Covenant Presbyterian Church 11:00 a.m. Austin, Texas October 5, 2014
World Communion Sunday Today is World Communion Sunday, an occasion in which we come to the Lords Table
mindful of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world. This morning we celebrate the unity of Christs Church with music from many lands and cultures.
PRELUDE Laudate Dominum Taiz France
WELCOME Please sign the friendship register at this time and pass it down the row, then return it to its original position, noting the names of those worshiping with you. At the conclusion of the service, take time to greet one another in the name of Christ.
PASSING OF THE PEACE As God has greeted us with his peace, please greet those around you with signs of Christs peace
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. Come into Gods presence with singing! All : For the Lord is a gracious God, whose mercy is everlasting; And whose faithfulness endures to all generations.
*HYMN OF PRAISE Open Your Hearts Hymn 124 Israel *PRAYER OF ADORATION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
(si lent confession.) Loving God, we confess that we find it hard to trust you. While our desire is to join you in walking on the water, our fears keep us planted in our boats. Underneath these fears is the doubt that you wil l be faithful and allow us to participate in miracles. Forgive us and assure us that we have infinite value in your eyes. Help us to believe that you wil l never let us go. In Jesus' name. Amen.
SUNG CONFESSION You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy Appalachia
* Those who are able, please stand
ASSURANCE OF GODS GRACE AND PARDON
*RESPONSE TO OUR FORGIVENESS Glory to God, Glory in the Highest Hymn 732 Peru (In 11:00 worship children ages four through second grade are invited to Sunday School.)
STEWARDSHIP SHARING Thais Kilday
WE OFFER OUR GIFTS
GIVING OF OURSELVES IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS
OFFERTORY Thy Mercy, My God Sandra McCracken Covenant Folk Band arr. T. Brown Al l , on cue:
Band: Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song, the joy of my heart and the boast of my tongue. Your free grace alone from the first to the last has won my affections and bound my soul fast.
Without your sweet mercy I could not live here; sin would reduce me to utter despair. But through your free goodness my spirit revives, and you who first made me still keeps me alive.
Your mercy is more than a match for my heart, which wonders to feel its own hardness depart. Dissolved by your goodness, I fall to the ground and weep for the praise of the mercy Ive found.
Great Father of mercies, your goodness I own and the covenant love of your crucified son. All praise to the Spirit whose whisper divine seals mercy and pardon and righteousness mine!
*DOXOLOGY Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow Lasst uns Erfreuen German
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
MINISTRY OF THE WORD
SCRIPTURE READING Acts 8:26-40 New Testament, page 892
SERMON THINK OUTSIDE THE BOAT Jill Williams Effective Evangelism
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
HYMN OF PREPARATION Gather Us In (stanzas 1, 2 and 3) Hymn 649
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
MUSIC DURING COMMUNION Come to the Table Michael Card & Niles A. Borop The congregation is invited to sing.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING AND THE LORDS PRAYER Our Father who art in Heaven, hal lowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy wil l be done, on earth as i t is in Heaven. Give us this day our dai ly bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but del iver us from evi l . For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen. *PARTING SONG Celtic Alleluia Fintan OCarroll and Christopher Walker (Ireland); arr. T. Brown
ASSISTING IN WORSHIP Munn Hinds at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 traditional
Deacons assisting as Liturgists Wendell Bell8:15, Tom Hutchison9:30, Sharyn Westmoreland11:00
Covenant Folk Band Ron McRae, bass; Jack Harper, percussion; Clark Weatherby, guitar; Catherine Hernando, cello; Gonzalo Hernando and Tammy Linn, fiddles; GinnyRae Joy, soprano; Meredith Weatherby, alto; Tom Brown, piano, vocals, musical arrangements Daniel Izquierdo preaching at 11:30 at Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada en Luyan (our sister church in Cuba)
Thomas Daniel preaching at 11:00 in the Contemporary Worship Service
The flowers in the sanctuary are given to the glory of God by Rhonda Brink in memory of her mother, Jean Hoehn, on the anniversary of her birthday.
The flowers in the sanctuary are given to the glory of God by Kathy and Steve Caskey with thanksgiving for Kathys mother, Marjorie Griffin, on her 88th birthday.
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IF YOU ARE NEW TO COVENANT
Welcome! We are thankful you have chosen to worship with us today! We ask that you identify yourself by signing the red attendance book in each pew. We want you to feel welcome here and hope that we can help you find ways to grow in your faith. For more information about Covenants many groups, programs and events, visit our website: covenant.org.
Four services of worship are offered each Sunday 8:15 a.m. (a traditional communion service), 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (traditional services) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary service). A shuttle service carries worshipers from the parking lot at the Texan Eye Center at 5717 Balcones Drive at Northland Drive, two blocks west of campus. Shuttle service runs from 7:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Prayers for recently hospital ized: Roy Keezel.
Prayers of sympathy and support : Family and friends of Jane Faust, on her death on September 26.
Barry Coston, family and friends, on the death of his wife, Vikki Loving, on September 17.
Prayers for: Jan and Jay Schultz, Becky Collins, Cyrus Caroom, Muriel Kelman, Tom Collins, George Beierle, Jean Mowry, Wietz Botes, Ingrid Varenbrink, Lisa Sewell, Jack Whited, Ann Wall, LuAnn Bennett, Robin Butterworth, Lois Prewitt, Fran Langfitt, Mia Sealey, Dave Mead, Jessica Tuell, Daniel Holman, Pam Harper, Clara Jo Huckaby, Garret Olszewski, Ben Covington, Imogene (Genie) Drake, Kaye Roth, Maryanne Cochran, Betty Foster, Jennifer Deere Morgan, Rosa Robles, Leah Nicholson Jones, Joy Penrose, Blake Rieber, Gene Santi, JJ Baskin, Janelle Hudler, Michael Myers, Erin Finney, David Jones, Al Sparks, Michelle Waag, Jack Wiswell, Jim Kleinhenz, Gini Nester, Ann Thornton, Sue Psencik, Billie Drake, Gloria Hazelwood, Vi Lee, Bruce Romig, Lois Romig, Debbie Alsup, Gary Stratman, Pete Antoniewicz, Beth Dudenhefer, and Leslie Rosenstein.
Prayers for people serving in our countrys armed forces: USN LCDR Bryan Gunkel, USA Col. Janet Riley, USAF Lt. Katy Deiters, USAF A1C Taylor Cotham, USMC 1st Lt. Will Hendrickson, Spc. Jeffrey Ramsey, USA Maj. Seth Pruett, USA Capt. Matt Irwin, USN LCDR Austin Wade Latour, USAF Lt. Col. Joseph Chennault, USA SFC Kevin Guy, USMC Staff Sgt. Jeremy Alexander, USN PO1 Drew Schlotter.
Prayers requested by our sister church, Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada en Luyan, in Havana Cuba- For Rolandito y Rosita. Prayers for our ministry in Luyan as we witness to and serve in our community, particularly the third age who depend on our food program. For staff and members continuing to reach out to serve the community with drinking water and the bread of life.
Prayers requested by the Mission Committee: Samaritan Counseling Center and Blake McDaniel at Navigators.
Prayers requested by the Session: Prayers for the members and discerning work of the Assistant Pastor Nominating Committee (APNC).
Although prayer requests will be removed from this listing after three weeks, please contact Kay Austin in the church office, 334-3030, or firstname.lastname@example.org, if prayer continues to be requested.
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