May 14th

We are glad to have you worship with us!

Hearing devices and large print bulletins are available; our ushers are happy to assist you.

Please silence all devices during worship. (*) indicates please stand, as you are able

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

 Nun dan­ket alle Gott (var­i­ous set­tings) — Gaël Liar­don

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

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:     Come, all of you who feel lost, alien­at­ed, alone.

Choir:  At one time we felt that way – we didn’t belong any­where.

All:      We just want­ed some­where to be.

One:     Christ, the Strong Cor­ner­stone of our house, wel­comes you.

Choir:  Once we were no peo­ple

All:      Now we are God’s peo­ple.

Choir:  Once we had no place to dwell

All:      Now we live and abide in God’s love.

OPENING PRAYER

Gra­cious God on this day of the fes­ti­val of the Chris­t­ian Home, the cel­e­bra­tion of Mother’s Day, the wit­ness to the eter­nal love of Christ, remind us that we are respon­si­ble for car­ing for each oth­er. We are called to lift up rather than tear down; to sup­port rather than aban­don, to reach out when oth­ers have turned away. Give us hearts of love that, in all places and times, we may be a wit­ness to the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. AMEN.

*HYMN No. 102            Now Thank We All Our God

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM (9:30)

Claire Genevieve Cruik­shank, born Novem­ber 14, 2016 to Erin Diane and Todd Ben­jamin Cruik­shank

HYMN No 611 (9:30) Child of Bless­ing, Child of Promise

WITNESS       The Gift of Giv­ing                      Gail Crispin

ANTHEM                                     Take My Life                                               Chan­cel Choir

Frances R. Haver­gal and Carl J. Nygard, Jr

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER       Let the Words of My Mouth - John Yarring­ton

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING OUR GIFTS and OURSELVES TO GOD

Be Still and Know That I Am God — Olive Dun­gan              Nan­cy James

*PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 176      Majesty

*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!

THE WRITTEN WORD                     2 Corinthi­ans 8:1–12

 

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

Why would the apos­tle Paul call the gen­eros­i­ty of the Mace­don­ian Chris­tians a “grace” God has giv­en them?

Where do you strug­gle the most – in faith, in speech, in knowl­edge, earnest­ness, love for the Church, or giv­ing?

What moves you to be gen­er­ous with your mon­ey, time and ener­gy?

MEDITATION                 Moti­va­tions for 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 No. 2162                Grace Alone

*BENEDICTION             Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE   Nun dan­ket alle Gott op 65 no 59 — Sigfrid Karg-Elert

 

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