Sunday, July 17, 2011
GRACE UNITED CHURCH
Passing the Peace
Lighting the Christ Candle
We Celebrate and Praise God
Call to Worship:
L. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
P. And also with you.
L. The Lord who made us, made this day for us to rejoice and be glade in.
P. We are here to praise God’s name and to call upon him in faith.
L. We can call upon the Lord in confidence for God is righteous and swift to answer those who trust in him. Amen
Hymn: VU #265 “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace”
Prayer of Approach: (in unison)
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known,
And from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen
Children’s Time: Prepared for Summer Travel?
Hymn: VU #307 “Touch the Earth Lightly”
We Listen for God’s Word
Genesis 28: 10 – 19a
Psalm 139: VU #861
Matthew 13: 24 – 30, 36 – 43
Anthem: “Wherever You May Go”
Music & words by David Kai
Message: “Weed or Seed?”
Hymn: VU #389 “God is Here”
We Respond In our Lives
Presentation of Offerings
Offertory Hymn: VU #537 “Your Work, O God.....
Your work, O God, needs many hands
to help you everywhere,
and some there are who cannot serve
unless our gifts we share.
Because we love you and your work,
our offering now we make:
be pleased to use it as your own,
we ask for Jesus’ sake.
Hymn: VU #400 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
Prayer of the People:
The Lord’s Prayer:
Hymn: MV #135 “Called By Earth and Sky”
Commissioning and Benediction:
P: In the power of the Holy Spirit we now go forth into the world to fulfill our calling as a people of God, the body of Christ.
L: May the love of God fill you, the wisdom of God guide you, the strength of God support you, today and always. Amen.
Choral Benediction: VU #964 “Go now in peace”
Go now in peace, go now in peace, go now in peace.
May the love of God surround you everywhere,
everywhere you may go.
Note: The office will be closed at noon on Friday for the months of July and August.