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, May 10, 2015
Quiet time to prepare ourselves for worship. We light candles in honor of Jesus, May Night — Selim Palmgren
CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT No. 657 This Is the Day
CALL TO WORSHIP (responsively)
One: We come as individuals, but Jesus’ blood unites us in God’s sacred family.
All: We each have unique talents and responsibilities,
yet together we are the body of Christ.
One: We gather in response to the Holy Spirit, who calls and empowers us to love and serve one another.
All: Let us celebrate and worship God as the diverse, imperfect, forgiven,
called, and growing family that we are.
OPENING PRAYER (unison)
God from whom every family on earth gets its name, we thank you for your unfailing love even when our best efforts have fallen short. Some of us have arrogantly insisted on our own strength and independence, only to find that you call us to follow the way of Christ into vulnerability and team work. Some of us have resisted using the gifts you have given us, becoming willing to sit back and wait for others to do the kingdom-building work of challenging systemic wrongs and building a more just society. Forgive us, Lord, and free us for joyful relationship with you and with one another. Amen.
*HYMN OF PRAISE No. 92 For the Beauty of the Earth
CHILDREN’S MOMENT (9:30)
*Children dismissed to Discovery Zone
STEWARDSHIP WITNESS Kay Phillips
ANTHEM (9:30&11:00) Take My Life Chancel Choir
Frances R. Havegal & Carl J. Nygard, Jr.
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Hear our prayer, O Lord (traditional)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD (please sign the register)
Ave Maria ‑J.S. Bach Nancy B. James, soprano
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 99 My Tribute
*CELEBRATING OUR FELLOWSHIP (Sharing Christ’s peace)
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2070 He is Exalted
HEARING THE WRITTEN WORD Mark 12:41–44
QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH
From what gifts have you benefited? From what sacrifices have you benefited?
Which sin tempts you more, arrogance or self-effacement?
How do Jesus’ teachings about the widow’s offering at the Temple apply in today’s world?
*HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 408 (8:00 & 11:00) Gift of Love
A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION A Sacrifice of Love Rev. Alison Schmied
SPECIAL MUSIC Simple Confession (Simple Aveu) — Francois Thome
Christ’s table is open to all who wish to receive the bread and cup (grape juice), regardless of age, church membership, or any other distinction. You are invited to commune with the Lord by coming forward, taking a piece of bread, dipping it in the cup, and eating it. If you are unable to come forward but wish to receive, please tell an usher so that we may serve you in the pew.
MUSIC DURING COMMUNION
*HYMN No. 399 Take My Life and Let it Be
*THE SENDING Go Now in Peace
POSTLUDE Waltz in D flat, Opus 64. No. 1 (Minute Waltz) Chopin
*Please stand as you are able
Please join us in Fellowship Hall for continued fellowship