Sweetwater Presbyterian

Small in size, Big in Faith and Love

Sweetwater Presbyterian Church
The Church at Worship

February 24, 2019 7th 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
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

*Call to Worship
Leader: God calls us here to love our enemies and to do good;
People: God calls us here to learn to treat others as we want people to treat us;
Leader: God calls us here to learn to forgive as God forgives us.
People: God calls us here to learn to be merciful as God is merciful.
Leader: For God can raise us to new life
People: As we gather here to wait patiently before our God.

*Hymn
Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! #1
*Opening Prayer

Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 45:3-7

Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession (Unison)
Kind God, we have sinned against you. We have judged and condemned those whose actions offend us. We hesitate to forgive our enemies. We confess we do not pray regularly for our friends, much less for our enemies. (moment of silent confession) We admit our failures and ask once more for pardon and renewal, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Hear and believe the good news of the gospel
People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!
Choral Response: Amazing Grace V1 #649

Christian Greetings

Pennies for Progress

*Hymn Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive #444

Children’s Moment
(Our children leave for the Nursery and for Children’s Church)

Congregational Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Leader: God, in your mercy People: Hear our prayer

New Testament Reading: Luke 6:27-36
Prayer of Inspiration Open My Eyes, That I May See V2 #451

Sermon As I Forgave You
Confession of Faith The Apostle’s Creed

Invitation to the Offering
Offertory
*Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

Closing Hymn: Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling #418

*Charge (Luke 6)
Leader: Forgive and you will be forgiven
People: Give and it will be given to you
Leader: For God is kind to all and full of mercy
People: Filled with life-giving spirit of our Creator
Leader: We bear the image of our risen Christ
People: And we take delight in fulfilling our call to forgive as we have been forgiven.

*Benediction

Choral Benediction Jesus Calls Us V1&4 #720

We will meet in the front of the sanctuary for a moment of prayer immediately following the service.