Ascending the Mountain
Our guest speaker today is Rev. Dave Mason.
Gathering Around the Word
Prelude Bob Senay
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: God said, “This is my Son, the Beloved.”
People: Let us worship you, O beloved God.
Leader: God said, “Listen!”
People: We want to hear your word anew this day.
Leader: God said, “Do not be afraid.”
People: We lay our worries at your feet.
Leader: And after all this was spoken, God was quiet.
People: Still our souls, quiet our minds, and
prepare us to be transformed, holy God.
INVOCATION Rev. Mason
HYMN 192 Lord, The Light of Your Love is Shining
CALL TO CONFESSION
Let us bow before our holy and loving God, confessing our sins with honesty and faith.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (UNISON)
Holy God, you see into our hearts. You see the true selves we try to hide from others, the sins we fear would destroy our images, the unholy habits that have been with us so long that they no longer prick our consciences. Yet you also see in us Jesus Christ, the Holy One who took on our sin and covers us in his righteousness. Forgive us for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Savior. AMEN
*Time of silent prayer.
Assurance of Pardon
By God’s mercy, we are forgiven; by God's mercy, we are made whole; by God's mercy, we are equipped to serve others. Thanks be to God. Amen.
*Passing the Peace
L: The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
P: And also, with you.
*Response – Gloria Patri (Hymnal 581)
The Word of God
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture reading Matthew 17: 1-9
L: The Word of the Lord
P: Thanks be to God !
Sermon “ASCENDING THE MOUNTAIN”
Responding to the Word
HYMN 193 Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain
*Apostles Creed (look at your insert)
ORDINATION, INSTALLATION SERVICE (insert)
69 Here I Am, Lord
Presentation of our tithes and offering
Offertory Bob Senay
Doxology (Hymnal page 606)
Prayer of dedication
Prayers of the People Rev. Mason
The Lord’s Prayer
HYMN 724 O Jesus, I Have Promised
Postlude Bob Senay
NOTES ABOUT THE SERVICE
ORDINATION is the act of setting aside a person to do God’s work through the Church. The Presbyterian Church (USA) ordains people to three offices: Deacon, Elder, and the Minister of the Word and Sacrament.
Ordination is the act of the whole Church. The tradition of LAYING ON OF HANDS was practiced in the early church and reference to it may be found in the New Testament (I Tim 4:14). The act of laying on of hands sets the person aside for a special use and evokes God to grant God’s grace and blessing upon the individual’s ministry. Ordination is, therefore, not understood in terms of power from one generation to the next, but rather in terms of service, after the manner of the servant ministry of Jesus Christ.
INSTALLATION is an act whereby an Elder or Trustee is commissioned by the Church for a particular service at a particular time. The term of service is blessed by God and acknowledged by the congregation. This blessing is placed upon those who have responded to the call to service and their ongoing commitment.
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