Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
Call to Worship
Welcome, friends, to this holy day.
We come to offer thanks; we come to sing and pray.
Welcome, friends, to this time set apart,
A time to remember those we love, and time to remember the holy promises of God.
Welcome, friends, to this table of remembrance and joy,
The table where we are fed, the feast we share with many.
Welcome, friends, and let us worship God.
Opening Hymn No. 12
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Call to Confession
We bring our flawed lives to God, not to be made perfect, but to be made whole. Let us confess our sins to God, trusting the one who weaves joy out of our despair, first in silent prayer.
Prayer of Confession
Gracious and vulnerable God, in whom we live and move and have our being: Accept us as we are and not as we ought to be this morning. We are living through a profoundly difficult time. Each of us has burdens to carry. Forgive us, God, for what we’ve done and left undone, what we’ve said and left unsaid, in the past week. Help us forgive ourselves, and our families, friends, and neighbors who’ve hurt us. Remind us that we belong to one another. By your grace, heal and transform us. Fill us with sturdy compassion. Empower us with gritty hope. Touch us with your steadfast love. We are yours, ready to your will, whatever comes our way in the days ahead. Amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Friends, nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. The only thing that can separate you is the thought that you are separate. Rejoice in compassion. Rejoice in hope. Rejoice in steadfast love.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
Peace of Christ and Our Common Life
Souper Bowl of Caring
Scripture Reading - Luke 2:22-40
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God!
Hymn of Response No. 148
Mary and Joseph Came to the Temple
Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise...
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Blessing of the Bread and Cup
Communion of the People
Prayer after Communion
We have been fed, Holy One, by your presence.
We have been led, Eternal One, by your light.
May we bask in this glow
Now and forevermore. Amen.
Call to Offering
On this day, we are invited to participate in the kingdom emerging all around us. May we offer ourselves to God with glad and generous hearts, freely giving our tithes and offerings to the ministry of this congregation. In lieu of passing the plate, we invite you to give through our church website, our smartphone app, by texting the word “Wilmette” to the number 77977, or by sending a check to the church office. As we gather our gifts together and offer them to God, may we do so in gratitude and praise.
Congregational Response - The Doxology (OLD HUNDREDTH - Hymn 606)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Sending Hymn No.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Charge and Benediction Jeff
Grazioso G. P. Telemann
Communion Liturgy and Prayer of Dedication- UCC.org/worshipways, Copyright 2021 Faith INFO Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100.