Bulletin: May 1, 2011

Worship leader today – Bob Smith
The Pic Ups
Passing of the Peace
Lighting of the Christ Candle
We Celebrate and Praise God

Call to Worship: L – Leader; C - Congregation
L. Thank you God. You have made each Sunday a day of triumph through you resurrection.
C. Increase in me the desire to worship You as my adorable Lord and Merciful Savior.
L. Grant that the message of Your redeeming love, which I shall hear today, will make me more appreciative of Your grace, strengthen my faith and ennoble my character.
C. Make me more faithful in this coming week that I may be able to resist all temptations that come my way
L. Make me ever more willing to serve others asYou have served me. Remove all distracting thoughts from my mind and let me apply all that is said to myself rather than to
L/C. Let my attendance at Your house of worship
be an example to others that they, too, may come
and share with me the peace and hope which are
mine through Your wonderful love and grace. Pour
out on me Your richest blessing, now, as I worship
You, most gracious Lord, Savior and Friend. AMEN.

Hymn #213 (VU) “Rejoice, The Lord is King”

Prayer of Humility:

L. Most righteous God, Your standard is perfection.
C. I bow down before you and humble myself in Your holy presence. Impress your will on my heart. Grant me true repentance. For Jesus’ sake forgive my sins and short comings, my ignorance and hardness of heart.
L. Give me grace to pattern my conduct after Your Holy Word. Destroy in me the spirit of pride.
C. Make me realize the seriousness of my sin so that I may humbly throw myself on Your mercy.
L. Enable me, out of sincere gratitude for sins forgiven, to excel in Your service.
L/C. Help me to lean on You for strength and guidance.
In Christ’s name we pray. AMEN.

Hymn: #173 (VU) “Thine is the Glory”

The Scriptures Speak to Us:
Jonah 1:1-17
Jonah 3:1-10
II Peter 3: 1 – 17

Children’s Corner: Loretta Mitchell

Choral Anthem: “Bathe Us in Your Light”
*words by John Oldham; music by Ron Klusmeier

Message: Wrong Way, Pal

Hymn: #356 (VU) “ Seek Ye First the Kingdom”

We Respond In Our Gifts

Presentation of our Tithes and Offerings

Dedication of our gifts: #187 (MV) “We Give Our Thanks” x 2 We give our thanks to God, We give our thanks to God, We give our thanks to God, We give our thanks to God.

Offertory Prayers, Prayers of the people, Prayer of Thanksgiving.

Special Music: Prayers of “St. Francis of Assisi”
Jeanne Smith

Choral Benediction: “Walk with the Lord”
(join with the choir)
Mission Statement:
In response to God’s call, we the congregation of Grace United Church understand our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all ages. Using the Bible as our guide, we are challenged to worship and praise and celebrate God’s love and accept God’s grace, learn God’s will, live in faith, and reach out in humble service in the community and the world.