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
First & Second Presbyterian Churches
8th Sunday after Pentecost
July 14, 2024
10:30 in the morning

The Gathering of God’s People
(Where you see an asterisk (*) please stand as you are able.)

Welcome and Announcements:
The Prelude: “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing” - -James McGranahan
Steve Winslow, Organist
Call to Worship:
Leader: God calls us together to worship this morning.
People: From our work and play within the world, God gathers us so that we may give thanks for creation’s goodness, for the strength to labor, for the wisdom to relax.
Leader: From amidst our friends and family God brings us here to participate in a community of faith, Christ’s people, a new family.
People: From everyday talk and chatter, God invites us to speak in truth from the depths of heart and mind, and to pray freely.
Leader: Let us heed God’s call and rejoice in what God enables.
People: Come let us worship our God together!

Opening Prayer:
*Hymn of Praise: “Will You Come & Follow Me?” Insert
*Call to Confession:

*Unison Prayer of Confession: <Adapted from a prayer of confession by Thom Shuman>
All: Why are we always willing to descend into the worst areas life offers to us, but reluctant to come into your presence, Holy One? Why can we stand on sin's shaky foundations, yet find it impossible to dance in your joy? Why are we so quick to trumpet our hollow achievements, and do not seem to be able to hear your whispers of hope for us?
Forgive us, Grace's Glory, and fill us with your mercy. May we set our hope in Jesus Christ, who came so we might become your children, inheritors of love, peace, and faithfulness forever. <Silence is kept>

*Assurance of Forgiveness:
Leader: …In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God!

*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
Special Music: “Who You Say I Am” -Hillsong
Gabrielle Allman, Soloist
Prayer for Illumination:

Scriptures:
Old Testament Reading: Micah 4:1-5
Psalm Reading: Psalm 145
Gospel Reading: John 17:20-26

Sermon: Ephesians 1:3-14 – “Blessed Together in Christ”
Pr. Josh Botts & Rev. Pr. Tim Harmon

We Respond to God’s Word

*Hymn of Response: “Dear Lord & Father of Mankind” #345

*Affirmation of Faith: <Adapted from a Liturgy written by John van de Laar>
All: God made all that is seen and unseen, filling the universe with the life of God, filling creation with the glory of God, And filling history with the purpose of God.
God became flesh and revealed His glory in Christ, showing the world the character of God, giving humanity the dignity of God, ending death's tyranny by the resurrection of God.
God continues to work in the world by the Holy Spirit, flooding the earth with the Presence of God, teaching Christ's followers the truth of God, drawing all people into the family of God.
This we believe and this we proclaim. Hallelujah!

Sharing of Joys and Concerns:
Prayers of the People & 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:
The Giving of Our Offering:
Offertory: “At The Cross” (Love Ran Red) - Redman et al., 2015
Gabrielle Allman, Soloist

*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” #592
*Prayer of Dedication:

Sending Forth

*Closing Hymn: “Jesus Shall Reign” #423

*Benediction:
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: “Menuet Gothique” -Leon Boellmann

<Portions of the Liturgy adapted from the Presbyterian Outlook, the Abingdon Worship Annual, and other online resources>

Announcements

Today’s Ushers are: Paul and Jo Sallade, Trudy Hammerschmidt, and Peggy Weaver.

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.

Special Music: We are grateful to have Gabrielle Allman share her gift of music with us this morning!

Cook Out! The Deacons are hosting a cook out after church today!
The Hangout Luau! Come join the Hangout group for a Luau themed party full of fun and games on July 17th at 10am.

Barbie Party! Join the ladies of the church to watch the movie "Barbie" at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17th in the Adult Wing. Bring a snack or drink to share and wear your Barbie PINK! (optional, of course). See Kathy Hohmann or Julie Kennedy with questions.

Newsletter Info: We’re beginning to assemble the August Newsletter, so if you have anything that needs to be added, please have the info turned in by July 24th.

Need a ride to Church? Contact Dawn Kerna 814-758-2168.
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Wonderful message, Joshua!!!!💗

Morning Worship Service
7th Sunday after Pentecost July 7, 2024 10:30 in the Morning
The Gathering of God’s People
(Where you see an asterisk (*) please stand as you are able.)
Welcome and Announcements:

The Prelude: “When Morning Gilds the Skies” -Martha Sobaje
Steve Winslow, Organist Call to Worship:
Leader: Throughout the ages, disciples have said, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
All: Lord, give us the freedom to follow you in the ways of love.
L: We come from busy homes, filled with little time to consider Christ in our lives.
All: Lord, give us the strength to follow you in the ways of peace.
L: In times of struggle, we look to God for help.
All: Lord, give us the opportunity to follow you in the ways of kindness.
L: Today, we celebrate life in the Spirit, showing us the joy of following Christ.
All: May God give us the patience to follow faithfully in Christ’s path.

Opening Prayer:
*Hymn of Praise: “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" Insert
*Call to Confession:

*Unison Prayer of Confession:
All: Gracious God, we live in the tension of what we are called to be and our lived reality. We often fall short of the good we intend and our growing in the likeness of Christ is painfully slow at best. Forgive us we pray. Offer us the peace that passes all understanding that we might be forgiven and begin anew. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. <silence is kept>

*Assurance of Forgiveness:
Leader: …In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God!
*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

Special Music: “Hallelujah” -Anthem
Lauren Slaugenhaupt, Soloist
Prayer for Illumination:
Scriptures:
Old Testament Reading: Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm Reading: Psalm 123
New Testament Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:1-13
Sermon: "Assumptions, Authority, & the Provision of God"
Pastor, Josh Botts
We Respond to God’s Word

*Hymn of Response: “I Danced In The Morning” #302

*Affirmation of Faith: (Adapted from Belonging to God: A First Catechism)
All: We believe when Jesus spoke, he spoke with God’s authority. When Jesus acted, he acted with God’s power. Jesus amazed people with his deeds of power, but he was also gentle and loving. Even now, he cares for us in all our needs as a shepherd cares for sheep. Jesus also called his disciples to follow him. Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick, blessed children, befriended outcasts, required people to repent, and forgave their sins. He taught people not to fear, but to always trust in God. He preached the good news of God’s love and gave everyone hope for new life. We live our lives in gratitude for the person and work of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns:
Prayers of the People: (Adapted from a prayer written by Tara Bulger)
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:
The Giving of Our Offering:
Offertory: “O Come To The Altar” - Elevation Worship
Lauren Slaugenhaupt, Soloist

*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” #592
*Prayer of Dedication:

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Invitation:
Great Thanksgiving:
Leader: The Lord be with you
People: And also, with you
L: Lift up your Hearts
People: We Lift them to the Lord
L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise

Communion: The ushers will serve the communion elements.
We hold the bread until all have been served so that we may remember that Christ died for all of us; and partake of the cup as it is received in remembrance that Christ died for each of us.

Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn: “Lead On, O King Eternal” #447
*Benediction:
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: “Allegro Maestoso” -G. F. Handel
<Portions of the Liturgy adapted from the Presbyterian Outlook, the Abingdon Worship Annual, and other online resources>
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Morning Worship Service
6th Sunday after Pentecost June 30, 2024 10:30 in the Morning
The Gathering of God’s People
(Where you see an asterisk (*) please stand as you are able.
Welcome and Announcements:
The Prelude: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” -Charles Gabriel
Steve Winslow, Organist
Call to Worship: (written by Evie Hughes, 12yr old member of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Thomas, Kentucky)
Leader: We trust that the Lord is with us and all shall be made well.
All: Our faith is the light that guides us through work, life and the world.
Leader: Rejoice and know that God is here.
All: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.
Opening Prayer:
*Hymn of Praise: “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken” #446
*Call to Confession: (Rev. Carol Prickett)
*Unison Prayer of Confession: (Evie Hughes)
All: Lord, forgive us, for in the busy-ness of our lives we have forgotten to seek you. Instead of looking at the glory of every single miracle around us – from the beauty of the flowers to the turning of the leaves – we have focused on completing our own tasks. We have asked for miracles, but we haven’t asked for you. Help us see what you have already given us and to see all people as you see them. When we think all is lost, remind us how your forgiveness comes like the morning, leading us out of the darkness every time. Amen. <silence is kept>
*Assurance of Forgiveness:
Leader: …In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
All: Thanks be to God!
*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
Special Music: “Goodness of God” -Bethel Music & Jenn Johnson
Gabrielle Allman, Soloist / Steve Winslow, Pianist
Prayer for Illumination:
Scriptures:
Psalm Reading: Psalm 30
Gospel Reading: Mark 5:21-43
Old Testament Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Sermon: “God of Second Chances” Pastor, Don Kellner
We Respond to God’s Word
*Hymn of Response: “Jesus, I Come” Insert
*Affirmation of Faith: (The Declaration of Faith)
All: In forming his people and sending them into the world Jesus called individuals to be disciples. They were to share the joy of his companionship, to understand and obey his teachings, and to follow him in life and death. We confess that Christians today are called to discipleship. Life shared with Christ and shaped by Christ is God’s undeserved gift to each of us. It is also God’s demand upon every one of us, never perfectly fulfilled by any of us. Forgiven by God and supported by our siblings in Christ, we strive to become more faithful and effective in our daily practice of the Christian life.
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: “New Wine” -Hillsong
Gabrielle Allman, Soloist / Steve Winslow, Pianist
*Doxology: “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” #592
*Prayer of Dedication:
Sending Forth
*Closing Hymn: “Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing” #538
*Benediction:
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: “In My Heart There Rings A Melody” -Elton Roth
<Portions of the Liturgy adapted from the Presbyterian Outlook, the Abingdon Worship Annual, and other online resources>
Announcements
Paul Sallade, Worship Leader
The Flowers in the Sanctuary are given to the glory of God in honor of their 56th Anniversary by John and Trudy Hammerschmidt.
Today’s Ushers are: Carl and Kathy Hohmann.
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.
Special Music: We are grateful to have our own Gabrielle share her gift of music with us this morning!
New Church Secretary! Our new secretary began her position with us on June 25th Her name is Kirsten Gesing, and she is eager to work with and get to know all of us. Let’s do all we can to help her feel welcome.
New Office Hours: Coinciding with Kirsten’s start, we will have new office hours for the summer. The office will be open from 9:30am to 2:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.
Cook Out! The Deacons will be hosting a cook out after church on July 14th. 2nd Pres. has been invited and it will be a joint service that day. There will be a signup sheet in the narthex. Please bring a dish to share.
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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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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