Community Joys & Concerns
Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar
*Call to Worship
One: The heavens are telling the glory of God;
All: and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.
One: Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares
All: Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
One: let God’s knowledge rise in us.
All: Let God’s glory shine all around us.
*Confession and Pardon
O holy and merciful God, we confess that we have not been obedient to your laws, nor been willing to seek and to do your perfect will. We have not loved you with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, neither have we loved our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us we pray.
All offer prayers of confession in silence.
Lord Jesus, cleanse us from all our sins, and restore us to full relationship with God Almighty. Amen.
*Opening Hymn and Procession of the Word
“Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet” UMH 601
Sculptor of the heavens and the earth, creator of the sea and sky, we praise your holy name because you created us in love and ordered our lives that we might live with peace, joy, unity, and abundance. Help us see the goodness that is all around us in the beauty of your creation and the framework of your commands. Help us hear your word this day. Let it shape us and make us new once more. Amen.
Children’s Moment Be Like Jesus
Proclamation of the Word
Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only)
Holy Spirit, open us to your possibilities and your promises. Help us hear, with fresh ears, the story of Jesus and how he lived. May God’s voice speak to our hearts, dispel our fear, and call us by name. Amen.
Reading of the Gospel
Matthew 5:1-20 NT p. 4
Message Core Values of Jesus
Luke 4:14-21 NT p. 61
Response to the Word
*Hymn of Response
“I Need Thee Every Hour” UMH 397
*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.
“Wonderful Words of Life” UMH 600
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.