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Prelude - Voluntary in C, John Stanley (1712-1786)

Call to Worship 
Why do we come?
We come to worship the God of all goodness and beauty.
Why do we worship?
Because it is good to give thanks to God, to sing praises to the Most High.
How will we worship?
We will proclaim God’s love in the morning, and God’s faithfulness by night.
We will exalt God’s name forever.

Then let us raise our minds and our souls,
our bodies and our voices as we worship God together.

+ Hymn 625 - How Great Thou Art  vs. 1, 2, and 4      (Requested by Elizabeth Varney)

+ Call to Confession

+ A Prayer of Confession
Living God, in penitence and the sure knowledge of Your immeasurable grace, we come seeking Your healing care. Forgive us, merciful God for all that we have done that we know we shouldn’t, and for all we haven’t done that we know we should. In Your compassion take away the guilt we have held onto for too long and forgive us all that we bring to You now in silence:

• Assurance of Pardon
• Response to Forgiveness: Hymn 581 Gloria Patri 
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.


Passing of the Peace

Children’s Message

Prayer for Openness
Guide us, O God, by your Word and Spirit, that in your light we may see light,  in your truth find freedom, and in your will discover your peace;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Reading - Psalm 20 (OT pg. 499)
The LORD answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion. May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah

May he grant your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans. May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the LORD will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand. Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the LORD our God. They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright. Give victory to the king, O LORD; answer us when we call.

This is the written testimony to the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God

ANTHEM - God Still Sings, Alfred V. Fedak, Scholar Singers

Scripture Reading - 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 (OT pg. 259)
15:34Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

16:1The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the LORD commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the LORD.” 7But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen any of these.” 11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.

SERMON - Anointed One, Rev Matt Falco

*Affirmation of Faith: Colossians 1:15–20
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,  and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. 

+ HYMN 366 - Love Divine, All Loves Excelling    

Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer (Debts/Debtors)

Offering 
• INVITATION
• Offertory - O Perfect Love, Hal Hopson (b. 1933)
• Doxology 
Praise God from whom all blessing flow Praise Christ the Word in flesh born low;
                Praise Holy Spirit evermore; One God, Triune, whom we adore. Amen.

• Prayer of Dedication

+ HYMN 450 - Be Thou My Vision(Selected by Jim Olive)

Charge and Benediction

Benediction Response - Hymn 542 - God Be With You Till We Meet Again
God be with you till we meet again; loving counsels guide, uphold you,
with a shepherd’s care enfold you: God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again; keep love’s banner floating o’er you;
daily manna still provide you: God be with you till we meet again.


Postlude - Fugue on “Exultet,” Jean-Francois Dandrieu (1682-1738)