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