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Audio of May 12 2019 Service  will be posted
Comments or questions to Kathie Hazlett

PRAYER FOR PEACE
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I offer words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
~ Henri Nouwen

PRELUDE | Interlude in G Major  |  L. Mourlan
Shall I Not Sing to My God|Johann Ernst Rembt

INTROIT 7|Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth|Jean Janzen & Carolyn Jennings

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP
One: The heavens are telling the glory of God;
Many: and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
One: Day to day pours forth speech,
Many: and night to night declares knowledge.

One: here is no speech, nor are there words;
Many: their voice is not heard;
One: yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
Many: and their words to the end of the world.

*HYMN 238|Thine Is the Glory|Judas MacCabeus

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Loving God who knows and feels all that we do and think, help us to learn how to pray faithfully. Easily we tell you what we or those near us need. If we’re honest with ourselves, we often want to be a consultant and tell you how to run this world of yours. Help us slow down and patiently take time to listen to the silence and to listen again to your voice within the silence. 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!

*GLORIA PATRI 582|Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on| Me Glory to God| (Vasile)

*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.

*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE 389|Come and Sing the Praise of the Lord (sung twice)|Hal'luhu

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|Psalm 85|p. 514 / 668 OT

ANTHEM|How Great Is Our God|arr. Mark Hayes

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING|Matthew 6:7-9| p. 5 / 7 NT
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON|Dear . . . |Rev. Elvery

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*HYMN 469 |Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying|Children Praying (sung three times)

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image male and female of every race and people, to live as one in community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Yet God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. Amen. (NRSV translation of Matthew 6:9-13)

OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY|Our Father|Arthur Foote

*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
Loving God who is beyond us and with us at the same time, see in our offerings not only our material wealth but also our hearts. We do love you and earnestly seek to be aware of you. Use our commitments to open our eyes. Amen.

WE GO IN GOD’S NAME

*HYMN 291| Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness|Spirit
*BENEDICTION
*CHORAL RESPONSE 558| Amen Amen| (Roberts)
POSTLUDE|More Than Wonderful|arr. Mark Hayes

Some people choose to be seated to listen to the postlude. If you need to leave, the pastor and worship leader are glad to greet you at the entrance of the sanctuary.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord! Thanks be to God!

Rev. Dudley J. Elvery II, Interim Pastor
Mr. Tim VanNasdale, Director of Music/Organist

Worship Liturgist: Laurie Ulrich
Ushers: Earl Anker, Laura Dillman, Ray Nielsen, Wanda Nielsen



 

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