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March 1, 2015
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.
WELCOME: Simply to Be (See insert)
LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION
CALL TO WORSHIP
We have this ministry, and we are not discouraged
We have a ministry of food, of fellowship, of faith.
Here in this place we come to be refreshed so that the ministry can continue.
Here we come to meet the God and Christ who calls us to serve and empowers us to share our living.
Brothers and sisters, let us worship together. Let us greet each other with words and signs of God's Peace...
WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST
LIGHTING OF THE Christ CANDLE
Our faith story opens with the words “Let there be light”. Our weekly worship begins with the lighting of a candle.
May this candle remind us of the light that cannot be overcome, no matter how dark the road may be.
Music Ministry: “Shhh” Jr. Choir
O Christ the tree of life, our end and our beginning,
Help us to grow to full flower, help us to be what we are created to be.
In this time together, as we worship, pray, sing, and celebrate, may you be part of our gathering.
Holy Spirit, made known in bread, wine, and water. Spirit present in our laughter and our tears. Fill us with hope and promise in this hour together.
Threefold God, empower us so that when we leave we are better able to live out the ministry we share. Amen.
Gathering Hymn: We Gather Here #469 Voices United
WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:
A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
Music Ministry: One at the Feast Sr. Choir
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns
Celebration of Communion
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Brothers, sisters, clergy, lay, God you have called us all to serve.
We join in the ministry of sharing your love and life in abundance.
Young and old, new-comer and long timer,
Each of us offers what we have that the world would be filled with your Grace, O God.
God of Grace, you call us to a high and holy task, sharing the Kingdom with the world.
The yoke of Christ is ours, the whole world is our parish... and yet we are too often unsure how or if we can take on the task, the yoke, we have been offered.
We have this ministry,
O God, in your Grace, help us to live it out. Receive our living, our giving, our loving. Amen.
SERMON Why Are We Here?
Hymn: Lord You Give the Great Commission # 512 Voices United
WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD
Dedication Offering Hymn: I Ask You God (See insert)
Hymn: Go to the World #420 Voices United
We have this ministry. May we not be discouraged.
The yoke of Christ is ours, we go as people called to serve.
Openly we share God’s word of love, speaking truth as we believe
Praying that this troubled world would healing light receive.
We have this ministry
God, will use our living, our giving, our loving
And we go out knowing that the God who calls us also helps us grow to full flower, rooted in the love of Christ.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
Sung Benediction: Jesus Shepherd of My Soul (vs. 1, 4 See Insert)
(Liturgy for this week is based on the words to We Have this Ministry VU510)