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Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

  • Date: Sunday, September 3, 2023
  • Time: 9:30am10:30am
  • Location: Fellowship Hall

Order of Worship

September 3, 2023, 9:30 a.m.


“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” Arr. Michael Larkin

*Call to Worship

(The congregation responds aloud with the bold red text)

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into God’s presence with singing.

Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving,
and into God’s courts with praise.

Give thanks to God,
bless God’s name.

For the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever,
and God’s faithfulness to all generations.

Come, let us worship God!

*Hymn #35: “Praise Ye the Lord, The Almighty”

1. Praise ye 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!

2. Praise ye the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

3. Praise ye 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 for aye we adore him.

Prayer of Adoration

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, finding in you our refuge and strength, that we might live again with your song in our hearts.

Silent prayer of confession

Assurance of pardon

Hear the good news!

Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation.
The old life has gone; a new life has begun.
Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace.

Thanks be to God!

*Response of Praise: Hymn #582, “Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me”

1. Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,
and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me,
and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

2. World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

Life in Community

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Children’s Message

Prayer for Illumination

God of abundant life, your grace is our daily bread. Nourish us by your Word and fill us with your Spirit so that we may grow in faith and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture: Psalm 98

O sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.

Let the sea roar and all that fills it,
the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness
and the peoples with equity.

Scripture: Colossians 3:12-17

Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Hymn Sing

Call to Offering

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“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” Arr. Jane Holstein

*Doxology #607, “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Christ, all people here below;
Praise Holy Spirit evermore;
Praise Triune God, whom we adore. Amen.

*Prayer of Dedication

Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our lives, our time, and our possessions.

Use us and what we have gathered to feed the world with your love; through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Hymn #428: “Before I Take the Body of My Lord”

1. Before I take the body of my Lord,
before I share his life in bread and wine,
I recognize the sorry things within:
these I lay down.

2. The words of hope I often failed to give,
the prayers of kindness buried by my pride,
the signs of care I argued out of sight:
these I lay down.

3. The narrowness of vision and of mind,
the need for other folk to serve my will,
and every word and silence meant to hurt:
these I lay down.

4. Of those around in whom I meet my Lord,
I ask their pardon and I grant them mine,
that every contradiction of Christ’s peace
might be laid down.

5. Lord Jesus Christ, companion at this feast,
I empty now my heart and stretch my hands,
and ask to meet you here in bread and wine
which you lay down.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Invitation to the Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

Creator of the cosmos,
breath of heaven,
lover of us all,
you are our praise, our life, our joy.

You are there through desert wanderings and willful murmurings, rebellious running, and tears of complaint.

You are there when sorrow becomes our daily food; you rescue us from ruin and anoint us with blessing.

Rising sun,
soaring Spirit,
radiant Lord, you are there in stable and temple, river and hillside, cross and tomb, and even beyond the grave.

You are there in shining glory,
overcoming death and welcoming us to life.

You meet us in the breaking of bread, you pour out the wine of salvation; you feed us with grace and overwhelm us with love.

By your Spirit, make these gifts your body and your blood.
By your Spirit, make us one with you and one another.
By your Spirit, make us strong that we might share your love
with your blessed and broken world.

Fount of mercy,
fire of justice,
dearest friend,
bind us to you and send us out to seek and serve and sing your praise, until you gather us up in glory and bright, unending song. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

Prayer of Gratitude

Holy God, giver of wine and bread, send us from your table in confidence that we are your children, born of your Spirit, fed at your table, filled with your grace, and sent to speak your truth and offer your love to the world in Christ’s name. Amen

*Passing of the Peace

*Hymn #821: “My Life Flows On”

1. My life flows on in endless song,
above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the clear, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

2. Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? (Refrain)

3. What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth. (Refrain)

4. The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? (Refrain)



“Here I Am, Lord,” Arr. Jack Schrader


  • Jeff Bolognese,
    Communion Server
  • Dorothy L. Boulton,
    Associate Pastor
  • Michael Cuppett,
    Communications and Operations Manager
  • Bill Henderson,
  • Wendy Johnston,
    Organist and Assistant Director of Music
  • Mark Kennedy,
    Video production
  • Greg Knauf,
    Director of Music
  • Kenneth E. Kovacs,
  • Melissa Lambdin,
    Communion Server
  • Vickie Lord,
    Social media support
  • Dottie Marshall,
    Sanctuary set up


  • Teri McDowell Ott, The Presbyterian Outlook (Richmond, VA: 2023).
  • Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013).
  • Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-734388; CCLI Copyright License B 20481088 + Streaming License B 481071
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