Bulletin for October 29

ORDER OF WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY OCTOBER 29, 2017

INTROIT       Awe­some God by Rich Mul­llins       Alleluia Choir

QUESTIONS OF LIFE and FAITH

How seri­ous are you about fol­low­ing God?

What spir­i­tu­al demands have you strug­gled over and find dif­fi­cul­ty com­ply­ing with?

Are there expec­ta­tions of faith that seem unrea­son­able?

PRELUDE     Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott  Michael Prae­to­rius

*CALL TO WORSHIP (Ps 139:13–18)

One:  I praise you because I am fear­ful­ly and won­der­ful­ly made;

All:    You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body;

One: You know exact­ly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpt­ed while in my mother’s womb.

All:    Like an open book, you watched me grow from con­cep­tion to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you,

One: Your thoughts — how rare, how beau­ti­ful!

All:    God, I’ll nev­er com­pre­hend them! There­fore I sing your praise and look to you to lead me in life. 

HYMN Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above, #126  (vs 1,2,&4)

*OPENING PRAYER

O Cre­ator, as the season’s change I am more aware of the beau­ty and won­der of what you have made. The com­plex­i­ty and inter­con­nect­ed­ness of every­thing astounds me. I wish I could say I come to wor­ship with the same con­fi­dence the psalmist expressed when he stat­ed his life was won­der­ful because I strug­gle some­times with myself and my cir­cum­stance. Restore to me a sense of won­der and hope. May I leave this time know­ing you are with me and will help me dis­cov­er your unfold­ing plan for my life. Amen.

OUR COMMON CREED        The Apostle’s Creed

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

Elliott Nicholas DiBari, born Octo­ber 30, 2016 to Amy and Jere­my  (9:30)

Brayleigh Chris­tine Bul­luck, born June 15, 2017 to Valerie and Troy (11:00)

ANTHEM       Let There Be Light — Rob Satori,    Chan­cel Choir

Arr. by Mark Hayes

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER      Cares Cho­rus — Kel­ly Willard

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

THE LORD’S PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC                   Eye of the Storm       Alleluia Choir

*GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS   He Is Exalt­ed 

He is exalt­ed, the King is exalt­ed on high; I will praise him. He is exalt­ed, for­ev­er exalt­ed and I will praise his name! He is the Lord, for­ev­er his truth shall reign; heav­en and earth rejoice in him holy name. He is exalt­ed, the King is exalt­ed on high!

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS   Make Us One 

Make us one, Lord, make us one! Holy Spir­it, make us one! Let your love flow so the world will know we are one in you!

THE WRITTEN WORD Ezra 10:1–7

SONG OF PREPARATION            Lead Me, Lord

THE SPOKEN WORD Fac­ing the Hard Choic­es In mak­ing a New Start

PRAYER

HYMN Breathe on Me, Breath of God,  (vs. 1–3)

THE SENDING

THE BLESSING                     Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott — Johann Walther