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Worship

   Worship at Grace UMC (Sundays 10:30-11:30) is authentic, alive, creative, and understandable. It blends the new and fresh with the old and rooted in tradition. It provides the best environment for renewing people's relationships with God, healing wounded souls, renewing hope, shaping decisions, inspiring compassion, correcting self-interest, learning about faith, and growing fellowship. 

 


 

An outline for a typical Sunday morning worship service looks like this:

 


FOCUS THOUGHT

Worship is the most likely setting for people to experience the renewed relationship with God that Christians call “justification,” in which a person realizes that she or he is pardoned, forgiven, loved and accepted by God.

         From “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations” by Bishop Robert Schnase

 

THE GATHERING

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CELEBRATIONS & HOSPITALITY

NIGHTINGALES SING          “Apple Red Happiness”

   WE WORSHIP GOD

* CALL TO WORSHIP    (RESPONSIVE)                            

PASTOR:  We come, so God might open our eyes,

PEOPLE:  that we may discover the wonders surrounding us; that we may embrace the joy deep within us.

PASTOR:  We gather, so Christ might widen our hearts,

PEOPLE:  that we may hear the sounds of brokenness around us; that we may sing the melodies of hope.

PASTOR:  We are here, so the Spirit might teach us the ways of humility,

PEOPLE:  that we may walk that street named Enduring Love; that we may wait at the corner called Faithfulness.

* PROCESSIONAL HYMN “Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days” - UMH #269

 PRAYER OF THE DAY:   (IN UNISON)

     How you love us, God of rainbow promises!  Like a mother who teaches her son the steps for his first dance, like the father who goes out with his daughter after work so she can learn how to drive, you love us that much and more.  How you offer yourself to us, Brother of the beloved!  You gather us up in your arms, simply to hear our deepest hopes;  you reach out your scarred hands to gently wipe our fears away; you stain a cross with your blood, so we might be washed clean in the tears pouring down God’s face.

     How you share yourself with us, journey’s Spirit!  You bathe our wearied  souls in the cooling waters of baptism; you wipe the dust of the wilderness out of our eyes so we can see the kingdom; you teach us those ancient ways which offer new life for each of us.

     God in Community, Holy in One, be with us in this Lenten season.  Amen.

SILENT PRAYER

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

SONG OF RESPONSE   “Come and Find the Quiet Center”  
                                           verse 1 - TFWS #2128

SENIOR CHOIR ANTHEM - “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”                                           

 

THE PROCLAMATION

TIME ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN - Pastor

SONG OF ILLUMINATION “Open Our Eyes” - TFWS #2086

PSALTER READING - Psalm 25:1-10 - UMH #757

OLD TESTAMENT READING - Genesis 9:8-17 - Phyllis Shook

* GOSPEL READING  -  Mark 1:9-15 (Page 34 in NT)

SERMON - “Those Forty Days” - Pastor

                                                  

THE RESPONSE

* HYMN OF RESPONSE - ”Jesus, Tempted in the Desert” -  TFWS #2105       

*AFFIRMATION - “The Apostles’ Creed” - UMH #882

CONCERNS OF GOD’S PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER - UMH #895

CHORAL RESPONSE - “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” - TFWS #2193

THE OFFERTORY

* DOXOLOGY - UMH #95

* PRAYER OF DEDICATION

GOING FORTH

* CLOSING HYMN“Spirit of God” - TFWS #2117

* BENEDICTION Pastor

* POSTLUDE - Lisa D’Arcangelis


      TFWS = The Faith We Sing                            
      
UMH = United Methodist Hymnal
              * = We stand, as we are able

 

 

 


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