Living, or Thriving?

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about the difference between simply living and a life of faith that thrives. Based on Psalm 92:12-15

The Service for the Lord’s Day

September 8, 2019    10:30 a.m.



Prelude                      “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow“                      arr J Turner

“My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”                        arr G Spranger

“God Leads Us Along”                                                   arr P Keneren


News of the Church

Please complete the attendance form found in the red Welcome book in your pew.  Prayer request forms are also available in the Welcome book.  Thank you.


*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


*Hymn #658                                                                                                                      “God Is So Good”


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning not just to attend worship;

People:    we come to be an integral part of praising and giving thanks to God.

Leader:     As service ends we do not simply leave,

People:    we prepare ourselves to spread the news of Jesus Christ to all we

                        meet on the other side of the door.

       Leader:     God calls us today and every day to participate in life, to be one with

Him and others, not just to live…but to thrive!

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                                    “My Lighthouse”                                Rend Collective


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

       Dear Lord, we have become so accustomed to watching:  television, phones, movie screens, that we often forget how to participate.  We watch people suffer around the world and in our own backyards and wonder why someone doesn’t help them.  We watch as attendance numbers in churches across the country drop and hope something changes.  We work hard to create a living but work too hard to build a life.  Help us to be a part of the world, not just to observe but to take action.  Help us to be fruitful members of society, as well as of the community of believers.  Teach us to truly thrive in a world where many people only live.…

(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God sent Jesus to live among us.  Jesus became fully human in order to immerse Himself in our lives.  Even when we give to Him mere parts of ourselves, He gives us complete love and total forgiveness.

ALL:           Thanks be to God!


*The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 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.




Commissioning of our Teachers

All our Sunday School and Midweek @ Midtown teachers, small group leaders, youth volunteers

and others who teach us are invited to come forward to be commissioned.


Leader:     How do we respond to this calling?


People: We thank God for those he has called to special service in his church. As members, parents, and children, we pledge you our support. We will pray for you as you lead us, and we will work and witness together. We will join you in receiving the Word by faith and in living by it in our daily life.


Unison Prayer:

Almighty God, lovingly guide and protect those who, out of a heart of compassion, undertake to teach us, our children and our youth. Give them knowledge, patience, grace, and peace. Most of all, give them a passion for the wisdom which comes only from you, so that by the work of your Holy Spirit, we may see Christ living in and through us. May we go deeper in our faith because of their teachings.  To the glory of your holy name, through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.


Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, children 7 and younger may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other children are asked to remain in worship.


Anthem                                          “Come Build a Church”                                       K Medema

Chancel Choir


Message      “Living, or Thriving?”    Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Psalm 92:12-15                                  Pew Bible pg.478

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 In old age they still produce fruit;
they are always green and full of sap,
15 showing that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.



*Hymn #661                                                                             “His Eye is on the Sparrow”


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

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, forever. Amen.



Offertory                             “This Is My Father’s World”                                 arr D Allen

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



*Hymn                                                                                                 “Thrive”                                                                            Casting Crowns




Postlude                                        “Trumpet Tune Duet”                                             J Clarke



*Please stand, in body or in spirit