Who We Are: Community

Dr. Jennifer Blake continues the series Who We Are with the third message about Community which ties to the blue portion of our new logo. Based on Matthew 18:20

The Service for the Lord’s Day

“Who We Are:  Community”

March 24, 2019 

 

WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                                 “Reflection”                                                           J Pethel

“We Are An Offering”                                      arr. M Hayes

 

News of the Church

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Moment for Mission                                Trustees

 

*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*Hymn                                              “Shout to the Lord”                                           Zschech

 

*Call to Worship                                                                                                             AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning as a community of believers;

People:    called together to support and encourage one another.

Leader:     We are confident that God’s presence is with us;

People:    and we give thanks and praise for the One who draws us together.

Leader:     God created Eve so that Adam would not be alone.  He created us so

no one would be without a friend, a helper, a supporter in times of strife.

He is with us in spirit and in the fellow members of our community.

ALL:         Let us worship God!

 

*Hymn                                        “More Love, More Power”                                         J Del Hierre                          

 

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we know there is strength in numbers, but we continue to live our lives secluded from others.  We have been given family and friends, yet we often look to outsiders for answers to the questions that baffle us.  We limit the scope of, and the power within, our communities.  Help us to open our lives and hearts to those around us.  Lead us to the people who can help us make sense of the senseless things that happen in life.  Remind us that community stretches far beyond the walls of our house or the streets of our neighborhoods, into a world-wide fellowship of Your followers…(Silent time of prayer)

 

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     God sent Jesus to be among us; to teach us the importance of community;

and to be merciful when we fail individually, and as a group.  He forgives our

sins and loves us in spite of our weaknesses.

      ALL:          Thanks be to God!

 

* The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.

 

Anthem                                          “Declaration of Faith”                                                J Martin

Chancel Choir

 

Message     “Who We Are:  Community”         Dr. Jennifer Blake

Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Hymn #727                                                                    “Will You Let Me be Your Servant”

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

       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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not

       into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the

       power and the glory, forever. Amen.

 

Offertory Anthem                                  “Carry Me”                                                       K Hill

Adonai Singers

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

*Hymn #300                                                                                “We Are One in the Spirit”

 

*Benediction

 

Postlude                                          “Recessional in C”                                                     Hopson

 

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*Please stand, in body or in spirit