"Judging or Loving?"



Lead us from death to life,
From falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world and our universe.
Let us dream together, pray together and work together,
To build one world of peace and justice for all.

PRELUDE ||| Give Me Jesus ||| Mark Hayes
(Traditional American Spiritual)

*CALL TO CONTINUING WORSHIP ||| (based on Psalm 37:3-5, 7, 39)
Trust in the LORD, take delight in the LORD, commit your way to the LORD.
We trust in God, who acts with justice and shines God’s light.
Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for God.
Our salvation comes from the LORD, who is our refuge and our strength.

*HYMN 753 ||| Make Me a Channel of Your Peace ||| Prayer of St. Francis

The world says that we get what we deserve. When we believe that, we hide our true selves from God and pretend to be without sin or deny the reality of our falling short of our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus teaches us the truth. Grace is God’s gift to us. God is merciful. God’s love is the final word. Trusting in the grace, mercy, and love of God let us confess our sin together.

Loving God, you call us to your merciful, gracious love freely given without expectation or strings attached. While we are eager to experience your mercy and grace in our own lives, we are quick to make our extension of your mercy and grace conditional for others. We would rather show mercy to those we judge worthy. We would rather extend grace to those who will show us grace in return. We would rather love those who are easiest to love. Forgive us, Redeeming God. So transform our hearts with your amazing grace and unconditional love that our relationships are transformed as we extend your mercy and grace as an expression of our gratitude for your saving love we know in Jesus Christ. Amen.
(silent prayer)

God’s grace overflows and brings us new life. Friends, trust the good news: through the grace of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God.






FIRST SCRIPTURE READING ||| Genesis 45:3-11, 15 ||| Revised Common Lectionary
3Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?" But his brothers could not answer him, so dismayed were they at his presence. 4Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Come closer to me." And they came closer. He said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors. 8So it was not you who sent me here, but God; he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, 'Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10You shall settle in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children, as well as your flocks, your herds, and all that you have. 11I will provide for you there--since there are five more years of famine to come--so that you and your household, and all that you have, will not come to poverty.'" 15And he kissed all his brothers and wept upon them; and after that his brothers talked with him.

SPECIAL MUSIC ||| All Night, All Day ||| Ruth Elaine Schram ||| (Traditional American Spiritual)

SECOND SCRIPTURE READING ||| Luke 6:27-38 ||| Revised Common Lectionary
27"But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 37"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God!

SERMON ||| "Judging or Loving?" ||| Chaplain Mike Welf


*HYMN 754 ||| Help Us Accept Each Other ||| Baronita

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH ||| (from Philippians 2:5-11)
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.

…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.


OFFERTORY ||| Just a Closer Walk With Thee ||| Lloyd Larson

*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 loyalty to you. We commit ourselves to both show forth and work for your kingdom to come. Amen.


*HYMN ||| Sing the Faith 2223 ||| They'll Know We are Christians by Our Love ||| St. Brendan’s



*BENEDICTION / HYMN 542 ||| God Be With You Till We Meet Again
(verse 1 only) God Be With You

God be with you till we meet again; loving counsels guide, uphold you, with a shepherd’s care enfold you: God be with you till we meet again.

POSTLUDE ||| Ain-a That Good News ||| John Carter
(Traditional Spiritual)

Chaplain Mike Welf, Guest Worship Leader
Mrs. Mary Ann Wenzelman, Interim Organist/Pianist

Worship Liturgist: Eleanor Steiner
Ushers: Charlene Hansen, Bob James, Eleanor Steiner

Liturgy written by Brian Coulter and Michael Washchevski, Presbyterian Outlook

Streaming  and Web Techs: Phil Dillman, Kathie Hazlett

SCRIPTURES IN WORSHIP ||| Next Sunday we will be reading Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28-36 (37-43).

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