LORD.

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:  (Unison prayer after a time of silent personal confession.)

 

Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number, and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find Your mind in Your Word, of neglect to seek You in my daily life.  My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations, but I bless You that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ;  Go on to subdue my corruptions, and grant me grace to live above them. Let not the passions of the flesh nor the lustings of the mind bring my spirit into subjection, but rule over me in liberty and power.  Purge me from every false desire, every base aspiration, everything contrary to Your rule.  Deliver me from everything that dims the brightness of Your grace in me, and help me to find my greatest delights in You.  (Adapted from “The Valley of Vision:  Puritan Prayers and Devotions”)

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

Leader:   The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in mercy.

People:   He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 

Leader:   As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.

People:   As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 

Leader:   Know, therefore, that by the mercy and grace of God, you are forgiven of the guilt of your sins.

*All:      (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.  Amen.

 

ENCOUNTERING GOD THROUGH GOD’S WORD

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Matthew 12:1-12   (Pew Bible p. 1514)

 

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath.  His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them.  When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look!  Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread– which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.  Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent?  I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.  If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there.  Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?  How much more valuable is a person than a sheep!  Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

*SONG:  #385   “Search Me, O God”

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart today;  

Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray. 

See if there be some wicked way in me;

Cleanse me from every sin and set me free.

 

I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;

Fulfill Thy Word and make me pure within. 

Fill me with fire where once I burned with shame;

Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.

 

Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine;

Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine. 

Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride;

I now surrender, Lord in me abide.

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Exodus 20:8-11   (Pew Bible p. 118)

 

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God.  On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.  Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON:  “Sabbath for the Church Today”

 

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD THROUGH AFFIRMATION,

OFFERING, AND PRAYER

 

*SONG OF REFLECTION AND RESPONSE:  #696   “Come, Share the Lord”

 

We gather here in Jesus’ name, His love is burning in our hearts like living flame;

For through His loving Son the Father makes us one: 

Come, take the bread, come, drink the wine, come, share the Lord. 

No one is a stranger here, everyone belongs;

Finding our forgiveness here, we in turn forgive all wrongs.

 

He joins us here, He breaks the bread, the Lord who pours the cup is risen from the dead;

The One we love the most is now our gracious host:  

Come, take the bread, come, drink the wine, come, share the Lord. 

We are now a family of which the Lord is head;

Though unseen He meets us here in the breaking of the bread.

 

We’ll gather soon where angels sing;  we’ll see the glory of our Lord and coming King;

Now we anticipate the feast for which we wait:

Come, take the bread, come, drink the wine, come, share the Lord.

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER AND OFFERING

 

Invitation

 

Affirmation of Faith:  The Apostles’ Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator 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 to hell.  The third day He rose again from the dead.  He ascended to 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 Thanksgiving

 

Words of Institution

 

Partaking of the Elements and the Giving of Our Offering

 

“You Are My All in All with Jesus, You are My Life and I Love You, Lord”

arr. Carol Tornquist

 

(For those joining with us in the Sanctuary this morning, you are invited, as you come forward to receive the Communion Elements, and as you feel so led, to place your offering in one of the plates up front.  For those unable to be with us physically, you are encouraged to partake of the elements in your home at this time.  Also, as you are able, we invite you to set aside your offering as an act of personal dedication at this time, either to be mailed in, dropped off at the church, or brought in when you are able to join us in worship.  Let this time be one of receiving from and offering yourself up to our Lord — to the praise of His holy name.)

 

Prayer of Commitment

 

*Sung Response (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.

 

SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

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.

 

BRINGING OUR WORSHIP INTO OUR WORLD

 

*CLOSING SONG:  #598   “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken”

 

Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God;

He whose Word cannot be broken formed you for His own abode. 

On the Rock of Ages founded, what can shake you sure repose? 

With salvation’s walls surrounded, you may smile at all your foes.

 

See, the streams of living waters, springing from eternal love,

Well supply your sons and daughters and all fear of want remove. 

Who can faint while such a river ever will their thirst assuage? 

Grace, which like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.

 

Round each habitation hovering, see the cloud and fire appear,

For a glory and a covering, showing that the Lord is near! 

Thus deriving from their banner light by night and shade by day,

Safe they feed upon the manna which God gives them on their way.

 

Savior, since of Zion’s city I through grace a member am,

Let the world deride or pity, I will glory in Your name. 

Fading are the world’s best pleasures, all its bloated pomp and show;

Solid joys and lasting treasures none but Zion’s children know.

 

*BENEDICTION  (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

 

May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 

POSTLUDE:                            “Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord”

John C. Bechler/arr. Robert J. Powell

 

 

MEMORY VERSE:  Matthew 11:28

 

“Come to Me [Jesus], all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  1. If you would like to help support the work of Hope 7 in our local community we encourage you to drop off non-perishable food items, toiletries and other hygiene items either at Third Church (and we will get the items to Hope 7), or at Hope 7 directly (M-F 9:30-11:45), or call Sue Laz (518-892-4042) to arrange for a pick-up.

 

  1. We are receiving new or gently used clothes for the Capital City Rescue Mission (CCRM). There is a box in the narthex for donations. You may bring your items to the church or call Sue Laz to see about having someone pick them up for you.  And, of course, if you wish you can bring your items directly to the CCRM.

 

  1. Wednesday evening Bible Study this Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 6:45pm. We will be studying John 13:21-30.

 

  1. Looking for Fellowship Hosts. Yes, we are looking for fellowship hosts once again! The Session has recently voted to lift the post-pandemic guidelines of our fellowship times on Sunday mornings.  So, with this decision our fellowship time is now open to anyone who would like to serve as a fellowship host.  Hosting is a great and easy way to be part of the fellowship ministry and to connect with others in our church family.  If you would like to host or have questions about what hosting involves, please see Natalia or Bill Multunas.