WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Enigma Variations, No. 9” Edward Elgar
*CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 46:1-4
Leader: God is our refuge and strength,
People: a very present help in trouble.
Leader: Therefore, we will not fear though the earth should change,
People: though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
Leader: though its waters roar and foam,
People: though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Leader: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
People: the holy habitation of the Most High.
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 39 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Eternal God, we confess that we have failed to seek your will. You warn us of what is to come, but we ignore the signs of the times. You promise us a new creation, but we cling to the ruins of this world. Forgive us, God of grace. Wash away the stain of our sin and keep us faithful in love and in deed, while we await your coming in glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
This is the promise of the Lord—that by the power of the Holy Spirit God will transform our lives and remember our sin no more. In the name of 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 LESSON: Mark 13:1-8
SERMON “Thrown Down” Rev. Barrett Ingram
*HYMN 629 “Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee”
*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 ANTHEM “The Lord is Our Refuge” J.S. Bach/Hal Hopson
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 463 “How Firm a Foundation”
POSTLUDE “Postlude” Richard Lloyd
*Those who are able are invited to stand.