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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD
How do you do at listening to God and living the Way of Jesus rather than
being distracted and disturbed by human news, actions, and demands?
"For the Fruit of All Creation" V.U. 227* ( * indicates please stand, as you are able.)
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:
"O Worship the King" V.U. 235, vs. 1, 3, 5
CALL TO WORSHIP:
This weekend, summer comes to a close. Cottagers pack up. Children prepare
for school. Vacationers head home. It is the beginning of a new season.
Welcome us home, Lord.
Welcome us to you, Lord. Welcome us into these fall months of activity.
Welcome us into your house of worship. Welcome us into your company.
Let us worship. It is a new season for us and the Lord.
Loving God, today we gather to raise our voices to you in songs of praise
and promise; of hope and renewal. Gladden our hearts as we sing these old,
familiar melodies and the deeply felt and remembered lyrics from our life
in the church. Bless all who have requested these songs, and bless us in
the playing and the singing of them. Bless us in our shared journey of
faith as we proclaim the good news of Jesus the Christ in word and in song.
We continue to pray with the words that Jesus taught us to pray,
THE LORD'S PRAYER
"All Praise to You" V.U. 297 *
"O God of Bethel" V.U. 680
SERVICE OF LIGHTING THE CANDLE:
Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
Jesus is our friend who loves us always.
: "Take My Life and Let it be Consecrated" Nancy Quinn
music by Mark Hayes
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 16: 21-28
This is the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God.
"God Is My Shepherd" V.U. 748 *
"Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore" V.U. 563
"Three Things I Promise" M.V. 176
For food in a world where many walk in hunger, for friends in a world where
many walk alone, for faith in a world where many walk in fear, we give you
thanks, O God.
"God is My Shepherd" by Anton Dvorak
from the " Biblical Songs."
Loving God, accept these gifts as thanksgiving for your
many blessings. Accept these gifts as
our commitment to your kingdom. Accept these gifts and
accept our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
"Give to Us Laughter" V.U. 624 *
"Unto the Hills" V.U. 842
"God be with you till we meet again"
V.U. 422, vs. 1 *