GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST
"Of All the Spirit's Gifts to Me"
Welcome and Sharing of Announcements
A Time to Make Connections
“Alleluia, Sing to Jesus!”
arr. Michael Ryan
Call to Worship
Liturgist: Come to the house of the Lord. Come with your prayers, your presence, your gifts and your service.
ALL: (singing UMH #87 v. 1) What gift can we bring, what present, what token? What words can convey it, the joy of this day? When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, what song can we offer in honor and praise?
People: We bring the gift of prayer to this house. We raise to God our hopes and our fears, our wounds and our triumphs.
Liturgist: We bring the gift of our presence, being together in worship and fellowship, work and witness.
People: We bring the gift of our tokens, given freely from our hearts to be used in service to God.
Liturgist: We bring the gift of service, commitment of our time and talents to serve God by working in God’s world.
ALL: (singing UMH #87 v. 4) This gift we now bring, this present, this token, these words can convey it, the joy of this day! When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing, this song we now offer in honor and praise.
Awesome God, you created the world and all that is in it. You blessed each element of creation with your love. You called us from slavery into witness and service. Be with us this day as we gather to worship. Clear our minds of all the distractions which would draw us away from you. Open our hearts and spirits and let your healing and empowering love flow in. Prepare us to be witnesses to your power and love as we use the gifts with which you have blessed us in your service. For we offer this prayer in the name of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
“We Gather Together"
Message in Music
“Come, Ye, Thankful People, Come”
Arr. Sandra Eithun
Children's Time & Bible Presentation
Courtney Till & Pastor Seok-Hwan
Receive the Word of God. Learn its stories and study its words. Its stories belong to us all, and these words speak to us all. They tell us who we are. They tell us that we belong to one another, for we are the people of God.
Children receiving Bibles respond:
We receive these Bibles with our hands, our hearts, and our minds. Thank you. We will read and study the Bible together.
Congregation to children:
We rejoice in this step in your journey with God. We pray God will guide you, your family, and us as you use this Holy Bible in your home, in your church school classes, and in our worship. We will learn together and grow in our love for God's Word.
Children to congregation:
The Word of God is a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path. Thanks be to God.
Gracious God, thank you for your Word. I accept it and treasure it as a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Thank you for every person who has loved me, prayed for me, and invested in my spiritual development. Multiply the wisdom, skill, and faith you have shared through them. May it live and grow in me and in every person I influence. For the honor and glory of your Name. Amen.
Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer