CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
THE PEOPLE GATHER
BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus Phyllis Swift
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Amazing Grace (vs. 1 & 2) UMH #378
**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
Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy
What does the Lord require of you?
To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.
What does God command of us?
To love God with all our heart, and all our soul, and all our mind,
and all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
God does not call us to ease or to comfort.
But to presence, and abundance, and grace in our struggle.
Let us worship the God who believes in us, and trusts in us, and abides with us.
Let us worship the God who will ask much of us,
but will be beside us every step of the way.
**HYMN OF PRAISE
Amazing Grace (vs. 3 & 4) UMH #378
Lord of hope, when the dark clouds assail, you ask us to bear the light of your love and truth. When fears seem to immobilize us, you give us courage and strength to bear your witness. We thank you for your call to us. We praise you for your sustaining love for us. We honor you with our lives and our service to you; for it is in Christ’s Name, we offer this prayer. AMEN.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.
PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE
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 PSALTER
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Watts) Mike Stone
READING FROM THE HEBREW BIBLE
Called Beyond “But We’ve Always Done It That Way”
Rev. Kathy Brown
GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING
Here I Am, Lord (refrain) UMH #593
Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.
We Sing to the Lord of Amazing Grace (Swift) Phyllis Swift
“We sing to the Lord of Amazing Grace,
We trust love to God with obedient heart,
We give those who thirst cups of water cold,
God promises gifts of eternal life,
Eternal life is our sure reward.”
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 FO
**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
UMH #378 Amazing Grace (vs. 5 & 6)
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.
Marvelous Grace of our Loving Lord (Towner) Phyllis Swift
Remember wherever you are, you are shining the light of Christ into the world.
Make it shine