PRELUDE Kathy Nash
CALL TO WORSHIP
Grace to you and peace, from God our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ!
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
Come let us worship Him!
* HYMN “Joyful Joyful, We Adore Thee” UMH #89
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison
For those wrongs O God, we do repent and ask for forgiveness lest darkness gain its hold upon our hearts: for the disdain of those we counted not our equals; for the neglect of those we felt we could afford to ignore; for the blindness of our prejudice in failing to see the world of those differing from us; for the insinuations by which we ill-treated those who had no way to protect themselves; for the indifference which refused to see human need. For these wrongs and all others we most heartily repent, O God, and ask Your forgiveness through Jesus Christ Your Son. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
TIME WITH YOUTH Janet Keffer
*HYMN “For the Beauty of the Earth UMH #92
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON 2 Samuel 23:1-7
PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
Healing One, we are reminded so often in Biblical narration that You are capable of miraculous actions. But, Your miracles are not limited to those ancient times. People still experience miracles in these ordinary, everyday times. We recall those many miracles that have touched people within our own congregation. We are astounded by those miracles that we witness each day. We are so thankful! Today, we offer You this money as a sacred gesture of our gratitude. All praise and honor be given to You! Amen.
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Janet Keffer THE LORD’S PRAYER
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Revelation 21:1-6
THE MESSAGE Michael Keffer
*HYMN “Lift High the Cross UMH#159
*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 (The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.)
*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.