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September 22, 2019 at 10:00 am

Evangelism Sunday


Approaching God




Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship  

Pastor: O God, who seeks the lost, we come to you!

Gathered People: O God, who speaks the truth, let us hear your Word!

Pastor: Let us hear, then let us proclaim, your glory and your wisdom.

Gathered People: For your love is steadfast, and your way is the way of hope.

All: Come, let us worship the God of grace and righteousness!



*Hymn   #39     Great is Thy Faithfulness


Prayer of Confession (unison)

Holy God, you have entrusted the earth and all its inhabitants to our care. We confess that we misuse this trust by squandering the gifts you have given us. You offer us redeemed and transformed lives, but we try to settle with the world for minor adjustments. You have given us wonderful good news to share, yet we are hesitant to speak your truth. Forgive us our limited vision. Open our hearts to the power of your Holy Spirit. Help us to live, truly live, as your beloved children. In Christ’s name we pray.

(a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)


Assurance of Pardon

Pastor: Believe and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ!

Gathered People: In Christ, we are forgiven! This is good news for all the world! Thanks be to God!




*Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!

   As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

     world without end! Amen. Amen.


*Passing the Peace


Hearing God’s Word


First Scripture Lesson 1 Timothy 2: 1-7   (p. 1151-1152)


Children’s Time           


Gospel Lesson                     Luke 16: 1-15          (p. 1014)


Sermon          Stewards of Treasure


Our Response to God


*Hymn   #402     How Lovely, Lord


*Affirmation of Faith (in unison)


God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in humanity. The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which people are reconciled to God and to one another. The Holy Spirit enables us to receive forgiveness as we forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as we make peace among ourselves. In spite of our sin, God gives us the power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and of Christ’s gospel of reconciliation to all people.

(from the Confession of 1967)


Offertory and Offering

* Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise God all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom, come.

Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

   Lead us, not into temptation,

   but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

   and the glory forever. Amen.


*Hymn   #702   Christ Be Beside Me


*Declaring the Mission God has given us (unison)

Mission Statement on front of bulletin


* Benediction


*Please stand in body or in spirit











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