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Blountville Presbyterian Church

Worship Service

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

MORNING WORSHIP
October 1, 2017

THE PRELUDE Organist, Don Norman

THE ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: The heavens are telling the glory of God, all creation speaks volumes of God’s handiwork.
People: Each sunrise proclaims God’s faithfulness and the night reveals the Creator’s awe.
Leader: Without a word being spoken, all creation bears witness to the goodness of the Lord.
People: So, too, may we join in witness with all creation. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be God’s signature in the world.

*HYMN NO. 137 “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of compassion and mercy, we are your wounded and wounding children. We bring our wounded selves, our divided society, and our broken world, seeking your healing and transforming grace. It is easy for us to point the finger at others yet we know that we all need your forgiveness, so we lift into your presence today not only the victims of conflicts, but also those we have called enemies. Break down the walls of hatred, distrust and bitterness and open a way for us to reach one another in truth and love. Enable us to build a society where all can belong; to share our gifts in mutual respect and to seek for the new future which you offer us through Jesus the Christ. Amen.

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Leader: Friends, believe the good news of the Gospel. In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself. Jesus Christ is God with humankind. He is the eternal Son of the Father who became human and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation. He is present in the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission. Therefore, the church calls all people to be reconciled to God and to one another.

People: In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

*DECLARATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed

*RESPONSE WITH PRAISE Gloria Patri (p. 559 of hymnal)

ANTHEM

*THE PASSING OF THE PEACE

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

THE GATHERING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

*THE DOXOLOGY

*THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION

THE OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Exodus 17: 1-7

THE NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Matthew 21:23-32

THE SERMON “The Motive” Rev. Brad Palmer

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

*HYMN NO. 297 “I'll Live For Him” (vs. 1 & 3)

*THE BENEDICTION AND CHIMES

*THE POSTLUDE Organist, Don Norman

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