Church Bulletin – October 17, 2010

Haven Church Jerome Stained Glass Window

GATHERING

Laity Sunday

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

PRELUDE Patty Bell

*PRAISE MUSIC “For the Beauty of the Earth”” UMH 92

CALL TO WORSHIP: Liturgist

Leader:How lovely are Thy dwelling places, Oh Lord of hosts!

People: My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;

Leader: My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

People: The Bird has also found a house and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even Thine altars,

Leader: O Lord of Hosts, my King and my God.

People: How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

Leader: They are ever praising Thee.

All: How blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the highways to Zion!

Psalm 84:1-5

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

SONG OF PRAISE “Hymn of Promise” UMH 707

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY

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Meditation

“A society where people do not feel that they benefit from sharing with each other has already begun to break down.” (1)

“The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one that will last forever.” (2)

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” (3)

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Pastoral Prayer

The Lords Prayer

CALL TO CONFESSION ? Silence

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

God’s mercy and grace are sure. Believe the good news. In the name Jesus Christ (God’s love made human) you are forgiven! Alleluia! Amen

.RECEIVING OUR OFFERING:

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

Musical Response:

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.

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 18:1-8 PB, pg. 77

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Isaiah 42:1-4 PB, pg. 636

THE MESSAGE: “Don’t Ever Give Up!”

Guest minister, John Jenkins

*HYMN RESPONSE: “Seek Ye First” UMH 405

SENDING FORTH CIRCLE

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS SONG: 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 angels’ wings, I see glory on each face; surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.

*BLESSING (holding hands)

POSTLUDE: Patty Bell

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Prayer for Compassion

May I become at all times, both now and forever

A protector for those without protection

A guide for those who have lost their way

A ship for those with oceans to cross

A bridge for those with rivers to cross

A sanctuary for those in danger

A lamp for those without light

A place of refuge for those who lack shelter

And a servant to all in need.

The Dalai Lama

*Please stand as you are able.

Meditation sources: (1) David R. Loy; (2) Anatole French; (3) Henry David Thoreau

The window on the front of the bulletin is in Honor of Laura Williams and Thelma K. Ferrel, who in 1953 refused to see the doors of Haven closed.  The window was donated by Jim and Carolyn McQuary.

Haven Church Jerome Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Window donated by McQuary


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