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11:00 a.m.                                                   September 7, 2003

Assemble in God’s Name

Organ Prelude:

Choral Introit:

s Hymnbook: "Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”   #1

s  Passing the Peace


Concerns of the Church


Call to Worship (From Psalm 143:6-7--NRSV)

Leader:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And with you also.

Leader:  Lord. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

People:  Answer me quickly, O LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.


Opening Prayer


Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Almighty, eternal God and Father, we confess and acknowledge that we, alas, were conceived and born in sin, and are therefore inclined to all evil and slow to all good; that we transgress thy holy commandments without ceasing, and ever more corrupt ourselves. 

But we are sorry for the same, and beseech thy grace and help.  Wherefore have mercy upon us, most gracious and merciful God and Father, through thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Grant to us and increase in us thy Holy Spirit, that we may recognize our sin and unrighteousness from the bottom of our hearts, attain true repentance and sorrow for them, die to them wholly, and please thee entirely by a new and godly life.  Amen.

(Martin Bucer, 1539)

Declaration of Forgiveness (Romans 8:38-39)

Leader:  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

People:  Shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


s Gloria Patri #546

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings


s Doxology #544


Proclaim God’s Word

Children's Sermon: "The Lamb Solution”

                                  Matthew 5:39

Dismissal to Children’s Church (5 and Under)

Prayers of the People

s First Reading: Psalm 143

s Hymnbook: "When Morning Lights the Eastern Skies”  #49

Second Reading:  Luke 8:26-39




Sermon: "Gerasene Demoniac”


Go in God’s Name

s The Apostles' Creed

s Prayer of Thanksgiving

s The Lord's Prayer

s Hymnbook: "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross”   #376

s Charge and Blessing



s:  All who are able, please stand.



Welcome, friends! On this marvelous Sunday, let us open our spirits to the loving presence of God that we may be spiritually fed and renewed by his grace.


Mark Love, Kim McFalls

We welcome two new members to our fellowship.  Mark Love comes to us from Chester ARP Church.  Kim McFalls comes to us from Hickory Grove ARP Church.  We are glad to have Mark and Kim as part of our fellowship.  In their honor, we will sing the first verse of #473, “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”


Youth Today:  Putt Putt (See Elizabeth for details).

Youth Wednesday: First grade and under, 6-7 p.m.


Bible Study: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.   Our topic is Biblical prophecy.


Pam Smith is in poor health.  Please remember Pam and all our sick and shut-ins in your prayers.


Communicant’s Class begins next Sabbath, September 14 at 10 a.m. in the pastor’s study.  This is where you get to ask all that you ever wanted to know about being a Christian or being an ARP  If you are interested in attending, please see the pastor.


The York ARP Men’s Fellowship meets September 21.  This is an 8:00 a.m. breakfast meeting.  If you would like to cook for the Men’s Fellowship breakfast, please sign the sheet in the narthex.




Psalm 143 (AV)


1  Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

2  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

3  For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.

4  Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.

5  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

6  I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.

7  Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

8  Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

9  Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

10  Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

11  Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.

12  And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.



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