Community Joys & Concerns
Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar
*Call to Worship
Based on Psalm 138
One: We give thanks to God with our whole heart.
All: Before God, we sing our praises.
One: God is steadfast and faithful and answers our call.
All: God increases the strength of our souls.
One: Though we walk in the midst of trouble,
All: God preserves us and stretches out a hand to help.
One: We raise our own hands in praise and our voices in worship,
All: for God’s steadfast love endures forever.
“Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” UMH 344
O Majesty and Mercy, open us to wonder that we may be surprised by the greatness that awaits us in the smallest bud, the earliest sunrise, or the unexpected invitation from a neighbor. Let us always be expected to find your love incarnating among us in new ways. Amen.
Children’s Moment Fishing & Following
Children ages 3-8 may go out for Children’s Church
Proclamation of the Word
Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only)
Holy Spirit, open us to the power of your Holy Word. Stir our hearts and minds that we might hear you call as your word is read and good news proclaimed. Amen.
Reading of the Gospel
Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 NT pp. 6-7
Message Being Surprised
Luke 5:1–11 NT p. 62
Response to the Word
*Hymn of Response
“Amazing Grace” UMH 378
*The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. The third day he arose from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People
*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.
“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” vv. 1-4 UMH 57
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
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.