Jerome Haven Church Bulletin – October 27, 2013

Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost

GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GREETING-Responsively

Leader: Trust in the Lord and do good.
People: May the Lord give strength to the people.

Leader: O taste and see that the Lord is good!

People: God is our refuge and strength.

 

PRELUDE                                                                                                     Kathy Nash

 

CALL TO WORSHIP-Responsively

Leader: We are here to worship God.

People:  The service is not a performance for human approval.

Leader: The congregation is the performer.

People: Pastors, organists and choirs are prompters.

Leader: God is the audience.

All: Let us worship God in spirit and in truth.

 

* HYMN                              “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”                   UMH #357

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison

O gracious God, whose voice has been heard even above the tumult and turmoil of the world, calling us to be Your disciples: we confess that we have been slow to hear, and loathe to obey. We have been preoccupied with ourselves, our plans, our desires, our wants and our ways. We have been foolish, for we have ignored Your call in favor of lesser voices and inferior promptings. Forgive us for not heeding Your voice. Forgive us for not walking in Your way. Forgive us for being so much less than we might have been. And call us yet again, that we may not only hear, but gladly answer, faithfully love, and devotedly serve You, to the honor of Your Name and the blessing of our lives. Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

 

TIME WITH YOUTH                                                                                  Janet Keffer

 

*HYMN                                   “How Great Thou Art”                                   UMH #77

 

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                    Joel 2:23-32

 

PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS

OFFERTORY PRAYER-Unison

Caring God, we humble ourselves today by returning the bounty you first shared with us back to your care.  Without pretension or self-righteousness, we resolve to be slow to judge and ready to provide aid.  We strive to increase our commitment to being thoughtful, generous people.     Help us to be unassuming in our service but bold in our witness.  We pray in the name of the one who served you here on Earth, Jesus the Living Christ.  Amen.                 Luke 18:9-14

 

 

RECEIVING OUR OFFERING

*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY                                                                                                 UMH #95

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION

 

JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                          Janet Keffer                   THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON                                                                  Luke 18:9-14

 

THE MESSAGE                       “Breaking the Hard Shell”                    Michael Keffer

 

HYMN                                 “Lord, I Want to Be A Christian”                     UMH #402

 

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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