We Gather as the Body of Christ
and FUNNY STORY
(Exodus24, Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1, Matthew 17)
With loving hearts and open minds, we come into God’s presence. With God’s open heart and glorious presence, God welcomes us with love.
CALL TO WORSHIP
(Exodus24, 2 Peter 1, Matthew 17)
Listen, for God is still speaking.
Look, for God is still present.
Worship, for God is in our midst.
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
UMC Hymnal #404
OLD TESTAMENT READING
Exodus 24: 12-18 Linda Hamel
OPENING PRAYER (Unison) Linda Hamel
Speak, O Lord, into our ears, for we are ready to listen.
Shine, O Lord, into our hearts, for we are ready to receive. Come, O Lord, into our worship, for we are ready to praise your name and learn from your word. In the name of Jesus, we gather, and in the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
2 Peter 1: 16-21 Linda Hamel
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION to PRAYER
Surely the Presence of the Lord
UMC Hymnal #328
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: Change My Heart, O God
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #389
Matthew 17: 1-9
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Did You See That?
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
(2 Peter 1, Matthew 17)
As God has blessed us with the glory of love and light,
so God invites us to share these gifts to light God’s world.
Give as you are called and as you are able.
OFFERTORY Freely, Freely
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal # 94
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING
(Unison) Pastor Bob
Embolden us, Mighty God, to give us fully as we have received. Multiply the gifts we return to you now, that they may empower the lives of many with your glory and your grace. Amen.
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Hymn not here, technical difficulties
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
(Exodus 24, Matthew 17)
We don’t need a mountaintop to experience God’s presence with us. We don’t need a holy fire nor clothes of dazzling white. All we need are hearts that are open for God’s love to pour into.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the encouragement of the Holy Spirit be with you, this day, and every day.
DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Let There Be Peace on Earth
UMC Hymnal #431
Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2023.