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Sunday, May 7, 2017

GREETING and PRELUDE  In silence, please pre­pare your heart for wor­ship.

Gott sei gelo­bet und gebenedei­et — Hein­rich Schei­de­mann

INTROIT  Joy­ful­ly Sing to God For­ev­er by Haydn, Arr. by Patrick M. Lieber­gen

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:  We tend to stray from God’s lov­ing ways. We need a shep­herd.

All: We are hun­gry and thirsty, emp­ty and fear­ful.

One: Who can we turn to who will help us each and every day?

All: Where will we find some­one to bring us to the peace­ful waters and the pleas­ant       pas­tures?

OPENING PRAYER

God of all the sheep, those who remain close to you and those who stray, those who are always faith­ful and those who are lost: be with us today! Help us take a look at our lives and our rela­tion­ship to you. Bring us close, draw us in, for we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

*HYMN No. 140                           Great Is Thy Faith­ful­ness

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*FELLOWSHIP CHORUS                        He is Here (Choir: first time through)

    He is here! He is here! My heart tells me that Jesus, Jesus is here!

SPIRITUAL SONG No. 585         This Lit­tle Light of Mine

WITNESS         The Gift of Giv­ing                              Ken Jack­son

ANTHEM                   What Gift Can We Bring — Jane Mar­shall          Chan­cel Choir

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER              Hear Our Prayer - John Yarring­ton

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CALL TO GIVING Psalm 23

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

White Flag — Chris Tom­lin, Matt Red­man, Matt Maher & Jason Ingram      Alleluia Choir

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 176     Majesty

THE WRITTEN WORD                     Mark 12:37–44

 

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

Why did Jesus point out the actions of this wid­ow?

What kind of faith did the wid­ow dis­play in order for her to give as she did?

How does the way you give your finan­cial offer­ings reflect your faith?

What “small” thing could you turn into some­thing great by giv­ing it to God?

MEDITATION                 Impov­er­ished Gen­eros­i­ty                  Rev. Dr. Bri­an Homan

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Patient God, you know how easy it is for us to stray. We wan­der off eas­i­ly and are dis­tract­ed by so many con­cerns. We hold back out of fear you will not pro­tect and pro­vide for us. We are not free in our hearts or ful­ly com­mit­ted to you. Our light to your love to the dark­ness of the world is dimmed due to the strings we attach to our will­ing­ness to fol­low you. We express our con­cern for the lost only to dis­cov­er we our­selves are lost.  For­give us, we pray. Heal our bro­ken­ness and our fears. Remind us again that you lead us in gen­tle paths and by qui­et waters – when the paths are stony and the waves tumul­tuous, help us to remem­ber your pro­tec­tion and your care. Help us to extend that same love and care to oth­ers, for we ask this in Jesus’ Name.

*CLOSING HYMN                             Jesus Paid It All

THE SHARING IN HOLY COMMUNION

Holy Com­mu­nion is avail­able to every­one, despite faith back­ground, race, gen­der or age. The ush­ers will first dis­trib­ute the bread and then the cups of unfer­ment­ed wine. Please wait in prayer and silent reflec­tion until every­one has been served and you are instruct­ed to take the bread and wine. Bas­kets are avail­able in every pew to place your used cup.

*BENEDICTION                                Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE                 Nun lob, mein Seel, den Her­ren — Johann Got­tfried Walther  

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