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WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Service for the Lord’s Day Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 22, 2017 GATHERING (Silence during the Prelude is requested in preparation for worship.) PRELUDE Fugue in E b , BWV 552 St. Anne J.S. Bach CHORAL INTROIT (11:00 a.m.) Hal Hopson O Worship the Lord *CALL TO WORSHIP Let us worship God! (Those who are able may stand.) Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to God for the faith we share; be steadfast in hope through Jesus Christ. *PRAYER OF THE DAY The Lord be with you. And also with you. You know each of us by name, O God, and in your sight we have found favor, yet our minds cannot comprehend the vision of your glory or the vastness of your love. Grant that as we glimpse your greatness, reflected in your many gifts, we may always return to you the praise that is yours alone. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (The Cross and Bible lead the procession, symbolic of the centrality in worship of Jesus Christ—the Living Word, and the Bible—the written Word.)

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  • WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

    Service for the Lord’s Day

    Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time October 22, 2017

    GATHERING

    (Silence during the Prelude is requested in preparation for worship.)

    PRELUDE Fugue in Eb, BWV 552 St. Anne J.S. Bach

    CHORAL INTROIT (11:00 a.m.) Hal Hopson

    O Worship the Lord

    *CALL TO WORSHIP

    Let us worship God!

    (Those who are able may stand.)

    Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to God for the faith we share; be steadfast in hope through Jesus Christ.

    *PRAYER OF THE DAY

    The Lord be with you. And also with you.

    You know each of us by name, O God, and in your sight we have found favor, yet our minds cannot comprehend the vision of your glory or the vastness of your love. Grant that as we glimpse your greatness, reflected in your many gifts, we may always return to you the praise that is yours alone. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    (The Cross and Bible lead the procession, symbolic of the centrality in worship of Jesus Christ—the Living Word, and the Bible—the written Word.)

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    *PROCESSIONAL HYMN 12 ST. DENIO

    Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

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    CALL TO CONFESSION

    The proof of God’s amazing love is this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us.

    Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God with confidence.

    Let us confess our sin before God and one another. PRAYER OF CONFESSION

    Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, and we have rebelled against your love. We have not loved our neighbors, and we have refused to hear the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    (Silent confession)

    Kyrie (Sung responsively by the choir and congregation) Hal H. Hopson

    Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

    ASSURANCE OF PARDON

    (The liturgist pours water, which reminds us of our baptism.)

    Believe the Good News: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

    *The Peace

    Since God in Christ has forgiven us, let us also forgive one another. The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.

    (Please exchange the peace with the words, “The peace of Christ be with you.”)

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    *ACT OF PRAISE Celtic Alleluia O’Carroll/Walker

    (The congregation sings with the choir.)

    The Word of the Lord lasts forever. What is the Word that is living? It is Jesus Christ, who is risen from the dead.

    CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH

    (Everyone is asked to sign the Friendship Register, which is located on the center aisle end of each pew.)

    THE WORD

    PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION SCRIPTURE Hear the Word of God! Our ears are open.

    Exodus 33:12-23 (Old Testament, page 80 in your pew Bible) The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

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    Psalm 99 (Hymn 57) TROMBLEY

    Matthew 22:15-22 (New Testament, pages 24-25 in your pew Bible) SERMON “God Things” Donovan Drake (A moment for meditation)

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    *HYMN 716 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending BEACH SPRING

    *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (8:30 a.m.)

    (See “Affirmation of Faith” below.)

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    RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS (11:00 a.m.)

    Presentation of New Members and Sacrament of Baptism Elder James Hartman

    Hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .

    Obeying the word of our Lord Jesus, and confident of his promises, We baptize those whom God has called.

    In baptism God claims us and seals us to show that we belong to God. God frees us from sin and death, uniting us with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. By water and the Holy Spirit, we are made members of the Church, the body of Christ, and joined to Christ’s ministry of love, peace, and justice.

    Baptism Questions

    Profession of Faith

    *Affirmation of Faith

    Do you believe in God, the Father almighty? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven; he is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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    Thanksgiving over the Water

    The Lord be with you. And also with you.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    Eternal and gracious God, we give you thanks… lives and reigns forever. Amen.

    The Sacrament of Baptism

    Calling into Membership

    Welcome

    Welcome to this congregation, its worship and its work.

    With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you to share with us in the ministry of Christ, for we are all one in him.

    PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (8:30 a.m.)

    The Lord be with you. And also with you.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    THANKSGIVING

    OFFERING

    Anthem (8:30 a.m.) God Is Our Refuge and Strength Allen Pote

    God is our refuge and strength; a present help in time of trouble. Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam, we will not fear.

    Come and behold the work of the Lord, the awesome acts of God. He is in the midst of his people, in all the earth.

    He is the Word, we are his hands, he will lead us. He is the air, we are his song.

    We will celebrate his presence all the day long. God is our refuge and strength…

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    Come and behold the work of the Lord, the awesome acts of God. He is in the midst of his people, in all the earth.

    He is the rain, we are the stones, he will cleanse us. He is the air, we are his song.

    We will celebrate his presence all the day long. God is our refuge and strength…

    Anthem (11:00a.m.) Sing a New Song Heinrich Schütz/Jennings

    Sing a new song to God the Lord, Sing and give praise with one accord. For His salvation He doth give, That, through his mercy, we may live.

    Worship the Lord in holiness, Hymns of great joy to Him address. Honor His works and bless His name, His grace and truth to all proclaim.

    Heaven above and earth below, Ocean and field His glory show. All of God’s creatures sing His praise, Let us now too our voices raise.

    Glory and thanks to God belong. Honor Him evermore in song.

    *DOXOLOGY LASST UNS ERFREUEN

    Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

    *PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

    The Lord be with you. And also with you.

    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

    Almighty and merciful God, from whom comes all that is good, we praise you for your mercies, for your goodness that has created us, your grace that has sustained us, your discipline that has corrected us, your patience that has borne with us, and your love that has redeemed us. Help us to love you, and to be thankful for all your gifts by serving you and delighting to do your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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    *THE LORD’S PRAYER (Singing together)

    (Please refer to the inside back cover of your hymnal for the words and music for this hymn.)

    SENDING *HYMN 542 GOD BE WITH YOU

    God Be with You Till We Meet Again *BENEDICTION POSTLUDE Postlude on St. Denio Gerald Near ______________________________ *(Those who are able may stand.)

    The flowers in the Sanctuary are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Sally Hardcastle Boone

    by John Boone.

    The flowers in the Parlor are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the marriage of Jacqueline Lincoln and Paul D’Aloise

    on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

    SERVICE NOTES WORSHIP LEADERS: Liturgist: Guy D. Griffith, Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Spiritual Nurture; (8:30 a.m.) Lay Liturgist: Jennie Renwick; Beadle/acolyte: Annie Linley; (11:00 a.m.) Lay Liturgist: Bob Hines. MUSICIANS: (8:30 a.m.) Laudate Youth Choir; (11:00 a.m.) Westminster Choir; Sam Levine, Flute; Jonny Wagenman, Bass Violin; John W. Semingson, Director of Music Ministries; Polly Brecht, Organist. USHERS: (8:30 a.m.) Tom Wilson, Clay Parsons, Ferrell Wilson, Julie Wilson; (11:00 a.m.) George Crawford, Jack Crawford, Clay Crawford, Will Jackson, Fred Jackson, Sadie Jackson. Please contact one of the ushers in the Narthex or Parlor should you need assistance.

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    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    WELCOME: Westminster Presbyterian Church welcomes you to share our common journey to become more faithful disciples of Christ. Our love and acceptance of each other affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, regardless of our differences, and bear witness to the love of God for all people and our commitment to Christ. The Greeters for today are (8:30 a.m.) Derek and Layne Bryant and (11:00 a.m.) Katherine Diehl.

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    JOIN US TODAY FOR A NEW MEMBER RECEPTION: Following the 11:00 a.m. worship service, please celebrate with us in the Parlor and welcome our new members to Westminster! The following individuals are being received today at the 11:00 a.m. service as new members of Westminster Presbyterian Church: Lou C. Alsobrooks by Profession of Faith Lida G. Alsobrooks by Letter of Transfer from Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA Stacy Barbour by Reaffirmation of Faith (in absentia) Agnes Hall Bartek by Letter of Transfer from First Presbyterian Church, Natchitoches, LA Peggy Bartine by Letter of Transfer from First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest, IL Kyle B. Brantley by Letter of Transfer from Second Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN Allen C. Brown by Reaffirmation of Faith Carrie Coker by Letter of Transfer from First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, SC Sara Figal by Reaffirmation of Faith Angela Griffith by Reaffirmation of Faith Marjorie and Guy Hicks by Letter of Transfer from Trinity Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN Leslie and Charles S. Higgins by Letter of Transfer from Second Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN Chris Holleman by Letter of Transfer from Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA Emily Holleman by Letter of Transfer from Lake Providence United Methodist Church, Lake Providence, LA Matthew Kuykendall by Reaffirmation of Faith Loren Lancaster by Profession of Faith and Baptism Jake Lancaster by Reaffirmation of Faith from First Baptist Church, Madison, MS Caitlyn Leffard by Letter of Transfer from First United Methodist Church, Hopkinsville, KY David Leffard by Letter of Transfer from Cottage Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile, AL

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    Cathleen and Gavin Maloy by Reaffirmation of Faith Margaret and John Manning, Affiliate Members through First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, TN Grace McCaw by Letter of Transfer from Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN Kelly McMullen by Reaffirmation of Faith Sean McMullen by Profession of Faith and Baptism Alice and Mike Russell by Letter of Transfer from First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, AL Lane Russell by Letter of Transfer from First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, AL Maricela Sarmiento by Reaffirmation of Faith Jamie Vance by Reaffirmation of Faith Jon Wagenman by Letter of Transfer from First Presbyterian Church, Fargo, ND Andy Ward by Reaffirmation of Faith Hayden Wilson by Profession of Faith Price Wilson by Letter of Transfer from Trinity Presbyterian Church; Atlanta, GA Mary Brette Wylly by Reaffirmation of Faith from St. Henry Catholic Church, Nashville, TN (in absentia) CHORAL EVENSONG FOR ALL SAINTS’ SERVICE OF LIGHT: Plan now to join us on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for one of the most beautiful services of the church year at Westminster. The adult choir will offer music in a wide range of styles including a new Hymn of Light by Director of Music Ministries, John Semingson; a very exciting double-choir setting of Psalm 110 by Bob Chilcott; The Beatitudes, by Nashville native, Craig Phillips; and the Magnificat from the Belfast Evening Canticles by Phillip Stopford. At All Saints’ Evensong, our sanctuary is draped in candlelight as we remember through prayer, praise and song, all those who have been so important in our lives. Please join us and bring a friend. It is a wonderful evening of great music! MISSION TRIP TO GATLINBURG, TN: We will leave on Sunday, November 12 and return on Saturday, November 18. All types of work—from cleaning and painting to carpentry—will be conducted. Work will be suitable for all skill levels. We will be staying at the Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church in the downtown area. If you would like to be a part of this work team, contact Joe Gaines at [email protected] or 615-636-3860.

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    PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the people affected by the recent thrash of catastrophic hurricanes, fires and earthquakes. Presbyterians across the country and beyond came to us after our historic flood of 2010. Please help to support these people by:

    ♦ Giving: Share your financial blessings by giving online at pda.pcusa.org and clicking on “How to Help.” Gifts also can be made by calling (800) 872-3283, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. You can also text PDA to 20222 to donate $10.

    ♦ Acting: Stay informed: Subscribe to receive PDA Rapid Information Network emails to keep aware of current responses and urgent needs that you can share with your congregation, and “like” us on Facebook.

    ♦ Praying: Please pray for those who suffered loss of loved ones and for those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.

    COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: The music used in the service this morning is copyrighted under Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc., No. 11221525.

    Westminster Presbyterian Church

    Purpose Statement

    Ordinary people testifying to the extraordinary light found in our Lord Jesus Christ.

    “For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

    WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 3900 West End Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37205-1899

    Phone: 615.292.5526; Fax: 615.292.5597 www.nashvillewpc.org

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    October 22, 2017GATHERINGThanksgiving over the WaterThe Lord be with you. And also with you.Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.It is right to give our thanks and praise.WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH