Bulletin September 29

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements 

Prelude  Come, Holy Spirit        Dietrich Buxtehude

Call To Worship
(Selections from Psalm 136 Message Translation)

Thank God! He deserves your thanks.
    His love never quits.

Thank the miracle-working God, the God whose skill formed the cosmos, The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations, who filled the skies with light,
    His love never quits.

The sun to watch over the day, moon and stars as guardians of the night,
    His love never quits.

God remembered us when we were down, rescued us from the trampling boot, and
takes care of everyone in time of need.
    His love never quits. Thank God, who did it all! His love never quits! 

Time for the Young and Young at Heart 

First Scripture: I Corinthians 13:1-6

Meditation: Carry the Banner of Faith 

Hymn 674: In the Bulb There Is A Flower    

Prayer of Confession 

Forgiving God, we do not know how to speak words of hope, because we listen to the vendors of fear.  We do not know how to be loving because our role models are ridicule and anger. But You know how to forgive, God of kindness, so we pray Your love would rescue us with new mercy.  May faith abide in us, so we may serve others even as You have served us; may hope abide in us, so we may surround the broken with Your compassion and grace; and may love abide in us, not only in moments of brokenness, but in every moment of our life in Christ, our Lord and Savior, who abides in us.

Assurance of Pardon

The good news is that, in our God, we find that safe place for our lives.  In God’s forgiveness, we are offered the healing we need. In God’s acceptance, we discover the love in which we may abide in every moment of our lives.  

Thanks be to God!  We are forgiven and made new. Amen.

Hymn 642: O Master Let Me Walk With Thee   

We Listen for Christ’s Voice

Prayer for Illumination 

Choir Anthem: The Greatest of These (Jane Marshall)

Second Scripture  1 Corinthians 13:7-13  

Meditation: Carry the Banner of Hope

Hymn: Live Into Hope    

We Respond to God’s Call

Offering 

Doxology 79 

Prayer for Blessing of the Offering 

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession 

Third Scripture Psalm 136:1

Meditation: Carry the Banner of Love 

Hymn 209: O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go    

Benediction and Amen Amen 264 

Postlude:  Fuge in C major (Dietrich Buxtehude)