Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship

November 4, 2018 Stewardship Sunday

Prelude
Gathering Words:
Leader; This is the day the Lord has made
People: Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Leader: 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
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25

  • CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 145)
Leader: Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
People: Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; your greatness, O God, is unsearchable.
Leader: You fulfill the desire of all who fear you; you hear their cries and save them.
People: My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and bless your holy name forever and ever.
Leader: Let us worship God!
People: We will praise the God who saves us!


*Hymn: Take My Life #697

*Opening Prayer

Epistle Lesson: Philippians 2:5-8

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (Unison)
God of amazing grace, you have asked us to give of ourselves, wholly and completely. We have heard your call and have responded with great affirmation and joy. Yet there are times when we fall short. Times when we forget. Times when we focus on the wrong things. Times when we put our money and our resources into our earthly possessions and not into a church that you have created and blessed.
(moment of silent confession) Help us to have faith, O God. Help us to give through that faith. Help us to be blessed by that faith. 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 #485

Christian Greetings


Children’s Message
Our children will leave for the Nursery

Congregational Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 16:24-27

Prayer of Illumination: Spirit of the Living God #288

Sermon Take Up Your Cross

Confession of Faith The Apostle’s Creed

Minute for Mission Stewardship Season

Time of Dedication
Dedication Hymn:
We Lift Our Voices #710

Invitation to the Offering
Offertory
*Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

*Hymn Will You Come and Follow Me #726

*Charge
Leader: For what do we need to be thankful on this day of worship?
People: Our God is a generous God of abundance, God loves us deeply, God has blessed us abundantly
Leader: Of what do we need to be reminded in this service of
worship today?
People: We have been called to manage wisely everything God has placed in our care, and we are to be good and faithful stewards with God’s money and possessions.
Leader: With what thought can we leave this service of worship today?
People: In dependence upon Christ, our Savior, we will seek to enrich our lives and this community by growing as wise and faithful stewards.

Choral Benediction Here I Am, Lord #69
(refrain only)


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Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Luke 21:1-4