Our Sunday worship service is at 10:00 a.m. Children and adults gather together at that time, then children are dismissed about halfway through the service to attend Sunday school classes. All are welcome to attend our services and also receive communion. A typical worship service program looks like this:
We Gather Together
Prelude: “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” – J. Southbridge
Choral Introit: “A Perfect Heart”– D. McGuire
The Call to Worship:
One: O Lord, you have searched us and known us.
All: Before we move or think or speak, you know our actions and our words.
One: You breathed life into us, and shaped us in human form to serve your purpose and sing your praise.
All: We praise you for the gifts of substance and spirit, of acceptance and expectancy, of lineage and legacy.
One: How wonderful are your thoughts, O God!
All: How vast is the expanse of your grace and love!
One: Praise the Lord!
All: The Lord’s name be praised!
*Hymn #59 “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
Call to Confession: Remembering that Jesus can sympathize with us in our weaknesses since he was tempted as we are, let us boldly approach the source of all grace, confessing our sins against God and our neighbor.
Prayer of Confession:
Lord, we look for you in the wrong places.
We put our trust in material things.
We worry about things we cannot change.
We wonder if you are even there at all.
When we have doubted you, Lord, forgive us.
When we have neglected your word
and ignored your people, forgive us.
Do not be far from us, Lord.
There is no one else we can turn to for help.
Renew us and help us put our trust in you.
Words of Assurance (in unison):
There is no wrong that God cannot make right.
There is no chasm that can separate us from God’s love.
The Lord is patient and kind, generous and good. God will not forsake us or leave us. Thanks be to God!
Prayers of the People
One: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: Life up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the Lord.
(after each joy or concern shared, the Leader will say, “We pray to the Lord,” and the People respond, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
Prayer of St. Francis (in unison):
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Gathering of Tithes and Offerings
Anthem: “Take My Life and Let it Be” – M. Tucker – Choir
*Doxology (Hymn #624)
*Hymn#381 “Open My Eyes”
(children and teachers leave for Sunday school)
Scripture Reading: John 1
Sermon: “Barmen and Beyond”
Moment of Meditation
We Are Sent
Affirmation of Faith (in unison):
Jesus Christ, as he is attested to us in Holy Scripture, is the one Word of God whom we have to hear, and whom we have to trust and obey in life and in death. We reject the false doctrine that the Church could and should recognize as a source of its proclamation, beyond and besides this one Word of God, yet other events, powers, historic figures and truths as God’s revelation. As Jesus Christ is God’s comforting pronouncement of the forgiveness of all our sins, so, with equal seriousness, he is also God’s vigorous announcement of his claim upon our whole life. Through him there comes to us joyful liberation from the godless ties of this world for free, grateful service to his creatures. We reject the false doctrine that there could be areas of our life in which we would not belong to Jesus Christ but to other lords, areas in which we would not need justification and sanctification through him.
—from the Barmen Declaration 1934
*Hymn #297 “I Love to Tell the Story”
May the Lord, Mighty God Lift up your eyes and see God’s face
Bless and keep you forever Praise His grace forever.
Grant you peace, perfect peace May the Lord, Mighty God
Courage in every endeavor. Bless and keep you forever.
*The Postlude: “Celebration on Lasst uns erfreven”