Worship Order for
Lamb upon the
throne, Lord of peace, our God and King, Creator, Shield and
Defender, Redeemer and Friend!... Mere words can not fully
describe all that you are. Who are we to stand in your presence,
in awe of your glory? And yet you have drawn us here. Your Holy
Spirit empowers us to share your good news, to tell the story of
your Son and your coming Kingdom, to rejoice in your Life freely
given. You have already moved past our sin. In confessing how we
have fallen far short of what you created us to be, we are enabled
by you to see past our sin also. Help us to live beyond ourselves,
in you - beginning yet again, this very moment. This we pray,
focused upon and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!
tends to mark the beginning of a season of travel. One of
families, in fact, is taking off next week on a big, several week
vacation trip west. Another couple are headed to Nigeria to work
with the church there. Next Sunday all our children in the
Alleluia Choir are headed to the Brethren Home Community to share
their songs during morning worship there. June marks the beginning
of our summer schedule (no more children's stories till Fall).
And, and big trip is coming up for Miguel and Maria Ogando, who
are coming from the Dominican Republic (where he is pastor of the
San Juan church) to be our guests June 28-July 10 for Annual
Conference and more.
We'll just think
together about all these journeys. Then, along with the Joys and
Concerns just shared, the children and I will lead the
congregation in praying over them, with simple, child-like trust
in the One who leads the way.
our Tithes and Offerings
In the church
year, today is the Sunday before Pentecost - the birthday
celebration of the church. Godís Holy Spirit set those early
Christians on fire on that long ago day! Along the way, however,
something changed. The disciples no longer physically walked and
talked with Jesus. That time was over. A new day began. Every
fresh start brings something to a close. Furthermore, in Christ
every ending is a beginning. Think about that as you return your
tithes and offerings, evidence of God at work in you.
Will the ushers
come forward to serve?
Lord, for your ongoing work in and beyond us. Bless these gifts
that they may further your work. Fill us with a child-like
anticipation for what you will do next. In Jesus. Amen.