This is the day that the Lord has made!
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!
PRELUDE Patty Bell
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: We gather as the people of God.
People: To do the work of God
Leader: We gather hear as a people of love and hope
People: To be for the world the grace of Christ.
All: Let it be so. Amen.
*PRAISE MUSIC: “We Gather Together” UMH 131
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
The World Methodist Affirmation (1986) UMH 886
PSALM 78 UMH 799
TIME WITH THE YOUTH:
HYMN: “Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us” UMH 381
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
GOSPEL LESSON: Matthew 20:1-6 PB, pg. 20
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON: Philippians 1:21-30 PB, pg. 185
THE MESSAGE Pastor Vicki Lerdahl
HYMN RESPONSE: “America The Beautiful” UMH 696
PRAYERS AND OFFERING
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns
God of all creation, we come to you ever ready with petitions for what we want and things we think we need. Free us in these moments of prayer from our litany of desires…and open our hearts to receive your gifts of grace and love as we consider what it means to follow your Son.
We confess we say that we are Christians and yet there are many times when we are anything but loving. We acknowledge that there are too many occasions when we are disciples in word only.
Help us, O God, to do better: to remember that where two or three of us are gathered, you are there also; to remember that we are messengers of your love and grace which calls us to extend the hand of fellowship not only within these walls, but beyond; to remember above all that the cross is a radical commitment to the way of life, and we carry it in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
* PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
“Sanctuary” Renew 185
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.
*CIRCLE SONG: “Shalom To You” UMH 666
Shalom to you now, shalom, my friends. May God’s full mercies bless you, my friends. In all your living and through your loving, Christ be your shalom, Christ be your shalom.