Announcements (October 21)

Please consider using envelopes for cash offerings, and indicating their purpose as well as including your name. You can also donate electronically through Givelify via app or your browser!

You’re invited to share a prayer request by either speaking aloud during prayers of supplication, or by writing the request on the cards in the pew racks.

Congregational Meeting: October 28. Please plan to stay briefly after worship next week for our annual meeting, to hear the church’s annual report, and to elect officers.

Join us for an evening of fun at the Frist! We’re excited to introduce Woodland About Town – a group open to all ages that’s centered around community and checking out what’s going on in Nashville. Our first outing is Frist Friday on Saturday, October 27 from 6-9pm. Tickets are $12. Contact Tracy if you plan on attending.

Join the Young Adult Ministry for bowling on Thursday, October 25 at Pinewood Social! Meet at Pinewood at 7pm. Cost is around $10/person. Contact Emily Martin with questions (615-232-4696).

The church workday is back on October 27! Help us to prepare our church for the #Woodland160 celebration. We need 6-8 volunteers to assist with tidying up our spaces. All skill levels welcome! Contact Tracy or Elizabeth (410-458-4572) to sign up.

Woodland 160 Announcements

If you would like to participate in the Woodland 160 video, let Sara know (

Any individuals who are willing to contribute to the 9:45a brunch during the celebration can let Tracy know.

We’d love to have 160 in attendance at the anniversary service on November 11! Consider inviting a friend to worship at 11:00a for the celebration.

You can order a Woodland 160 shirt online at! The cost is $12.00 each.

Harvest Festival Announcements

Saturday, November 10 from 1-3pm

If you would like to help with games and activities during the Harvest Festival (November 10), let Jenny or Meredith know how you’d like to get involved!

We’re also collecting candy donations for the Harvest Festival! If you’d like to contribute to the family-friendly event with a bag of candy, talk to Jenny!

Morning Worship

Second Sunday after the Epiphany (January 14, 2018)

We’re excited to worship with you this morning! Woodland Presbyterian is a community dedicated to inclusion & participation in the Church, regardless of race, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, political views, or another part of your identity.

We’d like to invite you to fill out our connection card, as would love to add you to our mailing list! If you have any questions, you can also email us at, or DM us on Facebook or Instagram.

Gather in Worship


Rachel Harley and Brandon Smith

*Call to Worship

L: Bless the HOLY ONE, O my soul.
P: O my God, you are very great.
L: You are clothed with honor and majesty,
wrapped in light as with a garment.
P: You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
L: you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
P: you make the clouds your chariot,
L: you ride on the wings of the wind,
P: you make the winds your messengers,
fire and flame your ministers.
L: You set the earth on its foundations,
so that it shall never be shaken.
P: O HOLY ONE, how manifold are your works!

*Hymn 475

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

*Prayer of Confession

Holy God, 
Out of the deep mystery of your being  
you call us to a future of great promise, 
but also, of great uncertainty – 
while we insist on knowing exactly where we are going 
and how we will get there. 
We confess that we often fail to trust the sometimes-strange ways you lead us, 
and attempt instead to take control of our own destiny. 
Help us to learn from story of your people Israel, 
and the life of Jesus your Beloved One, 
how our life’s journey, undertaken by faith, 
can be more important than our arrival at any expected destination. 

Silent confession.


Kyrie Eleison


L: Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
P: In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.

Passing of the Peace

L: Since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another. The peace of Christ be with you. 
P: And also with you.

The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.


Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Since I laid my burden down. (2x)

I’m so happy, O, so happy
Since I laid my burden down. (2x)

Glory, glory…

Proclaiming the Word

Scripture Reading

Joshua 4:21-24

L: For the word of God in scripture,
for the word of God among us,  
for the word of God within us,

P: Thanks be to God.

Preaching the Word

“I’ve Been Rescued”

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*Hymn #55

Come like Driving Wind, O God


Prayers of Supplication & Intercession

L: O God, in your loving kindness, 
P: Hear our prayer.

The Offering

Rachel Harley & Brandon Smith


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures high and low. 
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Eternal God… 

Silent meditation. 

We now pray together, saying… 

Our Father-Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, as we forgive the sins of others; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

*Hymn 65

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Dismissal & Postlude