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May 23, 2021
Order of Worship
Confirmation is “the act by which persons who were baptized as infants or young children (or, because of other special circumstances, could not make the baptismal vows themselves) make their first public statement of their declaration or profession of faith. In this sense they confirm their faith. Confirmation is performed in preparation for reception into full membership in The United Methodist Church. Persons who declared their faith in Christ for themselves at baptism are not confirmed in as much as they previously made their profession of faith when baptized.”
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

Senior Capstone Project Video Presentation

Call to Worship
Liturgist: Through every age and in every place, the Christ in whose name we gather, calls disciples with a simple invitation, words of challenge: “Come follow me.”
People: And where is it that we go with Christ?
Liturgist: Christ leads us among enemies and strangers, causing us to regard all persons as potential friends.
People: Christ leads us into uncharted places of spiritual wilderness where the Word and Will of God are the only reliable guides.
Liturgist: Christ leads us to love ourselves just so we might be found, just so grace might become real.
People: And Christ leads us to the apparent dead-end of a cross to reveal a highway to new life.
All: We gather to worship the Christ who leads. May we gain the wisdom and courage to follow.

Opening Prayer
God of Covenant and Caring, you have placed us in a world of endless variety and fascination. Keep our feet steady on the path and our hearts close to your purposes so that we might be equipped for the journey and energized by your presence in our lives. In Christ’s spirit, we pray. Amen.

Opening Hymn
For the Beauty of the Earth
UMH #92 (vss 1, 4, 5, 6)

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Prayer Response
"Lord, Be Glorified"
TFWS #2150

In our lives, Lord, be glorified, be glorified
In our lives, Lord, Be glorified today.

In your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified
In your church, Lord, Be glorified today.

Attention to the Word of God

Scripture Readings

Matthew 3:16-17
16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Liturgist: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.

“New Journey Together”
 Pastor Seok-Hwan

Message in Music
“Trading My Sorrows”
Darrell Evans
Ensemble Trio and Youth Choir Band (singing and playing from our homes)*
Featuring images of our 2021 Confirmands

We Respond

Offertory Prayer 
O Great Spirit, whose breath gives life to the world, and whose voice is heard in the soft breeze. Holy God, thank you for sending your Spirit Lord. Let our congregation be a witness to you: immersed in scripture, constant in prayer, joyful in worship, generous in giving. A loving, supportive community reaching out to those in need. Accept these gifts we offer, in Jesus' name, Amen.
(Mennonite Offering Prayer)

Closing Hymn
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
TFWS #2129

The Blessing and Sending Forth
Pastor: The Lord bless and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine on you,
 and be gracious, gracious. The Lord bless and keep you, the Lord lift his countenance on you and give peace, give you peace. Shalom, shalom.

Youth Choir Band:
Mark Beatty
Bill Kruger
Brian Ryder
Tod Salmonson

Organist: Matt Cron
Video: Bill Kruger
Our Mission Statement
“God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, building community through service and fellowship and sharing the love of Christ with all.”

Our Openness Statement
“The United Methodist Church of Westford is an open and welcoming community of Christian Faith. Without any exceptions, we welcome anyone who seeks to love and to serve God.”
Please click here for “A Statement of Our Openness”.