North Presbyterian Church
August 30, 2020 11am
Silent Prayer of Preparation: With the healing of division, with the ceaseless voice of prayer, with the power to love and witness, with the peace beyond compare: Come, Holy Spirit, come. Welcome Keep those who are praying at home alone in your love and prayers. Introit: Holy Spirit, Christ proclaimer, wisdom bringer, light our way. Fire that dances, wind that whispers, Holy Spirit, come today. Ease disturber, comfort bearer, move among us while we pray. Truth revealer, faith confirmer, rest within our hearts today.
Call to Worship: Wow God, I didn’t expect you to be here! I just came to church, to worship. Nice songs, good words, friendly faces, but God you are here! Wow! Come Holy Spirit, Come! Let us worship God!
Hymn Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does his successive journeys run, His kingdom spread from shore to shore, ‘til moons shall wax and wane no more. To Him shall endless prayer be made, and endless praises crown his head; His name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice. r238
Prayer of Confession: (Unison) I was real sure of what I was doing today, God. Then I thought of your love, your grace and your compassion. Forgive me when my love, grace and compassion don’t imitate yours. (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: O God, source of all peace, refresh our spirits with your gracious, life giving peace. Let that peace which goes beyond our understanding be contagious to others, In Christ we pray. Amen. Prayer for Illumination: Holy Spirit come to us, kindle in us the fire of your love, Holy Spirit come to us (2) Old Testament Lesson Jeremiah 5: 1-11
Children’s Time “When did you last change your mind?” Ecclesiastes 7
New Testament Lesson Acts 9: 1-30
These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God
Sermon “Who are You, Lord?” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch
Creed We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God: …healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. A Brief Statement of Faith
Hymn O Holy Spirit, root of life, Creator, cleanser of all things, anoint our wounds, awaken us with lustrous movement of your wings. Eternal Vigor, saving One, you free us by your living Word, becoming flesh to wear our pain, and all creation is restored.
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 Come down, O Love divine, seek out this soul of mine and visit it with your own ardor glowing; O Comforter, draw near, Within my heart appear, and kindle it, Your holy flame bestowing. O let it freely burn, till earthly passions turn to dust and ashes in its heat consuming; And let Your glorious light shine ever on my sight, and clothe me round, the while my path illuming. B 313 Charge I like to be right, I really don’t like to be wrong or find out the wrong way that I am wrong. But I am wrong sometimes. This week let God confirm or convert you to God’s right.
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 Holy Spirit, gift bestower, breathe into our hearts today. Flowing water, dove that hovers, Holy Spirit guide our way. Love inspirer, joy releaser, Spirit, take our fears away. Reconciler, peace restorer, move among us while we pray. P590
Thank you to those who are giving tithes, offerings and gifts. Bible study with masks and distancing Tuesdays at 7pm in the basement.
In Sanctuary worship begins September 20 with masks and social distancing and no singing. Directions for worshipping in the sanctuary will be coming out soon.
Please access our online worship services if you have any Covid symptoms.