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Sunday, April 30, 2017
GREETING and PRELUDE In silence, please prepare your heart for worship.
Andante Allegro (Organ Concerto op 4 no 6) — G F Händel
INTROIT The Lord Is Alive! Chancel Choir
By W. A. Mozart, Arr. by Patrick M. Liebergen
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: The Lord listens to our pleas and hears our prayers!
All: We will praise God who gives rest to our souls!
One: In the courts of the house of the LORD, in the presence of all God’s people, we acknowledge our faith.
All: We will call on the Lord as long as we live!
One: We are your servant, O God; you have loosed our bonds!
All: We will offer sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving!
One: How shall we repay the Lord for all we have been given?
All: We will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord!
Lord, we celebrate the triumph of life over death. This is the good news of Jesus, our risen savior: You have ransomed us from our futility. Our salvation wasn’t purchased with gold or silver, or with perishable earthly goods, but with the precious blood of Christ himself. In his resurrection, we are born anew with him-born of the immortal, born of the everlasting, born into a living hope. Fill us with all good gifts of your Holy Spirit, that we may share your love with boldness and power, with passion and conviction! In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
*HYMN No. 307 Christ Is Risen
*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS He is Here
He is here! He is here! My heart tells me that Jesus, Jesus is here!
CHILDREN’S TIME (9:30)
SPIRITUAL SONG No. 585 This Little Light of Mine
WITNESS The Gift of Giving Ron Peckham
ANTHEM Steal Away to Heaven Arr. by Mark Hayes Chancel Choir
CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER Seek the Lord - John Yarrington
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD
Larghetto (Organ Concerto op 4 no 6) — G F Händel
*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 176 Majesty
THE WRITTEN WORD Malachi 3:1–12
QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH
- How have you “wearied” the Lord?
- In what ways do you rob God everyday?
- What is it you fear the Lord’s judgment will bring upon you?
HYMN No. 311 Now the Green Blade Riseth
MEDITATION Stealing From God Rev. Dr. Brian Homan
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
One: We’re afraid to take a truthful look at ourselves, yet you see us as we really are.
All: Open our eyes, Lord.
One: Even when we won’t listen, you hear us when we call your name.
All: Open our ears, Lord.
One: We keep the light of your word hidden to ourselves, though you gave it to share with the world.
All: Open our mouths, Lord.
One: May we know and serve the One who calls us to see, hear, speak and give.
All: Open our hearts and our hands, Lord.
*CLOSING HYMN No. 318 Christ Is Alive
*BENEDICTION Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Allegro moderato (Organ Concerto op 4 no 6) — G F Händel
Please join us for continued fellowship over refreshments in Fellowship Hall.