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    Awakening a Love for Christ in the Heart of Richmond

    October 9, 2016 The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 10:55 a.m.

    Please fill out the communication card and place it in the offering plate during the offertory.

    †Please stand for these parts of the service.



    PRELUDE Ah, Leave with Us Thy Grace Sigfrid Karg-Elert, 1877-1933

    †CALL TO WORSHIP Christopher Tweel One: Our faith has been dormant,

    All: and it is too much to bear.

    One: We witness heartache and bullying,

    All: but cry out for a world of honor and righteousness.

    One: Imbalance us with love as we enter in to worship you.

    All: Inspire us to shame the laws that oppress,

    One: and enliven us to engage in worship this bright morning.

    All: We are called to worship! Amen.


  • †HYMN 473 (Blue Hymnal) For the Beauty of the Earth Dix

    Music reprinted under #A-715262.

  • †PRAYER OF CONFESSION (IN UNISON) Merciful God, You call us to turn away from behaviors and attitudes that belong to the darkness, to live honest and transparent lives as children of the light. We confess the times when we have failed, giving in to our darker thoughts and desires, and acting in ways that did not bring honor to Your name. You call us to love one another, to honor our parents, to put the needs and interests of those around us above our own, to love others as deeply as we have been loved by You. We confess the times when we have failed, allowing our own desires and interests to take precedence over the needs of others. You call us to deal honorably with one another, even those who have hurt or offended us, to work through our disagreements with love and integrity, and so to build up the Body of Christ. We confess the times when we have failed, finding it easier to simply walk away from hurtful relationships or to talk behind people’s backs rather than to their faces. Teach us, God, in Your mercy, and hear our need to be closer to Your heart. Amen. †ASSURANCE OF PARDON †GLORIA PATRI 579 (Blue Hymnal) Greatorex Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, Amen.

    At this time, children 6 years old and younger are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary with Reverend Christopher Tweel.

    Rev. Tweel will lead worship with the children in the chapel. They will be in "Children's Chapel" for the remainder of the morning and will be in Room 102 for pickup.


    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION Bobby Hulme-Lippert OLD TESTAMENT READING Exodus 20:2, 12 Holy Bible, p. 65 NEW TESTAMENT READING 2 Timothy 1:1-7 Holy Bible, p. 1086 SERMON “The Intergenerational Gift” Bobby Hulme-Lippert


    †HYMN 343 (Blue Hymnal) Beecher Called as Partners in Christ’s Service

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  • †APOSTLES’ CREED (IN UNISON) Bobby Hulme-Lippert

    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.


    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, for ever. Amen.


    Ruling Elder




    If Ye Love Me Philip Wilby, b. 1949 If ye love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever. E’en the Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. And ye know Him for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you. —John 14:15-18 †DOXOLOGY 592 (Blue Hymnal) 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 THANKSGIVING

  • WE GO FORTH TO LOVE AND SERVE †HYMN (Blue Hymnal; hymn reprinted on next page) Now Thank We All Our God Nun dankett alle Gott †BENEDICTION AND CHORAL RESPONSE Take, O Take Me As I Am John Bell †POSTLUDE Fugue and Toccata (Variations on the Hymn Tune “King’s Lynn”) Malcolm Archer, b. 1952

    Please join us in the Social Room afterward for refreshments and fellowship.

    The flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of my wife, Evelyn, by Sidney E. Yates.

  • Music reprinted under #A-715262.

  • WORSHIP NOTES Hearing Aids and Large-Print Hymnals are available from the ushers.

    As one body of Christ, composed of diverse individuals bound together by the Holy Spirit: We will join in community across the generational, ethnic, racial, and economic barriers that separate God’s children. We will walk together in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. - from our 2012 Vision Statement

    Music Notes

    German Romantic composer and organist Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933), though not widely known, had a prodigious output, having composed his greatest amount of work for the organ and harmonium (over 250 pieces for organ). Karg-Elert’s 66 Chorale Improvisations are his most important opus for the organ and were written for concert and liturgical use. This collection of preludes was the result of Karg- Elert’s admiration for J. S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, a compilation of organ preludes which were embellishments of Lutheran chorales. Ah, Leave with Us Thy Grace is a trio (two separate manuals and pedal) that is written in the style of J. S. Bach.

    The words If Ye Love Me from the Gospel of John has inspired many composers of choral music, among them, British composer Philip Wilby (b. 1949). Wilby is best known as a composer for brass bands, but his choral compositions have worth and deserve wider recognition. Today’s anthem is cathedralesque in nature, with its beautiful melodic lines and grand swells in the organ accompaniment.

    Malcolm Archer (b. 1952) is Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College in the heart of England, where he trains and conducts the Quiristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ in the College. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol, and Wells Cathedrals, as well as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Today’s postlude is the final movement from his Variations on King’s Lynn. The hymn tune (King’s Lynn) name honors the Norfolk seaport town where the tune was collected. Ralph Vaughan Williams adapted and harmonized this English folk melody which appears in Anglican and Episcopal hymnals, and now the new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God.

    We are grateful to have you join in worship with us this morning. We are a historic Presbyterian church, having celebrated our centennial anniversary in 2015. God has been immensely faithful for over 100 years, and we are eager to step faithfully into the future God has for us! We continue for- ward by walking in light of our mission which was adopted in 2012: to train grateful disciples of Christ, by doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God. May you be blessed through worship and fellowship this morning.

  • Quarterly Statements: Third quarter statements can be picked up in the Narthex this Sunday. Any statements left at the end of the month will be mailed.

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