Sharing the Peace of Christ 

Call to Worship

Leader: Today we arrive thirsty for more.

People: Lord, come and quench our thirst.

Leader: We come to the well seeking what we can’t identify.

People: Lord, bring us to the well of peace and hope.

Leader: We seek the well of salvation.

All:        Praise be to the Living Water—Jesus! Amen. 

Hymn  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee  (UMH 89)

Pastor’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)

Children’s Message

Hymn  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise  (UMH 103)

Scripture   Matthew 3:13-17

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

   People:  Thanks be to God.

Message  Connecting with God

Hymn  Spirit Song (UMH 347)

Prayer of Confession 

Jesus, we confess that we have drunk deeply of wells that have left us thirsty. We have forgotten that the Living Water is available to all. Quench our dry souls once again and pour out your refreshing mercy on us. Amen.

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                                         

Doxology   (UMH 94)

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Merciful God, you provide us with so many opportunities to follow Jesus’ teaching and to live as disciples. Yet, we sometimes respond to your call with unfounded worries. As we offer these financial resources, transform us so that we respond to your call on our lives. We pray in the name of the Redeeming One, Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

Prayers of the People                                                                                             

Affirmation of Faith (UMH 882)

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  How Great Thou Art (UMH 77)