Friends, we gather here to praise God and to witness to our faith.
We come together in grief, acknowledging our human loss.
May God grant us grace, that in pain we find comfort, in sorrow hope, in death resurrection.
PRELUDE Patty Bell
CALL TO WORSHIP
One:Moses was drawn by the sight of a burning bush, where God said to him,
Many: “Come no closer! Remove your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.”
One: The Lord continued,
Many: “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”
One: Moses was afraid and hid his face.
Many:But, the Lord continued,
One: “I have seen the misery of my people; I have heard their cry, I know their sufferings,
Many: I have come to deliver my people out of their bondage.”
One: Today we stand on holy ground, and again by the grace of God can be delivered from our bondage.
*PRAISE MUSIC: “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty” UMH64
PSALM 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b PB, pg. 533
HYMN: “Go Down Moses” UMH 448
TIME WITH THE YOUTH
OFFERING AND PRAYERS
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
“Glory Be To The Father” UMH 71
Holy God, before you our hearts are open, and from you no secrets are hidden. We bring to you now our shame and sorrow for our sins. We have forgotten that our life is from you and unto you. We have neither sought nor done your will. We have not been truthful in our hearts, in our speech, in our lives. We have not loved as we ought to love. Help us and heal us, raising us from our sins into a better life, that we may end our days in peace, trusting in your kindness unto the end; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Who is in the position to condemn? Only Christ, Christ who died for us, who rose for us, who reigns at God’s right hand and prays for us. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Remembering our brother Steve Redacre.
God of love, we thank you for all with which you have blessed us even to this day: for the gifts of your abiding presence and promise in days of pain and grief. We praise you for home and friends, and for our baptism and place in your Church with all who have faithfully lived and died.
Above all else we thank you for Jesus, who knew our death and rose for our sake, and who lives and prays for us. And as he taught us, so now we pray,
Our Father, who art in heaven…
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
GOSPEL LESSON: Matthew 16:21-28 PB, pg. 17
OLD TESTAMENT: Exodus 3:1-15 PB, pg. 48
THE MESSAGE: Pastor Vicki Lerdahl
CLOSING HYMNS: Celebrating the life of Steve Redacre
“Swing Low Sweet Chariot” UMH 701
*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.