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.
“We Are the Church” UMH 558
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
Children’s Moment Armor of God
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
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
*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.
“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” TFWS 2171
“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
Nursery available for children 3 and under.