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September 28, 2014
Putting one foot in front of the other,
we will continue to walk on the path Christ has set for us. The People
of St. Paul’s will: Belong…Believe….Love…..Lead
WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD
WELCOME “Open Wide the Church’s Door “ See insert
LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION
CALL TO WORSHIP
God has led us to this place, God will lead us past this place.
We have been led here to explore what God is doing among us, to find out who God wants us to be
Come, jump into the River of Life, come and immerse your self in God, come and worship the God who protects and guides us.
As God flows through us, we greet each other with signs and words of God's peace.
WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH CHRIST'S PEACE
LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
There is a promise, there is a God who promises to be with us, to lead us, to give us life – and that in abundance.
May the light of this candle remind us that we are people of the promise, and that God is faithful to the covenant of life.
River running in all of us, Spirit of Life, Holy Mystery,
catch us in your current, make our souls resonate with your roar.
God who leads us through the desert and into the sea, in this time of worship,
guide us, pull us forward, open our eyes and ears that we would know your Way.
In our struggles, in those times when we feel under attack,
remind us to look around, that you are not asleep or absent, that your protecting love is with us.
These things we pray in the name and memory of Jesus, the one we call Christ, who taught his friends to pray with words like these...
Gathering Hymn MV163 River Running in You and Me
WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:
A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God, we stand on the edge of the sea and shake with fear.
Give us the courage, the faith, the trust to step into the water.
We watch our adversaries washed away, and we wing praises for obviously God is on our side.
Give us the wisdom to remember that all people are your children, and so you are on their side as well.
When we fall into tribalism and the politics of division,
push us to look beyond our self-imposed boundaries.
When we ask ourselves “whose side is God on”?
Reminds us that the real question is if we have placed ourselves on your side, if we have aligned our priorities with your priorities.
God of grace, through your grace,
Open us to the wondrous breadth of your love. Push us to explore the amazing depth of your presence. Challenge us to share the amazing wideness of your Promise.
In Christ's name we pray, Amen.
Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29
SERMON Does God Take Sides?
Hymn VU842 Unto the Hills
WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD
Dedication Offering Hymn VU581 When We Are Living verses 2 & 4
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Hymn: VU651 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
As we continue our pilgrimage through the world, heading for the Kingdom
We share the prayer “Guide us, lead us Gracious God”
Where we encounter barrenness and struggle,
help us be sources of water for growth and comfort that defeats fear.
River running in all of us, Spirit of Life, Deep Mystery
walk with us on our journey, show us where the Kingdom is being born.
Go now in peace, for God is with you always
Thanks be to God. Amen.
Sung Benediction: “Until we meet again” Lyrics by Ruth Duck
Until we meet again,
Walk gently in the way;
Dwell in the hollow of God’s hand.
Rejoice and sing, and pray!