Sharing the Peace of Christ 

Gloria Patri (UMH 71)

Call to Worship

Leader: Raise your voices in response to God’s goodness.

People: We praise you, O Lord, for all the blessings you have given us.

Leader: Lift your hearts in sweet surrender to God’s mercy.

People: We thank you, God, for hearing the prayers of our hearts.

Leader: God is good; praise be to God!

All:        The love and mercy of God never fails. Blessed be the Lord!

Hymn  In the Garden (UMH 314)

Pastor’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)

Children’s Message 

Hymn  Rock of Ages Cleft for Me (UMH 361)

Scripture   Matthew 4:1-11

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

   People:  Thanks be to God.

Message  Tempted

Hymn  Abide with Me (UMH 700)

Prayer of Confession 

Lord, forgive us. We are slow to learn, prone to forget, and reluctant to change; make it our greatest joy to study you, meditate on you, and pray to you. Where our faith falls short, may you strengthen us. Amen.

Giving Our Tithes and Offerings                                                                         

Doxology   (UMH 94)

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

God of the ages past and present, you are eternal. May we openly receive your powerful and timeless love. Pour out your blessing on this offering as we join with people throughout previous generations, responding to you with a resounding, “Thank you, Lord!” Amen.

Prayers of the People                                                                                             

Affirmation of Faith (UMH 883)

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  In the Cross of Christ I Glory (UMH 295)