|Evangelical United Church of Christ
October 25th, 2015 8:00 a.m.
(This morning’s entire liturgy is taken from writings of St. Augustine, a key 4th century figure who helped shape the church’s understanding of Free Will vs. Original Sin)
PRELUDE: “Onward Christian Soldiers” Broughton
WE WELCOME MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND GUESTS
(Child care is available for children 3 and under in our nursery, room 38)
SHARING OUR LIFE TOGETHER
**GREETING ONE ANOTHER (You are invited to stand and share the Peace of Christ with your fellow worshippers.)
Show**CALL TO WORSHIP (from Augustine’s early adolescence)
Leader: God alters His works, but never His plan...
People: You are never in need yet rejoice in your victories
Leader: Since nothing exists without You…
People: Everything that exists contains a part of You
Leader: When we are estranged and lost in darkness…
People: This is what it means to be far from Your face.
HYMN OF PRAISE: “Open My Eyes that I May See” #586
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison; adapted from Augustine’s “Confessions”)
“Not in Him are we seeking pleasures, distinctions, and truth, but in ourselves and the rest of His creatures, so we fall headlong into pains, confusions, and errors. But we give thanks to you, our God, we give thanks for Your gifts.” Amen.
**GLORY BE TO THE FATHER No. 35
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.
World without end; Amen. Amen.
SPECIAL MUSIC: “We Have One Faith” Chancel Choir
OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE: Psalm 51:5
“Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.”
NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:12
“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned”
MESSAGE: “Free Will vs. Original Sin” Pastor Will
HYMN OF PRAISE: “Wonderful Words of Life” #323
JOYS AND CONCERNS
OFFERING “Sweet Hour of Prayer” Sewell
**PRAYER OF DEDICATION: (unison; from Augustine’s later years)
“Seek God, and our souls will live…[let’s] shape ourselves no longer to the standards of the world, but restrain ourselves from it. Let our work give rise to a living soul.”
**PARTING HYMN: “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” #576
**CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE: (unison)
** indicates an invitation to stand if able and willing
This week: The debate of Original Sin vs. Free Will was emphasized by St. Augustine of Hippo and Pelagius of Britain. The result (Pelagius = heretic) influenced how Christians have understood their sinful nature still through today. Interestingly, the UCC (our denomination) tends to adhere more to a Pelagian understanding than an Augustinian one.
“Heretical= outside of ______ ______”
-It doesn’t mean these people are evil, stupid, or anti-Christian. In general, early church heretics were highly educated, deeply Christian individuals.
“Back then: Unity in _________ vs. Now: Unity in __________”
“The Balance of respecting people where they ___ ___ vs. where they ____ __”
- Original Sin- Everyone needs God because you are ______ separated from God.
-Free Will- says “everyone can _______ God or ____ separation from God”