CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
 THE PEOPLE GATHER

BRINGING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

PRELUDE
Holy, Holy, Holy
arr. Schram
Phyllis Swift

   WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rev. Kathy Brown

PRAYER OF PREPARATION

**Gathering Hymn
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (vs. 1-3)                      UMH #57

 

**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
© 2016 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’
 

       Enfold me in your love, encircle me O God; surround me with your love,
come fill me with your love”1 – You, the God who knows me so intimately.

       Enfold us, encircle us, and surround us all, with God’s all embracing love.

Enfold me in your peace, encircle me O God; surround me with your peace, come fill me with your peace.”1 – You, the God who sees me so accurately.

       Enfold us, encircle us, and surround us all, with God’s all embracing peace.

Enfold me in your grace, encircle me O God; surround me with your grace, come fill me with your grace.”1 – You, the God who understands me so well.

      Enfold us, encircle us, and surround us all, with God’s all embracing grace—

      You, the God who knows, sees, and understands us so well – yet who loves us

      Amen      

  **HYMN OF PRAISE
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (vs. 4,5, 7)
                  UMH #57

 

  **OPENING PRAYER
Ministry Matters

Loving God, you know us better than we know ourselves. Our prayers are in your heart even before they are on our lips. And yet we must utter our prayers. We must proclaim our praise of you and all your wondrous creation. Your love surrounds us and you have promised to be with us always. You know our hearts’ desire to serve you. We pray that you will keep us true to that desire. And so we utter our prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

*THE NICAEA
UMH #64

Holy, holy, holy!  Merciful and mighty,

God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

 CHILDREN’S TIME
Rev. Twila Gibbens

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
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READING FROM THE HEBREW BIBLE
Genesis 28:10-19a

                                              

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.

           

SPECIAL MUSIC
For Such a Time as This 
(Holmes)            Rev. Twila Gibbens

 

READING FROM THE Psalter
Psalm 139

              

SERMON
God’s Eternal Warranty                   Rev. Marcia Shoemaker

 

PRAYER OF RESPONSE
Search Me, O God (vs. 1 & 3)  

Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray
See if there be some wicked way in me;
cleanse me from every sin and set me free.

Lord, take my life, and make it wholly thine;
fill my poor heart with thy great love divine.
Take all my will, my passion, self, and pride;
I now surrender, Lord– in me abide.

 

GIVING OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERING  

     

OFFERTORY PRAYER
Rev. Marcia Shoemaker

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OFFERTORY INTERLUDE
Nearer, My God, to Thee
(Mason)                             Phyllis Swift

                                                                                      

**DOXOLOGY
UMH #94

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!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

**HYMN OF INVITATION AND DISCIPLESHIP
UMH  #122
                                                        God of the Sparrow  

**BENEDICTION

Taking Out the Light of Christ

 

DEPARTING CHORUS
Goodness is Stronger than Evil           TFWS # 2219

Goodness is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate;
Light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death.
Victory is ours, victory is ours through him who loved us.
Victory is ours, victory is ours through him who loved us.

 

POSTLUDE
O God of Every Nation                (Evans)                     Phyllis Swift

 Remember wherever you are,  you are shining the light of Christ into the world.

Make it shine.

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