GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST
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.
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.
“For the Beauty of the Earth”
UMH #92 (vss 1, 4, 5, 6)
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
"Lord, Be Glorified"
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
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”
Message in Music
“Trading My Sorrows”
Ensemble Trio and Youth Choir Band (singing and playing from our homes)*
Featuring images of our 2021 Confirmands
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)
“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”
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:
Organist: Matt Cron
Video: Bill Kruger