Prelude: Ryan Ditmer
Greeting: Rev. Greg Milinovich
Call to Worship
One: We give thanks to God with our whole selves:
All: our very lives are lifted in praise today!
One: As we have called out to God from different places
All: the Lord has heard our cry, and preserved us through our troubles.
One: The purposes God has for us will be fulfilled,
All: The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever!
Opening Hymn: “And Are We Yet Alive” (UMH 553)
Prayer of Confession: Rev. Becky McGee
One: God is merciful, and knows the prayers of our hearts, before we even utter them, and yet we join together in confession, acknowledging how important it is for us to admit where we need God’s grace. Let us confess together:
All: God of all Love, we admit that this has been a challenge: wearing masks, staying distanced, foregoing traditions and routines. We have sometimes lost patience, and sometimes fallen prey to the voices of unhealthy fear and anxiety and within and beyond ourselves. We have felt torn between what it means to demonstrate care for all your children, while pursuing comfort for ourselves. Where we have fallen short in this tension, forgive us. Where we have made idols of comfort, of normalcy, or even of fear, forgive us, and free us to a more joyful obedience to you, in the name of Love. Amen.
Words of Assurance
Passing the Peace
Children’s Message: Jeff Helffrich
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 (NRSV) – Glenn Albert
Message: “Growing in a New Season” – Rev. Greg Milinovich
Closing Hymn: “Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom” (UMH 508)
Honoring of our High School Graduates
Postlude: Ryan Ditmer