Haven Church Bulletin – September 15, 2013

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GREETING-Responsively

Leader:  The Lord be with.

All: And also with you.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                     Kathy Nash

 

CALL TO WORSHIP-Responsively

Leader: Be now together before God in reverence and awe.

People: Lay aside all insincerity and thoughtlessness.

Leader: Truly seek to hear the voice of God.

People: And offer to God that surrender of yourself.

All: Which is the most acceptable worship.

 

* HYMN                        “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”                 UMH # 121

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison

As we stand before you O Lord; our hearts unfold in the sunshine of your love. How difficult it is sometimes, to see how far short we fall of your design for our lives. You have given so much to us — invested so much in us. We confess that we cannot reach out unless you reach through us, nor give except you give through us. We offer our imperfect lives and wayward hearts to the transforming power of your love. Free us, O God, from the bondage of self and let the miracle of your love be expressed through these broken hearts. For Jesus’ sake we pray. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

TIME WITH YOUTH                                                                                  Janet Keffer                                                                         

 

*HYMN                       “God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale”                UMH #122

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                 Psalm 145:1-8

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER-Unison

Redeeming God, we know what it is like to be wandering in the wilderness like lost sheep.  We remember your hand, like those of a caring shepherd, guiding us back to our home in you.  We seek to help others experience this same spiritual nurture.  So, we provide these financial gifts to be multiplied with other offerings.  We are confident that these funds will inspire new ministries and reach the lost.  We offer these gifts in name of the Lamb of God, Jesus the Living Christ.  Amen.  Luke 15:1-10

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                                 UMH #95

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                      Michael Keffer

THE LORD’S PRAYER                                                                               UMH #895

 

*HYMN                          “The Servant Song”                                             Renew #148                                

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                            Matthew 20:1-16

THE MESSAGE                         “It’s All about Grace”                             Janet Keffer

 

*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH –Unison

We go nowhere by accident!  Wherever we go, God is sending us; wherever we are God has put us there.  He has a purpose for us being there.  Christ is with us, and has something He wants to do through us.  We believe this and go with His grace, love and power!

 

SENDING FORTH

*CIRCLE SONG:                         “He Lives”                                              UMH #310

He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way. He lives, He lives, salvation to impart! You ask me how I know He lives! He lives within my heart.

 

*BLESSING

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*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.

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