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Bulletin for August 6, 2017
Morningside Staff
 

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WORSHIP AUGUST 6 2017
11 A.M. WORSHIP

 

THE GATHERING  Beth Waltemath 

Leader: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE PRELUDE  My Song is Love Unknown  arr. David N. Johnson 

 

*THE CALL TO WORSHIP 

Leader: The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

People: The LORD is good to all, and God’s compassion is over all that God has made.

Leader: The LORD is just in all the LORD’S ways, and kind in all the LORD’S doings. 

People: The LORD is near to all who call on God, to all who call on God in truth.

Leader: God fulfills the desire of all who fear the LORD; The LORD also hears their cry, and saves them.

People: The LORD watches over all who love God, but all the wicked God will destroy.

Leader: My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh will bless the LORD’S holy name forever and ever. -Psalm 145, selected verses 

 

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 487  When Morning Guilds The Skies  LAUDES DOMINI 

 

THE CALL TO CONFESSION 

 

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

Eternal God, perhaps the most profound of emotions is longing for home. If we are fortunate, we are blessed with memories of a place of safety, security and love. If we were not blessed with such experiences, we know that they are for others a source of strength and we long for them. Home: it can be a blessing. And yet, there are times when we run away. Perhaps we run from something we have done. Perhaps we run from something someone has done to us. Whatever our reasons, we are running. And yet in love, you remain our heart’s true home. We need assurance and you are always there. We need forgiveness and you always stand ready to forgive and to receive us into your embrace. We offer our prayer need for forgiveness and with gratitude we know it is already given. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. 

 

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

 

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON 

Leader: Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

People: Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

Leader: Believe the promise of the Gospel: 

People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! - Isaiah 55:2-3 

 

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Hymn 275) 

God of the coming years, through paths unknown we follow thee; when we are strong, Lord, leave us not alone; our refuge be. Be thou for us in life our daily bread, our heart’s true home when all our years have sped. 

 

*THE PASSING OF THE PEACE 

Leader: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! 

People: And also with you. 

 

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH 

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

 

THE MINUTE MESSAGE  Curt Barrett 

 

THE GOSPEL LESSON  Matthew 14:31-21  (page 15 in the pew Bible, NT) 

 

THE ANTHEM  Jacob’s Ladder  Simon Lindley 

As Jacob with travel was weary one day, at night on a stone for a pillow he lay: he saw in a vision a ladder so high, that its foot was on earth, and its top in the sky: Alleluia to Jesus who died on the tree, and hath raised up a ladder of mercy for me. This ladder is long, it is strong and well-made, has stood hundreds of years and is not yet decayed; many millions have climbed it and reached Zion’s hill, and thousands by faith are climbing it still (refrain). Come, let us ascend, all may climb it who will, for the angels of Jacob are guarding it still: and remember, each step that by faith we pass o’er, some prophet or martyr hath trod it before (refrain). And when we arrive at the haven of rest, we shall hear the glad words, “Come up hither, ye blest, here are regions of light, here are mansions of bliss.” Oh, who would not climb such a ladder as this? (Refrain) 

 

THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON  Genesis 32:22-31  (page 29 in the pew Bible, OT) 

 

THE SERMON  “The Green, Green Grass of Home”  Baron Mullis 

 

*THE HYMN 387  Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us  BRADBURY 

 

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION  OLD HUNDREDTH 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; 

Praise God, ye saints, for evermore; Praise Triune God whom we adore. Amen. 

 

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER 

Invitation 

The Great Thanksgiving 

Leader: The Lord be with you. 

People: And also with you. 

Leader: Lift up your hearts! 

People: We lift them to the Lord. 

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

People: It is right to give thanks and praise. 

Leader: It is truly right… 

And with our loved ones, separate from us now, who yet in this mystery are close to us, we join in the song of your unending greatness. 


The Sanctus (Hymn 581) 

Holy, holy, holy Lord. God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory, hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest. 

Leader: You are holy, O God of majesty…Great is the mystery of faith. 

People: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 


The Lord’s Prayer 

Communion by Intinction 

(To receive communion by Intinction, please come forward by the center aisle, tear a generous piece of bread from the loaf, and dip it in the chalice before returning to your pew using the side aisles. Anyone unable to come forward will be served in their pew. For those unable to consume gluten, please go to Dr. Mullis’s communion station.) 

 

THE MUSIC AT COMMUNION (Sung by all)  (Hymn 513) 

1. Let us break bread together on our knees. When I fall on my knees, with my face to the 

rising sun, O Lord have mercy on me. 2. Let us drink wine together on our knees. When I 

fall on my knees . . . 3. Let us praise God together on our knees. When I fall on my knees . . . 

 

*THE HYMN 540  God Be With You Till We Meet Again  RANDOLPH 

 

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  Let Us Praise God Together  LET US BREAK BREAD 

 

*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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