Our Gatherings


  • 9:30am Church School
  • 10:30am  Worship

A Service for the Lord's Day

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

(*please stand, as you are able)

The Instrumental Prelude and Time for Meditation

Welcome and Church Concerns, Ms. LuAnne Allen

Pastoral Greeting, Rev. Black

*The Call to Worship, Ms. LuAnne Allen

Leader: Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good.

People: God's steadfast love endures forever.

Leader: Let our words and thoughts be acceptable to God;

People: The Lord is our rock and our redeemer.

Leader: Let us worship God.

*Hymn #416 "Blessed Assurance"

*Call to Confession:

It is only by the power of God that we are able to stand against evil. Trusting in God's grace, let us confess our sin.

*The Prayer of Confession, In Unison

Merciful God, we confess that we have not followed your way. You rain down mercy upon us, yet we murmur in our discontent. You cast out the evil within us, yet we fling curses at others. Forgive us, God of grace. Call us home from our wandering, deliver our souls from death, and cover us with your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

*Assurance of Pardon:

Now stand firm in your faith, covered by the saving grace of God and ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!

People: Thanks be to God!

*The Gloria, Hymnbook pg. 108, In Unison

The Passing of the Peace

As a people of peace, forgiven by Jesus Christ, let us share the Peace of Christ with one another. The Peace of Christ be with you, and also with you.

The Offertory

Invitation to the Offering:

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Let us offer our lives to God.

Tithes and Offerings, the Ushers

*Doxology, In Unison

Prayer of Dedication, Rev. Black

The Meditations and Prayers of the People

The Pastoral Prayer, Rev. Black

The Lord's Prayer, In Unison

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.

Choral Response, In Unison

Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer O Lord,

Incline thine ear to us, and grant us thy peace. Amen

Hymn #230 "Near the Cross"

Prayer of illumination, Rev. Black

Scripture Reading, James 5:13-20 (pg. 1187), Ms. LuAnne Allen

Leader: This is The Word of the Lord

People: Let our thanks and Praise be to God!

Children's Minutes, Rev. Black

Scripture Reading, Mark 9: 38-50 (pg. 991), Rev. Black

Sermon, "Praying in Jesus Name", Rev. Black

*Affirmation of Faith, In Unison

The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church's mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people.

His service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well-being.

His suffering makes the church sensitive to all human suffering so that it sees the face of Christ in the faces of persons in every kind of need.

His crucifixion discloses to the church God's judgment on the inhumanity that marks human relations, and the awful consequences of the church's own complicity in injustice.

In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of his coming, the church sees the promise of God's renewal of human life in society and of God's victory over all wrong.

The church follows this pattern in the form of its life and in the method of its action. So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord. (Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32-33)

*Hymn #692 "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder"

*Benediction, Rev. Black

*Choral Response, In Unison                          (to the tune of Edelweiss)

May the Lord, Mighty Lord, Bless and keep you forever;

Grant you peace, perfect peace, Courage in every endeavor.

Lift your eyes and see His face, And His grace forever;

May the Lord, Mighty Lord, Bless and keep you forever.

*the Choral Amen, In Unison