7th Sunday after Epiphany

Feb. 24, 2019

 

WE GATHER AS GOD’S PEOPLE

PRELUDE

 

 WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to worship at FPC Cadillac.  We are glad you are here. Please share your prayer requests/praises by writing them on the blue card in the  pew rack and placing them in the offering plate. Please be mindful to turn your cell phone off, or on a setting that won’t disturb others.

*Indicates that those who are able may stand

WE PRAISE THE LORD OUR CREATOR

INTROIT AND BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

Let this be a time of preparing our hearts for worship

#749  “Come! Live in the Light” Verse 1 only

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Strength is commanding

All:      the wind and sea to obey,

One:  Strength is wielding

All:      a slingshot in the face of a raging giant.

One:  Strength is accepting vulnerability

All:  from inside the boat,

One:  Strength is standing in solidarity

All:      with the powerless.

One:  Strength is turning a cheek, strength is loving an enemy.

All:      We come to worship a God who redefines our vision of

         strength.

 

*HYMN   #611                         “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

 

WE CONFESS OUR NEED

*PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, we confess that we have taken Your commandments and turned them into rules.  We have criticized those who have fallen short and selfishly proclaimed ourselves righteous.  We have failed to understand the spirit of the commandments and the Way that was shown by You to live, loving God and loving our neighbors. Forgive us for turning Your law into burdens for others and ourselves, instead of a way to love and freedom in You. In the name of Christ, who has given us the Way and leads us on, we pray. Amen.

SILENT PERSONAL CONFESSION

 

*ASSURANCE OF PARDON

One:  You are loved.  Love is the Way.  When you love God, you love others. When you truly lay down your life for others, you lay down your life for God. Give yourself to God by serving others. Know that in God’s love there is forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation.

All:     In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.  Amen

*PASSING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

*SUNG RESPONSE         “Gloria Patri”             (Avery & Marsh)

Glory be to the Father, and the son, and the Holy ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                                   Elizabeth Webster

FIRST OLD TESTAMENT READING (pg. 443)          Psalm 37: 1-11

SECOND GOSPEL LESSON (page 838)                   Luke 6: 27-36

SPECIAL MUSIC by Trinity                        “Then Sings My Soul”

SERMON        “Behaving As God’s Children” Rev. Peggy Huston

HYMN  # 754                                  “Help Us Accept Each Other”

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

DEDICATION OF OUR LIVES AND OUR GIFTS

Offertory

*Doxology #606

PASTORAL PRAYER AND 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

WE GO RENEWED

*HYMN   #772                                                   “Live Into Hope:

BENEDICTION

*BENEDICTION RESPONSE #748                “Go with Us, Lord”

POSTLUDE