Bulletin – May 22, 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

 

LITANY

Call:Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.

Response: We believe in you, Father, and in your Son, Jesus Christ.

Call: I am going to prepare a place for you in my Father’s house.

Response: We believe in you, Father, and in your Son, Jesus Christ.

Call: I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am.

Response: We believe in you, Father, and in your Son, Jesus Christ.

Call: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Response: We believe in you, Father, and in your Son, Jesus Christ.

–based onJohn 14:1-6

 

*PRAISE MUSIC: “Crown Him With Many Crowns”          UMH 327

 

INVOCATION

 

 

Most holy God, we come together in worship this day to proclaim your goodness and declare your greatness. Stir our hearts, that we may bring you the worship you deserve. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us in our worship. May all we do, say and sing bring honor and glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

PSALM 31:1-5, 15-16

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

 

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

HYMN:      “Glorify Your Name”                                          Renew 37

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

 

.PRAYER OFCONFESSION

Father, you have commanded us not to worry, yet we confess that we

spend so much time doing just that. We confess our lack of trust in you.

Help us surrender our fears and concerns to you, knowing that your hand

is in every aspect of our lives. Father, turn our hearts toward yours and

draw us close to you. We confess our desperate need for you, for on our

own we fret and fail. Help us follow you with all our lives. Thank you for

your continued patience and forgiveness. We love you. Amen.

 

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

The Lord is our rock and redeemer. He has delivered us from our enemies. He has saved us with his steadfast love. Thanks be to God, you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God we are forgiven.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING      “He Is Lord”

He is Lord, He is Lord!  He is risen from the dead and He is Lord!  Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

 

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

 

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON:        Acts 7:55-60                  PB, pg. 119

GOSPEL LESSON:       John 14:1-14                                     PB, pg. 103

 

THE MESSAGE:                                                           Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

 

*HYMN RESPONSE:          “Rock of Ages”                           UMH 361

 

SENDING FORTH

 

*CIRCLE SONG:          “Surely The Presence”

Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place; I can feel His mighty power and His grace.  I can hear the brush of angels’ wings; I see glory on each face; Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

*BLESSING

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