The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.
PRELUDE Patty Bell
CALL TO WORSHIP
What do you bring into the house of God today? What hurt and sorrow do you carry? Lay it down and worship. What joy fills your heart? Give it to God in praise. Come, just as you are, to the Creator of the universe. God is present in this place and ready to receive honor and glory.
Let us worship together now!
*PRAISE MUSIC “Trust And Obey” UMH 467
Call: Children, I love you.
Response: Father, we love you.
Call: Brothers and Sisters, I love you.
Response: Jesus, we also love you.
Call: People of God, I love you.
Response: Spirit, we also love you.
Call: We are loved deeply by the Father, Son and Spirit. May our lives always reflect that love.
For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God
rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work.
TIME WITH THE YOUTH
HYMN “Breathe On Me, Breath Of God” UMH 420
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Jonah 3: 1-5, 10 PB, pg. 816
GOSPEL LESSON: Mark 1:14-20 PB, pg. 33
EPISTLE LESSON: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 PB, pg. 160
THE MESSAGE: Pastor Vicki Lerdahl
HYMN RESPONSE “Rock Of Ages, Cleft For Me” UMH 361
PRAYERS AND OFFERING
PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE
Heavenly Father, you have created us with hearts and souls that desire love and companionship. You have created us to live in community. But, above all, you have created us for relationship with you—a relationship that can fill all our desires for love and intimacy and friendship. We confess that we run to people for this fulfillment before we run to you. God help us to receive the love that you have already so greatly bestowed upon us. Help us to see you as the lover of our soul. May we love you well in return. Amen.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns
THE LORD’S PRAYER
* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING Renew 7
Praise the name of Jesus, praise the name of Jesus. He’s my Rock, He’s my Fortress, He’s my Deliverer, in Him will I trust. Praise the name of Jesus.
CIRCLESONG “Surely The Presence” UMH 328
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 angles’ wings, I see glory on each face. Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.