“Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” – arr. Cindy Berry
“Come, Christians Join to Sing” – arr. Mark Hayes
. . . 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 “Trumpet Tune” – Arcangelo Corelli
*Call to Worship
One: Holy God, you have called each of us to serve you.
All: Open our hearts to your Spirit. Help us spread the Good News to those who do not know you.
*Opening Song “The Voice of God Is Calling”
The voice of God is calling its summons in our day; Isaiah heard in Zion, and we now hear God say; “Whom shall I send to succor my people in their need? Whom shall I send to loosen the bonds of shame and greed?”
“I hear my people crying in slum and mine and mill; no field or mart is silent, no city street is still. I see my people falling in darkness and despair. Whom shall I send to shatter the fetters which they bear?”
We heed, O Lord, your summons, and answer: Here are we! Send us upon your errand, let us your servants be. Our strength is dust and ashes, our years a passing hour; but you can use our weakness to magnify your power.
From ease and plenty save us; from pride of place absolve; purge us of low desire; lift us to high resolve; take us, and make us holy; teach us your will and way. Speak, and behold! We answer; command, and we obey!
Invitation to Give
Offering Music “There Is a Higher Throne” – Keith and Kristyn Getty
Following story: Childcare – Education Building
Prayer Song “Forth in Thy Name”
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go, my daily labor to pursue; thee, only thee, resolved to know in all I think, or speak, or do.
The task thy wisdom hath assigned, oh, let me cheerfully fulfill, in all my works thy presence find, and prove thy good and perfect will.
Thee may I set at my right hand, whose eyes mine inmost substance see, and labor on at thy command, and offer all my works to thee.
Give me to bear thine easy yoke, and ev’ry moment watch and pray, and still to things eternal look, and hasten to thy glorious day;
For thee delightfully employ whate’er thy bounteous grace hath giv’n, and run my course with even joy, and closely walk with thee to heav’n.
Prayers of the Community
Scripture Focus Galatians 1: 11-24 (p.187)
Message “Called” Kathryn Whitacre
*Song of Sending “O Young and Fearless Prophet” #374
*Sending Music “God’s Blessing” – Fielitz