Sharing the Peace of Christ 

Gloria Patri  (UMH 71)       

Call to Worship

Leader: Come, let us worship the God who loves us.

People: Open our hearts, Lord, and let us truly listen to your words.

Leader: Thanks be to the God who is always near.

People: We celebrate the God who hears us.

Leader:  Lift your voices in praise of our compassionate God.

All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Hymn  Crown Him with Many Crowns (UMH 327)

Pastor’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)

Children’s Message

Hymn  Leave It There  (UMH 522)

Scripture  Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

Leader:  The word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.

Message  God Sized Love

Hymn  It’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord (UMH 352)

Prayer of Confession

Loving God, I confess that the enemy that is often most difficult to love is the enemy within myself. I know my faults and failures. I also know that you love me as I am. Forgive me when I forget that I am always loved and valued as your precious child. Amen. 

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                                         

Doxology   (UMH 94)

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Lord, you have blessed our lives in so many ways. In gratitude for all these blessings you have showered upon us, we joyfully bring our offering. We lift up these gifts in confidence that they will be used for ministries of peace and hope. Therefore, we offer you our gifts. Amen. 

Prayers of the People                                                                                             

Affirmation of Faith  (UMH 884)

We believe in the one God, creator and sustainer of all things, Father of all nations, the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love. We believe in Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world. We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength. We believe in the forgiveness of sins, in the life of love and prayer, and in grace equal to every need. We believe in the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments as the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice. We believe in the church, those who are united in the living Lord for the purpose of 

worship and service. We believe in the reign of God as the divine will realized in human society, and in the family of God, where we are all brothers and sisters. We believe in the final triumph of righteousness and in the life everlasting. Amen.

Sending Forth This Little Light of Mine (UMH 585)