Order of Worship for Sunday, February 4, 2018

Posted February 2nd, 2018

Gathering Music    “Come Thou Fount”    – arr. Jason Payne

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    “Praise Him! Praise Him!”    – arr. Mary McDonald

*Call to Worship – Psalm 147: 1-11

One:  Praise God!

All:  How good it is to sing praises to our God; for God is gracious, and a song of  praise is fitting. 

One:  God builds up Jerusalem; God gathers the outcasts of Israel.

All:  God heals the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds. 

One:  God determines the number of the stars; God gives to all of them their names.

All:  Great is our God, and abundant in power; God’s understanding is beyond measure. 

One:  God lifts up the downtrodden; God casts the wicked to the ground.

All:  Sing to God with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. 

One:  God covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, and makes grass grow on the hills.

All:  God gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.

One:  God’s delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor is God’s pleasure in the speed of a runner;

All:  but God takes pleasure in those who fear God, in those who hope in God’s steadfast love. 

*Opening Song          “Fill Your Hearts With Joy and Gladness”    insert

    based on Psalm 147

Invitation to Give

Outreach Emphasis the month of February is; The Cedars. The annual budget allocation to The Cedars has not been reduced. This month our ‘special giving’ is intended for the Cedars Resident Assistance Fund. The money in this fund is allocated to help bridge the financial gap that remains when a resident’s funds and federal and state resources are not enough to cover the cost of the resident’s care.

Giving Music    “I Worship You” with “Holy, Holy, Holy”    – arr. Mark Hayes

Giving Prayer

Message in Music    “Zion’s Walls”    – Mark Hayes

Children’s Time

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

Prayer Song    “Cantemos al Senor”    #55

      “Let’s Sing Unto the Lord”

Prayers of the People

One:  God of our life, our everlasting, never ending hope; by Your will You have created and sustained the vast universe.

All:  In the midst of all this greatness and splendor, You have set us – creatures in Your own image!

One:  By Your grace you have called us to serve You and to be Your people.

All:  In Your love and mercy You have chosen and laid hold on us, to be a light!

One:  Teach us, O God, your ways. Help us, each day to turn aside and to listen for You, and to study Your word, and to pray to You, so that we might live as Your people, and give ourselves – all we are and all we have – in obedience to Your will – so that we might have strength and hope – peace and joy – and so that we might be able to impart these to others in Your name.

All:  God, You are the giver of life.  In the midst of suffering we celebrate the promise of Your peace.

In the midst of oppression – the promise of Your freedom.

In the midst of doubt and despair – the promise of Your abiding presence.

In the midst of fear – the promise of everlasting joy.

In the midst of sin, both intentional and unintentional, – the promise of renewal.

In the midst of death – the promise of life beyond earth.

May we dwell in Your promises and lift them up before others with love and

compassion. We pray in the name of Jesus.  AMEN

– written by Richard J. Fairchild (adapted)

Scripture Focus    I Corinthians 9: 16-23    p. 171

Message    “Lace up your Sneakers…”    Jerry Bowen

*Sending Song    “Guide My Feet”    #546

*Sending Words

*Sending Music

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