September 9, 2018 Online Bulletin



Community Joys & Concerns

Prelude – acolyte lights candles on altar

*Call to Worship

One: We gather in response to a call.

All: We gather in response to a need.

One: We gather in response to a cry from the world.

All: “Fulfillment does not come about through expressing a developed inner self; … it is a slow process of growth in response to a call, a need, a cry, from the world.”

One: Let us worship in response to this call.

*Opening Hymn

I Sing the Almighty Power of God    UMH 152

Opening Prayer

Today we celebrate our growing awareness of our humanity. We bring our empty hands and ask you to fill them. We bring our heavy hearts and ask you to share our load. We bring skin of many shades and sensitivities, eyes that yearn to see and ears that wait in silence and noise for the sound of your presence. Amen.

Special Music

Children’s Moment Noisy Offering

Proclamation of the Word

Prayer for Illumination (liturgist only) 

Creator God, as we open your word, grant that we may know more about your  design and dream for us to provide for that which you have left in our care. Refine our definition of humility and dominion so we may do what you have created us to do. Amen.

Scripture Reading  

Philippians 2:1-8             NT p. 197

Psalm 8                         OT p. 492

Message Humankind

Genesis 1:26-28   OT p. 1

Response to the Word

*Hymn of Response

Hymn of Promise    UMH 707

Pastoral Prayer


*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.

Sending Forth

*Sending Hymn

“Dear Lord Lead Me Day  By Day”   UMH 411



*Benediction Response

chorus “How Great Thou Art”        UMH 77


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

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