LITURGY & ORDER OF WORSHIP

June 16, 2024

Service for the Lord's Day

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PRELUDE

WELCOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you are called:

We cannot do this alone,

we dare not try this alone,

so we gather as God's people.

Lead a life worthy of your calling, a life filled with service and meekness.

We come to build up Christ's Body, in humility and gentleness,

with patience and love.

Lead a life which reflects your calling, that life of peace grounded in the Spirit.

We rejoice in our oneness in Christ; we would share the grace offered to us.

Live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.

We gather as God's family, to worship and to pray, to give thanks for our blessings and share our lives together.  Amen!

  HYMN #282 Come Down, O Love Divine

CALL TO CONFESSION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

O God, it is your will that all your children should be one in Christ, so we pray for unity.  Pardon our pride and our lack of faith.  Forgive us when our own agendas stand in the way of your justice or when we refuse your mercy.  Help our understanding of charity and work with us as we seek reconciliation.  Deliver us from narrow-mindedness, from bitterness, from prejudice and from apathy.  Teach us to recognize the gifts you give as blessings to us and to all people everywhere.  Empower us through your Holy Spirit to put those gifts to work in action and in service of your Beloved Community.  Humbly we pray, Amen.

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS AND SHARING OF GOD'S PEACE

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
And also with you.

INVITATION TO OFFERING

Anthem - We Are One People

DEDICATION HYMN #769 - For Everyone Born vs. 1

CHILDREN'S MESSAGE

And Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, All: And do not stop them!"

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE LESSON

Ephesians 4: 1-16

I plead with you, then, in the name of our Redeemer, to lead a life worthy of your calling. 2 Treat one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. 3 Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the peace that binds you together. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called into one hope when you were called. 5 There is one Savior, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Creator of all, who is over all, who works through all and is within all. 7 Each of us has received God’s grace in the measure in which Christ has bestowed it. 8 Thus you find scripture saying, “You ascended on high, leading captives in your train, and giving gifts to people.” 9 “You ascended”—what does this mean but that Christ first descended into the lower regions of the earth? 10 The One who descended is the very One who ascended high above the heavens in order to fill the whole universe. 11 And to some, the gift they were given is that they should be apostles; to some, prophets; to some, evangelists; to some, pastors and teachers. 12 These gifts were given to equip fully the holy ones for the work of service, and to build up the body of Christ—13 until we all attain unity in our faith and in our knowledge of the Only Begotten of God, until we become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Let us then be children no longer, tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine, or by human trickery or crafty, deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, let us speak the truth in love, and grow to the full maturity of Christ, the head. 16 Through Christ, the whole body grows. With the proper functioning of each member, firmly joined together by each supporting ligament, the body builds itself up in love. 

This is the Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

SERMON REFLECTION

MOMENT FOR SILENT REFLECTION

HYMN #300 We Are One in the Spirit

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, concluding with 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.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

HYMN #203 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love

CHARGE & BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE


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