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Bulletin for September 6, 2015
Morningside Staff

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WORSHIP SEPTEMBER 6 2015
11 A.M. WORSHIP

 

THE GATHERING  Baron Mullis

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

 

THE PRELUDE  Fanfare  Nicolas Jacques Lemmens

Jonathan Crutchfield, organist

 

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Happy are those whose hope is in the Lord their God; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.

People: The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

Leader: The Lord watches over the strangers; upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked God brings to ruin.

People: The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!

Leader: Let us worship the Lord! -Psalm 146: 5-10

 

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 464  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Holy God of majesty, you made all humans in your image so all should be treated with dignity. You see all people as your children and have promised to care for the poor and the vulnerable through your miracles and acts of compassion by those who follow you. Yet, we confess we have not loved and treated the poor and outcast with the dignity they deserve and you command. We often think first of ourselves and do what is convenient and comfortable. Forgive us for disregarding your commands to love and serve our neighbors in need. Heal us of our anxious pursuits to impress others and help us to serve you with pure and joyful hearts. Amen.

 

A MOMENT OF SILENCE (for examination of conscience and personal prayers of confession)

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: The mercy of our God triumphs over judgment through our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.

People: Christ has pleaded our cause, forgiven our sin, healed our sickness, and delivered us from evil.

Leader: Therefore, believe the good news of the gospel:

People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Alleluia! Amen!

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  (Hymn 576)

Gloria, Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Gloria, Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

 

*THE PEACE OF CHRIST

(Children ages 2-10 are invited to exit to the narthex after the Peace of Christ where their teachers will take them to their classrooms. Fours & fives are in Room 011; K-5th Grade in worship.)

 

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

(Visitors and members are invited to sign the blue friendship register pad and pass it down the pew.)

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON  Isaiah 35:4-7a  (page 623 in the pew Bible, OT)

 

THE ANTHEM  Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies  T. Frederick Candlyn

Megan Mashburn, soprano; Nan Nowell, alto; John Young, tenor; Brandon Odom, baritone

Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, sun of righteousness, arise! Triumph o’er the shades of night: Dayspring from on high, be near; daystar, in my heart appear. Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee; joyless is the day’s return, till thy mercy’s beams I see; till they inward light impart, glad my eyes and warm my heart. Visit then this soul of mine! Pierce the gloom of sin and grief! Fill me, radiancy divine; scatter all my unbelief; more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day. Amen. - Charles Wesley

 

THE EPISTLE LESSON  James 2:1-10, 14-17  (page 215 in the pew Bible, NT)

 

THE SERMON  “A Good Faith”  Drew Stockstill

 

THE HYMN 421  The Church of Christ in Every Age  (verses 1 through 5)

 

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  from The Confession of Belhar

We Believe

· that God has revealed God’s self as the one who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among people;

· that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged;

· that God calls the church to follow God in this; for God brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry;

· that God frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind;

· that God supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly;

· that for God pure and undefiled religion is to visit the orphans and the widows in their suffering;

· that God wishes to teach the church to do what is good and to seek the right;

· that the church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream;

· that the church as the possession of God must stand where the Lord stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ the church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others. Therefore, We Reject Any Ideology

· which would legitimate forms of injustice and any doctrine which is unwilling to resist such an ideology in the name of the gospel.

 

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND 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.

 

THE OFFERTORY  All My Hope on God is Founded  arr. Charles Callahan

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION  (Hymn 592)

 

*THE HYMN 386  O for a World

 

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

 

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  Sevenfold Amen  K. Lee Scott

 

*THE POSTLUDE  Improvisation  Jonathan Crutchfield

 

*(The asterisk indicates parts of the worship when the congregation is invited to stand as they are able.)

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