Singing the Blues

PRAYER FOR PEACE

You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.  

PRELUDE  |   Let Us Break Bread Together  |   arr. Douglas E. Wagner
INTROIT 518 |  Lamb of God   |   Twila Paris

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
One: Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Many:  so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
One:  Take delight in the Lord,
Many:  and he will give you the desires of your heart.
One:  Commit your way to the Lord;
Many:  trust in him, and he will act.
One:  He will make your vindication shine like the light,
Many:  and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
All:  Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.

*HYMN 305   |   Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!  |   Darwall's 148th
 *PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 *SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
…Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA
Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,
and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me,
and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

 *PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ is with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389  |   Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord  (sung twice) |   Hal'luhu
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN |  Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

 WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING  |   Luke 17:5-10 |   p. 75 / 97 NT
ANTHEM  |   A Light in the Upper Room  |   Douglas Nolan
SECOND SCRIPTURE READINGS |  From The Message

Lamentations 1:1-7 Oh, oh, oh…How empty the city, once teeming with people. A widow, this city, once in the front rank of nations, once queen of the ball, she’s now a drudge in the kitchen.  She cries herself to sleep each night, tears soaking her pillow.  No one’s left among her lovers to sit and hold her hand.  Her friends have all dumped her. After years of pain and hard labor, Judah has gone into exile.  She camps out among the nations, never feels at home.  Hunted by all, she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Zion’s roads weep, empty of pilgrims headed to the feasts. All her city gates are deserted, her priests in despair.  Her virgins are sad. How bitter her fate. Her enemies have become her masters. Her foes are living it up because God laid her low, punishing her repeated rebellions.  Her children, prisoners of the enemy, trudge into exile. All beauty has drained from Daughter Zion’s face. Her princes are like deer famished for food, chased to exhaustion by hunters. Jerusalem remembers the day she lost everything, when her people fell into enemy hands, and not a soul there to help.  Enemies looked on and laughed, laughed at her helpless silence.

Lamentations 3:19-26  I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning.  How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON   |  Singing the Blues   |   Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 501   |   Feed Us, Lord  |   Feed Us
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH    |   The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY   |   Voluntary   |   John Stanley
*DOXOLOGY 606  |    Old Hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
God of all, just as we will gather and offer breads from around the world at your table, we have also gathered our offering of our wealth. Take them and scatter them to nourish and to plant seeds of hope. Amen.

 SEALING OF THE WORD

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE 

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

THE 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 us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING OF THE MEAL
(All who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, regardless of age or denomination, are invited to partake in the Sacrament of Communion. Today we will serve Communion by intinction. Please come forward down the center aisle. Take a piece of the bread from one of the trays and dip it into the cup and eat. Or you may take an individual cup from the tray and drink. We also have gluten free bread available. Return to your seat by the side aisle. If you are unable to come forward, please indicate this to the pastor and the sacrament will be brought to you.)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Loving God, we thank you that you have fed us in this Sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet in your eternal kingdom. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 300   |   We Are One in the Spirit   |   They'll Know We Are Christians
*BENEDICTION
*CHORAL RESPONSE 543  |   God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me  |   Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
POSTLUDE   |   Toccata in C  |   Carlos Seixas

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!



 

Either Or or Both And

GodAndMoney

THE CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

September 22, 2019 10:30 a.m.
*Congregation stands as able - Indented BOLD indicates Congregation to speak.

WE GATHER IN GOD’S NAME

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HOMEWOOD
MISSION STATEMENT

Through the grace of God, faith in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we prayerfully seek to discern God’s will for this congregation and to reach beyond ourselves to feed the hungry, body and soul. Adopted by Session 7/31/17

PRAYER FOR PEACE
If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
So let it be.
(Scottish Blessing)

PRELUDE |Nearer, My God, to Thee  | Sarah F. Adams & Lowell Mason
Just a Closer Walk with Thee | adapted by Willis Ray

INTROIT | Precious Lord arr. W Haeger

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP from Psalm 51:10-14
One: Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD;
Many: praise the name of the LORD.
One: Blessed be the name of the LORD
Many: from this time on and forevermore.
One: From the rising of the sun to its setting
Many: the name of the LORD is to be praised.
One: The LORD is high above all nations,
Many: and his glory above the heavens.
One: Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,
One: who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
Many: He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.
All: Praise the LORD!

*HYMN 611  |  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee |Hymn to Joy

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God who created the world and its resources and who created human kind with the gifts of industry and creativity; we admit that we have both those gifts and access to the riches of the earth. Ashamedly we admit that we value our creations more than yours. With sad hearts we acknowledge that we build our nests thinking that we have provided some sense of security. We confess that we having a hard time believing that you not only value us but also provide for us even more than the birds. Help us to use our skill and resourcefulness to worship you more than anything else. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

*THE GLORIA
Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,
and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me,
and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ is with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389| Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord (sung twice)| Hal'luhu

MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN |Rev. Elvery

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING| Jeremiah 8:18-9:1| p. 667 / 868 OT

ANTHEM| Jesus, Name Above All Names| arr. John F. Wilson

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING| Luke 16:1-13| p. 74 / 96 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON Either Or or Both And? Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 738 |O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee| Maryton

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from The Larger Catechism
Q. 103. Which is the First Commandment?
A. The First Commandment is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Q. 104. What are the duties required in the First Commandment?
A. The duties required in the First Commandment are: the knowing and acknowledging of God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly; by thinking, meditating, remembering, highly esteeming, honoring, adoring, choosing, loving, desiring, fearing of him; believing him; trusting, hoping, delighting, rejoicing in him; being zealous for him; calling upon him, giving all praise and thanks, and yielding all obedience and submission to him with the whole man; being careful in all things to please him, and sorrowful when in anything he is offended; and walking humbly with him.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE 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 us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY| I Know Who Holds Tomorrow | I. Stanphill


*DOXOLOGY 606 Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
God of All, see in our gifts our response to the puzzle of serving you and wealth. Know that we intend to make you first in all we do. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 623| I've Got Peace like a River Peace Like a River

*BENEDICTION

*CHORAL RESPONSE 543 |God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me  |  Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

POSTLUDE Fight the Good Fight arr. Robert F. Swift

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Liturgist: Joyce Anders
Ushers: Charlene Hansen, Bob James, Eleanor Steiner

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by Session, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is also invited to today’s Bake Sale, sponsored by the Women’s Association.

_______________________________________________
_________________________________________________

To What End Hospitality

PRAYER FOR PEACE
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)

PRELUDE  |   I Need Thee Every Hour | arr. Mark Hayes


*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP from Psalm 138
One: We give thanks to you with all our hearts, LORD.
Many: We sing your praise before all other gods.
One: We bow toward your holy temple and thank your name
Many: for your loyal love and faithfulness because you have made your name and word greater than everything else.
One: On the day we cried out, you answered us.
Many: You encouraged us with inner strength,
One: Your faithful love lasts forever, LORD!
Many: Don’t let go of what your hands have made.

*HYMN 331|God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand|National Hymn

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
We pause in our busy-ness to confess to our busy-ness. We admit that we get busy to fill in the empty spots. We do things so we don’t have to stop and think about what we’re doing. We work in the kitchen of your world and seldom look out the window to see neighbors or nature. We easily slide into old priorities that no longer are your priorities. Forgive us and help us to receive the comfort of your grace and presence so we can stop and listen to you. Amen.

*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION

*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!


*THE GLORIA
Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me,
and to the Son, whose grace has pardoned me,
and to the Spirit, whose love has set me free.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
World without end, without end. Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. Amen.

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ is with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389 Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord (sung twice)| Hal'luhu

WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

FIRST SCRIPTURE READING|Psalm 52|p. 493 / 641 OT

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING|Luke 10:38-42| p. 67 / 87 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON|To What End Hospitality?|Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 697|Take My Life|Hendon

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH from the Confession of 1967
Biblical visions and images of the rule of Christ, such as a heavenly city, a father’s house, a new heaven and earth, a marriage feast, and an unending day culminate in the image of the kingdom. The kingdom represents the triumph of God over all that resists his will and disrupts his creation. Already God’s reign is present as a ferment in the world, stirring hope in men and preparing the world to receive its ultimate judgment and redemption. With an urgency born of this hope, the church applies itself to present tasks and strives for a better world. It does not identify limited progress with the kingdom of God on earth, nor does it despair in the face of disappointment and defeat. In steadfast hope, the church looks beyond all partial achievement to the final triumph of God.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE 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 us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY|All Glory Be to God on High|Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau

*DOXOLOGY 606|Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen. 
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Jesus observed that where our hearts are there our treasure is. Knowing that, we give from our treasure to show that our hearts are tuned and committed to you and your kingdom, O God. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 450|Be Thou My Vision|Slane
*BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE  | Passacaglia|Randolph Currie

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist
Worship Liturgist: Jan Bunker
Ushers: Bob James, Laura Dillman

Please join us for a time of fellowship at Heavenly Perks, hosted today by Kathie Darman, Lee Hilario, Eleanor Steiner, and Susan Zorns, downstairs in Westminster Hall immediately following worship. Everyone is invited!



 

Sermons


 Pardon Our Dust ..... 
this part of our website is under construction
Please contact me -- either in person or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I would L-O-V-E to hear from you!


Sunday Morning Services

2018 Sunday Services


Palm Sunday - March 25, 2018 | Complete Service

Video Below: Congregational Response 820, "Nothing Can Trouble" | Prayer for Illumination | Scripture Readings (Psalm 118:19-29) and (Philippians 2:5-11)


Cantata | Portraits in Grace | Joseph M. Martin

PART One: 


  1. Prelude - Musicians [0-2:56]

    Narration 1 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Creator [2:57-4:51]
  2. Portrait  [4:55 - 8:15]

    Narration 2 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Savior [8:17 - 9:07]
  3. Fairest Lord Jesus [9:07 - 12:05]

    Narration 3 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Healer [12:06-13:00]
  4. The Healer [13:00-16:17]

    Narration 4 - The Beauty of Jesus, the King [16:18 - 17:41]
  5. Behold the King [17:42  - 21:35]

    Narration 5 - The Beauty of Jesus, the King  [21:35 - 22:35]
  6. We Remember  [22:36 - 26:03]

    Narration 6 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Man of Sorrows [26:06 - 26:52]
  7. A Sacred Garden  [26:53 - 31:19]


    INTERMISSION

    Narration 7 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Redeemer [0:00 - 1:46]
  8. Let Us Gather in the Shadow of the Cross [1:47 - 4:41 ]

    Narration 8 - The Beauty of Jesus, the Grace-Giver [4:42 - 6:21]
  9. Portrait of the Cross [6:22 - 11:50]
  10. Recessional of Shadows [11:55 - 14:16]



    Portraits in Grace A Cantata for Holy Week, by Joseph M. Martin
    Directed by Tim VanNasdale
    Narrator, Pastor Dudley Elvery
    Musicians, Pianist Tim VanNasdale;  Flautist, Tricia Hentschel;  Cellist: David Keller
    Choir, Janet Wahl, Li Hilario, Jan Bunker, Kathleen O'Hanlon, Laurie Ulrich, Kathie Darman
    Verne Moore, Paul Gerrish, Rod Dunlap, Emmanuel Hilario, Evelyn Dixon, Melodee Leimnetzer

Follow us