Bulletin for July 26

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; ush­ers are hap­py to assist you.

Please silence devices dur­ing wor­ship.   (*) indi­cates please stand, as you are able

Sun­day, July 26, 2015

11:00 a.m.

PRELUDE                                         Joy to the World, arr. by David Lanz

*CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT No. 2150    Lord, Be Glo­ri­fied

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:Love comes wrapped as a baby,

Peo­ple: God’s love lying in a manger.

Leader:The ordi­nary con­ceals the unspeak­able;

Peo­ple: God is with us. God knows us. God is with us, revealed in us. His     name is called Emmanuel.

Leader:His name is Jesus, once born in Beth­le­hem, now born in our hearts.

Peo­ple: God’s love is with us, again and again with us.

Leader:Soon and always, with us.

Peo­ple: Emmanuel God with us.

*HYMN No. 220               Angels from the Realms of Glo­ry

OPENING PRAYER

God of angels and sheep, of the poor and meek, God of bright shin­ing stars and babies who sleep, how won­der­ful you are, how thrilling is your sto­ry. Like Mary, we are filled with amaze­ment that you have found favor with us and that you choose to be present to the world through us. We join Mary in giv­ing birth to hope, to love, to peace for all cre­ation, in all cor­ners of the world. We praise you for the gift of your Son, whom we fol­low. Sur­pris­ing God, bless us again and open us to the won­der of your love flow­ing in us and through us. Amen.

CHILDREN’S DRAMA        Live! from Beth­le­hem — Cindy Hanen & Bob Latchaw

Direct­ed by Ash­ley Holmes

*HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 242   Love Came Down at Christ­mas

THE WITNESS TO THE WORD 1 John 4:7–21

MESSAGE                                       What True Love Is                     Dr. Bri­an Homan

THE COVENANT OF MEMBERSHIP No. 45

Colleen Bad­win, Mag­gie Bar­tel and Margie Quinn

CALL TO GIVING No. 219 (vs. 1 & 3)    What Child Is This 

OUR GIFTS TO THE CHRIST CHILD

Eng­lish Car­ol Med­ley (tra­di­tion­al) Arr, by Mark Hayes

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS No. 232 Cho­rus of O Come All Ye Faith­ful

O come let is adore Him! O come let us adore Him! 

O Come let us adore Him Christ the Lord!”

For he alone is wor­ship wor­thy, 

for He alone is wor­thy, 

for he alone is wor­thy, Christ the Lord!

*HYMN No. 251 (cho­rus only)               Go,Tell It on the Moun­tain

*THE BLESSING AND SENDING    Go Now In Peace

Go now in peace, nev­er be afraid. 

God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.

Go now in faith, stead­fast, strong and true. 

Know He will guide you in all you do.  

Go now in love, and show you believe. 

Reach out to oth­ers so all the world can see.  

God will be there watch­ing from above. 

Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE                          Go Tell It on the Moun­tain (tra­di­tion­al)  Arr. by Mark Hayes

Please join us for an all church pic­nic at noon in 

John­son Park to cel­e­brate the min­istry of Sarah Bai­ley