Bulletin: May 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011 Graduation Sunday

Passing of the Peace
Lighting the Christ Candle

We Celebrate and Praise God

Hymn: VU #395 “Come in and Sit Down

Call to Worship:
P. For every ending
G. There is a new beginning
P. For every memory
G. There is a dream ahead
P. Remembering happy times we have had so far
G. Will always be a part of our life
P. Even brighter days are ahead just waiting for you
G. We will let God’s love shine through
P. So dream your dreams and start it now, to make them all come true.

Hymn: VU #639 “One More Step Along the World I Go”

Prayer of Humility:
O God of Love, as we celebrate the accomplishments of these fine graduates, remind us that Christ is our compass. Remind us that while the journey may be difficult at times, it will also be filled with joy overflowing. Keep us ever mindful that the invitation of this journey is to Love. We pray with deep gratitude that you will go with us as we celebrate our faith journey. Amen.

Assurance of Love:
God’s love is everlasting and never out of reach. We need only to take the time to feel the presence and power of the spirit. God loves everyone.

Hymn: VU#684 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”

Graduates Reflections:
Scott Davis Jamie Nattress
Megan Ellison Brooke Koczka
Katelyn Fisher Jordhan Moline
Kelan Whitrow

We Listen For God’s Word

Scripture Reading:
Ephesians 4:1-7
Romans 4:13-24
Psalm 91: VU# 808

Choir Anthem: “Treasure Each Moment”
Words and Music by Joseph M. Martin

Message: Wise words for the Graduates

We Respond in Our Lives

Offertory Prayer: (in unison) Lord God, we thank you for the gifts that you have given us. We know we don’t always deserve everything we get but you are a gracious God. Today, we give back part of your gifts so that you may use them for the work of your kingdom. Amen

Prayer of the People
Graduation Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: MV# 209 “Go Make a Difference”

Commissioning and Benediction:
Be a blessing to yourself, to others, and to our world, by living fully the gifts God has placed within you. Let Christ fill you with love and hope and kindness – today and always.

Choral Blessing: “Walk with the Lord”

Musical Postlude

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.