Bulletin – September 18, 2011

GATHERING

GREETING

This is the day that the Lord has made!

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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PRELUDE                                                                               Patty Bell

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: We gather as the people of God.

People: To do the work of God

Leader: We gather hear as a people of love and hope

People: To be for the world the grace of Christ.

All: Let it be so. Amen.

 

*PRAISE MUSIC:                   “We Gather Together”                      UMH 131

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

The World Methodist Affirmation (1986)                                  UMH 886

PSALM 78                                                                              UMH 799

TIME WITH THE YOUTH:

HYMN:    “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us”                      UMH 381

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

GOSPEL LESSON:       Matthew 20:1-6                              PB, pg. 20

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON:        Philippians 1:21-30      PB, pg. 185

THE MESSAGE                                                            Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

HYMN RESPONSE:     “America The Beautiful”                    UMH 696

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:               Joys and Concerns

PASTORAL PRAYER:

God of all creation, we come to you ever ready with petitions for what we want and things we think we need. Free us in these moments of prayer from our litany of desires…and open our hearts to receive your gifts of grace and love as we consider what it means to follow your Son.

We confess we say that we are Christians and yet there are many times when we are anything but loving. We acknowledge that there are too many occasions when we are disciples in word only.

Help us, O God, to do better: to remember that where two or three of us are gathered, you are there also; to remember that we are messengers of your love and grace which calls us to extend the hand of fellowship not only within these walls, but beyond; to remember above all that the cross is a radical commitment to the way of life, and we carry it in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

“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.

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE 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.

*BLESSING

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