On this new day, O God, I thank you for clean air that fills my lungs, for water to drink and stream over the rocks, for light that creates life and shines on my path, for soil that grows fruits and vegetables, fashions hills and valleys, and makes homes for creatures in burrows and trees. Let me see Earth today with gratitude and feast my senses on its beauty; in Jesus’ name. Amen.
PRELUDE Praise My Soul the King of Heaven Page
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
OPENING WORDS / CALL TO WORSHIP
You have been called to the banquet.
This is the feast.
You have been summoned to the wedding.
This is the feast of life and light.
From the streets and the byways, God has invited us.
We have come to the banquet that has no end.
† HYMN “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Hymnal #39
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
You invite us to your feast, O God, and we do not come. You beg us to give thanks for life, and we fail in our thanksgiving. You have made for us a wonderful earth, and we neglect the gift. Forgive us for what we have done and for abandoning the pathway you desire for us. Be our guide and conscience. Turn our feet and hands to your will, that all we do might give glory to you. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
SCRIPTURE Matthew 22:1-14
SERMON “The Invitation” Rev. MP Panco
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism – Question One Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever.
OFFERING SPECIAL MUSIC “Rejoice! He is Lord of All” Knoedler
Soloist: Mark Reynoso
† THE DOXOLOGY PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
† HYMN “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart” Hymnal #804 verses 1-4
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
† BENEDICTION RESPONSE “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart” Hymnal #804 verse 5
POSTLUDE Great Is the Lord Moore
†You are invited to stand, as you are able.
Liturgist Bob Lienemann