June 12, 2016 Worship Bulletin

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

Sun­day, June 12, 2016

GREETING

QUESTIONS OF LIFE and FAITH

• What signs of God’s pres­ence do you notice around you?

• Where have you seen glimpses of God’s King­dom emerg­ing?

• To whom is your life a sign of God’s pres­ence, pow­er, and pos­si­bil­i­ties?

PRELUDE Joy and Ela­tion by Cyn­thia Dobrin­s­ki Wes­ley Ringers Bell Choir

CALL TO WORSHIP (respon­sive­ly)

ONE: All heav­en and earth pro­claim the won­ders of God’s cre­ative pres­ence.

ALL: We come togeth­er to praise God for a world filled with beau­ty and pos­si­bil­i­ty.

ONE: Togeth­er, we are Christ’s body, and indi­vid­u­al­ly each of us is a mem­ber of it.

ALL: We gath­er to be put back togeth­er, to re-mem­ber the Body of Christ.

ONE: The Holy Spir­it has giv­en each of us dif­fer­ent gifts,

and the abil­i­ty to respond for the good of the whole body.

ALL: We cel­e­brate the free­dom and response-abil­i­ties the Holy Spir­it gives us, and the grace we have received, as we wor­ship the Lord togeth­er.

OUR COMMON PRAYER (uni­son)

God of Moses, Miri­am, and Aaron, you call us as you called those of ancient times: bring­ing your extra­or­di­nary love into ordi­nary lives. As through a shrub alight with divine fire, you reveal that our com­mon days are steeped in holi­ness and mys­tery. We con­fess that we fail to rec­og­nize that all ground is holy ground, or that our rou­tine lives are encom­passed by splen­dor, or that today is the day when you call us to do your work. For­give us, God. Free us to see the bless­ing of your pres­ence, and give us the strength to live as you call us. Amen.

*HYMN No. 660 God Is Here

SPECIAL GIFT OF MUSIC Chan­cel Choir & Spir­it Dancers

How Beau­ti­ful arranged by Craig Court­ney

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

ANTHEM Goin’ to the Holy City Dave Ful­mer, soloist

by J. Paul Williams & Joseph M. Mar­tin

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Let the Words of My Mouth

by John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

His Love Nev­er Fails Chan­cel Choir

by Pamela Mar­tin & Craig Court­ney

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS He Is Exalt­ed, #2070(FWS)

*SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

CHORAL PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION Ave Verum Chan­cel Choir

by W. A. Mozart

THE WRITTEN WORD

MESSAGE Rev. Ali­son Schmied

*HYMN No. 2237 In the Midst of New Dimen­sions 

BENEDICTION RESPONSE Clap Your Hands Chan­cel Choir

by Pat­ti Dren­nan

POSTLUDE Alle­gro from Sonata in B flat, K. 358 Bill Young, organ, Nan­cy B. James, piano

by W.A. Mozart

We invite you to stay for a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion and farewell to Pas­tor Ali­son Schmied.

There will be a 5 minute inter­mis­sion before the cel­e­bra­tion

 

ORDER OF CELEBRATIONAND FAREWELL FOR 

Pas­tor Ali­son Schmied

WELCOME

HYMN No. 383 This is a Day of New Begin­nings (v. 1, 3,4)

PRESENTATIONS

LITANY OF FAREWELL (respon­sive­ly)

Pas­tor Ali­son: I thank you, mem­bers and friends of Liv­er­pool First Unit­ed Methodist Church, for the love and sup­port you have shared with me while I have min­is­tered among you. I am grate­ful for the ways my lead­er­ship has been accept­ed. I ask your for­give­ness for the mis­takes I have made, espe­cial­ly if some­thing I said or did or failed to do caused hurt. As I leave, I car­ry with me all that I have

learned here.

Con­gre­ga­tion: We receive your thank­ful­ness, offer our for­give­ness, and accept that you now leave us to min­is­ter else­where. We are thank­ful for your time among us. We ask for­give­ness for our mis­takes. Your influ­ence on our faith will not end with your depar­ture.

Pas­tor Ali­son: I accept your grat­i­tude and for­give­ness, and I for­give you, trust­ing that both our time togeth­er and our part­ing are pleas­ing to God. I will no longer be

your pas­tor. I will no longer offi­ci­ate at your bap­tisms, wed­dings, or funer­als, but my love and prayers for you will con­tin­ue.

Con­gre­ga­tion: Eter­nal God, whose stead­fast love nev­er ends, we give you thanks for cher­ished mem­o­ries. We com­mend one anoth­er into your care as we 

move in new direc­tions. Keep us one in your love for­ev­er, through Jesus 

Christ our Lord. Amen. 

HYMN No. 344 Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore

PRAYER OF SENDING FORTH

You are invit­ed to join us in Fel­low­ship Hall for the lun­cheon cel­e­bra­tion.