Sunday Worship Bulletin for June 17, 2018

SUNDAY JUNE 3, 2018

PRELUDE A time to reflect and pre­pare to hear God

Gott der Vater wohn’ uns bei BuxWV 190 — Diet­rich Bux­te­hude

  • Chil­dren present gifts to men in cel­e­bra­tion of Father’s Day

PASTORAL GREETING

One: Who are we who gath­er in this place?

All: We are dis­ci­ples of Jesus Christ, shar­ing his Love
through Wor­ship, Works, and Wit­ness

CONGREGATIONAL INTROIT #67 We, Thy Peo­ple Praise Thee

We, thy peo­ple praise thee, praise thee, God of every nation!

We, thy peo­ple praise thee, praise thee, Lord of Hosts eter­nal!

We, thy peo­ple praise thee, praise thee, God of every nation!

We, thy peo­ple praise thee, praise thee, Lord of Hosts eter­nal!

CALL TO WORSHIP (1 Samuel 15, 2 Corinthi­ans 5)

One: We come to hear God’s call.
All: Life is a mys­tery.
One: We are sur­prised by what we hear.
All: We walk by faith.
One: God inter­rupt­ed Samuel with an unex­pect­ed call.
All: “Here I am, Lord. Send me!”
One: God sur­prised Jesse, choos­ing his youngest son,
David, to be king.
All: “Here I am, Lord. Send me!”

One: Praise the One who gives us faith. Praise the One who
walks with us. Praise the One who shrouds life in mys­tery.
Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!

SPIRITUAL SONG Shout To The Lord by Dar­lene Zschech

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST                  

One: God calls us in sur­pris­ing ways, invit­ing us into a
new cre­ation. Share the good news with one anoth­er: The
peace of Christ is with you.
All: The peace of Christ is with you.

FELLOWSHIP CHORUS #2226 Bind Us Togeth­er

Bind us togeth­er, Lord, bind us togeth­er with cords that can­not be bro­ken Bind us togeth­er, Lord, bind us togeth­er, bind us togeth­er in love. There is only one God; there is only one King; There is
only one Body; that is why we sing. (cho­rus repeat)

OPENING PRAYER

God of every thought and the foun­da­tion of all that is real, we gath­er here today as your peo­ple, all chil­dren of the good news
of Jesus. You are the holy One, prophet­ic sus­tain­er of com­mu­ni­ty — assure us of your pres­ence once again, that we may trust the mys­tery of life and growth, as we gath­er in the name of our Sav­ior, who is Jesus, the Christ.

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

Sloane Nyx and Mila Lux Mark­wardt, born April 4 and
April 5 to Col­lette Renee and Eric Richard Mark­wardt

GIFT OF MUSIC Lamb of God

by Twila Paris Sung by Pamela Phillips

CONGREGATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER Cares Cho­rus, #2215

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

GIVING OURSELVES TO GOD

Gott der Vater wohn’ uns bei — Johann Pachel­bel

Holy God, mag­nif­i­cent, sus­tain­ing farmer of the future, receive these gifts, we pray. Through our offer­ing, help us know in some sur­pris­ing way that you are bring­ing into being some­thing won­der­ful and new. Amen.

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS #2070 He is Exalt­ed

THE WRITTEN WORD Mark 4. 26–34

26 He also said, “This is what the king­dom of God is like. A man scat­ters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil pro­duces grain — first the stalk, then the head, then the full ker­nel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sick­le to it, because the har­vest has come.”

[Sung by soloist] The King­dom of God, #275

[Read]    33 With many sim­i­lar para­bles Jesus spoke the word
to them, as much as they could under­stand. 34 He did not say any­thing to them with­out using a para­ble. But when he was
alone with his own dis­ci­ples, he explained every­thing.

One: The Word of God for the peo­ple of God  All: Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE & FAITH

  • What are the signs of God’s King­dom you might see today?
  • How can you facil­i­tate see­ing the King­dom?
  • What can you do to har­vest the bless­ings of God’s King­dom?

HYMN #508 Faith While Trees Are Still in Blos­som

SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION Giv­ing It a Rest!

PASTOR’S PRAYER

One: Holy God, you call us to live in mys­tery, to walk by faith.
All: Yet we long for plans with goals and sched­ules. It’s hard to live by faith.
One: You call us to place our trust in you, to live accord­ing to your direc­tion.
All: Yet we want life to make sense from a human point of view. It’s hard to live by faith.
One: You call us to feel the mys­tery of life, to mar­vel at the pow­er of your love.
All: Yet it’s not easy to accept your promise that every­thing old has passed away. It’s hard to live by faith. For­give us for play­ing god. Help us live by faith and know the free­dom and joy of wit­ness­ing your promis­es ful­filled in us. Help us reveal the hope you bring to oth­ers.

CLOSING HYMN #583 You Are the Seed

THE SENDING      Go Now In Peace

POSTLUDE Vater unser im Him­mel­re­ich BWV 737 — J S Bach