We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are welcome in worship; activity bags are available at the sanctuary entrances.
During the 9:30 a.m. worship, we offer a nursery for infants and toddlers, and
Discovery Zone for pre‑K to 12th grade following a Children’s Message.
Hearing devices and LARGE PRINT bulletins are available; our ushers are happy to assist you.
Please silence all devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Quiet time to prepare ourselves for worship. We light candles in honor of Jesus, The Light of Truth in the world.
Concerto G‑dur BWV 592/1 — J Ernst arr J S Bach
CHORAL INTROIT (9:30 & 11:00) The Lord Is In His Holy Temple (QUAM DILECTA)
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: This is the day the Lord has made for us!
P: We will rejoice and be glad for the opportunity of this day.
L: The stone has been cast aside, and the mantle of darkness removed from our eyes.
P: We now can see the goodness of life God has given, the beauty of creation, the opportunities of each new day which now have no end.
L: Be glad and rejoice, God has swallowed up death forever!
P: This is the day of salvation, we will seize it!
L: Let your heads be anointed with the oil of blessing!
P: We will sing of how the cup of our lives overflows with goodness and hope!
We are alive! We thank you, Lord, whose finger touched our dust and gave us breath. We thank you, Lord, for giving us sight and sense to see the wonders of your creation and the possibilities of life. Our souls are filled with the joy of gratitude as we remember friendships made, celebrations enjoyed, moments of nurture and kindness done. We praise you for the gifts you have poured into our lives and for the trust you place in us even though so many times we have failed. May we build upon every gift you have given us in life and return much back to you, for it is through investment in life that we gain joy for ourselves, blessing to others, and bring glory and honor to your name who is the source of all that is good and loving! Amen!
*HYMN OF PRAISE NO. 89 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
SPECIAL MUSIC (9:30&11:00) White Flag Alleluia Choir
Matt Redman, Matt Maher & Jason Ingram
*Children dismissed to Discovery Zone
WITNESS Sharon Hartman
ANTHEM (9:30&11:00) I Will Follow You Sara Bailey, flute & Chancel Choir
John Ray & Susan Naylor Callaway
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Let the Words of My Mouth — John Yarrington
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD (please sign the register)
Praeludium (Partita I B‑dur) BWV 825 — J S Bach
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 176 Majesty, Worship His Majesty
*CELEBRATING OUR FELLOWHIP (Sharing Christ’s peace)
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2070 He Is Exalted
HEARING THE WRITTEN WORD Matthew 25:14–29
QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH
All the church talks about is self-denial, repentance, and sacrifice: is that all there is to life?
Jesus seemed to have little pleasure in life, why would I ever want to be like Him?
Can’t I have things and still be a good Christian?
*HYMN OF PREPARATION (please see insert) There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today
A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Stewardship as Investment Giving Dr. Brian Homan
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
*HYMN OF SENDING FORTH No. 438 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
*THE SENDING Go Now in Peace
POSTLUDE Fuga Es-dur (Clavier-Übung) BWV 552/2 — J S Bach
*Please stand as you are able
Please join us in Fellowship Hall for continued fellowship
and refreshments following our worship