The Lord has declared victory, and has revealed His vindication in the sight of the nations. (Psalm 98:2 UMH)
PRELUDE Robert Reese
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Is someone here moving toward the twilight of life and fearful of that which we call death?
People: Why be afraid? God is able.
Leader: Is someone here on the brink of despair because of the death of a loved one, the breaking of a marriage, or the waywardness of a child?
People: Why despair? God is able to give us the power to endure that which cannot be changed.
Leader: Is someone here anxious because of bad breath?
People: Why be anxious? Come what may, God is able.
All: Surely God is able.
1963-Martin Luther King Jr.
* HYMN “Rise Up, O Men of God” UMH #576
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison
We confess to You, Almighty God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit: that we have sinned against You in thought, word and deed. We are truly contrite, we implore Your forgiveness, fill us with a holy fear, give us grace to amend our lives according to Your word and will; help us to live in such a fashion as will glorify Christ, through whom we pray.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
TIME WITH YOUTH Janet Keffer
*HYMN “In Christ There Is No East or West” UMH #548
OLD TESTAMENT LESSONS Isaiah 62:1-5& Psalm 36:5-10
PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
Most gracious God and Father: You have blessed us with a goodly portion of the material things of life; You have blessed us with the finer gifts of family and friends; most graciously of all, You have given us Your own Son-our Master, Teacher, Friend and Savior. Receive our gratitude, evident in these gifts, which we pray will be used to honor Your Name and advance Your Kingdom. Amen.
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
*DOXOLOGY UMH #95
JOYS AND CONCERNS-PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Janet Keffer THE LORD’S PRAYER
SPECIAL MUSIC Sally Reese
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON John 2:1-11
THE MESSAGE “A Sermon of Faith” Michael Keffer
*HYMN “Be Thou My Vision” UMH #451
*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 (The Lord of life and peace be with you all, now and forever. Amen.)
*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.