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August 2 Service

Sunday August 2 Bulletin

EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Northside Presbyterian Church – August 2, 2020

GATHERING MUSIC – “Be Thou My Vision/Slane” - Anna (violin) and David (cello) Smith

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “Do Not Be Afraid”

CALL TO WORSHIP

All who hunger—gather gladly.
We come to feast on the life-giving Word.

Here, love abounds and grace overflows.
Here, blessings multiply as gifts are shared.

Come—let us pour ourselves out in prayer and praise,
and open ourselves to renewal and rest.

HYMN – “Let All Things Now Living”

1 Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving
to God our Creator triumphantly raise;
who fashioned and made us, protected and stayed us,
by guiding us on to the end of our days.
God's banners are o'er us; pure light goes before us,
a pillar of fire shining forth in the night:
till shadows have vanished, all fearfulness banished,
as forward we travel from light into light.

2 By law God enforces, the stars in their courses,
the sun in its orbit obediently shine;
the hills and the mountains, the rivers and fountains,
the depths of the ocean proclaim God divine.
We too should be voicing our love and rejoicing;
with glad adoration, a song let us raise,
till all things now living unite in thanksgiving:
to God in the highest, hosanna and praise!

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

God of compassion, we are sick. We have wrestled all night with worry instead of resting in you. We have asserted our own goodness instead of awakening to yours. We have turned away those hungry for your help instead of trusting you and feeding them from your limitless supply of blessings. Forgive us, heal us, and help us to hold on to you. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 14:13-21 – Sandy Gaylord

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown”

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 32:22-31

SERMON – “Wrestling with God”

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER/LORD’S PRAYER

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.

… with all creation we sing your praise, saying,

Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

… We declare the mystery of faith,

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Lord’s Prayer

Sharing of Bread and Cup

Prayer: Gracious God, you have gathered us at this table with all your people in heaven and on earth. We have been nourished by the living bread, Jesus Christ, and we have been refreshed by the power of your Holy Spirit. May we now go out as glad disciples of our Lord, following in his way, proclaiming his truth, and living his love for the world. Amen.

HYMN – “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”

1 O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

3 O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Alleluia! We will go out with joy. Alleluia! Alleluia!

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Please be in prayer for:

Please be in prayer for:

  • Revathi Balakrishnan
  • Susan Dickerson
  • Bonnie Church
  • Hazel Hale
  • Drew Taylor
  • Edd Stoops

Today’s musicians: Marya Katz, Charles Bostian, Ann Marie Conner, Jack Webster, Pat Fullen, Anna and David Smith

Videographer – Marshall Chaney

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

July 26 Service

Sunday July 26 Bulletin

EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Northside Presbyterian Church - July 26, 2020

GATHERING MUSIC – "God of Our Life" - Walt Bostian et al

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – "I've Got a Home in That Rock"

CALL TO WORSHIP

Blessed be God, whose word gives hope and shapes our dreams,
Whose love has conquered death.

Blessed be God, who orders our way and guides our steps,
Who leads us into life.

HYMN – "Let Us Build a House"

Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

Refrain:
all are welcome; all are welcome; all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone
to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they've known.
Here the outcast and the stranger bear the image of God's face;
let us bring an end to fear and danger: (Refrain)

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

God of mystery, God of life, we imagine that we are capable judges of power and wisdom and goodness. We trust our own standards; we separate and categorize; we mark the performance of others. We fail to trust your power, hidden in all things. We fail to watch for you, working out your purposes. Gracious God, hidden and manifest, transform our withered imaginations until we yield the judgments we trust to a love we cannot control. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 – Sandi Webster

OFFERING OF MUSIC – "Calling You"

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 29:15-28

SERMON – "Trick or Treat"

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD'S PRAYER

HYMN – "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord"

1 I love thy kingdom, Lord, the house of thine abode,
the church our blest Redeemer saved with his own precious blood.

2 I love thy church, O God. Her walls before thee stand,
dear as the apple of thine eye, and graven on thy hand.

4 Beyond my highest joy I prize her heavenly ways:
her sweet communion, solemn vows, her hymns of love and praise.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Alleluia! We will go out with joy. Alleluia! Alleluia!

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Please be in prayer for:

  • Revathi Balakrishnan
  • Susan Dickerson
  • Bonnie Church
  • Hazel Hale
  • Camille Hodges
  • Drew Taylor
  • Edd Stoops
  • Kurt Stephenson

Today's musicians: Walt Bostian, Marya Katz, Charles Bostian, Ann Marie Conner, Jack Webster, Pat Fullen

Videographer – Marshall Chaney

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

July 19 Service

Sunday July 19 Bulletin

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC – Aran Garnett-Deakin and friend Gabe

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “I Will Arise and Go to Jesus”

CALL TO WORSHIP

We have come to worship the living God,
who knit us together when we were yet unnamed,
and welcomes us with a parent’s embrace.

We have come to worship the almighty God,
who searches us and knows our hearts, and still loves us completely.

We have come to worship the eternal God,
who seeks us wherever we are and shepherds us with a guiding hand.

HYMN – “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

1 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but thou art mighty. Hold me with thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; feed me till I want no more.

2 Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield;
be thou still my strength and shield.

3 When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside.
Death of death, and hell's destruction, land me safe on Canaan's side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises I will ever give to thee; I will ever give to thee.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Merciful God, your creatures cry— creation groans— but we turn away; we surround ourselves with noise. We are quick to excuse ourselves from responsibility: we are young; we are old; we are tired; we are busy. It is hard to imagine that we might make a difference. Life-giving God, wash us clean. Restore our imaginations and our hearts. Let your courage and compassion flow through our veins until we love with abandon and our hands reach out in blessing, for the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 – Tina McMahan

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Calling You”

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 28:10-19a

SERMON – “Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder”

We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, We are climbing Jacob’s ladder,
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder, Soldiers of the cross.
Every round goes higher, higher; every round goes higher, higher;
every round goes higher, higher. Soldiers of the cross.
Sinner, do you love my Jesus? Sinner, do you love my Jesus? Sinner, do you love my Jesus?
Soldiers of the cross.
If you love him, why not serve him?  If you love him, why not serve him?
If you love him, why not serve him? Soldiers of the cross.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Alleluia! We will go out with joy. Alleluia! Alleluia!

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Please be in prayer for:

Revathi Balakrishnan
Susan Dickerson
Bonnie Church
Hazel Hale
Camille Hodges
Drew Taylor
Edd Stoops
Kurt Stephenson

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

July 12 Service

Sunday July 12 Bulletin

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC - “Thy Loving Kindness”

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “They That Wait Upon the Lord”

CALL TO WORSHIP

God’s word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
We gather virtually around table, font, and pulpit to root ourselves in sacred story and grow in faith.

God’s teachings are our heritage; they bring joy to searching hearts.
We gather in God’s presence to offer our thanks and praise!

HYMN – “O Word of God Incarnate”

1 O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky:
we praise you for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
a lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.

3 O make your church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold
to bear before the nations your true light, as of old;
O teach your wandering pilgrims by this our path to trace,
till, clouds and storms thus ended, we see you face to face.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Faithful God, your word falls on hardened ground when our worldly anxiety and attachment to wealth crowd out your place in our lives. Forgive our frail and human ways and cultivate in us a spirit of trust and faithfulness, for you are our hope for deliverance. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 – Mark Frimpong

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “Canticle of the Turning”

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 25:19-34

SERMON – “Upside-Down Promises”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD’S PRAYER

HYMN – “For the Healing of the Nations”

1 For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords;
to a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word.

2 Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase.

3 All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice may we hallow life's brief span.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Alleluia! We will go out with joy. Alleluia! Alleluia!

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

We will go out with joy in the Spirit; we will go out with God.

Please be in prayer for:

Revathi Balakrishnan
Susan Dickerson
Bonnie Church
Hazel Hale
Camille Hodges
Drew Taylor
Edd Stoops

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

July 5 Service

Sunday July 5 Bulletin

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Northside Presbyterian Church - July 5, 2020

GATHERING MUSIC - “Patriotic Medley” – Pat Fullen

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT – “How Lovely, Lord”

CALL TO WORSHIP

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord,
And proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

Come to me, Jesus says. All who are weary,
Come to me.

And you, who carry heavy loads,
Come to me.

For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Let us draw near to Jesus, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.

HYMN – “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

1 Come, thou Fount of every blessing; tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unchanging love!

3 O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart; O take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

Lord, we marvel at the thought of a well-fitted yoke, a burden scaled to match our frames; we do not know how to rest in the promise of such labor. Some of us are weary from unceasing responsibility; others find no welcome in the marketplace. We confound your vision for our common life. Forgive our blind striving, our stifled concern, the judgments we cast on others. Make yourself known to us in the silence. Shape your children for the commonwealth of your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL – Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 – Marshall Chaney

OFFERING OF MUSIC – “The Lord’s My Shepherd” – Walt Bostian

OLD TESTAMENT – Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

SERMON – “Discerning Love”

SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER/LORD’S PRAYER

You may prepare your own worship space at home with a candle, some bread, and a cup of wine or juice or other beverage, and commune with us virtually.

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.

. . . we lift our voices, saying,
Holy, holy, holy are you, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

. . . we proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

HYMN – “This is My Song”

1 This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

3 This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth's kingdoms: thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.
Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one.
So hear my prayer, O God of all the nations: myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God be the love to search and keep me; God be the prayer to move my voice;

God be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

Please be in prayer for:

Revathi Balakrishnan
Susan Dickerson
Bonnie Church
Hazel Hale
Camille Hodges
Drew Taylor
Edd Stoops
Doug Garnett-Deakin
Andy Robeson

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

June 28 Service

Sunday June 28 Bulletin

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Bulletin (PDF)

GATHERING MUSIC - Prayer

WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

INTROIT Land of Rest

CALL TO WORSHIP

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord,

And proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.

Your steadfast love endures forever.

Your faithfulness is as high as the heavens.

Happy are those who sing your praise

And extol your righteousness all the day.

HYMN The God of Abraham Praise

1 The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above,
the Ancient of Eternal Days, the God of love!
The Lord, the great I am, by earth and heaven confessed,
we bow before your holy name, forever blest.

4 You have eternal life implanted in the soul;
your love shall be our strength and stay, while ages roll.
We praise you, living God! We praise your holy name:
the first, the last, beyond all thought, and still the same!

PRAYER OF PRAISE

CONFESSION

O God, on lonely Mount Moriah you put your servant Abraham to the test. We confess that we have failed much lesser tests of our faith. We have allowed sin to run our lives, to shape how we act toward others, and to kill our relationship with you. In your great mercy, forgive us. Change even our bodies from implements of destruction to instruments of your peace; for the sake of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

(silence)

GOSPEL Matthew 10:40-42 Paige West

OFFERING OF MUSIC The Lord Will Provide

OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 22:1-14

SERMON God Will Provide?

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE/LORD'S PRAYER

HYMN O, Jesus, I Have Promised

1 O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend;
I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.

3 O let me hear thee speaking in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen, thou guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee
that where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be.
And, Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my friend.

CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

CLOSING SONG

God be the love to search and keep me; God be the prayer to move my voice;

God be the strength to now uphold me: O Christ, surround me; O Christ, surround me.

Please be in prayer for:

Revathi Balakrishnan
Susan Dickerson
Bonnie Church
Hazel Hale
Camille Hodges
Drew Taylor
Edd Stoops

[Note: Select music and hymns used with permission under ONE LICENSE  712163-A]

June 21 Service Opening by Ann Marie Connor