Order of Worship
June 11, 2017
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Prelude Valdone Afrra, Pianist
Welcome and Announcements Rev. Charlene Hill
Choral Introit “How Majestic is Your Name”
*Call to Worship
Liturgist: God, whose imagination saw all
that is good, beautiful, and loving,
People: continues to see us as beloved
children in the divine family.
Liturgist: The Word which called forth
the stars in every universe,
People: speaks to us of giving ourselves
through the baptismal life.
Liturgist: The Spirit, which moved over creation,
breathing life into all things,
People: fills us with peace and patience,
with hope and healing to share.
*Hymn: UMH #100 “God, Whose Love is Reigning O’er Us” VS: 1, 2 & 5
Call to Reconciliation
We know too well our foolishness, our brokenness, our human ways of doing things. But God knows our hearts, our hopes, our desire to be made new. As we offer our prayers of confession, let us open ourselves to God, who will forgive us and give us new life.
Unison Prayer of Confession
We have been created for goodness by you, Artist of all things, but we continue to be filled with bitterness. Your Word would enable us to speak of joy to others, but we offer only judgment. The Spirit which breathes hope into us could be shared with everyone we meet, but we are tempted to hold our breath until we turn blue, rather than giving peace to those around us.
But you have said that everything created is good, even we foolish children of yours, God of wonder and grace. With the Spirit as our sister, we know we can bring healing and hope to those who need it most. With your Word, Jesus Christ, as our brother, we know we can tell others of your mercy and of our love for them in every moment.
Assurance of Pardon
Pastor: By God’s grace, our chaotic choices become creative grace for others; our foolishness can be transformed by God’s goodness; our lives can become new by the Spirit of our God.
People: The good news is as true as it was on creation’s first morning: Creator God is the redeeming Word who is the Breath of life for all people, even us. Thanks be to God for forgiveness and grace in our lives. Amen.
*Passing the Peace
We invite the congregation to openly greet one another. Show a smile, shake a hand, give a hug. Let’s share God’s love with one another. During the singing of Blest Be the Tie That Binds, please find your way back to your seat as we continue fellowship.
*Song of Response sung while on the way back to our seats
UMH # 557 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”
Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love.
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Moment for Children
We Listen Together for the Divine Word
Anthem “People Need the Lord” Alex Ruepert, Soloist
Prayer of Illumination
Guide us, O God, by your Word, and Holy Spirit, that in your light we may see light, in your truth find freedom, and in your will discover peace; through Christ our Lord, Amen.
1st Scripture Reading Psalm 8
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All: Thanks be to God.
2nd Scripture Reading Genesis 1:1-2, 4a
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All: Thanks be to God.
Scripture Response “I’ll Say Yes”
I’ll say, yes, Lord, I’ll say Yes!
to your will, Lord, I’ll say Yes!
Where you lead me, I will go
I’ll say Yes, Lord
I’ll say Yes!
Sermon “Yes: Just Do Something” Rev. Charlene Hill
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn UMH #649 “How Shall They Hear the Word of God”
Invitation to the Offering
UMH # 95 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host;
praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Congregants are invited to share requests for prayer.
After each the pastor will offer: Come Holy Spirit—
And the people respond: Hear our prayer!
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 sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever. Amen.
*Hymn UMW #399 “Take My Life, and Let it Be”
Charge and Blessing Rev. Charlene Hill
*Postlude Valdone Afrra, Pianist
Please welcome guest pianist, Valdone Affra. Valdone is pursuing a graduate degree in piano and choral conducting at the Chicago School of the Performing Arts as her husband is finishing medical school.In for the vacationing Davon Coachman is Taylor Trentham and Emily Charles for Micah Gleason who is studying in Europe through the end of the month.
We are also sad to announce that this will be Andrea Hansen’s last Sunday with us. Andrea has been a vital part of our music ministry and she will be missed. Please join me in wishing Andrea well in future endeavors.
Joe Wilkinson. Organist-Director of Music