Community Joys & Concerns
Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar
*Call to Worship
Leader: Every day we brush up against God.
People: We brush against God in long-term friendships and relationship, and also in instances of closeness with folk we lock eyes with in a crowd.
Leader: We brush against God in moments of great joy and places so painful they appear unbearable,
People: In outrageous laughter, in times of deep calm,
Leader: In rich learning and situations of foolhardy lack of caution.
People: We brush against God on mountaintops, in raging rivers, in bustling city streets and twittering forests.
Leader: In the work of our hands and the beauty of a poem,
People: In the stillness of prayer and the deafening noise of a rock concert.
Leader: And God brushes against us, always inviting us into beauty and grace.
People: Come, let us worship God.
“He Touched Me” UMH 367
Brush up against us in this holy space, God of grace. Heighten our awareness of your presence in our lives. Enliven our senses to your touch. Open our eyes and enable us to see richness and beauty in everything we encounter. Whisper your promise of hope into our ears, and embolden us to reach out to you in all the circumstances of our lives that we bring with us this day. Amen.
Proclamation of the Word
Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only)
For the sake of others and the sake of ourselves: we approach you, God. Whether we come boldly or tentatively, we are looking for your accepting grace. We seek a touch that brings healing. We seek the strength to do good. We seek a meaningful life. As we open your word, we seek you. Hear us. Touch us. Heal us. Be with us as we live. Amen.
Psalm 130 OT pp. 573-574
Message Brushing Up Against Grace
Mark 5:21-43 NT pp. 39-40
Response to the Word
*Hymn of Response
“Amazing Grace” UMH 378
*The Apostles 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.
Invitation to the Table UMH p. 12
Confession and Pardon UMH p. 12
*Doxology & Prayer
The Great Thanksgiving UMH p. 13
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.
Receiving the bread and cup
“America” UMH 697
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.