Sharing the Peace of Christ 

Gloria Patri  (UMH 71)       

Call to Worship

Leader: God of all generations, we come to worship you.

People: Young and old, men and women, and all nations worship God.

Leader: Those who came before us taught us to love Jesus.

People: We follow in their footsteps as we gather together.

Leader: The Holy Spirit meets us in this place of worship today.

All:        All praise be to our God! Amen.

Hymn  God of Grace and God of Glory (UMH 577)

Pastor’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)

Children’s Message

Hymn  Holy, Holy, Holy  (UMH 64)

Scripture Reading  Ephesians 1:3-14

Leader: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.

Message  The Family of God

Hymn  Children of the Heavenly Father  (UMH 141)

Prayer of Confession

Lord Jesus, we have too often looked past the blessings you give us. Yet, there are so many ways in which you have touched our lives with your love. We pray that you turn our hearts towards true gratitude for all that you do. Amen.

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                                         

Doxology   (UMH 94)

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Nurturing God, who welcomes all who believe in your sustaining grace, we are grateful that you call us your children. It is our joy to respond by sharing our talents, prayers, presence, and financial gifts so that we may make a difference in the lives of others who seek you. Amen.  

Prayers of the People                                                                                             

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Sending Forth Shalom to You x2 (UMH 666)