Community Joys & Concerns
Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar
*Call to Worship
One: Come gather in the house of God’s dwelling.
All: Come sing loud songs of thanksgiving; come proclaim God’s wondrous deeds;
One: come gather in God’s house to worship.
“Faith of Our Fathers” UMH 710
God of the journey, we have chosen to follow your way of justice and peace. It is not a straight or easy path, and there are many obstacles in our way, but your steadfast love is before us, ever guiding us onward. May we continue to follow your lead faithfully, with our whole selves, never losing faith in our goal. Amen.
Proclamation of the Word
Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only)
As we wrestle with tough questions, and uncertain answers, shifting rolls and expectations, grant us the courage to follow you with our hearts, and the loving-kindness to empathize with opinions we do not understand. Amen.
Message Men In Ministry
Our guest preacher is Gene Mims.
He is a retired postmaster of Prince George, VA. Gene is retired Navy where his specialty was meteorology. He is very active in the Virginia Conference United Methodist church and is currently serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the conference and District Committee for the James River District. He is a frequent participant in the Kairos Prison ministry. He leads a weekly Bible study at Greensville Correctional Center. In 2010 he was the first person to be awarded the Volunteer of the Year award by that institution. During the school year, Gene tutors elementary children in reading. Gene is the Prison Advocate on the conference Methodist Men as well as president of his local fellowship at Gary’s’ UMC. Gene is married to his wife of 56 years, Kay. They have four children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. They live in Prince George County, Virginia.
Response to the Word
*Hymn of Response
“Let Us Break Bread Together” UMH 618
Invitation to the Table UMH p. 12
Confession and Pardon UMH p. 12
*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 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
“He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought” UMH 128
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.