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Sunday, August 7, 2016
GREETING & QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
Are you worried about the future of the world?
Do you truly believe Christ is returning as He promised?
What is the difference between being watchful and worried?
How is our service a preparation for His coming?
PRELUDE Please be in silent reflection as we prepare ourselves for worship.
II. Slow Dance / III. Quick Dance (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaughan Williams
INTROIT No. 2031 (FWS) We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise
CALL TO WORSHIP
L: The Lord comes to us this day. Are you ready?
P: We are ready!
L: The Lord challenges us to be in ministries of peace and hope. Are you ready?
P: We are ready!
L: Let us praise God who calls us to serve God by helping others.
P: Praise be to God who has given us hope and peace. AMEN.
*HYMN No. 715 Rejoice, the Lord Is King
OUR COMMON PRAYER (unison)
Surprising God of mercy and love, thank you for calling to us this day. We profess together our belief that Jesus shall return and make things right. Until then you challenge us to show our faith in ministries of peace and justice, offering compassion to all in need. It is for these that we shall be held accountable and our passion to live your compassion that proves we are yours. Open our hearts and minds today to hear your words of encouragement and challenge. We offer this prayer in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
THE GIFT OF MUSIC How Deep the Father’s Love for Us — Stuart Townend SarahJo Elliott
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
IV. Slow Air (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaughan Williams
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 2070 (FWS) He Is Exalted
*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2224 (FWS) Make Us One - Carol Cymbala
THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 12:32–40
HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 441 (vs. 1& 4) What Does the Lord Require
SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Getting Dressed and Ready for Church Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
OUR COMMON CONFESSION
Forgiving God, you know how easy it is for us to celebrate with joy the wonders of your love. We create wonderful art to represent the joy we feel. Our music soars to the heavens in praise of you, yet how often we have left our service to you as mere thoughts and intentions without fulfillment. You ask us to be ready to serve you at any time, but we place our commitment on the “to do” list of life; we will do these things when we get to them. Forgive our hesitancy and our self-serving ways, O Lord. Heal us of the disease of seeking first our own comfort before we engage in acts of justice and mercy. Open our eyes and ears to the cries of those in need. Help us to give and also to receive ministries of love and reconciliation as we serve you with our whole hearts. Then our music, our art, our worship will truly reflect your awesome and abundant love for us. AMEN.
HYMN No. 581 I Am Thine, O Lord
CALL TO FAITH AND ACTION
L: Get ready! The Lord needs you.
P: We are ready to serve God.
L: Be prepared to serve in ministries of justice and peace.
P: We are ready to serve God by helping others.
L: Open your hearts, your souls, your minds to God’s mercy and love.
P: Prepare us for service to you, O loving God. AMEN.
BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE V. Rondo (Six Short Pieces) — R Vaughan Williams
Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments in Fellowship Hall.
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