Welcome & Announcements
Prelude – “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” – Arr. by Edward Broughton
*Call to Worship (based on Psalm 37)
- L: Come, let us gather to worship our Timeless God.
- P: We gather together to share with your children the past blessings we have received from our God.
- L: Come, let us gather to worship our Awesome God.
- P: We gather together to listen for God’s word for us today.
- L: Come, let us gather to worship our Glorious God, who delights in our worship, witness and service.
- P: We gather together to share our hope and trust in our merciful God, who has never failed or forgotten us. Amen.
*Hymn – “Now Thank We All Our God” – UMH #102 (vv. 1-2)
- 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.
- 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.
*Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer
“Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
*Hymn – “Now Thank We All Our God” – UMH #102 (v. 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.
Scripture Readings – Numbers 6:22-27
22The LORD spoke to Moses: 23Tell Aaron and his sons: You will bless the Israelites as follows. Say to them:
24The LORD bless you and protect you.
25The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
26The LORD lift up his face to you and grant you peace.
27They will place my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.
23A person’s steps are made secure by the LORD
when they delight in his way.
24Though they trip up, they won’t be thrown down,
because the LORD holds their hand.
Time with the Children
Anthem (bells) – “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” – Arr. by Lloyd Larson
Scripture Reading – Acts 20:17-24, 32, 36-38
17From Miletus he sent a message to Ephesus calling for the church’s elders to meet him. 18When they arrived, he said to them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time I was with you, beginning with the first day I arrived in the province of Asia. 19I served the Lord with great humility and with tears in the midst of trials that came upon me because of the Jews’ schemes. 20You know I held back nothing that would be helpful so that I could proclaim to you and teach you both publicly and privately in your homes. 21You know I have testified to both Jews and Greeks that they must change their hearts and lives as they turn to God and have faith in our Lord Jesus. 22Now, compelled by the Spirit, I’m going to Jerusalem. I don’t know what will happen to me there. 23What I do know is that the Holy Spirit testifies to me from city to city that prisons and troubles await me. 24But nothing, not even my life, is more important than my completing my mission. This is nothing other than the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus: to testify about the good news of God’s grace.
32Now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all whom God has made holy.
36After he said these things, he knelt down with all of them to pray. 37They cried
uncontrollably as everyone embraced and kissed Paul. 38They were especially grieved by his statement that they would never see him again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
- L: The Word of the Lord, the Word of Life.
- P: Thanks be to God!
Message – “The Pains and Blessings of Ministry”
*Hymn – “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” – UMH #462
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!
- ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and to take him at his word;
just to rest upon his promise, and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.” [Refrain]
- O how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to trust his cleansing blood;
and in simple faith to plunge me neath the healing, cleansing flood! [Refrain]
- Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, just from sin and self to cease;
just from Jesus simply taking life and rest, and joy and peace. [Refrain]
- I’m so glad I learned to trust thee, precious Jesus, Savior, friend;
and I know that thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end. [Refrain]
*An Order of Farewell to Elisabeth Danielsons
Anthem (choir & bells) – “Hymn of Promise” – By Natalie Sleeth
Invitation to Give
Doxology & Presentation of Gifts
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him, all creatures here below.
Praise him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
*Closing Song – “He Who Began a Good Work in You” – FWS #2163
He who began a good work in you, He who began a good work in you
Will be faithful to complete it, will be faithful to complete it
He who started the work will be faithful to complete it in you.
*Postlude – “A Hymn of Promise”
Lyrics to Special Music
Hymn of Promise
In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: Butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody, there’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. In the end is our beginning; in our time, infinity. In our doubt, there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see, unrevealed until its season, something yet unknown, which God alone can see.
Helping Lead Today’s Worship
- Liturgist: Deb Biskner
- Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
- Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
- Rev. Drew Hart