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CALL TO WORSHIP (responsively, from Psalm 150)
Praise God in the temple!
Praise God’s strength in heaven!
Praise God for the mighty things that God has done!
Praise God’s supreme greatness!
Praise God with trumpets! Praise God with harps!
Praise God, all living things!
*HYMN: #13 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” Sing Joyfully Hymnal
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (in unison)
Gracious God, our sin is too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name and what our hearts can no longer bear. You alone can set us free from a past we cannot change. Open us now to a future in which we can be changed and grant us your grace. Help us to grow more in your likeness and image each day. For these things, we pray in the name of your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ...
Silent prayers of confession
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
*GLORIA PATRI: 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.
SERMON: “God’s Merit System”
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN: #67 “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” ing Joyfully Hymnal
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (in unison)
“I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in them will bear much fruit, for you can do nothing without me. Whoever does not remain in me is thrown out like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire where they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish and you shall have it. My Father’s glory is shown in your bearing much fruit and in this way you become my disciples.”
(John 15:5-9, Good News Bible, adapted)
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD'S PRAYER
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
Invitation to the Offering
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (in unison)
Gracious and Loving God, everything we have to offer is a gift. Bless and approve our offering. Let it stand as a sign to us and to the whole world of your constant willingness to shower us with everything we need. Amen.
WE RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSING
*CLOSING HYMN: #299 “Amazing Grace!” Sing Joyfully Hymnal
*CONGREGATIONAL BENEDICTION: #583 God Be With You”
God be with you till we meet again; By his counsels guide, uphold you, With His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.
*POSTLUDE: Let us go out into the world rejoicing. May Christ’s warm welcome shine from our hearts and Christ’s own peace prevail through this and every day, till greater life shall call. Amen.