Church Bulletin – October 9, 2011

GATHERING

GREETING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The risen Christ is with us.

Praise the Lord!

PRELUDE                                                                                 Patty Bell

LITANY

One: There is a great wedding being planned and we are all invited.

Many: We are ready and waiting to meet our Lord face to face!

One: There will be feasting and dancing and great celebration.

Many: We are ready and waiting to meet our Lord face to face!

One: The Bridegroom is coming to take us all home.

Many:We are ready and waiting to meet our Lord face to face!

One:All that is broken will be made whole.

All that is wrong will be made right.

Many:We are ready and waiting to meet our Lord face to face!

One: We do not know when, but we must be ready!

Many: We are ready and waiting to meet our Lord face to face!

All: Lord Jesus, come quickly!       

                            

*PRAISE MUSIC:         “Take Time To Be Holy”                 UMH 395

 

INVOCATION                                

Holy Spirit fill this place. May you be our guide as we worship, our voice

as we sing, our hearts as we pray, our ears as we listen. Please clear our

minds and hearts of the distractions of daily life, of thoughts about tomorrow’s responsibilities, of anxiety about yesterday’s mistakes and of dread over a sense of our unworthiness. Instead, fill us with only you. You are the reason we come together and we invite you to be center of all that happens in this place. Thank you for your presence among us. Amen.

PSALM 106:1-6, 19-23                                                      PB, pg. 530

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

HYMN:      “To God Be The Glory”                                    Renew 258

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Lord, open our hearts and minds, that by the power of your Holy Spirit, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed we may hear what have to say to us this day. Amen

 

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON:        Philippians 4:1-9           PB, pg. 186

GOSPEL LESSON:       Matthew 22:1-14                               PB, pg. 22

THE MESSAGE:                                                           Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

CONFESSION

  Gracious God, we confess our greed to you. We spend our days striving

and working toward wealth that is temporal, wealth that does not bring

eternal joy. We are more concerned with the condition of the souls who do

not know you. We confess that we forget just how good the Good News of

the gospel really is. Give us hearts for the kingdom. Let us seek only the

treasure that comes from knowing you. Thank you for your forgiveness.

We are not worthy, but you are merciful and we are so grateful. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE: Friends, we have the assurance that Jesus Christ came into the world to forgive sinners. Hear the good news and rejoice: You are forgiven! Hallelujah! Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING                        Renew 266

  Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His Son.  And now let the weak say “I am strong”, let the poor say “I am rich”, because of what the Lord has done for us.  Give thanks!!

SENDING FORTH

*CLOSING HYMN:    “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”                  UMH 140

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

*BLESSING

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