We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: Morning has broken; Fred Bock
Call to Worship
We are people who have been called to follow where God leads us.
By faith in God alone, we can walk into an unknown future.
We are people who have been challenged to tell God’s story to others.
By faith we have the ability to share the good news.
We are people that God has commissioned to share good news of hope and peace to all.
By faith we will embrace our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Hymn 817: O splendor of God’s glory
Time for the Young and Young at Heart
Lesson: Hebrews 11:1-13
Unison Prayer of Confession
Loving God, why is it that we can grow so weary of doing what is right, yet always energetically do that which we know is harmful to us and others? We sow seeds of hurt and anger and wonder why we harvest so much bitterness. We spend too much time comparing ourselves to those around us, and too few moments in following Christ’s example. Rather than letting our sins gloat over us, open us anew to Your mercy and grace. As You reach out to heal us with Your forgiveness, may we embrace Your love, Your mercy, Your grace for our lives. As You pour out Your Spirit of gentleness, may we bring the peace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to all the world. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
There is nothing to fear. God’s hope is more tenacious than our despair; God’s joy is more resilient than our grief; God’s love is more compelling than our hate.
By grace, we are gathered to God. By faith, we rest in God’s promises of forgiveness and restoration. Thanks be to God! Amen.
Hymn 449: Lord, listen to your children praying
We Listen for Christ’s Voice
Prayer for Illumination
Lesson: Hebrews 11:32-12:2
Choir Anthem: Thou, O Lord, art my shepherd; Benedetto Marcello
Sermon: Persevering in Faith
We Respond to God’s Call
Hymn 642: O master, let me walk with Thee
Prayer for Blessing of the Offering
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 626: Lord of all power
Benediction and Amen: Sing Amen 264
Postlude: On Lord of all Power; Christine Purvis
Please observe this as a time for silent reflection