PRELUDE Robert Reese
*CALL TO WORSHIP
God of Gods:
We come to worship today to hear your good news, to hear of faith, hope and love ringing out from your kingdom.
We know that doubt, fear and hatred can shake even the strongest.
Shape us into faithful hopeful people, fill us with your love that passes all understanding.
We pray this together in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Trust in the Lord and be good.
May the Lord give strength to the people!
O taste and see that the Lord is good!
God is our refuge and strength.
Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and have our being, you created us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.
Grant to us such piety of heart and strength of purpose that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it.
In your light may we see life clearly and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON 2 Samuel 18:5-9
* HYMN “Morning Has Broken” UMH #145
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison
Dear Heavenly Father, we lower our heads before you and we confess that we have too often forgotten that we are yours. Sometimes we carry on our lives as if there was no God and we fall short of being a credible witness to You. For these things we ask your forgiveness and we also ask for your strength. Give us clear minds and open hearts so we may witness to You in our world. Remind us to be who You would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to You and build our relationship with You and with those You have given us on earth. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
*HYMN “The Church’s One Foundation” UMH #545
PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
O God, we humbly admit that we search so often for bread that perishes, rather than the bread of eternal life. We foolishly think that happiness and fulfillment can be attained from our own hands, rather than from your hands. We offer these gifts with the promise that you have already given us the bread of heaven. You are the Bread of Life. We come seeking to never be hungry or thirsty again. Amen.
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Joys And Concerns.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON John 6:35
THE MESSAGE “Remember the Bread” Michael Keffer
HYMN RESPONSE “It is Well with My Soul” UMH #177
*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 (Go in peace to love and serve your neighbor)
*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.
Worship resources used by permission of Homiletics.
The mission of Haven United Methodist Church: Reaching out in specific acts of love,
Encouraging spiritual growth- finding a close, joyous relationship with God.