Holy One, we thank you for the gift of the Bible, for its psalms, its poems, and its prophecies. May the Holy Spirit who called out those ancient writings continue to call us out today, that our lives may reflect the ministry of your son, Jesus the Christ, who brings good news to the poor and lets the oppressed go free. Amen.
PRELUDE Praludium Op. 94 Kern
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
God built the heavens, the earth, and everything in them.
God calls us to be builders as well.
God calls us to build our lives: to restore broken places and continue to grow.
God calls us to build our faith: to study the Word and ponder its interpretation.
God calls us to build our community: to build bridges of understanding and systems of justice.
God calls us to build history by fulfilling the promises of Scripture:
to preach the good news of God’s love and liberation for all people.
† HYMN “Be Thou My Vision” Hymnal #450
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of our Restoration, whenever we come home to you, we realize how far we have strayed and how much we have forgotten of your law and your love. We do not love you with our whole hearts or loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us, heal us, and restore us to our relationship with you; through Jesus Christ, in whom we trust. (Silent Confession)
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH – The Confession of 1967 9.07
In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself. Jesus Christ is God with humankind. He is the eternal Son of the Father, who became human and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation. He is present in the church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete his mission. This work of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the foundation of all confessional statements about God, humanity, and the world. Therefore, the church calls all people to be reconciled to God and to one another
SPECIAL MUSIC Great Is Thy Faithfulness arr. Larson
Amy Shelton, Soloist
† THE DOXOLOGY
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
† HYMN “Come! Live in the Light” Hymnal #749
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
BENEDICTION RESPONSE “May the God of Hope Go with Us” Hymnal #765
POSTLUDE Trumpet Tune on FESTIVAL SONG Janzer
†You are invited to stand, as you are able.
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