“the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

GATHER IN GOD’S PRESENCE

 

Prelude                                           

The light of Christ enters our worship with the lighting of our candles.

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Call to Worship (Adapted from Psalms 113)

Leader: Praise the Eternal God!

People: All you who call yourselves children of God, come and praise His name!

Leader: May God’s name be lifted high in the hearts of His people.

People: At all times and in every place, may the name of the Lord be praised!

 

*Hymn               “There Shall be Showers of Blessing”  (Insert)

 

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

(Please take a moment for silent reflection.)

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

 

*Glory Be to the Father                                                       PH#

 

*Passing the Peace

            The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

 

LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Prayer for Illumination                                    

Scripture Reading

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 79:1-9

New Testament Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-13

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Message:

 

 

RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Affirmation of Faith ~ Apostle’s Creed – traditional           pg. 14

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

*Hymn:    “O Worship the King” PH# 476        

 

Sharing of Joys and Concerns, Prayer Wall

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

O God, through these offerings and the offering of our lives, may your vision of unity for all creation reach out from this faith community into the world around us. May we place all that we have, all that we do, and all that we are in your hands, so that you may use us in your mighty work of reconciling the world. Amen.

GO IN GOD’S NAME

 

*Hymn   Oh How I Love Jesus” (Insert)

*Charge and Blessing

 

*Going Forth   “Song of Hope” PH#432

L:  And all God’s people said   C:  Amen!

*Postlude                                                          

 

We follow the light of Christ out into the world.