WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “The Church’s One Foundation” Charles Callahan
*CALL TO WORSHIP -- based on Psalm 24:1-2, 10
Leader: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
People: the world, and all who live in it;
Leader: for God founded it on the seas,
People: and established it on the waters.
Leader: Who is this, the King of glory?
People: The Lord Almighty is the King of glory!
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 35 “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord, we look for you in the wrong places. We put our trust in material things. We worry about things we cannot change. We wonder if you are even there at all. For all the times we have doubted you, Lord, forgive us. For all the ways we have neglected your word and ignored your people, forgive us. Do not be far from us, Lord. There is no one else we can turn to for help. Renew our hearts and help us put our trust in you…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Hear the good news! Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand. (Romans 5:1-2a)
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: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20; 2nd Corinthians 8:7-9
SERMON “Grace and Giving” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 716 “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed Page 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; the holy catholic* Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY ANTHEM “God Is Ever Near Me” Z. Reissner
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 475 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
POSTLUDE “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” Max Reger