Nottingham Presbyterian Church

August 1, 2021

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

 

Approaching God

 

 

Prelude    

Welcome

 

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 50: 1-6)

 

One: The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. The perfection of beauty, God shines forth!

People: Our God comes and does not keep silence. God calls to the heavens above and to the earth that the Lord may judge the people.

ALL: The heavens declare God’s righteousness, for God, God’s Very Self, is judge! Let us worship the God of righteousness and hope!

 

Hymn # 192 Lord, the Light of Your Love Is Shining

 

Lord, the light of your love is shining, in the midst of darkness, shining;

Jesus, Light of the World, shine upon us; set us free by the truth you now bring us.

Shine on me; shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine; fill this land with the Father’s glory.

Blaze, Spirit, blaze; set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow; flood the nations with grace and mercy.

Send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light.

 

Lord, I come to your awesome presence, from the shadows into your radiance;

By the blood I may enter your brightness. Search me; try me; consume all my darkness.

Shine on me; shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine; fill this land with the Father’s glory.

Blaze, Spirit, blaze; set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow; flood the nations with grace and mercy.

Send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light.

 

As we gaze on your kingly brightness, so our faces display your likeness;

Ever changing from glory to glory, mirrored here may our lives tell your story.

Shine on me; shine on me.

Shine, Jesus, shine; fill this land with the Father’s glory.

Blaze, Spirit, blaze; set our hearts on fire.

Flow, river, flow; flood the nations with grace and mercy.

Send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light.

 

(Text and Music: Graham Kendrick, 1987. Text and Music copyright: 1987 Make Way Music, admin. Music Services. Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Lord, we confess that we find remembering, recognizing, repenting and repairing hard. We find it hard even to imagine reconciliation among the many divisions of our world. Our attention is drawn daily to the hurts we and others experience; to the sins which we and others commit. We doubt ourselves. We even doubt you. We find it hard to believe that you could still love us; that you could still love this world. Forgive our failure to live as your children; to be your light shining in a discouraged world. By the power of your Holy Spirit, renew us as beacons of hope. In Christ’s name we pray.

(a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)

 

Assurance of Pardon (based on Psalm 145: 8-9, 17-18; Ephesians 4: 1)

Leader: The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and God’s compassion is over all that God has made.

People: The Lord is just in all God’s ways, and kind in all doings. The Lord is near to all who call on God, to all who call on God in truth.

All: Therefore, as servants of the Lord, let us lead lives worthy of the calling to which we have been called, and to the forgiveness which we have received. Let us glorify God with our lives!

 

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

Today’s Readings are from the New International Version of the Bible

 

First Lesson:    Ephesians 4: 1-16

 

4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

 

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says:

 

“When he ascended on high,

   he took many captives

   and gave gifts to his people.”

 

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

 

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!

 

Psalm Lesson: Psalm 50: 7-23

 

7 “Listen, my people, and I will speak;

   I will testify against you, Israel:

   I am God, your God.

8 I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices

   or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

9 I have no need of a bull from your stall

   or of goats from your pens,

10 for every animal of the forest is mine,

   and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know every bird in the mountains,

   and the insects in the fields are mine.

12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,

   for the world is mine, and all that is in it.

13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls

   or drink the blood of goats?

 

14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God,

   fulfill your vows to the Most High,

15 and call on me in the day of trouble;

   I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

 

16 But to the wicked person, God says:

 

“What right have you to recite my laws

   or take my covenant on your lips?

17 You hate my instruction

   and cast my words behind you.

18 When you see a thief, you join with him;

   you throw in your lot with adulterers.

19 You use your mouth for evil

   and harness your tongue to deceit.

20 You sit and testify against your brother

   and slander your own mother’s son.

21 When you did these things and I kept silent,

   you thought I was exactly like you.

But I now arraign you

   and set my accusations before you.

 

22 “Consider this, you who forget God,

   or I will tear you to pieces, with no one to rescue you:

23 Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me,

   and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”

 

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.

Many: Thanks be to God!

 

Sermon          Resurrection People: Rejoice!

 

Our Response to God

 

 

 

Affirmation of Faith (Unison) The Apostles’ Creed (unison)

 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the

communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the

body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Offering

 

Doxology

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below,

Praise God above ye heaven host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

 

 

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 of Preparation # 509 All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly

 

All who hunger, gather gladly; holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wandering. Here, in truth, we will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

 

All who hunger, never strangers, seeker be a welcome guest.

Come from restlessness and roaming. Here, in joy, we keep the feast.

We that once were lost and scattered in communion’s love have stood.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

 

All who hunger, sing together; Jesus Christ is living bread.

Come from loneliness and longing. Here, in peace, we have been led.

Blest are those who from this table live their days in gratitude.

Taste and see the grace eternal. Taste and see that God is good.

 

(Text: Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1990; Music: William Moore’s Columbian Harmony, 1825; Text copyright 1991 GIA Publications, Inc. Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)

 

Sacrament of The Lord’s Supper

     Invitation

   Prayer of Thanksgiving

     Words of Institution

     Sharing of Bread and Wine/Juice

     Prayer

 

Hymn # 231 Christ Has Risen While Earth Slumbers

 

Christ has risen while earth slumbers; Christ has risen where hope died,

As he said and as he promised, as we doubted and denied.

Let the moon embrace the blessing; let the sun sustain the cheer;

Let the world confirm the rumor; Christ is risen, God is here!

 

Christ has risen for the people whom he died to love and save;

Christ has risen for the women bringing flowers to grace his grave.

Christ has risen for disciples huddled in an upstairs room.

He whose word inspired creation can’t be silenced by the tomb.

 

Christ has risen and for ever lives to challenge and to change

All whose lives are messed or mangled, all who find religion strange.

Christ is risen, Christ is present making us what he has been:

Evidence of transformation in which God is known and seen.

 

(Text: John L. Bell and Graham Maule, 1988; Music: Welsh melody; arr. Alfred V. Fedak, 2011; Text copyright 1988 WGRG, Iona Community (admin. GIA Publications, Inc.; Music Arr. Copyright 2011 Alfred V. Fedak. Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.)

 

Nottingham Presbyterian Church Mission Statement

 

We the people of Nottingham Presbyterian Church strive to be Christ-centered, friendly and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to surrender our individual desires in order to do God’s will. We are led by God to be a light in this world by:

•         Bringing the love of Jesus to our community with an accepting, nurturing and compassionate environment.

•         Expanding our missions and worship experiences to meet the needs of the community and the world.

•         Passionately and enthusiastically developing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.

•         Seeking to develop partnerships with local and global organizations in pursuit of God’s vision.

 

Charge and Benediction

 

 

Postlude

 

The concept of this series of services based on the Psalms comes from a program by Worship Design Studio, though the focus on the seven “R’s” is separate from that series. The seven R’s concept came from the co-moderators of the PCUSA during a Zoom meeting of the Presbytery of Donegal. Also cited in the sermon is an article written by Paul Andre Durocher, then a catholic bishop, now a retired Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church and used with his permission granted July 26, 2021 through Facebook Messenger. Although he addressed the Roman Catholic Church, his message is relevant for the whole church worldwide. (Roman Catholic Church as a whole) - Paul-André Durocher, Ottawa Citizen March 8, 2013)

 

This service can also be found on our website (nottinghampc.org). Our CCLI license is: 3259522; our streaming license is: 20580343. One License reprint and podcast/stream license A-736486.

 

Announcements:

 

Back 2 School collection of supplies will happen on this Saturday, August 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pencils, pencil boxes, pencil pouches, pens, crayons, glue sticks, and colored pencils are the greatest needs.

 

 

Please continue to let Connie Lewis know of any prayer requests – concerns or joys!

 

 

 

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