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15th Sunday After Pentecost

Community in Christ Lutheran Church

September 10, 2023

10 a.m.

Welcome to worship! We are glad you are here today!

If you are visiting with us, please let us know if there is anything you would like to know about our family of faith.




Confession & Forgiveness

Song    "Prepare Our Hearts"          


Prayer of the Day

Reading: Romans 13:8-14

The Apostle Paul writes, 8O we no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. 11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.  

Children's Message

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

The holy gospel according to Matthew, the 18th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.



Song   "Blessed be the Tie that Binds       ELW 656

Welcome New Members

Apostles' Creed

Address and Questions

Prayers of Intercession




Offertory Hymn                “Let the Vineyards Be Fruitful”       ELW 184                                                                                                        

Offertory Prayer

Great Thanksgiving

Words of Institution

Lord’s Prayer

Lamb of God

Distribution of Communion & Communion Hymns

                                               "I Received the Living God"           ELW 477                                       

                                                "They'll Know We are Christians By Our Love"                                     

 Post Communion Blessing & Prayer 


Song          "God's Work, Our Hands"            ACS 1000



Adapted From Sundays and SAS014958 Copyright 2023 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. 


Tuesday Bible Study: Meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Narthex

September Grocery Cart: During the month of September, we will partner with the CIC preschool in collecting items for the Bags of Hope Program. Bags of Hope is a non-profit ministry providing weekend food provisions to school children in the Lake Norman area who experience food insecurity. This month we will be collecting breakfast items: boxed oatmeal (with individual pouches), breakfast bars/healthy granola bars, individual serve healthy cereal bowls or small boxes.  When you’re doing your grocery shopping this month consider picking up a few of these items and adding them to the grocery cart at CIC. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our grocery cart collections!

Preschool Enrollment is Open: If you are looking for a preschool or know someone who is - contact Sharon Fuller at 704-892-1020 ext 104 or for more details and to schedule a tour! 

Hello Ladies of CIC! The Women’s Group met after worship on the 27th of August. There was a lot of information discussed and decided. Please click on this link to find out about all of the exciting things happening with this group! Women's Group Information  I’m excited about what is in store for us.  With all this positivity I know it’s going to be great!  Please contact me if you have any questions: Jill Brooks at

Happy Times Seniors: Happy Times Seniors will meet on Wednesday, September 20th at 11:30 a.m. at Jack’s Corner Tap in Cornelius. Please RSVP to Ron Major at 704-622-0517 or


Prayer Shawl Ministry: We meet in the CIC Spirit Center on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for some fellowship, idea-sharing, and fun!  Questions? Please contact Kathy Dutton at Of course, you can also participate in this important ministry at home by crafting items, and bringing them to CIC.    

Card Ministry: We'll be meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Spirit Center. Participants are asked to enter through the doors nearest the Spirit Center.  Need more information? Contact: Kathy Shugarman at or 940-300-2290.

Quilting Ministry: If you enjoy sewing or want to learn please join us! We will meet on Thursday, Sept. 14th & 28th, at 10 a.m. in Classroom #1. Questions? Contact Barbara Eaker at 704-483-2060.

 Men’s Retreat - The Men's Retreat is set for Sept. 22-24 at LutherRock. The cost for the weekend is $160. Payment can be made online

on our website, choose the Men’s Retreat payment option. To sign up for the retreat go to or click on the QR code. Contact Paul Miller with questions

Sunday School teachers—HELP WANTED! If you're interested in being part of Sunday School teacher rotation for the 2023-2024, please contact Pastor Lisa! The Rally Day celebration is September 10th and classes begin September 17th. 

Confirmation: 6th-8th graders: The 2023-2024 confirmation class year for current 6th through 8th graders will kick off  on September 17th at 6 p.m.  If you are new to the confirmation program, please e-mail Pastor Michael in advance of the 17th . Parents and students are encouraged to attend on the 17th.  (

9th graders: Remember, Confirmation Sunday is Sunday, October 29th. You will receive more information about meeting dates and Faith Statement papers as we enter the Fall.

National Youth Gathering: Attention all 8th-12th grade students! CIC will be venturing to New Orleans next July to participate in the ELCA’s National Youth Gathering. An interest meeting is currently being scheduled. Be on the lookout for more information soon!

God’s Work Our Hands: Save the Date! God’s Work Our Hands Sunday is Sunday, September 10th! Following one service at 10am, plan on staying after worship as we join together to assemble welcome kits for Lutheran Services Carolina’s New Americans Program (Refugee Services). All are welcome, invited, and encouraged to participate! Stay tuned for more information! And if you do not have a yellow GWOH or Thrivent shirt, please pick one up in the narthex and be sure to wear it to worship on the 10th! More Adult sized yellow GWOH shirts have been ordered!

Weekly Calendar:

Sept. 109 a.m. Rally Day Sunday School (Spirit Center); 9:30 a.m. Coffee Cart; 10 a.m. Worship (Sanctuary & Livestreamed) followed by G.W.O.H. Project and meal (Fellowship Hall)

Sept. 12- 10:30 a.m. Bible Study (Narthex); 2 p.m. Card Ministry (Spirit Center)

Sept 13-1:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry (Spirit Center)

Sept 14 - 10 a.m. Quilting Ministry (Classroom #1)

Sept 17- 9 a.m. Worship (Contemporary & Livestreamed);10 a.m. Sunday School (Spirit Center), Coffee Cart (Narthex); 11 a.m. Worship (Traditional)


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