Order of Worship for Sunday, June 3, 2018

Posted June 1st, 2018

Gathering Music    “Sing Unto the Lord” with “I Will Sing of the Mercies”    – arr. Mark Hayes

Sharing Time

How would your friends describe you?

. . . 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    “Children of the Heavenly Father”    – arr. Melvin Rotermund


*Song of Welcome    “Children Are Welcome”

Words by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

  Co-Pastor, Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware


Children are welcome, Christ said one day,

When the disciples urged them away.

Children are welcome at Jesus’ knee:

God’s own example for ministry.

Welcoming God, You open the Way:

Even the smallest worship and pray,

Singing with faith and serving You well,

Your life to know and good news tell.


Women are welcome, as are the men;

Through God’s own Spirit, we’re partners again.

Partners as prophets, ministers, too:

No more divided – made one anew.

Welcoming God, You open the way;

Those once divided join now to pray,

Serving at Table, preaching Your Words,

So that Your love for all will be heard.


Outcasts are welcome; sinners are, too,

Eating with Jesus and being made new:

Some like Zacchaeus turned right around;

Wounded and poor ones felt peace profound.

God of great love, You stand at the door,

Welcoming people outcast and poor.

So You forgive and call us to be

Filled with the joy of Your jubilee.


So may we welcome into our pew

All who in Jesus are being made new –

All those who seek him, wanting to know,

Wanting to love him, wanting to grow.

Welcoming God, You stand at our door,

As someone different, outcast or poor.

With longing eyes, Lord Jesus, You search

May we all welcome You in Your church.

Invitation to Give

Giving Music    “Arioso”    – J. S. Bach

Giving Prayer

Children’s Time

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

Prayer Song    “O Little Children, Gather”    #489

Prayer    Believe the Wonder    – Roddy Hamilton (adapted)

Scripture Focus    I Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)    #247

Message    “To such as these – belongs the Realm of God”    – Kathryn Whitacre

*Sending Song    “Go My Children”    #433

*Sending Words

*Sending Music    “Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven”    – arr. John Behnke

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