Sharing the Peace of Christ 

Gloria Patri  (UMH 71)       

Call to Worship

Leader:  Brothers and Sisters, God’s love is poured out over each of us.

People:  Our souls are quenched by the mercy of God.

Leader:  We are called to share God’s love by our words.

People:  We are invited to share God’s love by our actions.

Leader:  Come, let us worship the Lord!

All:         Let us proclaim God’s goodness in our lives. Amen.

Hymn  Blessed Assurance (UMH 369)

Pastor’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)

Children’s Message

Hymn  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (UMH 133)

Scripture  Mark 12:41-44

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

People:  Thanks be to God.

Message  Giving

Hymn  I Surrender All (UMH 354)

Prayer of Confession

Dear Jesus, we confess that there have been times when we have not been generous. We have kept for ourselves what we could have used to bless others. Forgive us. Strengthen us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Teach us to be generous as you are generous. Amen.

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                                         

Doxology   (UMH 94)

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Almighty God, you gave us your commandments and asked us to live according to your holy will. As part of your design for honorable living, we participate in this simple act of giving. We dedicate ourselves to living lives of honesty and peace. 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  I Have Decided to Follow Jesus (FWS 2129)