Haven UMC Church Bulletin – March 11, 2012

GATHERING

 

GREETING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

The risen Christ is with us!

Praise the Lord!

 

PRELUDE

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: The heavens cannot be silent

All: The skies are shouting, too!!

Leader: God’s majesty compels creation to speak.

Women: To speak, and to shout, and to sing.

Men: Day and night, night and day, God’s glory is the talk of the universe.

Leader: The roar of praise reaches the farthest stars of the cosmos.

Women: The sound of “hallelujahs” is deafening.

Men: The chorus of worship simply cannot be contained.

Leader: Let us join creation in ascribing honor to our God!

All: The heavens cannot keep silent, and neither can we!                                

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                                  UMH 887

 

PRAISE HYMN:            “How Great Thou Art”                     UMH 77

 

PSALM 19                                                                            UMH 750

 

TIME WITH THE YOUTH

HYMN:         “I Want to Walk as a Child of Light”               UMH 206

  PRAYERS AND OFFERING

CONFESSION

Gracious God, the story of Jesus’ outburst in the temple strikes a nerve with us. We confess that far too often we do not treat your space or your time as sacred.

We do not keep the Sabbath. We count our money when we should be counting our blessings. We fill our lives to the brim with activity and noise, stifling any opportunity to share silence with you. Even in your house, we are preoccupied with our busyness and stress, rather than wholeheartedly focusing on you. Forgive us, merciful God. Reorient us to the truth that you love us and that your will for our lives is good and perfect and true. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Brothers and sisters, as surely as Jesus cleansed the temple, he cleanses our

hearts. Receive his gracious gift of pardon and live as loved and redeemed

children of God. Amen.

 

PRAYERS AND CONCERNS

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

RECEIVING THE OFFERING

* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

“Glory Be To The Father”                                                UMH 71

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Holy God, prepare our hearts, we pray, for the reading and proclamation of your Word. May it challenge us, encourage us, inspire us, and convict us. Thank you that your Word is dynamic, life-giving, and always relevant to our lives. Amen.

 

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON:  1 Corinthians 1:18-25                   PB, pg. 156

 

GOSPEL LESSON:  John 2:13-22                                          PB, pg. 88

 

MESSAGE:                                                          Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

 

RESPONSE  HYMN:      “Savior Like a Shepherd”             UMH 381

 

SENDING FORTH

 

CIRCLE SONG

Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.

 

*BLESSING

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

Bulletin/ sermon used by permission from Homiletics.

 

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