"THE INS AND OUTS OF WHO'S IN AND WHO'S OUT"
The combined service of
First Presbyterian Church of Homewood and Calvary
Worship, Ringers & Combined Choirs | Sunday, 10:00 a.m., August 20, 2023 | Calvary United Protestant Church
The combined service at Calvary United Protestant Church (425 N. Orchard Drive, Park Forest, IL) isat 10:00 a.m.
Virtual service can be viewed on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83888248361 or on Facebook at Calvary United Protestant Church.
A bulletin and the hymns are below for your reference.
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WE GATHER TOGETHER
PRELUDE | PARTITA ON “BLESSED NAME” | SETTING BY MARY MCDONALD
WELCOME & OPENING PRAYER
CHOIR CHIME MEDLEY | "SIMPLE GIFTS AND WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS" | SETTING | BY KRISTINE JOHANEK
Performed by the Combined Ringers of Homewood and Calvary
CALL TO WORSHIP
Thus says the Lord:
Maintain justice, and do what is right,
for soon my salvation will come.
God will bring us to the holy mountain,
a house of prayer for all people.
God gathers all the outcasts together,
and makes us joyful!
OPENING HYMN | GTG #276 | SING A NEW SONG UNTO THE LORD
CALL TO CONFESSION
We call to God, saying, “Have mercy on us!”
We call to God, saying, “Lord, help us!”
We call to God even in the midst of our sin,
knowing that God is gracious and just.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of all goodness,
We do not want to face all that is in our own hearts.
We want to focus on the good -
on the love, the compassion, the care - and ignore the bad -
the greed, the envy, the cruelty.
But before you, God, we must face it.
Forgive all the ways we have let evil take hold in our hearts.
Cleanse us. Help us face our own demons,
and empower us to live a Christlike life.
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
We have been disobedient to God, but we have received mercy.
Let us live our lives as those transformed by the abundant mercy of God!
PASSING THE PEACE
FIRST READING - PSALM 133:1-3
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore.
CHOIR CHIME ANTHEM | "PRAISE YE THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY"
SETTING BY KRISTINE JOHANEK | Performed by the Combined Ringers of Homewood and Calvary
SECOND READING - MATTHEW 15:10-28
Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.” Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
SERMON: "THE INS AND OUTS OF WHO'S IN AND WHO'S OUT"
WE COMMIT OUR PRAYERS, OUR OFFERINGS, OURSELVES
HYMN - GTG # 817 | "WE WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT"
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 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
INVITATION TO OFFERING
We sing our praises to the Lord, for God is good and worthy!
We give our whole selves — our talents and material possessions —
to the Church with the expectation that they be used to further God’s dream for our world.
Please commit yourself and give as you’re able.
OFFERTORY ANTHEM | "SING UNTO THE LORD" | CHARLES YANNERELLA
Performed by the Combined Choirs of Homewood and Calvary
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Gracious Giver of all things, we ask that you use the gifts we bring as you use us to spread your peace and share your love with everyone.
In Jesus name, Amen.
WE GO FORTH TO SERVE GOD
CLOSING HYMN | GTG #838 | "STANDING ON THE PROMISES"
CHARGE AND BLESSING
The blessing of the one God -
Spirit, Son, and Father -
be with you now and always. Alleluia!
Lead a life worthy of your calling,
giving glory to God in all things. Amen
POSTLUDE | "MARCH PONTIFICALE" | GORDON YOUNG
All music printed under One License #A-727248 and Presbyterian Publishing Corp
Fran Beukelman, Jan Bunker, Sylvia Tufts, Rod Dunlap, David Wenzelman, Dan Karwatka, DJ Karwatka, Linda Hill, Jeff Hill
Mary Ann Wenzelman, Director/Accompanist
THE COMBINED CHOIR:
Kirk Nickerson, Jeff Hill, Brandon Willis, David Wenzelman, Dan Karwatka, Paul Gerrish, Vern Moore, Rod Dunlap, Jeanne Johnston, Phil Dillman, Bas Williams, DJ Karwatka, Linda Hill,
Julie Townsend, Priscilla Merenes, Susan Zorn's, Laura Dillman, Mary Ann Wenzelman, Director/Accompanist
NEXT WEEK: GENESIS 45:1-15 MATTHEW 15:10–28