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Next Sunday we will be reading Genesis 2:18-24 and Mark 10:2-16.

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PRAYER FOR PEACE (Celtic oral tradition - 1st millennium)
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.

PRELUDE || Make Me a Channel of Your Peace || Lloyd Larson

One: Praise the Lord, all you nations!
Many: Worship him, all you peoples!
One: Because God’s faithful love toward us is strong,
Many: the Lord’s faithfulness lasts forever!
All: Praise the Lord!

*HYMN 645 || Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above || Mit Freuden Zart

Almighty and merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and
desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live a holy, just, and humble life to the glory of your holy name.

(silent prayer)

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!



WELCOME AND CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS || (Instead of passing a pad, we ask that you sign the register in the Narthex as you
leave, if you haven’t done so already.)


FIRST SCRIPTURE READING || Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 || CEB
When the king and Haman came in for the banquet with Queen Esther, 2 the king said to her, “This is the second day we’ve met for wine. What is your wish, Queen Esther? I’ll give it to you. And what do you want? I’ll do anything—even give you half the kingdom.” 3 Queen Esther answered, “If I please the king, and if the king wishes, give me my life—that’s my wish—and the lives of my people too. That’s my desire. 4 We have been sold—I and my people—to be wiped out, killed, and destroyed. If we simply had been sold as male and female slaves, I would have said nothing. But no enemy can compensate the king for this kind of damage.” 5 King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther, “Who is this person, and where is he? Who would dare do such a thing?” 6 Esther replied, “A man who hates, an enemy—this wicked Haman!” Haman was overcome with terror in the presence of the king and queen. 9 Harbona, one of the eunuchs serving the king, said, “Sir, look! There’s the stake that Haman made for Mordecai, the man who spoke up and did something good for the king. It’s standing at Haman’s house—seventy-five feet high.” “Impale him on it!” the king ordered. 10 So they impaled Haman on the very pole that he had set up for Mordecai, and the king’s anger went away.

The new holiday of Purim Esther 9:20-22 CEB

20 Mordecai wrote these things down and sent letters to all the Jews in all the provinces, both near and far, of King Ahasuerus. 21 He made it a rule that Jews keep the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar as special days each and every year. 22 They are the days on which the Jews finally put to rest the troubles with their enemies. The month is the one when everything turned around
for them from sadness to joy, and from sad, loud crying to a holiday. They are to make them days of feasts and joyous events, days to send food gifts to each other and money gifts to the poor.

SPECIAL MUSIC || Reflections on "Like a Shepherd Lead Us" || Douglas Wagner


38 John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone throwing demons out in your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” 39 Jesus replied, “Don’t stop him. No one who does powerful acts in my name can quickly turn around and curse me. 40 Whoever isn’t against us is for us. 41 I assure you that whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will
certainly be rewarded. 42 “As for whoever causes these little ones who believe in me to trip and fall into sin, it would be better for them to have a huge stone hung around their necks and to be thrown into the lake. 43 If your hand causes you to fall into sin, chop it off. It’s better for you to enter into life crippled than to go away with two hands into the fire of hell, which can’t be put out.  45 If your foot causes
you to fall into sin, chop it off. It’s better for you to enter life lame than to be thrown into hell with two feet. 47 If your eye causes you to fall into sin, tear it out. It’s better for you to enter God’s kingdom with one eye than to be thrown into hell with two. 48 That’s a place where worms don’t die and the fire never goes out. 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? Maintain salt among yourselves and keep peace with each other.”

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON || " Brave Heart?"  || Rev. Dudley J. Elvery


*HYMN 761 || Called as Partners in Christ's Service || Beecher
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Confession of 1967 – 9.37 & 9.38
The church disperses to serve God wherever its members are, at work or play, in private or in the life of society. Their prayer and Bible
study are part of the church’s worship and theological reflection.Their witness is the church’s evangelism. Their daily action in the
world is the church in mission to the world. The quality of their relation with other persons is the measure of the church’s fidelity.
Each member is the church in the world, endowed by the Spirit withsome gift of ministry and is responsible for the integrity of his witness
in his own particular situation. He is entitled to the guidance and support of the Christian community and is subject to its advice and

…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.

*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.
See in our gifts our willingness to act bravely for you or at least to not
stop others who do so in your name. Amen.


*HYMN 724 || O Jesus, I Have Promised || Angel’s Story

*PRAYER OF BLESSING from St. Patrick
We arise today through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun, Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

We arise today through God's strength to pilot us;
God's might to uphold us, God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to look before us, God's ear to hear us,
God's word to speak for us, God's hand to guard us,
God's way to lie before us, God's shield to protect us,
God's hosts to save us afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.
We arise today
Through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation. Amen.

POSTLUDE || Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart || Douglas Wagner

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
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist
Flower given by Eleanor Steiner in memory of her mother, Mabel McNair on her birthday.
Worship Liturgist: Jay Ruklic
Usher: Laura Dillman

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP – Next Sunday we will be reading Genesis 2:18-24 and Mark 10:2-16.

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