Bulletin for April 2

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

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

As the Deer  — Mar­tin Nys­trom, Arr. — Dou­glas E. Wag­n­er Chan­cel Choir & Wes­ley Ringers

CHORAL INTROIT       Lord, Who Through­out These Forty Days — David Ash­ley White

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: God says: I will put my Spir­it with­in you, and you shall live. Will you believe?

All: Lord, we lift your name on high. Lord, we love to sing your prais­es.

One: Jesus says: I am the res­ur­rec­tion and the life. Will you live as if this were so?

All: Lord, we lift your name on high. Lord, we love to sing your prais­es.

One: Jesus called: Lazarus, come forth! Jesus still calls: Liv­er­pool First, come forth!

All: Lord, we lift your name on high. Lord, we love to sing your prais­es.

SPIRIT SONG No. 2088 (FWSLord, I Lift Your Name on High

OPENING PRAYER                                                                                                         

God of life, present and promised, you are the One to whom we call: for you are the One who hears, and you are the One who acts, bring­ing us new life with your grace and love and pow­er. Lead us in our time of wor­ship, that we may be pre­pared to fol­low your lead in places where life is at risk—places where hope seems far away, places where dreams die dur­ing sleep. When we leave these walls, help us live the teach­ings we pro­claim with­in this place of wor­ship, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

HYMN  No. 617                                    I Come With Joy

    

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST  

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS No. 2108 (FWS)  O How He Loves You and Me!

OUR COMMON CREED No. 881    The Apostle’s Creed 

*GLORIA PATRI No. 71

THE WRITTEN WORD Luke 14:25–35

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION    Con­firm­ing Who You Real­ly Are       Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

RECEPTION OF CONFIRMANDS and NEW MEMBERS

Emi­ly Hoy, Phoebe Rigley, Jamie Sny­der, Michael Lon­cosky, Daniel Sorensen, Eze­quiel Gonzo­las, and David Pat­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

HYMN No. 2175 (FWS)                        Togeth­er We Serve

PRAYER OF CONFESSION and COMMITMENT

God, we want our life to be good – this is after all — all we have. We want our life to be filled with joy for we know this life won’t last. We hear your promise that we will con­tin­ue beyond death but we are afraid to sur­ren­der what the present might offer. We con­fess we have held on to this life and it defines us. There are dan­gers to our well­be­ing that only by fol­low­ing you we can avoid and there are direc­tions you point us toward that you promise will offer hope of a fuller life. Accept­ing your way demands a great deal of trust from us which we con­fess we are not always will­ing to give. You ask us to lose our­selves in Jesus promis­ing we will then find our true selves; to deny what we want for the moment in order to find what is most valu­able and mean­ing­ful. You ask us to bear the cross of lim­i­ta­tion and suf­fer­ing we have known, or even to accept strug­gle by seek­ing what you want. This is hard and we know we have failed to fol­low you as we have want­ed or promised. Give us courage to seek your king­dom and your right­eous ways trust­ing you will pro­vide every­thing else we long for most in this life and more in the life to come. We pray as Jesus taught us …

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

 The Old Rugged Cross  Arr. by Vic­ki Wright        Chan­cel Choir

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS    We Give Thee But Thine Own

PRAYER

HOLY COMMUNION

The Con­fir­mands will serve us in our pews. All are wel­come to par­take.

*THE SENDING TO SERVE     

                           

*CLOSING HYMN No. 2153        I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

                           

*BENEDICTION                                 Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE                   O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 1095 — J S Bach

Please join us in the Fel­low­ship Hall fol­low­ing our wor­ship for a

spe­cial recep­tion to hon­or our Con­fir­mands and our new mem­bers.