Arizona Haven Church Bulletin – September 16, 2012

GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

GREETING

Leader: As a shepherd seeks a lost sheep,

People: So God seeks and the lost.

Leader: Like a woman who searches for a lost coin until it is found,

People: So God rejoices over one soul restored to wholeness.

Leader: As a father receives a returning wayward son,

People: So God welcomes us, and lets the past be the past.

Leader: Therefore let us praise God in thanksgiving that we received.

People: Let us receive and welcome and rejoice over one another in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                     Gene Risch

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord;

People: He will exalt you.

Leader: Draw near to God;

People: He will draw near to you.

ALL: Come let us worship Him!

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                            Proverbs 1-20-33

* HYMN                       “Lift High the Cross”                                              UMH #159

 

TIME WITH YOUTH                                                                       Janet Keffer

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison

Almighty God, we confess that we are often swept up in the tide of our generation. We have failed in our calling to be your holy people, a people set apart for your divine purpose. We live more in apathy born of fatalism than in passion born of hope. We are moved more by private ambition than by social justice. We dream more of privilege and benefits than of service and sacrifice. We try to speak in Your name without relinquishing our glories, without nourishing our souls, without relying wholly on Your grace. Help us to make room in our hearts and lives for You, forgive us, revive us, and reshape us in Your image. Amen.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

*HYMN                         “God of Grace, God of Glory”                      UMH #577

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER

O God, all the treasures of the world are Yours, and yet You seem to use especially the gifts we offer You from the abundance with which You already have blessed us. Let these gifts which we here dedicate to Your honor and glory, be a source of particular blessing to the people and the cause of Your kingdom and to the spiritually needy of all the earth. We pray in Jesus Name. Amen. 

 

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                               UMH #95

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE JOYS AND CONCERNS

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

 

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                 Mark 8:27-35

THE MESSAGE                                                                                      Michael Keffer

 

*HYMN                           “Amazing Grace”                                                 UMH #378

 

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG:     “He Lives”                                                                  UMH #310

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives! He lives within my heart.

 

*BLESSING (We came, Oh God, to praise You; we leave, Oh God to serve You; May Your love be with us until we meet again.)

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*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.

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