The Church on the Hill
July 28, 2013 10:00 A.M.
* All who are able, please stand.
Reminder: Jesus won’t call you on your cell phone, please turn it off. Thanks.
PRELUDE: Pastorale Cesar Franck
* CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
* SANCTUS (pew card)
* CALL TO WORSHIP Elizabeth Mahowald
Leader: I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;
People: I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithful-ness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.
Leader: On the day I called you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.
People: All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth. They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD. For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.
Leader: Grace and Peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Adapted from Psalm 138
* HYMN No. 66 The God of Abraham Praise
* PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
Merciful God, we confess to you now that we have sinned. We confess the sins that no one knows and the sins that everyone knows. We confess the sins that are a burden to us and the sins that do not bother us because we have grown used to them.
We confess our sins as a church. We have not loved one another as Christ loved us. We have not forgiven one another as we have been forgiven. We have not given ourselves in love and service for the world as Christ gave himself for us.
Father, forgive us. Send the Holy Spirit to us, to move in us so we can live the way you have called us to live. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
* KYRIE (pew card)
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
* SUMMARY OF THE LAW
* Gloria Patri (pew card)
ACT OF PRAISE: Blessings Laura Story
Molly and Elizabeth Mahowald, sopranos
MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Lord’s Prayer (pew card)
* HYMN No. 538 I Need Thee Every Hour
Luke 11: 1-13 Pew Bible, pg. 845
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.’
And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.”And he answers from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.” I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’
THE SERMON Interpretation Donna M. Field
WORSHIP OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Offertory: The Gift of Love Hal H. Hopson
* The Doxology (pew card)
* Prayer of Dedication
* STATEMENT OF FAITH Belgic Confession - Article 1
We all believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that there is a single and simple spiritual being, whom we call God -- eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, unchangeable, infinite, almighty; completely wise, just, and good, and the overflowing source of all good.
* HYMN No. 747 Lead On, O King Eternal
POSTLUDE: Recessional Frank Asper
OUR WORSHIP HOURS will continue at the 10:00 AM hour through Labor Day Sunday, September 1, 2013. We hope you will give our worship your support through prayer and attendance.
APPRECIATIONS: Today we thank Elizabeth and Molly Mahowald for sharing their musical talents to enhance our worship service.
BARGAIN BOUTIQUE: Our thrift shop has closed for the summer. Please hold your donations until August 15.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, August 12-16, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
As of today, registration is full. We have a started a waiting list. If interested, call the church office and we will notify you if any openings become available.
CROP WALK September 22, 2013 – Donation envelopes are available in the church office during July and August.
- As the summer approaches, please consider prepaying your pledge before you leave town. This will help the summer cash flow problem.
- Please submit your pledge (estimate of giving) cards for 2013. If you have already done so, thank you.
- If you have not given a special offering for your assessment ($93 per member), please help us by making the payment. The Synodical and Classical Assessment is the amount we owe Reformed Church in America for your membership.
PRAYER REQUESTS: Ruth Bailey, Letty Delgado, Ed Diercks, Dombrowski Family, Edythe Durney, Sandeep Edward, Alfred Gessner, Lisa Gessner, Robert Keller, Ann Martin, John Molino, Gloria Scrivano, Janice Serra, Mary Wainwright