SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018
9:30 am worship service
PRELUDE A time to reflect and prepare to hear God
Canon in D — Johann Pachelbel
GREETING & AFFIRMATION
CHORAL INTROIT O be Joyful by John Yarrington
CALL TO WORSHIP Revelation 19:7–9, 21. 1–4; Matthew 25. 1–13
One: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!
All: We are the Bride of Christ, his Church. We know that he shall come one day to claim us as his own.
One: Let us rejoice and be glad; let us give him glory!
All: When he comes, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess him Lord!
One: That day will bring justice and peace; sorrow and sin shall be no more
All: There will be no death, mourning, crying or pain for he will wipe every tear from our eyes
One: The real church will descend out of God from heaven, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
All: We will hear the voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with humanity and he will live with them.”
One: We will rejoice in that day for the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
All: We will make ourselves ready. We will dress ourselves with righteousness. We will keep the lamps of our faith lit and shining amidst the darkness of this present time. We will not be caught unprepared for we love the Lord, the Lamb of God, who fulfills our life with love.
HYMN #642 As Man and Woman We Were Made
PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2226 Bind Us Together
PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE
O God, Creator of our lives and the Lord of all, we thank you for the witness of your desire for us expressed through your making of human marriage. The potentials for intimacy between a man and a woman are merely a reflection of your greater love for us. We thank you for Pastor Blessed and Bernard Bird, for their lives and the love you have brought to them for each other. Bless them in this next hour when they shall confess their faith in you and their love through the covenant of marriage. Fulfill in them your hope for their relationship. May we consider our own commitments to love others as you have loved us in Jesus as the obligation we have accepted in our choice to follow you. May we draw from the river of love that flows from your throne. May we love you first and foremost, so you can be the source of our love for one another. We now take this time of silence to lift before you in our thoughts those people in our lives you have called us to love and for whom we know their needs. (silent prayer) Remind us all gathered here of our own commitment to love you with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves, we ask in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray, saying, THE LORD’S PRAYER
CHANCEL CHOIR Down by the Riverside (with Standing
in the Need of Prayer) arr. by Mary McDonald
WRITTEN WORD 1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only making a lot of noise If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can even move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames for my principles and opinions, but have not love, I gain nothing by my sacrifice. You see love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part now, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I grew up, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection of how life is and what awaits us in the future; when it comes we shall see face to face. Now I may know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. In uncertainty and anticipation of what may come three remain from which I draw confidence: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
HYMN #408 The Gift of Love
SPOKEN WORD The Greatest Gift of God
VOWS OF COVENANT RENEWAL
Those who wish to renew their vows may stand to respond.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O God, we come to you with broken hearts and damaged dreams. We have dreamed of love and being loved and while we have known love it has fallen short of what we hoped at times and we certainly have not loved with the same love you offer us. We want to be better lovers and have our lives filled with greater affection and intimacy you hold out before us as being possible. Forgive our feeble efforts at loving you and our neighbor, including our spouses, our children and family. Forgive us the shallowness of our commitment to extend the grace of your love with our sisters and brothers of common faith in you. Our witness to your love to the world has been damaged by our inability to live as you call us. Free us and fill us with your love that we might love more fully the love you offer us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
SHARING HOLY COMMUNION
The congregation will be directed by the ushers to come
forward to share the gift of Christ’s sacrifice. Plates are
available at the front to receive offerings and tithes.
Gavotte — Christoph Willibald von Gluck
SENDING Go Now In Peace
POSTLUDE Rondeau — Jean Joseph Mouret
IN OUR PRAYERS
Bernard and Blessed as they celebrate their wedding
To have your name listed here, please complete the prayer cards that are in the pew racks, and return to the office or in the offering plate.