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: “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” UMH 384
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
In God we take refuge. We proclaim loudly, “You are our Lord; apart from you we have no good thing.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. Lord, you alone are our portion and our cup; you make our lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for us in pleasant places; surely we have a delightful inheritance. We will praise the Lord, who counsels us; even at night our hearts instruct us. We keep our eyes always on the Lord. With God, we will not be shaken. Therefore our hearts are glad and our tongues rejoice; we will rest secure because you will not abandon us. You make known to us the path of life; you will fill us with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Amen.
—-Based on Psalm 16
Author of all creation, we go about our lives filled with frustration and often feeling lost. Culture wants to point us down one path, yet we know there is a better road to follow. We are more likely to turn to Google Maps
for direction than to you. We forget that you have provided us with a compass—the Bible. Instill in us a desire to turn to you first; to delve into your teachings; to not only read your laws on an intellectual level but to take them into our hearts. If we choose to live our lives according to your ways, we need never fear getting lost. Amen.
TIME WITH THE YOUTH
HYMN: “Amazing Grace” UMH 378
PRAYERS AND OFFERING
So many things in this world try to draw our attention away from what is
truly important. Too many times, these things become little gods
demanding our time, talents, money and devotion. Lord, in this moment,
through these elements, restore to us the right relationship we should have
with you. Remind us again of the blessings and good fortune we have to be
in your house and to celebrate this testament of your love for us.
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
“Glory Be To The Father” UMH 71
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
Almighty God, your Word is a precious gift to us. Open our hearts and prepare our minds to hear your Word read and proclaimed in a way that is pleasing to you. Amen.
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Psalm 16
THE MESSAGE Pastor Vicki Lerdahl
HYMN RESPONSE: “Trust And Obey” UMH 467
*CIRCLE SONG: “Alleluia” UMH 162
Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord. Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to His name.