|PRAYER FOR PEACE
You are the peace of all things calm
You are the place to hide from harm
You are the light that shines in dark
You are the heart's eternal spark
You are the door that's open wide
You are the guest who waits inside
You are the stranger at the door
You are the calling of the poor
You are my Lord and with me still
You are my love, keep me from ill
You are the light, the truth, the way
You are my Saviour this very day.
(celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)
PRELUDE | Amazing Grace | arr. Mark Hayes
Shall We Gather at the River/Near to the Heart of God | arr. Mark Hayes
INTROIT | He Has Made Me Glad | Leona Von Brethorst
*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP | (based on Psalm 127 from The Message)
One: If God doesn’t build the house,
Many: the builders only build shacks.
One: If God doesn’t guard the city,
Many: the night watchman might as well nap.
One: It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
Many: and work your worried fingers to the bone.
All: Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?
*HYMN 65 | Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah| CWM Rhondda
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God, we’ve all heard that “the devil’s in the details”. Help us to see you in the details too. Too easily we wait for the “big moment” and your little, rich, pregnant moments pass us by unnoticed. Too often we get wrapped up in the detail of our lives, either together or individually, they become a swarm of buzzing flies that cloud our vision, they become a background noise that blocks out your gentle voice tenderly calling. Help us to see the little things of life differently, help us to look for your hand and voice in them. Help us to trust that you value little things and can take them and plant them to grow. Amen.
*SILENT PRAYER OF CONFESSION
*DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
*THE GLORIA | 582 Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me | Glory to God
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE | 669 | Let’s Sing unto the Lord | Cantemos Al Señor
MOMENT WITH OUR CHILDREN| Rev. Elvery
WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS
(Use this time to sign the Friendship Pad in your pew; pass it down and then return it to the center aisle.)
WE HEAR GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
FIRST SCRIPTURE READING | Mark 12:38-44 p. 46 / 60 NT
ANTHEM Great Is Thy Faithfulness | arr. Mark Hayes
SECOND SCRIPTURE READING | Ruth 3:1-5 & 4:13-17 | (The Message)
3: 1-2 One day her mother-in-law Naomi said to Ruth, “My dear daughter, isn’t it about time I arranged a good home for you so you can have a happy life? And isn’t Boaz our close relative, the one with whose young women you’ve been working? Maybe it’s time to make our move. Tonight is the night of Boaz’s barley harvest at the threshing floor. 3-4 “Take a bath. Put on some perfume. Get all dressed up and go to the threshing floor. But don’t let him know you’re there until the party is well under way and he’s had plenty of food and drink. When you see him slipping off to sleep, watch where he lies down and then go there. Lie at his feet to let him know that you are available to him for marriage. Then wait and see what he says. He’ll tell you what to do.” 5 Ruth said, “If you say so, I’ll do it, just as you’ve told me.”
4:1-3 Boaz married Ruth. She became his wife. Boaz slept with her. By God’s gracious gift she conceived and had a son. 14-15 The town women said to Naomi, “Blessed be God! He didn’t leave you without family to carry on your life. May this baby grow up to be famous in Israel! He’ll make you young again! He’ll take care of you in old age. And this daughter-in-law who has brought him into the world and loves you so much, why, she’s worth more to you than seven sons!” 16 Naomi took the baby and held him in her arms, cuddling him, cooing over him, waiting on him hand and foot. 17 The neighborhood women started calling him “Naomi’s baby boy!” But his real name was Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!
SERMON | The Details | Rev. Elvery
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN| 708 | We Give Thee but Thine Own | Schumann
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH | From the Confession of 1967
9.21 The reconciling work of Jesus was the supreme crisis in the life of mankind. His cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed. In this experience the Spirit brings God’s forgiveness to men, moves them to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates the new life in Christ. 9.22 The new life takes shape in a community in which men know that God loves and accepts them in spite of what they are. They therefore accept themselves and love others, knowing that no man has any ground on which to stand, except God’s grace. 9.23 The new life does not release a man from conflict with unbelief, pride, lust, fear. He still has to struggle with disheartening difficulties and problems. Nevertheless, as he matures in love and faithfulness in his life with Christ, he lives in freedom and good cheer, bearing witness on good days and evil days, confident that the new life is pleasing to God and helpful to others.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
…Our Father, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
OFFERTORY | Gavotte Samuel Wesley
*DOXOLOGY | 606 | Old Hundredth
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Sometimes you have given us much and other times, not so much. Yet you always give us enough. See in our gifts, that we, like that widow of yore, have given all we can from what we have. Amen.
WE GO IN GOD’S NAME
*HYMN | 697 | Take My Life | Hendon
*CHORAL RESPONSE | 543 God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me | Richard Bruxvoort Colligan
POSTLUDE | Once to Every Man and Nation | arr. Mark Hayes
Rev. Dudley J. Elvery, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist