Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship
September 8, 2019 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gathering Words:
This is the day the Lord has made
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
People: And also with you

Welcome and Announcements

Lighting of the Candles

Verses of Silent Reflection
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

*Call to Worship
Leader: Happy are those who seek God with their whole heart!
People: We have come to reflect together on God’s law.
Leader: Attune your hearts to God’s promises and warnings
People: We expect to be challenged as well as encouraged.
Leader: Let us worship!

*Opening Hymn: Why Should I Feel Discouraged #661

*Opening Prayer

Old Testament Lesson Genesis 4:1-8

The 10 Commandments

Prayer of Confession
All powerful God, we confess our devious ways. Even when prayers for others are on our lips, we seek ways to secure our own advantages. Our behavior creates enemies and multiplies divisions among your people. We want you on our side against those who are different from us. (
moment of silent confession) O God, heal us, even if it causes us to lose the desire to control our own lives. Help us overcome the fear of changing our lives to honor you. In Christ we pray, Amen.
The Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Choral Response: To God Be the Glory V1 #634

PW Installation

Christian Greetings

CCM Offering
Hymn: Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord #707

Children's Moment
Our children will leave for the nursery and children’s church

Congregational Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Gospel Lesson Matthew 5:21-24

Prayer of Inspiration Your Law, O Lord, Is Perfect #61

Sermon The 6th Commandment
Statement of Faith PCUSA Brief Statement of Faith (excerpt)

Invitation to the Offering
*Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Closing Hymn: God, How Can We Forgive #445

Leader: God is our strength.
People: May we honor his name with everything we do and say.
Leader: The Holy Spirit will motivate you into right living
People: So we can live our lives in the power of Jesus Christ.

Choral Benediction May the God of Hope Go With Us #765


Memory Verse: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.