North Presbyterian Church  

August 8, 2020           11:00 am

 

Sunday Worship   Silent Prayer of Preparation: But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.   Welcome Say a prayer for someone else who is praying at home alone.
 
Introit: Like the murmur of the dove’s song, like the challenge of her flight, like the vigor  of the wind’s rush, like the new flame’s eager might: Come, Holy Spirit, come.                                                                         (blue314)
 
Call to Worship:                    All the world rejoices in God’s presence, the birds of the air and the beasts in the field.   So as we gather in your name help us to praise, worship and adore You.  Come Holy Spirit, Come! Let us worship God!                       

 

Hymn  Ref: Lift High the cross, the love of Christ proclaim till all the world adore His holy name. Come, Christians, follow where our Savior trod, The Lamb victorious, Christ, the Son of God. Ref: Each newborn servant of the Crucified bears on the brow the seal of Christ who died.                                                                                                                                           (blue371)
 
Prayer of Confession: (Unison) God, it is so easy to see the wrong and talk about it. It is most difficult to look for the right and build on it, forgive us. (please pray silently).   Lord, speak to us, help us to hear. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, in Christ we pray.  Amen.    

 

Assurance of Pardon  The Spirit of Christ reminds us of the life we have in his name!  In Christ we are forgiven and set free, all of us!   Response: Ref. Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah! Everybody praise the Lord. (repeat)  Praise God with the sound of the trumpet, Praise God with the lute and the harp; Praise God with timbrel and dancing, Praise God wherever you are.             

 

Prayer for peace:  God, your peace passes our understanding, grant patience quietly into our hearts and souls, there are those in great need, breathe your Spirit of peace in us, In Christ we pray.  Amen.  

 

Prayer for Illumination:   Your word is Spirit and Life, O Lord, richer than gold, stronger than death, your word is Spirit and Life, O Lord, Life everlasting.
 
New Testament Lesson   Hebrews 11: 32-12:2                             Children’s Time   “Who are you watching?”


    Ecclesiastes 4                              New Testament Lesson     Acts 6: 1-15             

These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God
 
 Sermon             “A Complaint Arose”                        Rev. Stuart C. Buisch  

 

Creed      We are a community of Christians drawn from many traditions, who: Affirm our faith in the reconciling power of God in Jesus Christ, Confess our own responsibility for the destructive conflicts in our society, Believe that we have been called to seek a deeper understanding of our faith.   Corrymeela Community                              

 

Hymn   Here am I, where underneath the bridges in our winter cities homeless people sleep. Here am I, where in decaying houses little children shiver, crying at the cold. Where are you? Here am I, with people in the line-up, anxious for a handout, aching for a job. Here am I, when pensioners and strikers sing and march together, wanting something new. Where are you? Here am I, where two or three are gathered, ready to be altered, sharing wine and bread. Here am I, where those who hear the preaching change their way of living, find the way to life. Where are you?              (STF 2178)
 
Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer    Thanks for keeping the congregation in your prayers, sending cards and calling  on the phone those of our members and friends.
 
Hymn   I have a song that Jesus gave me, it was sent from heaven above; There never was a sweeter melody, ‘Tis a melody of love. Ref: In my heart there rings a melody, there rings a melody with heaven’s harmony; In my heart there rings a melody, there rings a melody of love. ‘Twill be my endless theme in glory, with the angels I will sing; ‘Twill be a song with glorious harmony, when the courts of heaven ring.                  ( Ref: red633)                                                  

 

Charge    Complaining is easy, listening to complaints and making good is hard but then the Spirit of God is at work in us. Let us go well in this work.  

 

Benediction May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the community of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore.  Amen.
 
Benediction Response   Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;(2) Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.          

 

Thank you to those who are giving tithes, offerings and gifts.