Bulletin for April 30

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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!

OPENING PRAYER

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.