Worship Order for
Unison Opening Prayer
O God, you are my God.
I seek you, my soul thirsts for
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is
better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I
I will lift up my hands and call on your name. AMEN
(Hymnal #686, adapted from Psalm
soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you
with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on
you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in
the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me."
Prayer of Confession
you do not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above
so great is your steadfast love toward those who fear you;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far you remove our transgressions from us. AMEN
(Hymnal #694, adapted from Psalm
In the 13th chapter
of Luke, Jesus was asked why certain people suffered. "Was it
because they were worse sinners" than everyone else? Our Lord
responded "No," which should put a halt to the
"blame game" we can sometimes participate in, blaming
those who suffer, instead of being "somebody" who, with
God’s help, will do "something" about it.
"No," Jesus said, we all
need to repent, to turn to God. To help us understand how God
gives everyone a second chance, Jesus then told this parable:
"A man had a fig tree
planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and
found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For
three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and
still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting
the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for
one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it
bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it
God takes good care of his
garden, wouldn’t you say? Are we doing the same?
Responding with our
Tithes and Special Offerings
Yes, we are called by God to be
"somebody" who believes enough to "walk the
walk" and not just "talk the talk." Our special
offering emphasis this month is Heifer Project
you wish to pass on the gift you have already received, to give a
second chance to somebody else, please add your gift, in addition
to your regular offering, in the plate as it is passed. Will the
ushers come forward to serve?