Church Bulletin – July 1, 2012

GATHERING

GREETING and ANNOUNCEMENTS:

O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good

God’s steadfast love endures forever!

Let all creation say,

God’s steadfast love endures forever.

PRELUDE                                                                              Bob Reese  

 

SPECIAL MUSIC                                                                   Solo by Sally Reese
CALL TO WORSHIP

Jesus said, “Come to me, all who are weary and I will give you rest.”

We come weary.

Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

We come searching for our place.

Come, worship the Christ who gives new life to the world-weary. Come and find the space reserved for you.

Come, let us worship with hope!

 

HYMN       “This is My Song”         (for Independence Day)            UMH 437

 

PSALM 130                                                                                      UMH 848

 

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

 

PROCLAMING GOD’S WORD

GOSPEL LESSON:                 Mark 5:21-43                          PB, pg. 37

 

MESSAGE                                                                     Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

 

HYMN       “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”                          UMH 474

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

OFFERTORY PRAYER:

In gratitude for all that we have been given, we give our gifts to thee, O God. May what we give bring comfort to one who is sorrowful, food to one who is hungry, kindness to one who is world-weary, warmth to one who lives without shelter, and hope to those who long for the touch of your mercy. We know our gifts make this possible for in our giving, we give ourselves—through Christ our Lord, whomakes all things possible. Amen.

 

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF THE OFFERING

“Glory Be To the Father”                                                            UMH 71

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

In these moments of stillness as we gather our hearts for prayer, we confess that we don’t always come with confidence to our time of prayer. Our petitions lack audacity—and fear and doubt create holes in the fabric of our certainty and hope. Give us a glimpse of the possible as we still our minds to make room for you, O God. Grant us the courage to reach out and just brush our hands gently against your cloak. Open our hearts in this silent space…that we might hear your voice say, “Do not fear, only believe.” Amen.

 

COMMUNION AND SENDING FORTH

CONFESSION AND PARDON                                              UMH 12

 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING:                                            UMH 13-14

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

RECEIVING COMMUNION

All are welcome to the Lord’s Table!

 

Following communion please form a circle

 

*CIRCLE SONG                                                                     UMH 393

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

 

BLESSING
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*Stand as you  are able.  Bulletin/sermon used by permission of Homiletics.

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