Buchanan First Presbyterian Church
15th Sunday After Pentecost - Communion Sunday
September 17, 2017 11:00 AM
Order of Worship
Voluntary Pastor Brad Napier
Announcements and Welcome Elder Toni Stokes, Liturgist
Call to Worship (Responsive) -Psalm 118
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks
to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
The Lord is God, and he has given us light.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures
Let us worship the Spirit of the Living God.
*Hymn #625 - How Great Thou Art
Prayer of Confession (Responsive) - Jorge Lockward
Forgive us, Lord....for grievance and injustice...Forgive us, Lord.
Forgive us, Lord....for aloofness and indifference...Forgive us, Lord.
Forgive us, Lord....for weakness and transgression....Forgive us, Lord.
Forgive us, Lord....for resistance and transgression....Forgive us, Lord.
Forgive us, Lord....in your eternal mercy....Forgive us, Lord.
Forgive us, Lord....in your sustaining grace...Forgive us, Lord.
And now, Lord, I confess specifically.....(silent prayers)
Assurance of Pardon (Responsive)
Jesus, Lamb of God.
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Bearer of our sins,
Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Redeemer of the world,
Grant us peace
I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, God has heard our confession, and
forgiven our sins.
Thanks be to God. AMEN.
Passing of the Peace
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
*Hymn #442 - Just as I am, without One Plea
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
The Epistle: Colossians 3:12-14
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to you, O Christ.
The Sermon: “The Power of Forgiveness” Pastor Brad Napier
“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors...”
- Jesus, Matthew 6:12
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone;
so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”
Jesus, Mark 11:25
Worship with Tithes and Offerings
Doxology #606 -Praise God
The Prayer of Dedication
*Hymn #835 - Just a Closer Walk with Thee
*Benediction and Blessing Pastor Brad Napier
Jackie Helms is at NHC Rehabilitation Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Cards and notes can be sent to Jackie at:
NHC Rehabilitation Center
Jackie Helms - Room 132
2300 Pavilion Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660
Please continue to pray for Jackie’s healing and recovery.
Our Capital Campaign for the front entry renovation has begun. Mailings and
letters are being sent out to raise the funds necessary for ths major, capital
renovation. As indicated, we already have $23,000 on hand. You are asked to
give as your are led to help the church make our vision a reality. If you have
questions, please speak with Pastor Napier or Elder Jeff Matney, the Chair of
the Capital Committee.
The Week Ahead
Monday: Pastor Napier will be in Hazard.
Wednesday: Lydia Circle, 10:30 am. We have begun a new Bible Study;
all women are invited to attend.
Mid-week Holy Communion in the Sanctuary, at noon, in the
Church School is going to be taught in a combined effort with
Vansant Presbyterian Church at Vansant. Each Wednesday, a
simple meal will be served at Vansant at 6:00 pm. Then, beginning
at 6:30, a 45-minute Church School class will be taught by Pastor
Napier using The Present Word Curriculum. This is for both
congregations, and for the next few months will take place at
Vansant Presbyterian Church.
Thursday: Quilting at 10:00 am.
Boys and Girls Club Board Meeting, Noon, Classroom 1
Saturday, September 16: Abingdon Presbytery’s Mountaintop Event,
Royal Oak Church in Marion. Registration begins at 9:30 am, with
worship beginning at 10 am. The theme is Youth Ministry and
Spiritual Practices. All Presbyterians are encouraged to attend this
Wednesday-Friday, September 27-29: Pastor Napier will be in Roanoke at
Saturday, September 30: Abingdon Presbytery’ Presbyterian Men’s Event.
This retreat will take place in Hatcher Hall at Wytheville
Presbyterian Church, from 11 am to 2 pm. This is for all
Presbyterian Men throughout Presbytery. The Rev. Joel Long,
Transitional Pastor at Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church in
Abingdon will be the key-note speaker. Lunch will be provided and
there will be special music. This will be a time of fellowship,
singing and learning. His theme will be: “Presbyterian Men:
MENding our 21st Century Discipleship.”
Birthdays, September 17 - 23:
Sept. 17 - Mary Virginia Lester, Pastor Brad Napier;
Sept. 20 - Sandy McGlothlin
Flowers and Memorials
Jim and Banna Bevins, sanctuary flowers to the glory of God and in loving
memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. M Bevins, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bailey.