The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
The risen Christ is with us.
Praise the Lord!
*PRAISE MUSIC “I Sing Praises” Renew 79
CALL TO WORSHIP
Call: Sing to God, you kingdom of the earth, sing praise to the Lord.
Response: To him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunder with mighty voice.
Call: Proclaim the power of God.
Response: Whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the heavens.
Call: You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
All: Praise be to God! —Adapted from Psalm 68:32-35
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH UMH 886
TIME WITH THE YOUTH
HYMN: “Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise” UMH 312
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION: Father, you give us your Word to teach us, to encourage us, to allow us to know you more. May the words we hear, read and speak today change us from the inside out. Let us not be hearers of the Word but doers also. Clear our minds of distraction as we prepare to hear from you. We love you and thank you for giving us a message of hope, truth and life. Let us not keep it to ourselves, but help us go from this place eager to share it with others. In your holy name. Amen.
GOSPEL LESSON: John 17:1-11 PB, pg. 106
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Acts 1:6-14 PB, pg. 112
THE MESSAGE Pastor Vicki Lerdahl
HYMN RESPONSE: “One Bread, One Body” UMH 620
PRAYERS AND OFFERING
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Gracious God, we bring not only our monetary gifts this morning; we also offer ourselves to you and to the study of your Word. We pledge to seek you and follow your commandments, to treasure your Word in our hearts, to delight in your decrees, learn your laws, fix our eyes on your way and remember your Word. Use our financial gifts and each one of us to further the work of your kingdom. Amen.
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING “My Tribute” UMH 99
To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things He has done. With His blood He has saved me; with His power He has raised me; to God be the glory for the things He has done.
COMMUNION AND SENDING FORTH
All are welcome at the table of the Lord! Come and receive.
(form a circle with those who have received communion and prepare to sing)
*CIRCLE SONG: “Sanctuary” Renew 185
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.