Haven UMC Jerome Church Bulletin – May 26, 2013

GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GREETING:
Let us give thanks to God for the land of our birth with all its chartered liberties. For all the wonder of our country’s story. For those who in all times and places have been true and brave, and in the world’s common ways have lived upright lives and ministered to their fellows. For those who served their country in its hour of need, and especially for those who gave even their lives in that service. Almighty God and most merciful Father, as we remember these Your servants, remembering with gratitude their courage and strength, we hold before You those who mourn them. Look upon Your bereaved servants with Your mercy. As this day brings them memories of those they have lost awhile, may it also bring Your consolation and the assurance that their loved ones are alive now and forever in Your living presence.

All: WE GIVE YOU THANKS, O GOD. Amen.

PRELUDE                                                                                                     Kathy Nash

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,

All: His love endures forever.

Leader: Give thanks to the God of gods,

All: For his love endures forever.

Leader: Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

All: His love endures forever.                                                           Psalm 136:1-3 NIV

 

* HYMN                            “The Battle Hymn of The Republic”                  UMH #717

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison

O Lord our God, You know us better than we know ourselves. As we come before You now, believers and doubters alike,  we all share a deep need, for we are all lost without Your grace. Search us, O God, and know our hearts, test us and know our troubled thoughts. Give us true repentance. Forgive us all our wrongs. Transform us by Your Spirit to live for You each day, to learn to serve each other and, through the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, to come at last to heaven. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

TIME WITH YOUTH                                                                                  Janet Keffer

 

*HYMN                                   “Great is the Lord”                                       Renew #22

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                       Psalm 103

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER-Unison

God of Love and grace, You created us at our birth, but You continue to create us in our living. Even in death, the journey will not be complete. As we share our gifts this morning, we strive to grow into sacrificial giving. It is when we are challenged that we are shaped, re-formed by You, into the disciples You long for us to be. May the gifts we give and the lives we live display to the world an endurance that produces character and character that produces hope. For we pray boldly, knowing hope that comes from the Holy Spirit never disappoints! In Christ, we pray. Amen.

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                                 UMH #95

 

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION-Unison

Our heavenly Father, may our offerings be pleasing to You and come from pure and grateful hearts. And may all that we give be used to further Your kingdom. In Your holy name. Amen.

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                          Janet Keffer

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                               Romans 5:1-11

THE MESSAGE                        “Pardon Me”                                       Michael Keffer

 

*HYMN                                   “Freely, Freely”                                             UMH#389

 

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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