CENTERING PRAYER God of mystery and might, we remember your mighty works. Move in our lives, change our minds, soften our hearts, direct our feet, that we may follow you more faithfully. Yes, Lord, we seek to follow Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
PRELUDE Siciliano and Allegro Alcock
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 105) O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
† HYMN “For the Beauty of the Earth” Hymnal #14
PRAYER OF CONFESSION Merciful God, we confess that, like the disciples, we set our minds not on divine things but on human things. Doubting your loving care, we grab for more than we need. Doubting your loving purposes, we shrink from living as your followers. Doubting your loving plan, we become stumbling blocks in your creation. Forgive us, and give us new life and renewed purpose. We continue to pray in Jesus’ name. (Silent Confession)
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
SCRIPTURE Romans 12:9-21
SERMON “Playing Like You Practice” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Heidelberg Catechism Question One Q. What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
A. That I belong--body and soul, in life and in death--not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
SPECIAL MUSIC Keep Me As the Apple of Your Eye Kosche
Emmersen Douglas, Soloist Based on Psalm 17:8
† THE DOXOLOGY
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
† HYMN “Great God of Every Blessing” Hymnal #694
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
† BENEDICTION RESPONSE “Lord, Make Us More Holy” Hymnal #313
POSTLUDE Recessional Hughes
†You are invited to stand, as you are able.