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