June 2 Worship Bulletin

June 2 Worship Bulletin

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Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Children of the Heavenly Father” – Arr. by Robert J. Hughes

*Call to Worship

  • L: We praise you, Lord! We give thanks to you with our whole heart!
  • P: Great are your works, full of honor and majesty and studied by all who delight in them.
  • L: The works of your hands are faithful and just.
  • P: Your precepts are trustworthy.
  • L: Our reverence for you is the beginning of wisdom.
  • P: You are to be praised forever.
  • L: All-knowing Creator, from whom comes every good and perfect gift, we praise you for the wisdom, power, and love displayed throughout the natural universe and in humanity, whom you’ve placed within it to care for and nurture it. Jesus Christ, Light of the world, we praise you for being the eternal truth. Holy Spirit, Revealer of the deep things of God, we praise you for or your gifts of awe and wonder which lead us on the path of true wisdom.
  • P: All glory to you, all-knowing God; to you, Christ our Teacher; and to you, Spirit of wisdom and truth.

*Hymn – “Now Thank We All Our God” – UMH #102

  1. Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
    who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
    who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
    with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
  2. O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
    with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
    and keep us still in grace, and guide us when perplexed;
    and free us from all ills, in this world and the next.
  3. All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
    the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven;
    the one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore;
    for thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Time with the Children and Youth

*Scripture Reading – Genesis 25:27-34

27When the young men grew up, Esau became an outdoorsman who knew how to hunt, and Jacob became a quiet man who stayed at home. 28Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29Once when Jacob was boiling stew, Esau came in from the field hungry 30and said to Jacob, “I’m starving! Let me devour some of this red stuff.” That’s why his name is Edom.

31Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright today.”

32Esau said, “Since I’m going to die anyway, what good is my birthright to me?”

33Jacob said, “Give me your word today.” And he did. He sold his birthright to Jacob. 34So Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew. He ate, drank, got up, and left, showing just how little he thought of his birthright.

Anthem – “In the Garden” – Arr. by Cynthia Dobrinski

Scripture Reading – 2 Timothy 4:1-8

1I’m giving you this commission in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is coming to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearance and his kingdom. 2Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction. 3There will come a time when people will not tolerate sound teaching. They will collect teachers who say what they want to hear because they are self-centered. 4They will turn their back on the truth and turn to myths. 5But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances. Endure suffering, do the work of a preacher of the good news, and carry out your service fully.

6I’m already being poured out like a sacrifice to God, and the time of my death is near. 7I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. 8At last the champion’s wreath that is awarded for righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, who is the righteous judge, is going to give it to me on that day. He’s giving it not only to me but also to all those who have set their heart on waiting for his appearance.

  • L: The Word of God, the Word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God!

Sermon

Blessing of the Graduates

Reese Sloan
Payton Thomas
Zac Hisscock
Daniel Saunders

  • L: Before you were even formed, God knew you. While in your mother’s womb, God named you. At your birth, God’s breath filled you with life. Today we celebrate what you’ve become at this moment in time. And so we pray for you:
  • P: God of our beginnings, thank you for the gifts of each of these graduates. Thank you for their excitement, their awesome wonder and curiosity, and their open speech and encouraging words. Their contributions have blessed and challenged us, and we’ve become a richer and more diverse community because of them.
  • L: As they step forward into the world that awaits, comfort their fears with the full knowledge of your divine presence. Strengthen their resolve to walk in the footsteps of Jesus as modern-day disciples in a world that needs their spirit. Guide their feet as they move through life, protecting them from the pitfalls of darkness while they help to lead future generations into the warmth and promise of your light.
  • P: We ask this blessing upon each of them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Invitation to Give
Offertory – “A Blessing of Love” – By Mark Patterson
Doxology
*Prayer of Dedication

Sacrament of Holy Communion

*Closing Hymn – “Praise the Source of Faith and Learning” – FWS #2004

  1. Praise the source of faith and learning that has sparked and stoked the mind
    With a passion for discerning how the world has been designed.
    Let the sense of wonder flowing from the wonders we survey
    Keep our faith forever growing and renew our need to pray.
  2. God of wisdom we acknowledge that our science and our art
    And the breadth of human knowledge only partial truth impart.
    Far beyond our calculation lies a depth we cannot sound
    Where your purpose for creation and the pulse of life are found.
  3. May our faith redeem the blunder of believing that our thought
    Has displaced the grounds for wonder which the ancient prophets taught.
    May our learning curb the error which unthinking faith can breed,
    Lest we justify some terror with an antiquated creed.
  4. As two currents in a river fight each other’s undertow,
    Till converging they deliver one coherent steady flow,
    Blend, O God, our faith and learning till they carve a single course,
    Till they join as one, returning praise and thanks to you, their Source.

*Benediction

*Postlude – “Pomp and Circumstance” – By Edward Elgar

Lyrics to Special Music

A Blessing of Love
May the rays of the rising sun make your pathway bright. May each star that shines above be a beacon in the night. May your heart be filled with peace that comes from the gentle dove. May you live forever in the fullness of God’s love. May the Lord go beside you as you walk the path of life. May God’s hand gently guide you as you let your wings take flight, and even through the darkest night may God surround you with His holy light. So walk in faith, the hand of God will guide you as you live each day. His love will go beside you, He will give you hope, He will give you strength, and you will know the goodness of His love. May the rays of the rising sun make your pathway bright. May each star that shines above be a beacon in the night. May your heart be filled with peace that comes from the gentle dove. May you live forever in the fullness of God’s love. May you live forever, may you live forever, may you live forever in the fullness of God’s love.

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Pastor: Rev. Drew Hart
  • Liturgist: Reese Sloan
  • Choir Director: Steve Grattan
  • Organist: Kathy Cay
  • Sanctuary Choir
  • Bells of Praise
  • Audio Tech: Judy Carr
  • Streaming Tech: Brian Miller
  • Computer Tech: Joe Kaidan
  • Communion servers: Rick and Kathy Slumpff

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