Sunday, September 24, 2023

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Call to Worship

Prayer of Adoration                                    

Hymn #366

“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling;
All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.


Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast;
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.


Come, Almighty, to deliver;
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.


Finish then Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee:
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Prayer of Confession

Almighty and gracious God, Your love is everlasting and filled with patience. In our sinfulness we run away, yet You seek after us. You teach us a better way, but we make foolish choices. We often fail to see Your face in the faces of others, and we often ignore Your calls to serve and bless. We try to bear the imprint of Christ throughout the world, yet we often do the opposite and fail to be the people You’ve called us to be in Your Word. Forgive the sin in our lives and grant us hearts to follow the example that You gave us in Your Son, Jesus. In His precious Name we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Sung Response #581                                                    “Glory Be to the Father”

Passing the Peace

Leader: May the peace of Christ be with you.

People: And also with you.

The congregation confers peace on one another using the words:

“May the peace of Christ be with you.”


Time with Young Disciples                                 Tifny Mathena                                                       

“Spirit of the Living God”

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me.

“Spirit of the Living God” words and music by Daniel Iverson. ©1935. Renewed 1963 Birdwing Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). All rights reserved. CCLI #171048

Scripture                                            Mark 10:35-45; Joshua 3:9-16

Sermon                                               Pastor Matt Overton


“Part 2 – How Will We Serve”


Affirmation of Faith                                                          The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead.  On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.     

Prayers of the People and 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.

Life of Columbia

World Vision

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings

Choir Anthem                                                 “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”

                                                                                                    arr. Tommy Dorsey

                                                                                  Jeffrey Haagenson, Director

Precious Lord, take my hand,

Lead me on, help me stand,

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

Through the storm, through the night,

Lead me on to the light.

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.  (repeat)


When my way grows drear,

Precious Lord, linger near,

When my life is almost gone;

Hear my cry, hear my call,

Hold my hand, lest I fall:

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.



Prayer of Dedication                                                                        

Hymn #761

“Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”

Called as partners in Christ’s service,
Called to ministries of grace,
We respond with deep commitment
Fresh new lines of faith to trace.
May we learn the art of sharing,
Side by side and friend with friend,
Equal partners in our caring
To fulfill God’s chosen end.


Christ’s example, Christ’s inspiring,
Christ’s clear call to work and worth,
Let us follow, never faltering,
Reconciling folk on earth.
Men and women, richer, poorer,
All God’s people, young and old,
Blending human skills together
Gracious gifts from God unfold.


Thus new patterns for Christ’s mission,
In a small or global sense,
Help us bear each other’s burdens,
Breaking down each wall or fence.
Words of comfort, words of vision,
Words of challenge, said with care,
Bring new power and strength for action,
Make us colleagues, free and fair.


So God grant us for tomorrow
Ways to order human life
That surround each person’s sorrow
With a calm that conquers strife.
Make us partners in our living,
Our compassion to increase,
Messengers of faith, thus giving
Hope and confidence and peace.


Postlude                                                   Trumpets in Praise”

                                                                               (Franklin Ritter)

                                                                                   Garnet Hayes                                                       


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