Worship Service Aug 27

Homecoming Sunday

13th Sunday after Pentecost / Ordinary Time

Worship is the highest activity of a person whose sole and ultimate aim is God’s glory.


Gathering and Prelude

Call to Worship 

Response to the Call: Holy Ground

Welcome, Greeting, Service Overview, Life of the Church 

Prayer of Illumination

Hymn of Praise: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing 57 1,2,3,5

Celebrating Our Past

Responsive Reading: Psalm 84   804

Apostles Creed: hymnal #881 

Gloria Patri – hymnal #71 

Remembering Our Present

Offering Dedication and Offertory 

Doxology – hymnal #95 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:6-8

Centering Song: Midnight Cry

Prayers of the People 

Song of Faith: People Need the Lord

Scripture: Hebrews 13:7-8

Sermon: A Better Song

Hymn of Response: My Hope Is Built  368 all

Commissioning and Benediction / Blessing

Group Picture, Lunch, Fellowship

Prayers of the People 

Pastor: Eternal and loving God, today we give thanks to you for your goodness through all the years of worship in this church. For your grace in calling us to be your people, for your love revealed to us in Christ your Son, for your gift of the Holy Spirit and the joy of salvation.

People: We give you thanks, O God

Pastor: For those who established this congregation, for their faith and vision, for their gifts and abilities.

People: We give you thanks, O God.  

Pastor: For all who have been members of this congregation, for those who have given freely of their prayers, time, talents and money, for those whose wisdom guided this congregation.

People: We give you thanks, O God

Pastor: For all who have preached and taught here; for all who have confessed that Jesus is Lord; for all who today lead in worship, witness, and serve.

People: We give you thanks, O God

Pastor: Give us the assurance that we too belong to that great company of witnesses found through salvation in Jesus Christ our Savior.

People: Lord, we pray for your assurance and grace.

Pastor: For this country and its leaders we pray for your guidance. For the safety of those who place themselves in danger for our safety, we pray for your care and protection.

People: Lord, hear our prayers and send holy revival.

Pastor: We pray for persecuted Christians around the world and grant them strength and encouragement.

People: Lord, hear our prayers and grant your holy peace and care.

Pastor: We pray for forgiveness for the sins we have committed and ask for your forgiveness.

People: Lord, hear us as we individually confess our sins and draw us ever closer to you.

Pastor:  Hear our prayers for those who could not be with us today, We ask for your healing hand upon those who are sick, grieving and those who requested prayer on the prayer chain. Lord, meet all their needs according to your amazing grace.

People: Lord, hear our prayers. 

Pastor:  Be the Lord of our fellowship and move in us to bring glory to your name in all that we say and do.

People: O God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon our pastors and let the message and ministry they provide be anointed by you in a way that will touch hearts and transform lives.  

Pastor: We make our prayer in Christ’s name who gave his disciples and example of prayer when he prayed
All – 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 our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us 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 the Church

ABCCM FOOD DONATIONS: Donation Basket at  Front Door. We dedicate our gifts on Communion Sundays, which is next week!

Medical Lending Closet Flyers are available to distribute to friends and places that will post them. 

The daily prayer chain goes out after 8pm. Send requests to prayer@alexanderchapel.org. Questions? Contact Pastor Marjory.

Two Ladies Loving the Lord events will occur in September. The quarterly gathering is a Tea at Christ Church on Saturday, Sep 16, 11:00.  The monthly luncheon will be on September  21, 11:30 at The Fireplace Restaurant. All ladies are invited! 

Fellowship 4U – . Bring your lunch or snack and visit with one another  on the 4th Sundays of the month. 

We welcome our friends who are participating in today’s worship service. Our District Superintendent, Mark Ralls, is preaching. 

End of Service Instructions: After the benediction, we will gather at the front of the church for our Homecoming group picture. We will then have our hymn sing while lunch is being prepared. When lunch is ready, we will have the blessing and eat lunch on the grounds. Enjoy the fellowship!