15th Sunday after
We Gather as the Body of Christ
and FUNNY STORY Pastor Bob
(Jeremiah 29: 11-13) Pastor Bob
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 149)
(Responsive reading) Sharon Stewart
Sing a new song to God.
Sing of light and hope.
Dance with laughter and joy.
Dance with hearts full of love.
Rejoice with strings and drums.
Rejoice with justice and peace.
Sing a new song to God. Let us worship God together.
HYMN: Kum Ba Yah
UMC Hymnal #494
(Unison) Sharon Stewart
God of light and love. God of the day and of all new beginnings. God of infinite understanding. We come to you this morning to praise your name. Turn us toward you and allow your light to fill us and illuminate our lives, so that we can see you more clearly and follow you with more intention. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Romans 13: 8-14 Sharon Stewart
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
PREPARATION to PRAYER
Just as I Am, Without One Plea vs1&2
UMC Hymnal #357
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: Jesu, Jesu
UMC Hymnal #432
Mark 10: 35-45
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Draw the Circle Wider
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
(Exodus 12, Romans 13)
In Christ, all gifts are welcome, both great and small. Bathed in love,
Led by compassion, let us share our gifts and offerings with God.
OFFERTORY Erin Tellier
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal #95
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING (Romans 13)
(Unison) Pastor Bob
Receive these gifts as offerings of love, O God. Bless them with your grace, that those who receive them may find compassion and hope. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.
HYMN: Here I Am, Lord
UMC Hymnal #593
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
BENEDICTION Pastor Bob
Just as God has called us here, God now sends us forth.
Just as God has joined us here, God goes with us now.
Go with the power of God to love and serve the world.
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Shalom to You
UMC Hymnal #666
DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOME!
Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources: Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2023.