WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE Prelude on “Ash Grove” arr. Lloyd Larson
*CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 67
Leader: May God be gracious to us and bless us;
All: May God’s face shine upon us.
Leader: May your ways, O God,
be known throughout all the earth,
All: and your salvation experienced among all nations.
Leader: Let people of all nationalities be glad and sing for joy
All: for you judge them justly
and give guidance to all nations.
Leader: Let the peoples of the world praise you, O God;
All: let all people praise you!
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN #35 “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION – Alcuin of York
Almighty and merciful God, fountain of all goodness, you know the thoughts of our hearts. We confess we have sinned against you, and done what is evil in your sight. Wash us, we pray, from the stains of our past sins, and give us grace and power to put away those things that hinder us from you. Delivered from the bondage of sin, may we produce the fruits of repentance and persevere to your glorious end…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE – 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Hear then Christ’s word of grace to us: our sins 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 LESSON: 1st Kings 3:3-28
SERMON “Wisdom’s House” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN #39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed
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; the holy 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 “Bread of Heaven, on Thee We Feed”
(to meditate on words, see hymn 496)
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
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 #643 “Now Thank We All Our God”
POSTLUDE “Postlude” Douglas Wagner
*Those that are able are invited to stand.