Saturday, September 12, 2020
Order of Worship

Sunday, September 13, 2020
8:30 AM: Outdoor Worship (We are broadcasting the service for those who would like to remain in your cars in the parking lot. Just tune in to FM 96.9.)
9:15 AM: Outdoor Sunday School Options
11 AM: Live Stream Worship 

We have provided the written copy of the sermon (by clicking the sermon title) for those who would like to follow along during the service. 

Pouring the Water

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude: Jesus Ever Faithful, Ever Near, Franklin Ritter

Call to Worship:
We come together to celebrate the grace of God.
              We are a forgiven people.
We have received mercy beyond our imagining.
              In the strength of this blessing
              we offer our praise and thanksgiving.
Praise the Lord!
              The Lord’s name be praised.

Hymn 234: Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain (Verses 1 and 4)

Prayer of the Day:
God of mercy:
Help us to forgive, as you have forgiven us.
Help us to trust you, even when hope is failing.
Help us to take up our cross daily
and follow you in your redeeming work;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession:
Lord Christ,
at times we are like strangers on this earth,
taken aback by all the violence, the harsh oppositions.
At other times we are part of the violence,
refusing to love, lost in anger, strangers to forgiveness.
Like a gentle breeze, breathe upon us the Spirit of peace.
Transform the deserts of our doubts,
and prepare us to live as a forgiven and forgiving people
wherever you place us,
until the day when everlasting peace
dawns in our hearts and in our world.
Forgive us all, loving Christ.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hymn of Praise: Praise Ye The Lord
Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation.
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near; join me in glad adoration!

Time with the Young Church: Children's Bulletin
Third Grade Bibles
Presented on Sunday, September 13, 2020
By First Presbyterian of Franklin, TN

Wren Elisabeth Burns
Kate Frances Dziedzic
Hannah Katherine Fox
Austin Lee Hawley
Sidney Caroline Heath
Preston James Plumley 
Prayer for Illumination:
O Lord our God,
your Word is a lamp unto our feet
and a light to our path.
Give us grace to receive your truth in faith and love,
that we may be obedient to your will
and live always for your glory;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 18:21-35

Sermon: The Main Thing - Chris Joiner

Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer
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Hymn 435: There's a Wideness in God's Mercy (All Verses)


Postlude: Ancient of Days, Paul Taylor
Prayer Requests: For the full list, click here.

Gerry Reams
Keith Legenzoff's friend, Hildy Hanks
Cathy McCall's sister-in-law, Vicky Casteel

Thelma Byrd
Darcie Cross
Priscilla Duarte
Stacie Dvorak
Susan Haws
Stephanie Lampley
Jane Plumley
JR Russell

Charlotte Jean “Charlie” Carreira, daughter of Sarah and Brian Carreira, granddaughter of Chuck and Linda Cairatti, born August 24, 2020
Slade Austin Newsom, son of Kendall and James Newsom, great grandson of Sara and Ron Hinds, born August 20, 2020
Larkin May Healy, daughter of Parry and Brendon Healy, granddaughter of John and Talbott Grimm, born August 19, 2020

Ed Wilson, August 30, 2020
J.D. Taylor's brother, Anthony Taylor, August 27, 2020

In Memory of:
Margaret Minke, September 16, 2011
Eulalie Jefferson, September 18, 2006
Ruth Molitor, September 19, 2004