Bulletin for March 12

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

GREETING & PRELUDE  in silence, please pre­pare your heart for wor­ship

Trust and Obey , Arr. by Michael Hel­man        Wes­ley Ringers

CHORAL INTROIT            Lord Through­out These Forty Days — David Ash­ley White

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapt­ed from Gath­ered By Love Lavon Bayler, 2001)

One:   God is ready to restore us, The cre­ator is wait­ing to claim us as God’s own.

All:    We have come to be in God’s pres­ence,

               We have gath­ered to receive God’s stead­fast love.

One:   Gath­er in silent awe before the source of all things.

Open your hearts to the Lord who is wait­ing.

All:    We wait to receive God’s love and mer­cy.

      We open our hearts to wel­come God’s peace.

One:   God will give what is good for our lives.

God restores us to faith­ful­ness and right­eous­ness

All:    We come knock­ing, ask­ing and search­ing.

      We seek answers to our prayers.

OPENING PRAYER

Ever present God; we come this morn­ing expect­ing to meet you here. We are grate­ful for your con­stant atten­tion, care, and love. Guide us dur­ing this wor­ship ser­vice to be open to your teach­ings and desires. You have promised that you will direct our paths so we come seek­ing your will for each of our lives. We seek a clos­er rela­tion­ship with you, so may our prayers, our goals, and our lives reflect this out­come. Guide us and give us courage to live accord­ing to your divine will and teach us to be open to your direc­tion. In Jesus’ name Amen.

HYMN  No. 64                Holy, Holy, Holy ! Lord God, Almighty    

CHILDRENS MESSAGE (9:30)                         Sara Bai­ley

ANTHEM                                    God So Loved the World — John Stain­er              Chan­cel Choir

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER No. 349  Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Fuga B‑dur BWV 890 (WTC II) — J S Bach

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS  No. 176   Majesty

*PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

HYMN OF PREPARATION No. 500    Spir­it of God, Descend upon My Heart

THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 11: 1–4

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

Is your prayer life ade­quate?

Is prayer a joy or a bur­den?

Is your rela­tion­ship with God inti­mate or very weak?

MEDITATION                     Pray­ing or Recit­ing?         Rev. Shirley Moore-Krack­hardt

                           

*CLOSING HYMN No. 347                  Spir­it Song

  

THE SENDING TO SERVE                               

*BENEDICTION                                 Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE                    Finale Presto (Con­cer­to F major op 4 no 5) — G F Han­del

Please join us for con­tin­ued fel­low­ship over refresh­ments in Fel­low­ship Hall.

Those desir­ing to receive Christ or to pray with the pas­tor are invit­ed

to meet with him in the Prayer Room off of the Fel­low­ship Hall.