Sharing the Peace of Christ
Gloria Patri (UMH 71)
Call to Worship
Leader: We come to worship the Lord today.
People: There is joy in this place!
Leader: God’s love pours over all.
People: God reaches out to every person.
Leader: We celebrate God with joy and gladness.
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus (UMH 526)
The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)
Hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness (UMH 140)
Scripture Reading Ephesians 2:11-22
Leader: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God.
Message Bridging the Gap
Hymn They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love (FWS 2223)
Prayer of Confession
Dear God, you whisper words of love to us, but we have not always listened. Refresh our hearts that we may always remember that your love for us has no limits. Amen.
Giving Our Tithes and Offerings
Doxology (UMH 94)
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Holy Spirit, you search the recesses of our minds and the depths of our hearts. You call us to be not only givers but also receivers of your gift of grace. We believe that you will multiply our gifts to draw us nearer to your side. As we offer these financial gifts, we are grateful to be joined to the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Affirmation of Faith (UMH 882)
We are not alone; we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Sending Forth Lord, I Want to Be a Christian (UMH 402)