SALUTATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* PASSING OF THE PEACE
* Gloria Patri (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP, Sally Ann Castle
Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
People: What did God do to help us?
Leader: God hears our cries of suffering, and acts to set us free.
People: God reveals his name to us, drawing near in times of doubt.
Leader: Let us worship the God of the exodus, a God of justice and freedom.
* HYMN No. 743: Christ for the World! We Sing
* PRAYER OF CONFESSION(unison)
Lord of liberation, you asked for my mouth to speak out against injustice. I gave you a whisper that I might not be accused. You asked for my life, that you might work through me. I gave a small part that I might not get too involved. Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve you— only when it is convenient for me to do so, only in those places where it is safe to do so, and only with those who make it easy to do so. Transformed by your grace, send me as a messenger of your peace and freedom. Amen.
* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
Herein is wisdom.
Glory be to God.
ANTHEM: The God of Abraham Praise, arr. Gerhard Schroth
The God of Abraham praise; all praised be His Name who was and is and is to be and still the same! The one eternal God, ere aught that now appears; the first, the last: beyond all thought His timeless years!
The God of Abraham praise, at whose supreme command I rise and seek the joys at His right hand. I all on earth forsake, its wisdom, fame, and power, and Him my only portion make, my Shield and Tower.
The whole triumphant host give thanks to God on high; hail, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, they ever cry. Hail, Abraham's God and mine, I join the heavenly lays. All majesty are Thine and endless praise. Amen.
Exodus 1:8-14; 3:1-15, Pew Bible, page 43
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’“God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.
Mark 12:26-27a, Pew Bible, page 825
And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.”
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
SERMON: Finding Liberation in God’s Name, Rev. Blaine Crawford
* CONFESSION OF FAITH: The Apostles’ Creed (pew card)
MISSION MOMENT: YPF Mission Trip
OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS
Offertory: Draw Us In the Spirit's Tether, Harold W. Friedell
Draw us in the Spirit's tether; For when humbly, in thy name, Two or three are met together, Thou art in the midst of them: Alleluya! Alleluya! Touch we now thy garment's hem.
As the brethren used to gather In the name of Christ to sup, Then with thanks to God the Father Break the bread and bless the cup, Alleluya! Alleluya! So knit thou our friendship up.
All our meals and all our living Make as sacraments of thee, That by caring, helping, giving, We may true disciples be. Alleluya! Alleluya! We will serve thee faithfully.
* The Doxology(pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
* Remembering with Love and Hope (pew card)
Sanctus (pew card)
Mystery of the Faith (unison)
Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, Christ will come again.
Words of Institution
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
Prayer response, G. F. Handel
Lord, I trust thee, I adore thee, Ah! Thou friend of man, restore me! On thy loving grace relying, for the bread of life I'm sighing. Quenchmy thirst and let my hunger cease, fill my heart with joy and endless peace. When the breath of life has left me, may my soul be blended withthee.
* HYMN No. 745: Jesus Shall Reign
Response, John Newton
May the grace of Christ our Savior and the Father's boundless love, with the Holy Spirit's favor, rest upon us from above. Thus may we abide in union with each other and the Lord, and possess in sweet communion joys which earth cannot afford.
POSTLUDE: We All Believe in One God, Johann Sebastian Bach
BIBLE STUDY every Tuesday this Fall, 7:30 PM, Folensbee Lounge.
TODAY’S COFFEE HOUR is hosted by the YPF. They will also be selling apples and freshly baked apple goods to raise money for their mission trip. Thank you.
NEW MEMBERS’ CLASS: Interested in becoming a member at Church on the Hill? Interested in learning more about the church and its ministries? Interested in what it means to be a member? Join Pastor Blaine for a new members' class on Sundays, October 18 and 25, from 1-3 p.m. Contact Pastor Blaine with any questions or if you would like to join the class.
SYNODICAL ASSESSMENT (Pink Offering Envelope)
Last installment is due. If you have not given a special offering for your assessment ($101.00 per member), please help us by making the payment.
OUR APPRECIATION FOR TODAY’S VOLUNTEERS:
Van Drivers: Jean and Gerry Mendler
Greeters: Eva Munoz and Joan Wagner
Ushers: Ginny and Hong Chan, Sally Ann Castle, Buck Kellaway, Jeanne and Steve Sarran, Adriene and Bill Toy
Children and Worship: Kathleen Bracken
PRAYER REQUESTS: Jorel Andaluz, Grace Attanasio, Donald Calfa, Allegra DeMelo, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Lucy Leung-Eng, Rob Gessner, Jenny Hampton, Richard Holm, Robert Keller, Karen Krieg, Fritz Kunisch, Ann McCaffrey-Amalfitano, Rev. John H. Meyer, John Molino, Keith Pearson, Dorothy Rama, Dorothy Reid, Josephine Rivera, Matthew Schulman, Peter Schumacher, Janice Serra, Carmela Stocchia, Emily Testut