20th Sunday After

Pentecost

Stewardship Sunday

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND

FUNNY STORY     Pastor Bob

CALL TO WORSHIP

Perry Sleasman – Liturgist

In worship, we meet the world head on. In the midst of seeming scarcity, we find abundance. In the midst of harsh critique, we find acceptance. In the midst of a frantic busyness, we find a spacious silence; And in the midst of the greatest unkindness, we find the greatest love. Let us prepare our hearts and minds to worship the living God!

GATHERING HYMN

What Gift Can We Bring

UMC Hymnal    #87

OPENING PRAYER (Unison)  Perry Sleasman

Open our eyes, O Lord, that we may see through your divine eyes of grace. Uplift our hearts, O God, that we may feel inspired by your Holy Spirit within us. Awaken our imagination, O Lord, that we may dream your dreams, and see your Spirit at work in our world. We offer to you this time of worship, that we may honor you and praise your name. In the name of Christ, we pray, Amen.

EPISTLE LESSON

(2 Corinthians 9: 1-10)

Perry Sleasman

CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob

PREPARATION FOR PRAYER

Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2193

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    My Hope Is Built

UMC Hymnal    #368

GOSPEL LESSON         Luke 21: 1-4   NLT

MEDITATION                      Pastor Bob

Giving with a Grateful & Cheerful Heart

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION TO STEWARDSHIP/

COMMITTMENT TIME   

Pastor Bob

If you haven’t filled out, your Commitment Card at this time I would invite you to take a few minutes to consider your financial gift to God. After filling out your gift for 2023, I would invite you to place your Commitment Card in the plate in the rear of the sanctuary or mail it directly to the church as Barbara blesses us with her gift of music.

 

God has dealt wonderfully with us. We have what we need. Now we are called to share from our abundance to support the work of God through this church. May we give gladly, however great or small, to thank God for our call to be Christ’s hands, feet, and heart in the world.

Give as you are called and as you are able.

OFFERTORY:     Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Barbara Houser - soloist

DOXOLOGY

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

UMC Hymnal    #95

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

God, we are so grateful that you name and claim us as

your beloved ones.

We thank you with all our hearts for the cleansing rain in our souls. And so, we offer you what we have: Our resources, our time, our energy, our very selves for your ministry in the world. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:      Take My Life, and Let It Be

UMC Hymnal    #399

BENEDICTION    Pastor Bob

This week, when resources seem scarce, or possibilities seem so far away, may you tap into the abundance that may be right at hand. And may the grace and mercy of God be with you, always. Amen.

SENDING FORTH HYMN

Shalom to You    UMC Hymnal #666

DEPART IN PEACE…SHALOM!