Sample bulletin from Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church, Springfield, PA with original resources by Barb Hedges-Goettl. Bulletin cover is a quote attributed to John R.W. Stott.
SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY Sunday, September 9, 2018
Guest Pastor: Rev. Dr. Len Hedges-Goettl
WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (church’s mission statement)
As a caring community of believers, led by the Bible and the Holy Spirit, we serve God and our neighbors, both near and far. We gather, dedicating ourselves to worship and to follow the Lord with enthusiasm, integrity, and generosity of gifts and spirit.
Come, let us worship the Lord.
*HYMN # 440 (hymns from 1993 PCUSA Hymnal Glory to God) “In Christ There is No East or West” Oxenham
*CALL TO CONFESSION James 2 notes: You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Yet if a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?
Let us together confess our need for God’s forgiveness.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God, we find it easier to talk and pray and spiritualize than to take action. Forgive us when we forget that you have made and love all people. We repent the nearsightedness that limits our ability to know of others’ needs. We regret talking about others’ needs without including them in the conversation. We are sorry for the times when we miss people’s tangible needs, and when we ignore the human need for respect, for being heard, and for companionship.
Open our ears to hear, our arms to reach out, and our hearts to respond.
*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION
*ASSURANCE OF GOD’S PARDON
Leader: Friends believe the Good News of the Gospel: People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
*RESPONSE 579 *Gloria Patri
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST LESSON James 2:1-10, 14-17 (New Testament, pg. )
Leader: This is the Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God.
SECOND LESSON Mark 7:24-30 (New Testament, pg. )
Leader: The Gospel of the Lord. People: Praise to You, O Christ.
SERMON “Grace, Faith, Dogs, and Crumbs” Rev. Len Hedges-Goettl
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN # 369 “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me” I’m Gonna Live
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (adapted from the inclusive language version of the PCUSA Confession of 1967) As Romans 6:4 proclaims, “We have been buried with Christ by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” This new life of ours takes shape in a community where we know that God loves and accepts us in spite of what our sin.. Therefore we can and do accept ourselves and love others, knowing that no one has any ground on which to stand except God’s grace. Our new life does not release us from conflict with sin. We still have to struggle with disheartening difficulties and problems. Nevertheless, as we mature in love and faithfulness in our life with Christ, we live in freedom and good cheer, and we bear witness on good days and evil days, confident that our Spirit-led new life is pleasing to God and helpful to others.
As members of the church, we are emissaries of peace and seek the good of all in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics.
But we have to fight against pretensions and injustices when these same powers endanger human welfare. In all things, our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose, rather than human schemes, will finally prevail. Thanks be to God.
* DOXOLOGY 592 “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER (See Insert)
“The Lord’s Prayer will be sung In Unison. Please refer to the bulletin. (Please leave your insert in the Hymnal Rack for future use.)
*HYMN # 422 “God Whose Giving Knows No Ending” Beach Spring
*PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH (expanded in scope from church’s usual prayer.)
God, we ask your blessing on your people in all times and places. We ask your blessing on your Church and on Chambers Memorial Church. Inspire us with your vision, fill us with your love, transform us with your power.Show your grace among us, so we may proclaim with hope the good news of Jesus Christ to one another, our community, and the world. Amen.
*BENEDICTION & COMMISSION
POSTLUDE *The Congregation stands
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