Sunday, June 2, 2013 Celebration of Ministries Sunday

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Celebration of Ministries Sunday

God Invites Us to Worship


Life and Work of the Church

Passing the Peace

Call to Worship:

L.  In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while the wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.  And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

All:  And so we light our Christ Candle and gather in the name of the GREAT I AM.

Lighting the Christ Candle

Hymn:  VU # 232 “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You”

Words of Assurance:

L.  Let us pray:  In the beginning God, you created humans in your image.  Then, like now, we shuddered to think we each have a purpose, a call, the power to minister to those around us. 

Like you did with Moses, each of us are called toward a seemingly impossible sight- a burning bush.

All.  God- you respond:  "You are mine.  Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you (Isaiah 41: 9-10)

L.  We cry back out to God:  "If I go to someone and say to them," The God of your ancestors has sent me to you, and they ask me, “What is his name?  What shall I say to them?"  God says to us: "I am who I am."Tell all: "I Am has sent me to you."

All.  Holy God, Holy I AM- we come this day to worship you:  God of our ancestors, God of our Great-grandchildren!

L.  We will maintain a burning bush on our United Church crest, to remember our ancestors, to remember that each one of us is called to serve the GREAT I AM

All.   Amen

Hymn:  VU# 421” Lead on, O Cloud of Presence”

Children's Time:  Our Waters Our Life

The Scripture Speaks to Us

Psalm 96 (VU# 816)

Galatians 1:1-12

Luke 7: 1-10

Choir Anthem:  Yahweh Be Praised”

                                                 Words and music by Paul Rumbolt              

Sermon:   “What brings healing to your life?”

Hymn: VU# 330 “Jesus Shall Reign”


God Invites us to Respond

Offering invitation:

Choir:  “Sing, Sing Out!”

             Words and music by Jim Hannah

                       Arranged by David Melhorn-Boe

Offertory Response:

         Praise God from whom all blessing flow

         praise God, all creatures high and low;

         give thanks to God in love made know;

         Creator, Word and Spirit, One.

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of the People

Lord's Prayer

 God Goes with Us in Our Daily Lives

Hymn:  MV# 115 Behold, Behold

Commissioning and Benediction:

Choral Benediction

         Amen! Amen

         Hallelujah, amen!


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