Bulletin: July 18

Grace United Church July 18, 2010
Thought for the Day:
Deep Inner Need Jane Wagner
I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
Source: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
God invites us to worship...
Prelude
Welcome
Life and Work of the Church Family
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Call to Worship:

One: Here we are, Holy people in this Holy place
Many: Gathered again to seek the God who gives us life and guides our life.
One: Look around, these are the people that circumstance, choice, Life, God have given us.
Many: To be companions on our journey
One: Come this day is a gift
Many: This fellowship is a blessing
One:
let us offer ourselves to god in worship
HYMN: MV 30 It’s A Song of Praise to the Maker
Prayer of Approach (unison)
Creator God,
Source of all that is,
We gather bringing our lives and the life of this community
To be touched by your presence.
In Prayer and Song, in Word and Action,
May we open ourselves, our hearts and minds, to the wonder that is life and the Grace that surrounds us all.
AMEN
Theme Conversation
HYMN:
MV 161 I Have Called You By Your Name
Sacrament of Baptism
Introduction

The Purpose of Baptism: (from 1 Corinthians 12)
As we come to this font of living water, let us recall the meaning of baptism. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
For by one Spirit, we are all baptized into one body and one Spirit. Now we are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
Scripture: Genesis 9: 8-13
Presentation of Family Members
Profession of Faith
1. In the presence of this community of faith, do you commit yourselves to follow in both your public and private life, the way to wholeness that Jesus taught? I do
2. Do you believe in God, source of love; In Jesus, God’s love lived out in human form; And in the Holy Spirit, love revealed? I do
3. Will you support the mission and ministry of the church? I will
4. Will you show your daughter the Christian life and grow with her in her faith? I will, God being my helper.
As God-parents, will you pray for this child and take care that they may learn and live the faith? I will, God being my helper.
Congregational Commitment:
As a baptized and baptizing church, we commit ourselves to support and uphold you within the community of faith. May God grant us all the grace to live out our baptism.
Affirmation of Faith - p.918
Pouring of the Water and Prayer of Thanksgiving
THE BAPTISM:
Presentation of Certificate and Welcome
Choral Blessing
(#214 MV)
May God’s Sheltering Wings
May God’s sheltering wings, her gathering wings protect you.
May God’s nurturing arms, her cradling arms bless you,
And hold you in her love, and hold you in her love.
The Scriptures speak to us...
Scriptures: Luke 10: 38-42
Special Music
Reflection: “Who Do We Want to Be.....?”
HYMN: VU 652 Be Still My Soul
God invites us to respond...
Offering
Dedication:
541 VU Praise God from Whom........*words-Thomas Ken ca: tune-Gladys Jack
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures high and low;
give thanks to God in love made known:
Creator, Word and Spirit, One.
Offering Prayer
Prayers of the People
Lord’s Prayer

God goes with us in our daily lives...
HYMN: VU 625 I Feel the Winds of God Today
Commissioning and Benediction
Choral Amen:
#974 VU 3X
Amen! Amen!
Hallelujah, amen!
Postlude
We welcome and thank Rev. Paul Duval for leading our service today!