God, sometimes we do not understand why bad things happen to good people. Sometimes all we can do is lift up our eyes and hearts to heaven, and scream out loud, “Why?” Sometimes we do not want to persist in our integrity; we allow our suffering to lead us into despair. Yet wisdom comes from listening to your Word. Enable us to see the life you give us through the laughter, joy, trial, and tribulation of your son Jesus Christ, who lived, suffered, died, and was raised for us. In his name we pray. Amen.
PRELUDE (Sunday Worship) Trumpet Tune in G Sobaje
WELCOME and ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
We come here today to tell God’s story of love: O Lord our God, how majestic is your name! In the great congregation we will sing your praise: O Lord our God, how majestic is your name!
† HYMN “God of Great and God of Small” Hymnal #19
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
You gave us commandments, God of love, because you know the hardness of our hearts. You created us to live in community, but we still oppress others and separate ourselves from each other and from you. Jesus loved the children, but there are still many rejected and unloved in the world who live in hunger and fear. Forgive us, and call us to faithfulness. Bind all your children together as siblings, and nurture us with your love and forgiveness, that we might share what we’ve received from your gracious hand. (Silent Confession)
ASSURANCE OF GRACE
† SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you.
†GLORY TO GOD Hymnal #582
TIME WITH CHILDREN (Sunday Worship) (Children 5th grade and younger may leave to attend Sunday School)
SCRIPTURE Mark 10:13-16
SERMON “What’s Holding You Back?” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess
† 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 Let The Children Come Williams/Martin
Chancel Choir Amy Shelton, Soloist
† THE DOXOLOGY Hymnal #606
† HYMN “We Gather Here in Jesus Name” Hymnal #510
THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION
Invitation to the Table
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer Hymnal p. 35
Words of Institution
Sharing of the Bread & Cup
Prayer After Communion
† CHARGE AND BLESSING
† BENEDICTION “You Shall Go Out With Joy” Hymnal #80
POSTLUDE (Sunday Worship) God Will Take Care of You arr. Hughes
† You are invited to stand, as you are able