Celebrate Service
August 1, 2021

GREETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

OPENING SONG: “Your Grace is Enough”

Verse 1
Great is Your faithfulness O God
You wrestle with the sinner’s restless heart
You lead us by still waters into mercy
And nothing can keep us apart
So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise O God


Chorus

Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough
Your grace is enough for me


Verse 2

Great is Your love and justice God of Jacob
You use the weak to lead the strong
You lead us in the song of Your salvation
And all Your people sing along
So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise O God


Chorus


Bridge

So remember Your people
Remember Your children
Remember Your promise O God


Chorus

OPENING PRAYER
Loving God, you are light to those who know you, strength to those who seek you, and life to those who love you. You show us what it means to live in love. So often we forget your love and seek affirmation from the world. Help us to turn from the desires of the flesh to live a life full of love. Lead us to feast on the fruit of your Spirit that we might honor you in all we do. In the name of Jesus Christ, who sets us free. Amen.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

CHILDREN’S MOMENT

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Genesis 3:1-7

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

NEW TESTAMENT READING: 1 Corinthians 8
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. Anyone who claims to know something does not yet have the necessary knowledge; but anyone who loves God is known by him.

Hence, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “no idol in the world really exists,” and that “there is no God but one.” Indeed, even though there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are many gods and many lords—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

It is not everyone, however, who has this knowledge. Since some have become so accustomed to idols until now, they still think of the food they eat as food offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. “Food will not bring us close to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.  For if others see you, who possess knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols?  So by your knowledge those weak believers for whom Christ died are destroyed. But when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of their falling, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause one of them to fall.

SERMON: “Cornucopia of the Spirit: Self-Control”

SONG: “Give Us Clean Hearts”

Verse 1
We bow our hearts we bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes from evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols


Chorus

Give us clean hands give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another


Verse 1


Bridge

And oh God let us be a generation that seeks
That seeks Your face oh God of Jacob
And oh God let us be a generation that seeks
That seeks Your face oh God of Jacob


Chorus

OFFERING:
Today’s offering is dedicated to Ten Cents-A-Meal. Your gifts will provide much-needed hunger relief and at-risk programming within our neighboring counties.

Gifts can be made through text-to-give by texting 704-312-7540 with a dollar amount and the letters “DO” (for example: $10 DO).

COMMUNION

Invitation to the Table

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you…And also with you.
Lift up your hearts…We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God…It is right to give our thanks and praise. 

The Lord’s Prayer

Words of Institution

Prayer after Communion
For these your gifts of bread and wine we thank you, O God. As by the miracle of creation they are changed into us, by the power of your Holy Spirit may we be changed into you, to join your ministry of justice, mercy and love. With Christ, through Christ, in the unity and power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours Almighty God, this day and forevermore!

BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG: “All the People Said Amen”