Welcome and Announcements
* Call to Worship
Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good.
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
Righteousness and peace will kiss.
In worship. let us pray together:
* Prayer of the Day
Holy Trinity, yours is the justice that calls power to account. Yours is the love that calls sinners to repent. Yours is the mercy that forgives us and grants us eternal life. Lead us in the truth about the Beloved and set us free to rejoice with all our might over the great mystery you have revealed: that you are bringing all things into harmony through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
* Hymn of Praise: #307 “God of Grace and God of Glory”
* Invitation to Healing
The perfection of Jesus Christ calls us to be holy and blameless. Let us move in repentance and merciful forgiveness as we seek to live in Christ’s ways:
* Prayer of Wholeness
Gentle understanding Savior, it is hard to live always walking in your ways. You show us what is good, but we choose another way. You show us what is right, but we fail to do your will. Forgive us, God of grace. Redeem us and restore us to your image so that our lives may honor you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Please continue in silent prayer
* Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy”
* Assurance and Passing of the Peace
Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!
Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.
* Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …” (chorus twice)
Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work
Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord”
Prayer of Illumination:
Spirit of the living God, seal in us your Word of truth, the gospel of salvation, so that we can faithfully follow and joyfully serve our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is in his name that we pray. Amen.
First Reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 p.
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Epistle Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 p.
“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:14-29 p.
“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”
Questions for Reflection:
To experience one’s self as God’s beloved is a gift beyond compare. For some, it is difficult to receive such a gift; for others, such grace comes more easily. How can we deepen our experience of that gift in ourselves? How might we encourage this gift in others?
Please reflect silently a few moments, then share as the Spirit leads.
RESPONSE TO THE WORD
* Hymn of Response: #731 “Give Thanks for Those…”
* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32-3
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people; his service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well being….So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord.
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”
Minute for Mission
Praise God from whom all blessing flow!
Praise Christ all creatures here below!
Praise Holy Spirit evermore!
Praise Triune God whom we adore! Amen!
* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication
* Closing Hymn: #649 “Amazing Grace”
* Blessing and Charge
* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.
Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us across the way for refreshments and conversation following worship.
Household Prayer: Morning
O God of steadfast love and faithfulness, as I awaken this day in expectation, I turn my heart toward you, for I am your beloved.
Fill me with your wisdom and insight, and guide my feet into the way of peace as I walk your righteous path. Amen
Household Prayer: Evening
Recounting both the blessings and challenges of this day, I give thanks to you, O God, for my hope is in Christ who makes all things new, and so I rest this night. Amen.