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, February 28, 2016
Is our habitual struggle with problems a sign we are guilty of sin?
Do reoccurring tragedies happen to those who live outside of God’s will?
How do we facilitate growth in ourselves and for others?
Please be in SILENT reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
PRELUDE Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren BuxWV 213 — Dietrich Buxtehude
CHORAL INTROIT O Lord, Throughout These Forty Days — David Ashley White
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 63)
ONE: Lord, we come thirsty for a sense of your presence for nothing in this life satisfies us fully.
All: We have had moments where we have seen you in our worship, in this very place; we want to recapture those glorious moments again this day, at this time.
ONE: We confess that your love is better than anything we find or make for ourselves in this life.
All: We praise you because knowing you has enriched everything else this world has to offer.
ONE: We remember you when we go to bed at night with thankfulness for what you
have brought to us and questioning where we might have missed opportunities
to embrace greater fullness.
All: When we are awakened at night we are calmed by remembering you have our back; in fact, you hold our future.
ONE: Therefore I praise you and am content with my lot.
All: I will praise you for as long as I live; with my hands lifted high and with singing on my lips I will praise you!
*HYMN OF PRAISE No. 126 Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
OUR COMMON PRAYER (unison)
I come before you, my God, in all of my weakness seeking your strength. Though I am far from the model you set before my eyes, one day I will see you and upon seeing you, I have your promise I will become like you. Though now I see my life and my future as though a cloudy glass, give me a clearer vision of who I should be and how to walk the path that will lead me straight to you. Amen!
CELEBRATING OUR CHILDREN (9:30)
*Children are dismissed to the Discovery Zone
THE GIFT of MUSIC We Believe Alleluia Choir
Travis Ryan, Richie Fike and Matt Hooper
A CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM
(9:30) Beckett Randy Mattoon
(11:00) Samantha Joan Richardson
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Hear Our Prayer - John Yarrington
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
CHORAL ANTHEM How Great the Love of Jesus Chancel Choir
By Ruth Elaine Schram
OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES TO GOD (please sign the register)
Sarabande (Suite G‑dur BWV 816) — Johann Sebastian Bach
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS Worthy is the Lamb of God
*CELEBRATING OUR FELLOWSHIP (Sharing Christ’s peace)
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS O How He Loves You and Me
THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 13: 1–9
HYMN No. 396 O Jesus, I Have Promised
THE SPOKEN WORD Seizing This Holy Moment Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
*HYMN No. 407 Close to Thee
*PRAYER OF BLESSING
*THE SENDING Go Now in Peace
POSTLUDE Nun lob, mein Seel, den Herren — Johann Gottfried Walther
*Please stand as you are able
Please join us in Fellowship Hall for fellowship and refreshments following worship