Bulletin – February 20, 2011

GATHERING

GREETING

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The risen Christ is with us.

Praise the Lord!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

PRELUDE                                                                              Patty Bell

*PRAISE MUSIC:    “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”   UMH 103

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

We believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and the foundation of our faith.

We believe that we are the temple of God and that God’s Spirit lives in us.

We believe that God’s temple is sacred, and we are the temple.

We believe we are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

—based on 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

PSALM 119:33-40                                                         PB, pg. 543OT

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain. Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; give me life in your ways. Confirm to your

servant your promise, which is for those who fear you. Turn away the disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good. See, I have longed for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life.

HYMN:      “Be Thou My Vision”                                         UMH 451

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God, you ask us to forgive—as you so generously forgive us.

Instead we hold on to our anger, slights and grudges.  If we don’t let them

go, we can focus on the anger instead of the pain. Holding on to them also

gives us a sense of power; so we let those feelings—instead of joy—rule

our lives. We choose not to share the grace we have experienced or follow

the example we’ve been taught. Change our hearts so we aren’t consumed

by animosity and pain. Forgive us the harm we cause when we are

unrepentant and unforgiving. May our lives reflect the forgiveness we

have received from you. Amen.

PARDON

In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”                                                         UMH 349

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

Father, as we come to your Word today, give us a fresh insight. We invite your Holy Spirit to come guide us as we read, listen and respond to your truths. The Word of God is a gift and we thank you for revealing  yourself to us through it. May we leave here changed because we have experienced the power of your Word today. Amen.

GOSPEL LESSON:                 Matthew 5:38-48                     PB, pg. 4NT

EPISTLE LESSON:       1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23            PB, pg. 157NT

THE MESSAGE                                                            Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

*RESPONSE   HYMN:                “Jesu, Jesu”                                      UMH 432

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG:         “Sanctuary”                                            Renew 185

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tired and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.

*BLESSING

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