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            Grace Presbyterian Church
                           7 North 4th St.  Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935
                                               Ph. 740-633-2699   FAX 740-633-9624
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                  GRACE is an Open, Welcoming Church, come and be part of it!
                                         "Here we experience the inclusiveness as God intended the world to be."                                                       

 Sunday, September 24, 2023,  10:30 A.M.       

         17th Sunday after Pentecost                  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Pastor: Paul P. Todd, CP.                            Missionaries:  The Congregation

   GOD Calls Us Together For Worship
                                    I rejoiced with those who said, "Let us go to the House of the Lord"  Ps. 122:1                        

Welcome & Announcements                                      

Prelude                                                                                    Sherry Stratton    

Call to Celebration                                                               Elder, Linda Archer         L:   Come, you who thirst for grace.

    P:   Come, you who hunger for justice.

    L:    Come, you who are a stranger in a strange land.                             

    P:   Come, you who are like a child at home.  

    L:    Come, for Christ welcomes you to this time and place.                                 t

    P:   We have come to worship God, and to worship Him well. 


Hymn of Praise         "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"                   #8 vs.1-3 

Prayer of Confession of Sins and Mistakes

(Time for Personal Prayer and Reflection)

[Unison] Holy, just, and gracious God, we count ourselves among those who have sinned and fall short of Your glory.  We have neglected to worship You and made idols for ourselves that are unworthy of worship.  We have not sought first Your kingdom and Your righteousness.  We have not been content with our daily bread, or loved our neighbors well.  We have run toward temptation and not away.  The very sins we judge in others we have committed ourselves.  We confess our sins to You and plead the blood of Christ as our one defense.  We ask You to forgive us, for we need Your mercy and we long to be cleansed and restored.  In Jesus' Name we pray.  Amen.  


The Assurance of Being Pardoned and Forgiven of our Sins

*The Gloria Patri                                                                               Screen


Ritual of Friendship        

The Children's Sermon                                                           

Hymn of Prayer     "Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord"              #395 vs. 1-3                                                                                                                                       

Morning Prayer and Lord's Prayer (Debts & Debtors)            

Special Music                                                                  Sherry Stratton


We Hear GOD's Word to Us 
      "Thy Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."  Psalm 119:105

Scripture Reading       Matthew 20:1-16                  Elder, Linda Archer     The Good News:       "What Do We Get Out Of It?"                                                                                        Pastor Paul Todd


Hymn of Service         "Wherever He Leads I'll Go"             #367 vs. 1,2,4

We Offer Our Gifts and Lives Before GOD

"They gave themselves first to the Lord" 2nd Cor. 8:5

An Opportunity to rededicate your life & bring your offering to GOD

Prayer of Dedication of our Tithes and Gifts to GOD              

Offertory                                                                              Sherry Stratton         *Doxology                                                                                          


* Blessing and Sending                                            

* Blessing Response    "Go Now and Live for the Savior"       #610            



  GRACE Church is a church with a glorious Past,   

               An Active Present, And a Greater Future!

  Come and be part of it!

*Indicates that those who are able may stand for worship.

Conclusion of Worship - Beginning of Service


Grace Presbyterian Church

7 North Fourth Street

Martins Ferry, OH  43935

Phone 740-633-2699    FAX 740-633-9624


"An Open, Welcoming Church, serving Christ in our world since 1851


April 6, 2023------7:00 PM


Pastor, Paul Todd, CP                                                            Organist, Sherry Stratton

Missionaries:  Congregation

Our Maundy Thursday Worship is an adaptation of the ancient Tenebrae Worship, which dates back to the 8th century.  Tenebrae is one of the oldest funeral services of the church.  It represents the darkness and sorrow felt by the early Christians as they remembered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Our worship moves from light to darkness with the fading light symbolizing the fading loyalty of the disciples and friends of Jesus, while also portraying Jesus' crucifixion.  

Prelude                        "Lord, Let Me Walk"                        Chancel Choir


Lighting of the Lenten Cross                                                             Willa Wilkins & Family 

                                                         "We Remember"                                        Video On Screen

*Hymn                   "Were You There"    (verses 1-3)                                       #181 or Screen

The First Candle Extinguished

Matthew 26:14-16

Prayer of Confession                                                                                                                                          Special time for Personal Prayer, Silent Meditation & Reflection

Cut nails are available.  These nails symbolize our sins.  Hold it.  Prayerfully reflect upon your sins and mistakes during this evening's special service.  Then during the singing of "Beneath the Cross of Jesus", come and hammer your nail into the cross remembering how GOD carried those sins away.

ANTHEM                                      "How Long Has It Been?"                              Chancel Choir

The Second Candle Extinguished

The Assurance of Being Forgiven of our Sins

*Hymn                     "Glorify Thy Name"                                                                       #29

                                        The Third Candle Extinguished

Jesus Prays for all Believers                                                               John 17:20-26

ANTHEM                  "Jesus, Remember Me"                                        Chancel Choir

Evening Prayer

                                       The Fourth Candle Extinguished


FIRST MANDATE            "Servanthood"

Washing of the Disciples' Feet                                                                John 13:1-17

                                       The Fifth Candle Extinguished


SECOND MANDATE           "Communion"                                     Pastor Paul Todd

Jesus Institutes the Lord's Supper                                                   Luke 22:7-21

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION              (Liturgy on back or screen)


                                         The Sixth Candle Extinguished

Jesus Arrested                                                                                  Matthew 26:47-56

                                          The Seventh Candle Extinguished


Hymn                           "Beneath the Cross of Jesus"                             #183/Screen

A long-standing tradition of GRACE Church for Maundy Thursday is to come and physically stand beneath the cross as we hammer in our nails, while we together sing the hymn, "Beneath the Cross of Jesus".


*Charge and Sending

Conclusion of Worship - Beginning of Service

Invitation to the Lord's Table

Great Thanksgiving

L:  The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L:  Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them to the Lord.

L:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give our thanks and praise.

L:  It is truly right........who forever sing to the glory of Your name:

P:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

L:  You are holy.........according to His commandment:

P:  We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

L:  Gracious God...... As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:

P:  Our Father, who art in heaven..................Amen.

Breaking of the B read

Communion of the People

Prayer in Unison:  God of Grace, Your Son Jesus Christ left us this holy meal of bread and wine in which we share His body and blood.  May we who have celebrated this sign of His great love show in our lives the fruits of His redemption; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.   Amen.


8:00 AM Resurrection Service followed by

Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall

10:30 AM Traditional Easter Worship (Sanctuary)

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