Seventh Sunday after
We Gather as the Body of Christ
WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND
FUNNY STORY Pastor Bob
CALL TO WORSHIP (Luke 11)
Sharon Stewart – Liturgist
Jesus said: Ask, and it will be given you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Together, let us approach God with open minds, expectant hearts and outstretched arms of praise. Come, let us worship God together!
HYMN: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
UMC Hymnal #526
PRAYER OF INVOCATION/
OPENING PRAYER (Unison)
Most holy God, we do seek you. In this time of worship and throughout the week, we seek your presence in our lives in ways that make a difference. Guide us to knock on the door that you alone can open, that leads to the path of peace and hope in you and in the grace of Jesus Christ. We ask that you send your Holy Spirit to be with us and among us this morning – as we pray, as we look to your word for guidance and inspiration, and as we sing your praise. Amen.
(Colossians 2: 6-15)
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION FOR PRAYER
Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Pastor Bob
from Barbra Streisand’s Christmas Album
Sacred dance / Pastor Bob & Sharon Stewart
HYMN: Seek Ye First
UMC Hymnal #405
GOSPEL LESSON Luke 11: 1-13
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
INVITATION TO OFFERING
One way that we show our commitment to God is through the giving of our time, our talents and through our financial support of the church. Give as you are called and as you are able.
UMC Hymnal #162
BLESSING OF THE OFFERING (Unison)
O Lord, you call us to abundant gratitude, and we are grateful for all that we have, for the blessings which overflow. We are also grateful for the chance to share a portion of what has been given to us with others. Bless these gifts in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
HYMN: It Is Well with My Soul
UMC Hymnal #377
BENEDICTION (Luke 11: 9-10)
Ask, and it will be given you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord – asking, searching, and knocking in the ways that are right for you. Amen.
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Shalom to You
UMC Hymnal #666