Leader: Who is invited to worship God?
People: All who seek the blessings of the spirit.
Leader: All who have gifts to offer for God’s service.
People: All who are thankful for our redemption.
Leader: All who live in hope of God’s reign on earth.
People: Who is invited to worship with God?.
Leader: The children of God are invited. You are the children of God, so let us worship God.
PRELUDE Robert Reese
*CALL TO WORSHIP
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the people with equity and guide all the nations on earth.
Let all the peoples praise you, O God; let all the people praise you.
The earth has brought forth its increase; may God, our own God, bless us.
Let all the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Psalm 34:1-8,10-17
* HYMN “Be Thou My Vision” UMH #451
TIME WITH YOUTH Janet Keffer
SPECIAL MUSIC Robert and Sally Reese
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION-Unison
O Lord our God, You are the King of glory! Should we not throw open the doors and welcome you? Yet we stand in this holy place with unclean hands and impure hearts. We have lifted up our souls to the false idols of our culture: To greed and power, to fame and wealth. We have been deceitful in our ways and deeds. Yet, with all the world, we are yours. Forgive us O God.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
*HYMN “When Morning Gilds the Skies” UMH #185
PRAYERS AND OFFERINGS
Caring God, who both leads us and feeds us, who nurtures and nourishes us, we bring these gifts to you, confessing that we have often been those who have put the bread for our stomachs before the bread for our soul. We have consumed lavishly and given grudgingly. Help us to keep our sights on what you offer that has real power to sustain us: the Bread of Life! Help us to give as those who trust in you and in the bread that can satisfy all our needs. We pray this in Christ’s holy name. Amen
RECEIVING OUR OFFERING
*PRESENTATION OF OUR OFFERING
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE JOYS AND CONCERNS Janet Keffer
THE LORD’S PRAYER
PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Mark 10:46-52
THE MESSAGE Michael Keffer
HYMN “Open my Eyes That I May See” UMH #454
*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 (May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.)
*Stand as you are able. The quiet room is available in the back of the sanctuary if needed.