Order of Worship – May 15

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THIRD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

May 15, 2022

 

GATHERING AND PREPARING TO WORSHIP GOD

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Leader:  Christ is risen!

People:  He is risen indeed!

 

PRELUDE:                                      “Let It Be Said of Us”                                           Steve Fry

Acoustic Worship Team

 

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

 

CALL TO WORSHIP  (selections from Psalm 66)

 

Leader:  Shout with joy to God, all the earth!

People: Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious! 

Leader:  Say to God, “How awesome are Your deeds!  So great is Your power that Your enemies cringe before You.”

People: Come let us proclaim what God has done, how awesome His works in mankind’s behalf! 

All:       Bless the Lord all His people, let the sound of His praise be heard on our lips!

 

INVOCATION

 

*OPENING SONG:  #290   “The Strife Is O`er”

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

The strife is o’er, the battle done,

Now is the Victor’s triumph won;

O let the song of praise be sung.  Alleluia!

 

The powers of death have done their worst,

And Jesus has His foes dispersed:

Let shouts of holy joy out-burst.  Alleluia!

 

The three sad days are quickly sped,

Christ rises glorious from the dead:

All glory to our risen Head!  Alleluia!

 

He broke the age bound chains of hell,

The bars from heaven’s high portals fell;

Let hymns of praise His triumph tell.  Alleluia! 

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  Genesis 2:4-7   (Pew Bible pp. 3-4)

 

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.  Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

 

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.)

 

Almighty God, You love us, but we have not loved You. You call, but we have not listened.  We walk away from neighbors in need, absorbed in our own concerns.  We condone and even nurse pride, prejudice, gossip, greed, bitterness and vengeance — sometimes through our actions and sometimes through our inaction.  God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as You come to us in mercy, we may repent, turn to You, and receive forgiveness;  through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.  Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

Leader:   Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we are assured that there is no sin so terrible that God cannot forgive, and no hurt so deep that God cannot heal, when we repent and come to Jesus in faith.

People:   Through faith in Jesus we believe that God accepts us, God forgives us, and God sets us free from the burden of sin.

Leader:   Therefore, with confidence, not in ourselves but in our Lord Jesus, receive the forgiving love of God;  and, demonstrate that forgiveness that’s yours in Christ by forgiving one another, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the praise of the Father’s glory.

*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:  Ezekiel 37:1-14   (Pew Bible pp. 1345-1346)

 

The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley;  it was full of bones.  He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.  He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!  This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones:  I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.  I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin;  I will put breath in you, and you will come to life.  Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded.  And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.  I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath;  prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:  Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them;  they came to life and stood up on their feet — a vast army.

Then he said to me:  “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel.  They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone;  we are cut off.’  Therefore prophesy and say to them:  ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:  My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them;  I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.  I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land.  Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

 

ANTHEM:                                       “Anthem of Gladness”                                   Joseph Martin

Choir

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  John 20:19-23   (Pew Bible p. 1686-1687)

 

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.  The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven;  if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

 

Leader:  This is the word of the Lord.

People:  Thanks be to God.

 

SERMON:  “The Christian’s Mission:  Saved to be Sent”

 

RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD THROUGH AFFIRMATION,

OFFERING, AND PRAYER

 

*SONG OF REFLECTION AND RESPONSE:  #358   “Love Divine. All Loves Excelling”

 

Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down,

Fix in us Thy humble dwelling, all Thy faithful mercies crown. 

Jesus, Thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love Thou art;

Visit us with Thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.

 

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit into every troubled breast;

Let us all in Thee inherit, let us find the promised rest. 

Take away the love of sinning, Alpha and Omega be;

End of faith, as its beginning, set our hearts at liberty.

 

Come, Almighty to deliver, let us all Thy life receive;

Suddenly return, and never, never more Thy temples leave. 

Thee we would be always blessing, serve Thee as Thy hosts above,

Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, glory in Thy perfect love.

 

Finish then Thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be;

Let us see Thy great salvation perfectly restored in Thee:

Changed from glory into glory, till in heaven we take our place,

Till we cast our crowns before Thee, lost in wonder, love, and praise.

 

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER AND OFFERING

 

Invitation

 

Affirmation of Faith:  The Nicene Creed

 

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;  through Him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human.  For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;  He suffered death and was buried.  On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

Words of Institution

 

Partaking of the Elements and the Giving of Our Offering

 

“Chorale Prelude”                                     Douglas Wagner

 

(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:                          “Hope of the Nations”                                   Brian Doerksen

Acoustic Worship Team

 

Jesus, hope of the nations,

Jesus, comfort for all who mourn;

You are the source of heaven’s hope on earth;

 

Jesus, light in the darkness;

Jesus, truth in each circumstance;

You are the source of heaven’s light on earth;

In history You lived and died;

You broke the chains, You rose to life.

 

You are the hope living in us;

You are the Rock in whom we trust;

You are the light, shining for all the world to see;

You rose from the dead, conquering tear,

Our Prince of Peace drawing us near;

Jesus, our hope, living for all who will receive;

Lord, we believe.

 

*BENEDICTION  (Hebrews 13:20-21)

 

May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

 

POSTLUDE                                      “Grand Recessional”                                   Christoph Gluck

 

 

 

MEMORY VERSE:  John 20:21

 

“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’”

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

  1. As a faith family we continue to support the work of Hope 7 in our local community. If you would like to help support their work 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. The Wednesday evening Bible Study will meet this coming Wednesday 6:45pm via Zoom. To connect from here to the Zoom meeting click on: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84268790436 . We have begun recording those gatherings for access by those who wish to partake of that study but might not be free at that time.  If you would like to view that study please email Abby at the church office (office@thirdchurchtroy.org) and she will email that file to you.  Our upcoming Wednesday study will be on John 20:24-31.

 

  1. The Adult Sunday school is doing a series on New Testament Theology. During this study we examine how the New Testament, in connection with and flowing from the Old Testament, fits together to present a continuous, connected presentation of God’s working throughout Creation history. Class goes from 9:15-10:00AM in the upstairs corner classroom.

 

  1. After a couple years off, we will once again hold our Community Garage Sale on June 4th from 9-2. If you would like to reserve a space, please speak with Andy Miller. If you would like to help with set-up, clean-up, manning the food table (pre-packaged foods), or church information table, please speak with Sue Laz.

 

  1. We will receive a special mission offering until Pentecost Sunday (June 5th). Funds received will go to support the ministry Capital District Youth for Christ and to assist Daniel McAuley as he finishes his studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and prepares for his ordination. Envelopes for donations are available in the narthex.  Checks should be made payable to “Third Presbyterian Church”.

 

  1. The children’s Sunday school class will meet following worship on May 22.