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The Worship of God

    September 26, 2021

     This service goes LIVE on Sundays at 8:30, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. 



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

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

    The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God in loving memory of Richard H. Long, by Mrs. Richard H. Long and Cathy and David Long.




    The Prelude  

    Prelude on “Rhosymedre” | Ralph Vaughan Williams 
    Joe Russell, organist 

    The Welcome and Opening Prayer

    Martha Aenchbacher 

    The Introit | 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

    Glory to God” | traditional Peruvian    
    Sung by the Wesleyan Youth Choir   




    *The Hymn 

    UMH 398 “Jesus Calls Us” | GALILEE

    *The Affirmation of Faith

    “We Belong to God” | Steve Garnaas-Holmes 
    We belong to God, creator of all that is and all that is to come, abundant provider of the gifts in this life and the gifts in our own hearts. It is God alone who gives life, who is generous beyond measure with grace and blessing. We follow Christ, whom God sent to teach and heal, to show us a new way of living, with love and trust and courage, with joy and generosity. In this faith Jesus gave of himself, even his very life. He was crucified and buried; yet God raised him from death, and he lives among us, and grants his spirit to us. We live by that Holy Spirit, and entrust ourselves to the Spirit’s guidance and empowerment. As members of the church, the Body of Christ, we devote ourselves to lives of love, rejoicing in the power of forgiveness, the reality of resurrection, and the mystery of eternal life. Amen.

    *The Passing of the Peace 

    The Welcoming of New Members | 9:30 a.m.

    The Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

     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 Hymn  | 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

    UMH 396 “O Jesus I Have Promised” | ANGEL’S STORY 
    Stanzas 1 and 4   

    During the singing of the hymn at 11:00 a.m., children in grades K-2 are dismissed through the front, lectern side doors to attend Children’s Church. They can be picked up at the conclusion of worship on the third floor.

    The Offering and Offertory Anthem 

    8:30 a.m. “There is a Redeemer” | arr. Joel Raney 
    Greg Kirby, piano  

    9:30 and 11:00 a.m. “Create in Me a Clean Heart” | Andrea Ramsey 
    Sung by Wesleyan Youth Choir 

    Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit, O my God. Do not cast me away from Your presence. Do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. (Psalm 51: 10-12) 

    *The Doxology 

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God the source of all our gifts; Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts. Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 




    The Scripture  

    Matthew 14:28-29 

    The Message 

    A Memorable Walk” | Chuck Hodges    




    Hymn of Preparation | 8:30 a.m.

    “As We Gather at Your Table | BEACH SPRING 
    Printed on the communion handout 

    The Sacrament of Holy Communion | 8:30 a.m.  

    *The Hymn | 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

     UMH 430 “O Master Let Me Walk with Thee” | MARYTON 

    O Master, let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free; 
    tell me thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care. 
    Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear, winning word of love; 
    teach me the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way. 
    Teach me thy patience; still with thee in closer, dearer company, 
    in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong; 

    In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future's broadening way, 
    in peace that only thou canst give, with thee, O Master, let me live.

    *The Benediction   

    “With Love We Go Upon Our Way” | OLD 100th        
    With love we go upon our way to learn of love and peaceful ways.       
    To grow in spirit, heart, and mind, and be a light to humankind.   


    “Fanfare” | William Mathias 




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