Worship For 10/31/10

We Begin With The Church Bell

We Read Responsively
O God, you are righteous,             Transform us by your Word!
Your judgments are upright,          Transform us by your Word!
Your precepts are unforgettable,   Transform us by your Word!
Give us understanding and we will live
   Re-form us, reconcile us,  Transform us by your Word!

*We Sing Together, Red Hymnal, #286 “This Is The Day”

*We Pray Together
   O Still Speaking God, throughout history and the wide world
you have gathered people around your Word to instruct and inspire.  We give thanks for all who have received your vision
and shaped diverse and faithful communities to follow in your Way. Continue to open that vision to us, that we may become transformed by the renewing of your Word in our hearts. Let us grow in love and understanding for each other. Create in us O God clean hearts and minds; Let us join with you in your suffering and your triumph.  We desire to be your children and
We claim these blessings in your name.  Amen.

We Listen To The Organ Call Us To Worship

We Read The Scriptures For Today
    II Corinthians 9:6-14 (Pew Bible, New Testament, pages 161-162)
    Luke 19: 1-10 (Pew Bible, New Testament, page 71)

A Time For The Kid In All Of Us

*We Sing Together Red Hymnal, #23 “Praise, My Soul”
(Prayer concerns are received)

We Share With God Our Shortcomings
We confess we have strayed away from your Word
   We cry out to you, O God
We confess that we have allowed the worries of this world to drive us away from your vision for our lives
   We cry out to you, O God
We confess that there is strife and contention all around us
   We cry out to you, O God
Let us confess together:
   That we are powerless and have taken our focus off your Word….that we have not allowed your Word to work in our lives, yet we continue to cry out to you in times of trouble and need. 
Grant understanding and wisdom that we may see your vision and apply it in our lives. Hear our prayer, O God, and call us back to you.

We Are Assured Of God’s Love And Forgiveness
The scriptures tell us that God’s love will find us no matter how far away we are from the Word. Just as Jesus found Zacchaeus hiding in a tree, God will find us and bring us home. It does not matter what we have done wrong, we still belong to God. We have the assurance that God will rescue us. This is the good news of the Gospel!
   In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God! AMEN.

We Pray For Others

A Prayer Together From Our Lord Jesus
   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.

Our Ministry Of Music        “Promised Land”

We Share
Let us prepare to contribute to the kingdom of God so that others may hear the word and be reconciled to God. Give as God has blessed you to give; now is the time to share your gifts, tithes and offering.

*After The Offering We Sing Together “Awesome God” (Sung Twice)
 Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above
 With wisdom pow’r and love Our God is an awesome God.

*We Pray
   Bless every person present in the building today. Bless the tithes and offering for glory of your kingdom. Bless everyone who has offered time, talent, and treasure to your work. We ask everything in your mighty name.  Amen.

Reflections On God’s Word 

*We Sing Together, Red Hymnal #65 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

*We Hear A Blessing And The Organ Sends Us Out To Serve

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