We are glad to have you worship with us!
Children are always 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, June 7, 2015
GREETING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We gather in this holy place:
All: Hoping a song touches our hearts,
One: Looking for strength to endure,
All: Willing a prayer to reach heaven,
One: Longing for peace to well up within,
All: Listening for a word that comforts, desiring an outpouring of God’s Spirit.
One: We gather together, in holy anticipation, and God meets us here.
God of truth, we come longing for the peace that only you can provide. We seem so often to be tossed to and fro, blown about by every wind except that of your own Holy Spirit. Be pleased to dwell here this day, to receive our worship and our praise. Linger long, and speak the truth to us in love, that we may come to the unity of faith and to the knowledge of the full stature of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
HYMN OF FAITH No. 733 Marching to Zion
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP HYMN No. 380 There’s Within My Heart a Melody
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE WRITTEN WORD Psalm 73. 1–20
QUESTIONS OF FAITH
Why is it those who don’t follow God seem to prosper while we struggle?
Do you ever feel like you’d be better off if you just didn’t believe?
Where are the blessings you hear about that come from following Christ?
THE TEACHING Is it Really Worth it to be a Christian?
I BELIEVE …
That You, Lord Jesus are the only Way to discover the whole Truth about life, and the true Life worth living!
That it is worth everything I could gain in this life to know you and follow you!
That behind the laughter and ambivalence to you, behind the momentary smiles and pleasures of those who do not consider the truth of your values there is deep frustration with life and sorrow!
That even though I have my moments of struggle my life is better off by following you!
That you provide me with a deeper understanding of what’s going on in life and you bring me deeper and abiding peace that others who do not know you could ever know without you.
That abundant life now and eternal life of joy is real and obtainable.
That if I keep the faith through times of discouragement and hardship you will keep my life for eternity.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God, I am ashamed to admit it, but here’s my typical prayer: God, make my life safe, comfortable and easy. Lead me away from the trials that might purify my faith, the difficulties that might teach me perseverance, and the temptations that might reveal my true allegiances. Please don’t discipline me, even though I know you say it would shape me into the kind of person you desire, because it might not be very pleasant. I want my life to be happy and fun all the time. Be for me a Santa Claus or a Dr. Phil, not the battle hardened warrior of the ages or the fiercely loving Parent you are. Amen
HYMN No. 396 O Jesus, I have Promised
THE BLESSING AND SENDING
Please join us for the picnic following the 9:30 service