WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Meditation on Psalm42:1” Douglas Wagner
*CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 63: 3-4
Leader: Because your steadfast love, O Lord, is better than life,
People: my lips will praise you.
Leader: So bless the Lord as long as you live;
People: I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 65 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Gracious and merciful God, who has created and redeemed us and who sustains our lives: we confess to you our sin. We have been given much, but have too often responded with too little. Forgive our doubting hearts and mistrustful lives. We worship you with our lips, but our lives do not shout forth praise. Forgive our sin that we may love you and serve you with all our heart and strength and might. In Christ’s name we pray.…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The prophet Isaiah calls on the wicked to forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to God who will have mercy on them and abundantly pardon them. (Isaiah 55:7) And we believe that “Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” (1 Timothy 1:15)
The good news therefore is this: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
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.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9
SERMON “To Give a Fig” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 442 “Just as I Am, without One Plea”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed pg. 35
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 sitteth 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; theholy catholic* Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
*”catholic” (little c) is translated as “universal” and is not a reference to the Roman Catholic Church.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY ANTHEM “Classic Praise” Benjamin Harlan
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*DOXOLOGY Hymn 606
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
*HYMN 724 “O Jesus, I Have Promised”
*POSTLUDE “Prelude in E minor” J. S. Bach
*Those who are able are invited to stand.