CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
THE PEOPLE GATHER
BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
The God Of Abraham Praise (Hebrew Melody-TeVelde) Phyllis Swift
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
A NEW OPPORTUNITY
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Standing on the Promises (vs. 1, 2 & 4) UMH #374
**PASSING OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST
Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church welcomes and extends our love to all persons regardless of age, race, income, nationality, life experiences, sexual orientation, or gender identity. All are welcome into our family. You are invited to greet one another with signs of God’s peace. Peace be with you. ALL: And also with you.
**CALL TO WORSHIP
As Abraham welcomed the strangers
So God welcomes us.
God greets us with joy
and says, “rest here for awhile.”
God brings out water to wash our dusty feet.
God prepares a meal to nourish our weary spirits.
So let us receive the gracious hospitality of our God.
Let us rest in this holy place where there is shade and water, food and laughter.
**HYMN OF PRAISE
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (vs, 1, 2, & 3) UMH #57
God of promise, you come offering your grace in unexpected ways. May we, like Sarah and Abraham before us, find you in the strangers we host at our tables. And, as you call us to continually dine with you, may we recognize the distinct joy of being in your presence through the extravagant love you give; through Christ our Lord.
UMH # 70
Glory be to the Father
and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker and Wrinkles
This, this is where children belong.
Welcomed as part of the worshipping throng.
Water, God’s word, bread and cup, prayer and song.
This is where children belong.
A TIME OF PRAYER
Cares Chorus TFWS #2215
I cast all my cares upon you.
I lay all of my burdens down at your feet.
And any time that I don’t know what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon you.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, PASTORAL PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
One: Lord in Your Mercy Many: Hear our prayers.
READING FROM THE EPISTLE
In This Very Room (Harris) Derek Swift
READING FROM THE HEBREW BIBLE
Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7
Daring to Hope Rev. Kathy Brown
HYMN OF RESPONSE
Make Me a Servant (2 times) UMH #2176
Make me a servant, humble and meek.
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak.
And may the prayer of my heart always be:
Make me a servant,
make me a servant,
Make me a servant today.
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker
I Love the Lord (Swift) Phyllis Swift
I love the Lord, I love the Lord,
I love the Lord for He has heard me.
He heard my voice, He heard my voice,
He heard my cry, My cry for mercy,
Because He turned His ear to me, So I will call,
Will call on Him as long as I shall live
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below. Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God, the source of all our gifts.
Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Alleluia!
THE SENDING FORTH
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
UMH #707 Hymn of Promise
Taking Out the Light of Christ
The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve TFWS # 2241
The Spirit sends us forth to serve;
We go in Jesus name to bring glad tidings to the poor,
God’s favor to proclaim. God’s favor to proclaim.
We All Are One In Mission
Remember wherever you are,
you are shining the light of Christ into the world.
Make it shine!