Sunday, July 25
WORDS OF WELCOME & REGISTRATION OF ATTENDANCE
Rev. Kate Walker
Largo by G. F. Handel
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: In the midst of our failures,
People: We stand in God’s grace.
Leader: In the midst of our struggles,
People: We boast in our hope through Christ.
Leader: In the midst of our suffering,
People: We claim the endurance given by the Holy Spirit.
Leader: In every part of our lives, the love of our Creator surrounds and upholds us.
People: Come, Let us worship our God.
(adapted from Spacious Faith April 2013 based on Romans 5:1-5)
*HYMN OF PRAISE
Soldiers of Christ, Arise, UMH #513
O God, in mystery and in silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty. We thank you that you do not leave us alone but labor to make us whole. Help us to perceive your unseen hand in the enfolding of our lives and to attend to the gentle guidance of your Spirit that we may know the joy you give you people. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
How Can I Keep from Singing by Brent Yorgason
Camien Sumpter, Soloist
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH - UMH #883
We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen.
*GLORIA PATRI - UMH #70
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
*HYMN OF REFLECTION
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light - UMH #206
Luke 1:5-13, 18-20
Loser: Retirement is Not Required | Rev. Kate Walker
INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
*HYMN OF COMMITMENT
For the Healing of the Nations - UMH #428
Mazurka Op. 68, No. 3 by Frédéric Chopin