August 28

CCLI license #1913561

Lakeview Presbyterian Church
Service of Word and Sacrament

August 28, 2022

Keep on loving art.

Welcome: Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ

Questions for Reflection: Are there people you are not comfortable being around?                           
                         What do you do about that?

Prelude         “Lord Most High”                                    Harris and Sadler

Gathering                                           Liturgist: Kitty Rawson
Sing aloud to God our strength. 
Shout for joy to the Lord of Life.
Blessed be the one, holy and living God.
Glory to God forever

*Hymn                       “Here in This Place”                                GTG # 401

Here in this place, new light is streaming,
now is the darkness vanished away.
See, in this space, our fears and our dreamings,
brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in - the lost and forsaken,
gather us in - the blind and the lame.
Call to us now, and we shall awaken,
we shall arise at the sound of our name.

We are the young - our lives are a mystery,
we are the old - who yearn for your face.
We have been sung throughout all of history,
called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in - the rich and the haughty,
gather us in - the proud and the strong.
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly,
give us the courage to enter the song.

Here we will take the wine and the water,
here we will take the bread of new birth.
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters,
call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion,
give us to eat the bread that is you.
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion
lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Not in the dark of buildings confining,
not in some heaven, light years away,
but here in this place, the new light is shining;
now is the Kingdom, now is the day.
Gather us in - and hold us forever,
gather us in - and make us your own.
Gather us in - all peoples together,
fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Prayer for Understanding
Faithful God, in Jesus you show us a way of humility and hospitality with power to transform our world. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us; enliven our hearts and minds as we hear your word for us today; through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen

Reading from the Epistles                                  Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

*Hymn  “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”  vs 1, 2, & 4          GTG #108

Of the Father’s love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore!

By His word was all createdl
He commanded; it was done:
Heaven and earth and depths of ocean
In their threefold order one;
All that grows beneath the shining
Of the moon and burning sun,
Evermore and evermore!

This is He Whom seers in old time
Chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word;
Now He shines, the long expected,
Let creation praise its Lord,
Evermore and evermore!

Reading from the Gospels                                Luke 14:1,7-14

Sermon    “In Life, in Death, and Beyond”       The Rev. Russell Lehman

Sermon by The Rev. Russell Lehman

*Affirmation of Faith   from the Confession of Belhar, 10.5)
We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ; that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, that the church is witness  both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth  in which righteousness dwells.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer                                                  The Rev Phil Miller-Evans

The Lord’s Prayer
          (This is the Ecumenical Version; feel free to use the words of your choice)
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
    your will be done on earth as in heaven
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen          

Minute for Mission (OA)

   Offering our Gifts 
God gives us more grace than we can ever earn and sustains us in ways we cannot imagine. With a spirit of generosity, let us freely offer ourselves and our gifts to the world.

 Donations can be placed in the offering plate near the baptismal font in the center of the sanctuary.
Or mailed to:
    Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 1310 22nd Av S, St Petersburg, FL, 33705

Special Music               “Closer”                                                Bethel Music

Prayer of Thanksgiving
God of grace, we give thanks for your faithfulness to us, we give thanks for your hope in us, we rejoice in the knowledge of your unending grace. In the light of your mercy, and confident in your love, we dedicate these offerings, and ourselves, to you. Amen

*Hymn    “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life”          GTG #343   

Where cross the crowded ways of life,
where sound the cries of race and clan,
above the noise of selfish strife,
we hear your voice, O Son of man.

In haunts of wretchedness and need,
on shadowed thresholds dark with fears,
from paths where hide the lures of greed,
we catch the vision of your tears.

From tender childhood's helplessness,
from woman's grief, man's burdened toil,
from famished souls, from sorrow's stress,
your heart has never known recoil.

The cup of water given for you still
holds the freshness of your grace;
yet long these multitudes to view
the sweet compassion of your face.

O Master, from the mountainside
make haste to heal these hearts of pain;
among these restless throngs abide;
O tread the city's streets again.

Till all the world shall learn your love
and follow where your feet have trod,
till, glorious from your heaven above,
shall come the city of our God!


May the God of mystery take you to unexpected places,
   may the God of humility teach you to serve without pride,
      may the God of wisdom inspire your work in the kingdom;
         and the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier, be with you now and always.

Postlude                      “Blessed Be Your Name”                          Redman