Worship Participants

Order of Worship for Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gathering Music

“Praise to the Lord”    – arr. John Carter

“Hymn to Joy”    – arr. John Carter

Welcome/Sharing Time

. . . a time of greeting and sharing those things which inform who we are as a community of faith and how God is moving among us. You are invited to welcome visitors, share joys, prayer requests, and announcements.

Focusing Music    “Pastorale”    – Franz Schubert

*Call to Worship

One:  Do not be afraid – trust in God.

All:  Through all our hopes and fears – we come before God in trust.

One:  Trust only God – not the things of this world – but the things of God’s world.

All:  This day and all our tomorrows – we come before God in trust.

One:  Trust God who shines a light in the darkness – onto the unknown paths of our lives.

All:  God is our refuge, our heart’s true home – we come before God in trust.

*Opening Song    “God of Our Life”    #486

Invitation to Give

Offering Music    “Irish Rain”    – Michele McClaughlin

Offertory Prayer

Children’s Time

Following story:  Childcare provided – infant thru K-garten – Education Building

Prayer Song    “When We Walk With the Lord”    #544

Prayer of Confession

God, whom we do not fear – God, whom we love – God, who loves us:

It is so easy to worship other things, other activities, other relationships, other gods.

You tell us we cannot serve two masters, yet we spend time focusing elsewhere, diverting our energy, our money, our attention away from You.

Forgive us God when our hearts are led astray, when we serve other gods and worship them.

Help us to turn away from our distractions, strengthen us to set our faces toward You and Your work. We pray, trusting in your abiding grace.  Amen      – written by Chip Hardwick (adapted)

Special Music    “For Where Love Is, There Is God”    –Douglas E. Wagner

Scripture Reading    Matthew 10: 26-39

So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

Message    “Really Jesus?”    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”    Insert

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “All Hail the Power”    – arr. Edward Broughton