Greeters: The Kauffman family
September 16, 2018
17th Sunday after Pentecost
O God, You opened the way for us to receive Your restoring grace if we will only repent and live for You. Give us the courage to entrust all we are or ever will be to You, Lord.
Hymns are from the chorus book and the brown hymnal.
*indicates that congregation should stand, if able
CELEBRATION OF FRIENDSHIP
PRELUDE WITH CANDLE LIGHTING
MEDITATION HYMN (Please remain seated)
“O Lord, How Wonderful You Are” Chorus 51
*CALL TO WORSHIP (read responsively)
L: Let all who have known the grace and mercy of the Lord give praise!
P: For we were once so lost in our sin that we could not believe in God’s grace.
L: Yet God’s love for us is greater than all the sin in the world.
P: And all who accept Christ know that God’s grace and forgiveness are real!
L: Let us rejoice and give praise for the redeeming love of Christ.
ALL: Blessed be the name of the Lord!
*OPENING PRAYER (unison)
O God, we have often been quick to judge others, and we have failed to remember that we have been redeemed only by Your mercy and grace. Somehow the sins of others seem more worthy of judgment than our own, and too often we have chosen to judge for ourselves. Forgive us, Lord, and help us to remember that the grace we have received is abundant enough for all. In Christ we pray, Amen.
*HYMN: “’Whosever’ Meanth Me” 396
FIRST LESSON: Psalm 5:10-11
L: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
P: Thanks be to God
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
*Doxology Back cover of brown hymnal
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
*HYMN: “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” 394
SERMON TEXT: I Timothy 1:12-17
SERMON: “That’s Not Fair” Josh Randolph
*HYMN: “Joy Unspeakable” 414