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August 14, 2022–Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

We Come Together as God’s People

Prelude            Praeludium and Fuga, BuxWV 137              Dieterich Buxtehude
                                     Dr. John Allegar, organ                               (1637-1707)

Welcome                                Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Choral Call to Worship          In Thy Temple, Lord, Awaiting         Luigi Zaninelli
                             Summer Choir; Patrick Pauloski, conductor              (b. 1932)

In Thy temple, Lord, awaiting
Low our hearts and minds we bow.
Creatures all of Thy creating,
Worship we with holy vow.
Come, oh Lord, unto this place,
Fill it with Thy light and grace.

* Call to Worship                                    Rev. Michael M. Samson

One:      Holy God, untamed by the names we give you,

All:        Come and meet us.

One:      God of creation, whose hands shaped us from the clay,

All:        Come and meet us.

One:      Persistent God, shaping and molding us still,

All:        Come and meet us.

One:      Calling God, forming us into a sign of your kingdom,

All:        We are here to meet you.

One:      Let us worship God together!

* Prayer of Adoration

* Processional Hymn #554          Let All Things Now Living         ASH GROVE

Invitation to Confession

Prayer of Confession

Persistent and loving God,
      you are forever drawing near to us,
      always commanding us to follow,
      faithfully calling us to trust you.
Yet how often we choose easier paths and turn from your voice.
We see our limitations and failings but not the assurance of your blessing.
We wallow in guilt and refuse to believe in your forgiveness.
Calling God, speak to our hearts, lift us from despair,
      and place us on the path of love.
Again and again.
(Silent Prayer)

Assurance of God’s Grace

* Response of Praise                  Gloria Patri             GREATOREX

* Passing the Peace of Christ

* Hymn #224            Bless the Lord, My Soul and Being         RUSTINGTON
                                                      (verses 1-2, 4)

We Experience God’s Word

The Word with Children

Prayer for Illumination                                             Elder David Moore

First Scripture Lesson                 Luke 17:20-21                       (p. 955)

Anthem                 The Majesty and Glory of Your Name              Tom Fettke
                                                                                                                  (b. 1941)

When I gaze into the night skies and see the work of Your fingers;
The moon and stars suspended in space.
Oh, who are we that You are mindful of us?

You have given us a crown of glory and honor,
and have made us a little lower than the angels.
You have put us in charge of all creation:
the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
the fish of the sea.

But who are we, Oh, who are we that You are mindful of us?
O Lord our God, the majesty and glory of Your name
Transcends the earth and fills the heavens.
O Lord, our God, little children praise You perfectly,
And so would we, and so would we.

Alleluia! The majesty and glory of Your name.

           —Text by Linda Lee Johnson, based on Psalm 8

Second Scripture Lesson                       Psalm 8:3-9                    (p. 482)

Sermon                                                         Rev. Christopher A. Henry

“The Lord God Made Them All: A Green Theology”
“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
(Psalm 8:9)

Moment of Silent Meditation

We Give Thanks to God

Invitation to Discipleship and Generosity                          Rev. Karen L. Lang

Offertory                        Sketch in Db Major                 Robert Schumann

* Doxology             Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow            OLD HUNDREDTH

Prayers of Gratitude and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
       and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
       and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Ordination and Installation of Elders                       see questions on page 7

Prayer of Ordination

We Go Forth to Serve

* Closing Hymn #267             All Things Bright and Beautiful               ROYAL OAK

* Charge and Benediction

* Choral Benediction                       Go in Peace                   Austin C. Lovelace

Go in peace, Live as free people.
Serve the Lord; rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Postlude                      Ciacona, BuxWV 137                      Dieterich Buxtehude