September 26, 2021
In-Person Sunday Morning at 9:30 am
or
Pre-Recorded Worship Service
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Order of Worship
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
* stand with your heart or with your posture
GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST

Prelude
 "Come, All of You"
UMH #350
(In-Person Only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

A Time to Make Connections
(In-Person Only)

*Call to Worship
Liturgist: Brothers and sisters, we gather in worship today with special remembrance for those called to set-apart ministry. In the words of Paul, “I urge you to offer your bodies as a
living and holy sacrifice to God.”
People: Lord, help us worship you with our eyes and our ears; with our mouths and our hands. Because we are rooted in Christ, we give our whole selves to you.
Liturgist: Be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind.
People: Lord, help us worship you with our hearts and our minds. Renew our thoughts as we grow in knowledge - that we may sharpen our focus on you.
Liturgist: You will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.
People: Lord, show us your will for each one of us gathered for worship. Show us your will for our congregation. Help us to please you in our worship, in our service, and in our daily lives.
*Opening Prayer
O God, send your gracious Spirit on our leaders and upon us. Make us ready and willing to offer ourselves as a joyful sacrifice to your holy work. In our worship today, may we be transformed through the renewal of our minds and may we strive to grow more deeply rooted in your Son, the Living Christ. Amen. 
(SVMC Instructors and board members John Hess (So. PA District) and Joe Detrick (Atlantic Northeast District)
Opening Hymn
"Make Me a Channel of Your Peace"
TFWS #2171 (vs. 1, 3, & 4)

Joys and Concerns
(in-person only)

Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer

Prayer Response
 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
 TFWS #2193
ATTENTION TO THE WORD OF GOD

Liturgist:
Scripture Readings
Romans 12:1-8
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual[b] worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.


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

Message
 “Life Together: The New Life in Christ
 Pastor Seok-Hwan

We Respond

A Time for Reflection
Pastor Seok-Hwan

Message in Music
“They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love”
Peter Scholtes
Matt Cron, organist

Offertory Prayer

Generous God, you have given us many gifts and drawn us together into Christ’s body, the church. You have blessed us with generous and cheerful spirits. May the gifts of our money, time, and talents support the ministry of your church. Amen.

*Closing Hymn
  "Bind Us Together" 
TFWS#2226

The Blessing and Sending Forth

Postlude
  "Fugue in C Major"
Dietrich Buxtehude
(in-person only)
Online Service

Video: Sharon Lipp
Liturgist: Nancy Burns
In-Person Service

Liturgist: Sandy Martinez
Usher: Ishmael Thoronka
Sound Board: Jodie Kruger
Projection: Sharon Lipp
Organist: Matt Cron
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“God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, building community through service and fellowship and sharing the love of Christ with all.”

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