CALL TO WORSHIPLeader: Come out of the darkness of despair into the brightness of God’s transforming love.People: We praise God for his presence with us!Leader: Prepare your hearts and spirits to receive God’s mercy and healing.People:We thank God for his mercy toward usLeader:Come, let us praise and worship God who is always with us.People: Thanks be to God at all times and in all places. All: Let us worship God!*HYMNFrom All That Dwell Below the SkiesFrom all that dwell below the skies, Let the Creator’s praise arise; Alleluia! Alleluia!Let the Redeemer’s name be sung, Through every land, in every tongue.Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!In every land begin the song; To every land the strains belong; Alleluia! Alleluia!In cheerful sounds all voices raise, and fill the world with loudest praise.Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!Eternal are Thy mercies, Lord; Eternal truth attends Thy Word. Alleluia! Alleluia!Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore, Till suns shall rise and set no more.Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! PRAYER OF CONFESSIONAlmighty God, by water and your Holy Spirit you baptized us to be your own, and called the church into being. We confess that we hold back the love of your Spirit among us. We do not listen for your word of grace, speak the good news of your love, or live as a people made one in Christ. Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our lives by the power of your Spirit, and make strong our common witness to the one Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.ASSURANCE OF PARDONLeader:Friends, believe the good news of the gospel,People:In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATIONPrepare our hearts, O God, to accept you Word. Silence in us any voices but your own, so that we may hear your Word and also do it; through Christ our Lord. Amen.OLD TESTAMENT LESSONPsalm 149NEW TESTAMENT LESSONMatthew 18:15-20SERMONOn Shunning and Excommunicating*AFFIRMATION OF FAITHThe Apostles’ CreedI 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 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*HYMNThere’s a Wideness In God’s MercyThere's a wideness in God's mercy, like the wideness of the sea;There's a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty.There is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven:There is no place where earth's failings have such kindly judgement given.For the love of God is broader than the measures of the mind;And the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind.If our love were but more faithful, we would gladly trust God’s Word;And our lives reflect thanksgiving for the goodness of the Lord.BENEDICTION POSTLUDEThe Call to Worship today is taken from “Ministry Matters”.
CALL TO WORSHIPLeader: Blessed are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.People:Blessed are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.Leader:Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,People:And shout for joy, all you upright in heart.All: Let us worship God!*HYMNHoly, HolyHoly, holy, holy, holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty;And we lift our hearts before You as a token of our love, Holy, holy, holy, holy.Gracious Father gracious Father, we're so blessed to be Your children, Gracious FatherAnd we lift our heads before You as a token of our love, Gracious Father, gracious Father.Precious Jesus precious Jesus, we're so glad that You've redeemed us, Precious JesusAnd we lift our hands before You as a token of our love, Precious Jesus precious Jesus.Holy Spirit Holy Spirit, come and fill our hearts anew, Holy Spirit;And we lift our voice before You as a token of our love, Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit.PRAYER OF CONFESSIONGracious God, before the vision of your holiness we become aware of our sinfulness. Humbly we confess our coldness of heart; our lack of zeal for your kingdom; our lack of love for you and others of your children. Ever blessed God, we recognize that we have not done justly, nor loved mercy, nor walked humbly with you. Forgive us, O God, and create in us new hearts. We pray in Jesus’ name and for his sake. Amen.ASSURANCE OF PARDONLeader:Friends, believe the good news of the gospel,People:In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATIONGracious God, give us humble, teachable, and obedient hearts, that we may receive what you have revealed, and do what you have called us to do. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.OLD TESTAMENT LESSONPsalm 130NEW TESTAMENT LESSONMatthew 18:21-35SERMONOn Forgiveness*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From the Confession of 1967God the Holy Spirit fulfills the work of reconciliation in human life. The Holy Spirit creates and renews the church as the community in which people are reconciled to God and to one another. The Spirit enables people to receive forgiveness as they forgive one another and to enjoy the peace of God as they make peace among themselves. In spite of their sin, the Spirit gives people power to become representatives of Jesus Christ and his gospel of reconciliation to all. Amen.PASTORAL PRAYER and the LORD’S PRAYER*HYMNO For a Thousand Tongues to SingOh for a thousand tongues to sing my dear Redeemer’s praise;The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of God’s graceJesus, the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;’Tis music in the sinner’s ears, ’Tis life and health and peace.Christ breaks the power of reigning sin, and sets the prisoner free;Christ’s blood can make the sinful clean, Christ’s blood availed for me.My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim,To spread through all the earth abroad the honors of Thy name.BENEDICTION POSTLUDEMinuet Finale from Firework Music Handel