August 26, 2018 Online Bulletin



Community Joys & Concerns

Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar

*Call to Worship

Leader: God is our strength.

People: God is our hope.

Leader: God is our way of love.

All: We come now to this house of worship, this family of prayer, to boldly declare the hope we find in our strong God of love.

*Opening Hymn

We Are the Church    UMH 558

Opening Prayer

Abide with us, O God, do not leave us empty within or unprotected without. May our spiritual practices nurture a strong defense against all that would diminish your peace and love in the world and in ourselves. Amen

Special Music

Children’s Moment Armor of God

Bible Presentations

Proclamation of the Word

Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only) 

As we open your word gracious God, stir our hearts and minds that we may clearly see the power of love.  Amen

Scripture Reading  

Psalm 84             OT p. 543

Message Love Is Our Defense

Ephesians 6:10-24   NT pp. 195-196

Response to the Word

*Hymn of Response

The Gift of Love    UMH 408

Pastoral Prayer


*Doxology & Prayer

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Sending Forth

*Sending Hymn

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace          TFWS 2171



*Benediction Response

“You Are the Seed” (yellow card in your hymnal)


UMH – United Methodist Hymnal found in your pew rack

NT – New Testament, toward the back of the Bible

OT – Old Testament, toward the beginning of the Bible

*Please stand as able

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