June 7, 2020
ORDER OF WORSHIP
CENTERING PRAYER God of courage, you gave Esther the strength to speak out and the intelligence she needed to save her people. Help us to believe you are still present and active in the world and that your grace remains as an everlasting force in our lives. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ who promises to be with us always. Amen.
PRELUDE It Is Well With My Soul Sprunger
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP Psalm 30
You have turned our sorrow into dancing.
You have taken off our sackcloth and clothed us with joy.
Our souls praise you. They will not be silent.
O Lord my God, we will give thanks to you for ever.
Come! Let us worship the God of our salvation together.
† HYMN “God of Grace and God of Glory” Hymnal #307
PRAYER OF CONFESSION God of unity, we live in a world where our lives move between inclusivity and exclusivity. We often exclude those we are called to love, trying to oust from our circles those who do not think like us, act like us, or look like us. Forgive us our need to reject and those times we are on the lookout for things that divide. Give us your eyes, O Holy God, that we might see your creation with unconditional love and compassion. It is in your most powerful name we pray. (Silent Confession)
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
SCRIPTURE Esther 4
SERMON “For Such a Time as This” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Apostles’ Creed (Confirmation Students)
OFFERING SPECIAL MUSIC Bless Us Now This Day Wagner
Chris Polak, soloist
† THE DOXOLOGY
† HYMN “We Gather Here in Jesus’ Name” Hymnal #510
HOLY COMMUNION Invitation Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer Words of Institution Sharing of the Bread & Cup Prayer after Communion
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
BENEDICTION RESPONSE Sing: “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” Hymnal #541
POSTLUDE Holy God We Praise Thy Name Wilson
†You are invited to stand, as you are able.
Liturgist: Amelia Burgess
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