Community Joys & Concerns
Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar
*Call to Worship
Leader: We are a dwelling place for God, each one renewed in the Spirit, together one in that same Spirit, a holy temple of peace.
People: Welcome God, here, already and always in our midst; be welcomed by God, and by each other, family in Jesus the Christ.
All: Come, let us worship together.
“We Are the Church” UMH 558
Children’s Moment Here is the church…
Reconciling God, in Christ we are no longer divided. Forgive us for the times when we have put borders between ourselves. May we, in you, become a united family, living in ways that your love and grace are visible to the world. Amen.
Proclamation of the Word
Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only)
God of blessing, help us hear again, as if for the first time, that in and through you, we are your holy bride, the family of God and Body of Christ. May we be joined in the sharing of the Word. Amen.
Psalm 89:20-37 OT p. 546
Message Household of God
Ephesians 2:11-22 NT pp. 192-193
Response to the Word
*Hymn of Response
“Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” UMH 344
Prayer of Confession
One: Peace eludes us, difference divides us, and we turn from God’s way of love. As we come together to worship you, God, we remember our division and lack of harmony.
All: Forgive us, God of peace, make us whole again.
One: Forgive us, God of peace,
All: make us whole again.
Words of affirmation
One: We are not strangers. We are not alien to one another. We, in Christ, are members together of God’s own house and home.
Know, then, that you are forgiven, reconciled to God and one another, and be at peace.
Prayers of the people
One: We pray for peace in the world,
in the war zones, in international diplomacy,
between humans and earth.
All: We pray for peace in the world.
One: We pray for peace in the United States of America,
in Congress and our courts and judicial systems,
on our streets, at our borders, between
states, regions, between city
and country, rich and poor.
All: We pray for peace in the United States of America.
One: We pray for peace in our neighborhood,
in schools and hospitals, in homes and clubs,
churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues,
businesses large and small; between families
friends, neighbors, and strangers.
All: We pray for peace in our neighborhood.
One: We pray for peace within,
for our hurts, our wrongdoing, our harmful
words, the forgiveness we seek and need to give,
for our grief, in our illness, in our need,
and in our abundance.
All: We pray for peace within.
One: We pray for peace, to know your peace, and be your
peace, in the world, our country, our neighborhoods, and
*Doxology & Prayer
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.
“As a Fire” TFWS 2237
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.