Bulletin for June 18

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Sunday, June 18, 2017 

PRELUDE  In silence, please pre­pare your heart for wor­ship.

O lux bea­ta Trini­tas - Michel Cor­rette

GREETING

HYMN No. 2049                                God Is Here Today

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

SPIRITUAL SONG No. 2165       Cry Of My Heart

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:     See what love the Father has giv­en us,

All:     that we should be called the chil­dren of God.

One:     You are my sons and daugh­ters, this day I have begot­ten you.

All:     See what love the Father has giv­en us.

One:     As many as received him, to them he gave pow­er to become the chil­dren of God.

All:     See what love the Father has giv­en us.

One:      Though we wan­der off and leave home to forge our own path God waits forour return, hopes for our return, and runs with open arms when we are in sight to wel­come and restore us. See what love the Father has giv­en us, that we should be called the chil­dren of God.

OPENING PRAYER

O God, whom we affec­tion­ate­ly call Father, but whom we should know as Dad, you have made us and long to be our Provider and Pro­tec­tor. We have tak­en your gifts and sought our own way in life only to seek your help when things go wrong or begged from you when we want some­thing des­per­ate­ly for our­selves. We look at your inten­tions with sus­pi­cion of con­trol rather than help in secur­ing the best for us. We often look at you in fear of your dis­ci­pline when it is giv­en only for our good. We gath­er to remem­ber the bless­ings you have giv­en us just because you love us; to wor­ship that love and learn of that love so it might become our way. We want to be close and ask only that you reveal your­self to us in our prayers, our songs and our atten­tive­ness to your Word. Come near, speak to us so we might know you are always with us for we give this time that could be giv­en to oth­er pur­suits for no oth­er rea­son but to know you and be with you. Amen!

* HYMN No. 144                           This Is My Father’s World

THE WRITTEN WORD                   Gen­e­sis 3. 1–13

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

How might we fall prey to the same tempt­ing ques­tion, Did God real­ly say … ?”

How can some­thing that appears good and beau­ti­ful and poten­tial­ly ben­e­fi­cial be “wrong?”

How easy is it to admit you are wrong?

When have you felt most naked and exposed before God?

Where in your life is “the ser­pent” seem­ing­ly alive and well?

THE GIFT OF MUSIC                           Hill and Val­leys                    SarahJo Elliott

Tau­ren Wells, Chuck But­ler & Jonathan Smith

HYMN OF DEDICATION No. 2051  I Was There to Hear Your Born­ing Cry

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

OFFERING OUR GIFTS & OURSELVES TO GOD

O lux bea­ta Trini­tas — J P Sweel­inck attrib (Schei­de­mann?)

    

* PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 2070      He Is Exalt­ed

* PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST 

* FELLOWSHIP CHORUS                 He Is Here  

THE SPOKEN WORD        Stuck In The Mid­dle

PRAYER OF CONFESSION and COMMITMENT

HYMN No. 141                       Chil­dren of the Heav­en­ly Father

 

THE BLESSING and SENDING

*BENEDICTION SONG Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE                                O lux bea­ta Trini­tas — Matthias Weck­mann

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