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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?
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.