This week's guest speaker is CRE Nellie Baker.
Gathering Around the Word
CALL TO WORSHIP
With all of our hearts we give thanks, O Lord.
For You are Lord of all and our praise belongs to you alone.
We worship You today for all that You are to us.
Your love is forever, Your faithfulness absolute.
Throughout our lives we have called upon You.
You have always heard us and given us strength.
We will praise You forever, O God.
And sing of the wonder of Your ways for all time. Amen.
OPENING PRAYER (unison)
God beyond our knowing, we believe that You care for humble
people who seek to follow Your Word more than those who are pretentious and proud of power. You have protected Your people when they were surrounded by trouble. You have provided a way of escape in the midst of oppression. Your love
never fails. Come, Holy One, to transform us. Work within and among us to renew our minds and build community. Nurse us into the health You intended for all Your children. You are our help and our hope. Amen.
*HYMN “The Church is One Foundation” #321
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Merciful God, we confess that we have conformed our lives to the ways of the world and not the ways of Your kingdom. We think of ourselves too highly and regard others as lowly. We exalt possessions and power when You alone are to be exalted. We let conflicts prevail over grace and divisions over harmony. Have mercy upon us, we pray. Forgive and transform us, that we may be holy and acceptable to You, discerning and doing Your will. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
*Time of silent prayer:
*Assurance of Pardon
*Response – Gloria Patri
*Passing of the peace
Prayer of Illumination
Scripture Matthew 16: 13 - 20
SERMON: “Do you know him?”
*HYMN “Just As I Am, Without A Plea” # 442
Presentation of tithes and offering
*Prayer of dedication
Concerns and Celebrations
Prayers of the people
The Lord’s Prayer
* HYMN “Open My Eyes” # 451
BIRTHDAYS Jordan Chappell, Carley McCoy, Linda Miller, Mary Hathaway
ANNIVERSARIES Tom & Linda Miller
Sympathy to the family of Lisa Hamilton
Remember our food collection. And Jesus said, “You give them something to eat.” Please let Betty Fisher know of anyone within the community that may be in need at this time.
Women On Wednesday will meet August 30 at West Middletown Restaurant on Main at 11: 30.
Invitation to join West Alexander:
Please join us in our community event at the West Alexander Fairgrounds to help kick off Fair Week. What a great time to meet up with friends, neighbors, and family to enjoy songs of Worship, a special message, prayer, Fellowship and refreshments. September 3, 2023 at 6pm.
Continuing Prayer List
Chuck Dicks, Frank Huffman, Tom Westfall, Elaine Belcastro, Sandy Stone, Sarah Wilson, Carl Weber, Jimmy Svetz, Haley Diedier Bedillion, Fred Wilkinson, Ricci Amos, Tiffany Cipoletti, Diane Anderson, Tim Taylor, Suzy Smith, Helen Provenzano, Donna West , Judy Donaldson, Marlene McFeely, Chuck Harton,Wiley Myers, Keith McGill, Ron and Jean Westfall, Billie Wilson, Ed Horne, Sue Gregg, Wendy Willard, Marley Smith, Kirkland Cipoletti, Ellen Morris, Frank Baker, Mike Durila, Alyssa Kuhn, Dave Henderson
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.