PRELUDE Robert Reese
Leader: Lord, Who may dwell in Your sanctuary? Who may live on Your holy hill?
People: He whose walk is blameless, and does what is right, and speaks truth from the their heart;
Leader: Who does not slander with the tongue, who does their neighbor no wrong;
People: Casts no slur on his fellow human being, who despises a vile person but who honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts;
Leader: Who lends his money without interest, and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
All: The one who does these things shall never be shaken.
*HYMN “O Jesus I Have Promised” UMH #396
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Let us lift up the name of the Lord;
People: And rejoice for God hears our prayers!
Leader: Praise the One who brings healing to our pain;
People: And causes joy to follow the long night of sorrow!
Leader: We will not be silent. We will not still our tongues!
People: O Lord, our God, we will give thanks to You forever
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Proverbs 31:31-37
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison
O holy and merciful God, We confess that we have not always taken upon ourselves the yoke of obedience, nor be willing to seek and to do Your perfect will. We have not loved You with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, neither have we loved our neighbors as ourselves. You have called to us in the need of our sisters and brothers, and we have passed unheeding on our way. In the pride of our hearts, and our unwillingness to repent, we have turned away from the cross of Christ, and have grieved Your Holy Spirit.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
SPECIAL MUSIC Sally Reese
TIME WITH YOUTH
*HYMN “Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah” UMH #127
PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
We stand to sing to You O Lord, a doxology of praise. We remain standing to dedicate a portion of what You have given us, and ourselves, to the honor of Your Name, to the affairs of Your Kingdom, and to the work of Your Church and people. Bless us in what we do, we pray, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
*DOXOLOGY UMH #95
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE JOYS AND CONCERNS
THE LORD’S PRAYER
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON James 3:13-4:4, 7-8
THE MESSAGE Michael Keffer
*HYMN “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee” UMH #430
*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 (Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, be with you all, now and forever.)
*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.