Worship Bulletin for February 24, 2019

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany

PASTORAL GREETING 

PRELUDE Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 1100 – J S Bach      

A time to reflect and prepare to hear God as altar candles are lit

CHORAL INTROIT Sing to the Lord a New Song by Randy Edwards 

CALL TO WORSHIP  

Leader: Come and learn the ways of life.

All: We have come to follow Jesus.

Leader: Love your enemies, and do good to those who hate you.

All: We have come to follow Jesus.

Leader: Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who
persecute you.

All: We have come to follow Jesus.

Leader: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

All: We have come to follow Jesus.

Leader: Come and learn the ways of life.

HYMN OF PRAISE #549 verses 1-5 Where Charity and Love Prevail

COMMON PRAYER

Inexhaustible source of love and life, be with us in our time of worship as we seek the love it takes to walk in the ways of your Son. Help us love our enemies and bless those who wrong us, for we cannot do so alone. Teach us the joy of treating others with all the same respect and goodness with which we hope to be treated. May our every word and deed make known that we are your beloved children and vessels of your love. Amen.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE (9:30am) Taking On The Bullies

PRAYER

MISSION MOMENT Noisy can offering

GIFT OF MUSIC God’s Great Dance Floor     Alleluia Choir

by Chris Tomlin, Martin Smith & Nick Herbert

CHORAL CALL TO PRAYER

Search Me, Lord, and Know My Heart    by Randy Edwards

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

SILENT PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CHORAL ANTHEM

We Are Called by Mary McDonald 

OFFERTORY

Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt BWV 957 – J S Bach

PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

We give thee but thine own what e’er The gift may be; all that we have is thine alone a trust, O Lord, from thee. May we thy bounties thus as stewards true receive, and gladly as thou blessest us, to thee our first-fruits give.

PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

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! 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.

WRITTEN WORD Luke 6. 27-38 

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – NIV

One: The Word of God for the people of God

All: Thanks be to God

QUESTIONS OF LIFE AND FAITH

 •  Would responding to difficult people in the way that Jesus prescribes only reinforce their bad behavior?

 •  Are there limits to what abuse we should take from others? 

 •  Isn’t it healthy to form and communicate definitive boundaries?

 •  What’s your approach to people who need help or correction?

TEACHING Dealing with Impossible Expectation

HYMN #2169 God, How Can We Forgive

PASTORAL PRAYER

HYMN #2167 More Like You

SENDING 

Leader: Go with God’s blessings.

All: As followers of Jesus, we will love our enemies and do good to those who hate us.

Leader: Go with God’s blessings.

All: As followers of Jesus, we will bless those who curse us and pray for those who persecute us.

Leader: Go with God’s blessings.

All: As followers of Jesus, we will do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

Leader: Go with God’s blessings.

BLESSING Go Now in Peace

Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know He will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

POSTLUDE

Ach Gott, tu dich erbarmen BWV 1109 – J S Bach