Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship
September 16, 2018 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,  equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

* CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 105)
Leader: O give thanks to the Lord; call on God’s name.
People: Make known God’s deeds among the people.
Leader: Sing to the Lord; sing praises to our God.
People: Tell of God’s wonderful works.
Leader: Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
People: Remember God’s strength, the miracles God has wrought.
Leader: O give thanks to the Lord; call on God’s name.
People: Make known God’s deeds among the people!

*HYMN Be Thou My Vision #562 Celebration Hymnal

*OPENING PRAYER
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Acts 11:19-26

CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION(Unison)
We are sometimes doubtful, O God, that you are in our midst. This weary, old world groans in pain. We humans are too often caught up in fear and suffering and depression. We ignore your peace because it is so easy to lose hope. (moment of silent confession) Search us, O God, and know our hearts and thoughts. Lead us in the way everlasting that we may live in your hope and in your peace. Help us to see that you are here even when all seems hopeless. In Christ’s saving grace 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 #485

PASSING OF THE PEACE

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE
Our young ones will leave for the nursery and children’s church

HYMN: It is Well With My Soul #705
Celebration Hymnal


CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER  AND LORD’S PRAYER

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Numbers 13:25-33

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION Spirit of the Living God #322
SERMON Barnabas

CONFESSION OF FAITH Apostle’s Creed
MINUTE FOR MISSION Peacemaking Offering

INVITATION TO OFFERING
OFFERTORY
*DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

*HYMN Amazing Grace #343
Celebration Hymnal

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION (Romans 8:31-39 The Message)
Leader: With God on our side, how can we lose?
People: If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us by sending his own son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly do for us?
Leader: Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?
People: There is no way! Not trouble or hard times or hatred or hunger or threats.
Leader: None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us!
People: We are absolutely convinced that nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love!
Leader: And knowing this brings us peace.
People: We go to share that peace with all we meet!

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL BENEDICTION Go With Us Lord #535