October 9

CCLI license #1913561

Lakeview Presbyterian Church
Service of Word
October 9, 2022

Peace from the Lord

Welcome Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Questions for Reflection: How do you pick up the pieces and move on after a life-changing disaster?  Where do you look for the courage and vision for a new future?

Prelude        “Deep River”                         Traditional Spiritual           

Gathering                                               Liturgist: Jonathan Bailey
Come and see what God has done. 
God is awesome in God’s deeds.
God turned the sea into dry land.
God’s people passed through the river on foot.
Make a joyful noise to God all the earth.
Sing the glory of God’s name.

[Singing]                                                                                               GTG #581
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.

Opening Prayer
God of our salvation, your love and mercies are not limited to one time or to one people.  You continue to heal and to save, transcending the artificial boundaries and barriers we set.  For such expansive love, it is our right, duty, and joy to offer you all our thanks and praise, now and forever. Amen.

*Hymn         “I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath”  (Psalm 146)    GTG #806

Call to Confession Even when we are faithless, Christ remains faithful. Jesus came not to condemn or exclude, but to make us well, to make us whole, to save us from our doubts and fears.  In his name we confess our sins and call out, “Lord, have mercy on us!”

Prayer of Confession

God of mercy and grace, we are meant to praise you and give thanks to you always.  We confess that we do not live out of constant gratitude.  We harbor resentment for what we lack.  We blame you; we blame others.  We doubt your compassion, and find it hard to forgive others, or even ourselves.  We come trusting your mercy, seeking your grace.
Forgive us, we pray, for attitudes and behaviors that diminish us and hurt others.
Heal and restore us.  Renew in us a right spirit.  Help us to live holy and joyful lives, befitting people you love and save.  We pray in Jesus’ name.
    A time of silent prayer… Amen.
Open us to your healing. 
Give us your grace and inspire us to serve you with courage; through Jesus Christ who comes to save. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
Nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In Christ we are forgiven and set free to live in praise and thanksgiving!
Thanks be to God!
The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you
   Turn to those near to you—or across the room—and smile, nod your
    head, indicating that your share these blessings with one another

Prayer for Understanding
Sovereign God, though we are bound by many tethers, your Word is not chained. Set us free by this Word and make your truth known to us.  Amen.

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures: Jeremiah 29: 1, 4—7   p. 687

Reading from the Gospel of Luke 17: 11—19    p.75

*Hymn      “Praise My Soul, the God of Heaven”                    GTG #619

Sermon   “Singing the Lord's Song in a Foreign Land”  Rev. Russell Lehman

Sermon by The Rev. Russell Lehman

*Affirmation of Faith   from “A Brief Statement of Faith” pcusa
In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursingchild, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

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          

Statement about Offering our Gifts 
Practicing gratitude can change our lives as individuals; it can change our life as a congregation. In the spirit of gratitude to God, our ethical duty is elevated to delight and joy.  As we offer to God these measured gifts, let us also offer unmeasured praise.

 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                                “Anchor”                                                Skillet

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Make of us, as well as these gifts, offerings of good news to the poor, bring hope to the hopeless,
and signs of your power to reconcile and redeem.   We ask all things in the name of Christ. Amen.

*Hymn                “All People That on Earth Do Dwell”                      GTG #385


Charge and Benediction
May God keep watch over us and all nations;
may Christ restore us, body and soul;
and may the Holy Spirit help us to remain faithful, giving thanks to God our whole life long.

Postlude                      “By the Rivers of Babylon”                    Marley