The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
The risen Christ is with us.
Praise the Lord!
PRELUDE: Quiet your thoughts of the world and be in worship. Patty Bell
*PRAISE MUSIC: “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” UMH 298
Leader: The fundamental fact of existence is that faith, trust in God, is the firm foundation under all of life.
People: Faith is what gives life meaning. Faith is why we have conviction even in things we cannot see,
Leader: We come from a long line of faithful people.
People: Noah built an ark even when he hadn’t seen a drop of rain.
Leader: Abraham followed God to a new land, even though he didn’t know where he was going.
People: Faith led Moses to face Pharaoh and demand freedom for the Israelites.
Leader: Faith toppled the walls of Jericho.
People: By faith, God’s people were protected from lions, fires and the sword.
Leader: Some were raised from the dead.
People: Others endured persecution, prison, stoning and even death.
Leader: The world has not been worthy of these people of faith!
People: This is our heritage. This is our legacy.
Leader: Let us, therefore, run the race of faith with endurance,
People: We will keep our eyes on Jesus. We will run the race to win! Amen.
Holy God, the story of the saints through all the ages come to us as a gift, for it is through them that we have learned the meaning of faith. We receive this gift with thanks and praise. We are grateful for their example, for showing us the way, for challenging us to continue to live faithful lives. Grant us perseverance when the race gets tough, courage when trials beset us and rest when we grow weary from the struggles of life. May Christ’s joy renew us as we fix our eyes on him. Amen.
TIME WITH THE YOUTH
SONG OF PRAISE: “I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light” UMH 206
PRAYERS AND OFFERING
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns
Together, let us pray
For the people of this congregation…
For those who suffer and those in trouble…
For the concerns of this local community…
For the world, its peoples, and its leaders…
For the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission…
THE LORDS PRAYER
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
Musical Response: “Doxology – Glory Be To The Father” UMH 70
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 12:49-56
EPISTLE LESSON: Hebrews 11:29-12:2
THE MESSAGE: Pastor Vicki Lerdahl
*HYMN RESPONSE: “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” UMH 557
SENDING FORTH CIRCLE
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS SONG: “Shalom To You” UMH 666
Shalom to you now, Shalom, my friends. May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends. In all your living and through your loving, Christ be your shalom, Christ be your Shalom.