Sanctuary – Order of Worship
October 17, 2021
PRELUDE – “Processional”
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Call upon the name of the Lord,
People: And the Lord our God will answer.
Leader: God’s name is great and worthy to be praised.
People: The Lord is God indeed!
Leader: As the Lord our God lives,
People: Let us offer ourselves in worship and praise.
Leader: Come, let us worship God together.
HYMN #267 – “Come, Christians, Join to Sing“
PRAYER OF ADORATION
INVITATION TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God who speaks in silence, we confess we often do not stay still long enough to hear your voice. The chaos of the world swirls around us, and we are frightened. We satisfy our need for comfort with a false sense of power and control. We place our faith in idols of wealth, achievement, and influence knowing still that they will not hold us. Forgive us, O Lord.
(Time for silent confession)
Still, O God, you are faithful.
Quiet the whirling of our minds, that we might hear your voice. Confront us with our finitude, that we might have life abundant. Inspire us to be your servants in every corner of our lives. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
ACT OF PRAISE #581 – “Glory Be to the Father“
PASSING OF THE PEACE
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
– Questions to the Parents
– Questions to the Congregation
– Reaffirmation of Faith
Apostle’s 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.
London Eloise Dunaway, daughter of Makenzie and Jake Dunaway
Franklin Edward McCullough, son of Sara and Daniel McCullough
Mason Thomas Montgomery, son of Maria and Matthew Montgomery
Millie Kate Ragone, daughter of Kaitlin and Hunter Ragone
Mary James Van Dyke, daughter of Alston and Chris Van Dyke
Lucy Howell Van Loon, daughter of Catie and Marhall Van Loon
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT READING – Luke 6:27-31
27 ‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
ANTHEM – “Wash Me Throughly”
OLD TESTAMENT READING – 2 Kings 5:1-14
1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2 Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 3 She said to her mistress, ‘If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’ 4 So Naaman went in and told his lord just what the girl from the land of Israel had said. 5 And the king of Aram said, ‘Go then, and I will send along a letter to the king of Israel.’
He went, taking with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten sets of garments. 6 He brought the letter to the king of Israel, which read, ‘When this letter reaches you, know that I have sent to you my servant Naaman, that you may cure him of his leprosy.’ 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, ‘Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.’
8 But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, ‘Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.’ 9 So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. 10 Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.’ 11 But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, ‘I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?’ He turned and went away in a rage. 13 But his servants approached and said to him, ‘Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, “Wash, and be clean”?’ 14 So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
SERMON – “Out of Control; Into Faith: Naaman’s Miracle Cure”
This week’s dedicated offering will go toward the costs of welcoming refugees to Massanetta Springs, a PC(USA) camp and conference center, through their partnership with Church World Service. Massanetta’s mission is “to be a place for all people to experience God through renewal, discovery, and hospitality.” As part of that mission, they are providing temporary housing, meals, and support for refugees from Afghanistan being resettled in the U.S. Hosting ten refugees for twelve weeks costs about $30,000, and their goal is to help as many refugees as space & funds allow over the next several months.
OFFERTORY – “The Lord is My Light”
DOXOLOGY #606 – “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow“
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who is 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.
HYMN #442 – “Just As I Am“
CHARGE & BENEDICTION
CHORAL RESPONSE – “Three-Fold Amen”
POSTLUDE – “Finale in C”