SUNDAY MAY 13, 2018
PRELUDE A time to reflect and prepare to hear God
Nun danket alle Gott by Gaël Liardon
GREETING & AFFIRMATION
CHORAL INTROIT Let Us Rejoice by John Yarrington
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: Come let us worship the God who loved us from our birth!
All: Though we did not know God, he knew us; God was
present while we were being molded together in our mother’s wombs.
One: Let us celebrate God who gave us parents to love us for
him and to reveal the love and desire God has for us.
All: Though a father and mother may forsake us, the Lord will
always receive us.
One: We celebrate the Lord who reveals the plans he has for
each of our lives
All: We know God’s desire is to prosper us and not to harm
us; God has plans to give us hope and a future.
One: Surely we were sinful from birth, we did not know him
and as we grew we focused on what we wanted and felt we needed, not always what the Lord wanted for us.
All: We thank you because at just the right time, you sent
your Son, born of a woman, to redeem us from our sin, that we might receive the full rights as your children.
One: Let us sing praise to our Creator, the true Parent of our
lives, who loves us, pursues us, and guides us in all of life
and through eternity.
HYMN #102 Now Thank We All Our God
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2226 Bind Us Together
O God, our heavenly Parent, we gather this morning to praise
you for the gifts you bring to us — in family, in children, in friends and neighbors. You are the source of our life and life finds its true meaning in you. We give you this day and this time. May we discover your presence in this hour in all that we say and do,
for what we long for is to be close to you. Amen!
CELEBRATING LEARNING & GROWING IN FAITH
CALL TO PRAYER #2193 Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
SILENT OFFERING OF PRAYER
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who was born of Mary. I believe in the love Mary gave her Son, which caused her to follow him in his ministry and stand at the cross as he died.
I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of children they bear. It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than the dandelions that cover the lawn.
It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity.
I believe that this love, even at its best, is only the shadow of God’s love, a mere reflection of all that we can expect from him, both in this life and the next. I believe one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a mother who lets this greater love flow through her child, blessing the world with the tenderness of her touch and the tears of her joy. Thank you, God, for those who love us for you and through you. We pray these things through Jesus, your Son, who taught us to pray, saying:
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
CHORAL ANTHEM Amazing Grace arr. by John Coates, Jr.
GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us arr. by Joseph Martin
PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #2070 He Is Exalted
THE WRITTEN WORD Ephesians 2. 1–10
Can You Imagine Witnessing? Dr. Brian Homan
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord, you have revealed such great love to us. We have not loved you or our neighbor as we should. You have created us to do good and give witness to the world of your good will and good news of your love for us all, but we admit that little of your love can be seen in us. Our light of your love has not shown as brightly as it should, in word and deed, so others might more readily see you, hear you and be drawn to faith in you. Forgive us for our timid and dim witness and strengthen us through your Holy Spirit to better be your light to others. Amen.
Please come forward through the center aisle as directed by the ushers to receive the bread and cup from one of two stations. Return to your pew by the side aisle. Attendants will serve those needing assistance.
HYMN #664 Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
THE SENDING Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Nun danket alle Gott op 65 no 59 by Sigfrid Karg-Elert