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The Worship of God

    April 18, 2021

     This service goes LIVE on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 

     

     

    * Please stand as you are able.
    The congregation speaks the text in bold type.

    THE GATHERING MUSIC

    THE PRELUDE

    Prelude on ST ANNE | Alfred Fedak

    THE INTROIT

    “This is the Day” | Gallus
    Sung by an ensemble from the Sanctuary Choir

    THE WELCOME AND OPENING PRAYER

    Martha Aenchbacher

    THE HYMN

    UMH 584 “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” | HYMN TO JOY

    *THE AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

    This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved:
    Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day, and appeared first to the women, then to Peter and the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses. We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One of God, the firstborn of all creation, the firstborn from the dead, in whom all things hold together, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell by the power of the Spirit. Christ is the head of the body, the church, and by the blood of the cross reconciles all things to God. Amen.

    *THE PASSING OF THE PEACE

    THE WELCOMING OF NEW MEMBERS | 11:00 a.m.

    THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

    Josh Miles
    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

    THE ANTHEM

    “You Are Mine” | arr. Mark Hayes
    Sung by an ensemble from the Sanctuary Choir; Akiko Iguchi, piano; Natalie Smith, flute
    I will come to you in the silence, I will lift you from all your fear. You will hear my voice, I claim you as my choice, be still, and know I am here. I am hope for all who are hopeless, I am eyes for all who long to see. In the shadows of the night I will be your light, come and rest in me. Do not be afraid, I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home; I love you and you are mine. I am strength for all the despairing, I am healing for the ones who dwell in shame. All the blind will see, the lame will all run free, and all will know my name. I am the Word that leads all to freedom, I am the peace the world cannot give. I will call your name, embracing all your pain. Stand up, now, walk, and live.

    THE SCRIPTURE

    Joshua 24:14-15 | KJV
    “Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

    THE MESSAGE

    “I Will Serve the Lord” | Josh Miles

    *THE BENEDICTION

    *THE RESPONSE

    “We All Are One in Mission” | AURELIA
    Stanza 3
    Sung by an Ensemble from the Sanctuary Choir

    *THE POSTLUDE

    All Glory Be to God on High | Timothy Albrecht 

     

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