“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
CALL TO WORSHIP (responsively, from Psalm 122)
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the Lord’s house.”
And now we are here, standing inside the gates of Jerusalem!
Jerusalem is a city restored in beautiful order and harmony.
This is where the tribes of Israel come to give thanks to the Lord.
May those who love Jerusalem prosper!
May there be peace inside your walls and safety in your palaces!
*HYMN: #305 “Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!” Glory to God Hymnal
PRAYER OF INVOCATION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (in unison)
Gracious God of Peace, you have created us to live in peace with one another and with you. We ignore your teachings and substitute our own self-serving goals. By our mistakes, we have inherited and perpetuated a world torn by violence, oppression, and strife. We are no longer the people you intended us to be. Heal us with your grace. Renew us by the power of your Holy Spirit. Guide us to rediscover our identity as your followers. We pray these things in the name of 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.
WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
Luke 1:68-79 (p.1244-45) Audrey H. Grosnick
John 4:4-15 (p. 1293-94) Pastor Terry
SERMON: “Thirsty For Peace”
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD
*HYMN: #772 “Live Into Hope” Glory to God Hymnal
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (in unison)
We believe that God has entrusted the church with the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ, that the church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, that the church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, and that the church is witness both by word and deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. (from “The Confession of Belhar”)
SHARING OF JOYS AND CONCERNS
PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD'S PRAYER 3-FOLD
OFFERING OF OUR GIFTS
Invitation to the Offering
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow. Praise God, all creatures high and low. Alleluia, alleluia! Praise God, in Jesus fully known: Creator, Word, and Spirit one. Alleluia, alleluia! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
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.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
The invitation to the table
The words of institution
The Great Thanksgiving
We receive the bread and the cup
The prayer after Communion
WE RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSING
*CLOSING HYMN: #22 “God of the Sparrow” Glory to God 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.