Oil City First Presbyterian Church

215 E Bissell Ave, Oil City, PA | Sunday School 9:15 a.m. | Worship 10:30 a.m.
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We are located at 215 E Bissell Ave, Oil City, PA 16301

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Morning Worship Service for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost on June 16, 2024 at 10:30 in the morning

The Gathering of God’s People
Welcome and Announcements:
The Prelude: Stephen Winslow, Organist
Prelude and Fugue on “Crusaders Hymn” Gordon Young
Call to Worship:
Leader: It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
People: We declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.
Leader: As flowers unfold in the light of the sun, our creation comes to fullness in the presence of our God.
People: Christ brought a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Opening Prayer:
*Hymn of Praise: “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken” #446
*Call to Confession:
*Unison Prayer of Confession:
All: God who knows each heart, you call us to walk by faith and not by sight, giving us new vision that goes deeper than outward appearance; yet how often we remain blind, returning to a human point of view, relying instead on our society’s signs of right or wrong, success or failure. We miss your warning signals of internal corruption or moral deficiency in those in whom we put our trust.
Forgive us, O God. Become our Vision as we keep learning to walk by faith. Teach us to observe ourselves and others as you do, with prudence and wisdom as well as compassion and love, so that your deeper way of seeing might grow within us and among us, in Christ’s name, Amen.
*Assurance of Forgiveness:
*Passing of the Peace:
Leader: …The peace of the Lord be with you!
All: And also, with you!
*Gloria Patri: “Glory Be to the Father” #579

We Hear God’s Word
Prayer for Illumination:
Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24 pg. 1308
Psalm Reading: Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 pg. 931
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 pg. 1798
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:26-34 pg. 1558
Sermon: “Expectant Hope” Pastor Josh Botts

We Respond to God’s Word
*Hymn of Response: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” #356
*Affirmation of Faith: (from the Belhar Confession)
All: 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.
That God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit has conquered the powers of sin and death, and therefore also of irreconciliation and hatred, bitterness and enmity, that God’s lifegiving Word and Spirit will enable the church to live in a new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for society and the world.
Sharing of Joys and Concerns:
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer:
The Prayer Response: (sung in unison)
Hear our prayer, O Lord; Hear our prayer, O Lord,
Incline Thine ear to us, and grant us Thy peace. Amen.
Invitation to Offering:
Offertory: Meditation on “Come Thou Fount” Mark Radice
*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” #592
*Prayer of Dedication:
Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn: “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!” #145
The postlude provides the transition from sacred worship back into our varied lives and activities, equipped with renewed courage, energy, and a commitment to serve God and others, until we are able to meet again, in worship. We invite you to remain seated.
Postlude: “The Solid Rock” Bradbury/Hustad
<Parts of the Liturgy adapted from the Presbyterian Outlook and the Abingdon Worship Annual and other online resources>

Paul Sallade, Worship Leader
The Flowers in the Sanctuary are given to the glory of God in memory of Anita and Jud Bannon by their church family.

Today’s Ushers are: willing volunteers.
Welcome to all visitors who have come to worship with us today! The Nursery is open during worship, and hearing-assist devices and large print bulletins are available. See an Usher for assistance.
Happy Father’s Day! All our Gentlemen are invited to take a Daffin’s candy bar. Enjoy your day!
Community Playhouse Show: If you would like to attend the Community Playhouse performance of “Almost Maine” on Friday, July 12th as a group, sign up on the information/sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex. See Sallie Johnson for details.
Need a ride to Church? Contact Don Kellner 814-516-1973.
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Address: 215 E Bissell Ave
Oil City, PA 16301
Phone: (814) 676-2769

Upcoming Events

Maundy Thursday Service

1st and 2nd Presbyterian Churches are combining for a Maundy Thursday worship with Communion and a potluck dinner at 6:00 on Thursday, March 28th.

It will be held at Second Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, 111 Reed Street, Oil City PA 16301.

Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Place settings and drinks will be provided. All are welcome!

Have Kids?

A nursery is available during worship for children ages birth – kindergarten.

Statement of Church Purpose

To glorify God, our purpose as the First Presbyterian Church is to sustain and strengthen our faith as a family of believers, equipping ourselves to proclaim and demonstrate Christian love to the community at large by meeting people’s needs, both physical and spiritual.

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