We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements Prelude
Andante (from Trio in D minor);Felix Mendelssohn
Call to Worship
We come to quiet ourselves in this place of holiness.
Be still and know . . .
we come to listen to the Word that can set us free.
Be still and know that God is . . .
our Hope, our Help, our Refuge, and our Redeemer.
Hymn 480: In Christ there is no east or west
Time for the Young and Young at Heart
Lesson from Joel 2:23-32
Unison Prayer of Confession
We confess that we are unworthy servants. We have not always acted as children of God. We confess that we have left undone things we should have done, and we have done and said things that we should not have done and said. For those times when we have sinned against You even unintentionally, we ask Your forgiveness. We truly deserve only condemnation. But we pray that You, for the sake of Jesus Christ, will forgive us and increase our faith, that we may become the new creations in life and purpose that You intend.
Assurance of Pardon
Be still and know the good news: God has not forsaken nor forgotten us, but redeems us. Why should we be afraid? God is in our midst- forgiving, restoring, sending. Thanks be to God! Amen.
Hymn 438: When morning gilds the sky
We Listen for Christ’s Voice
Prayer for Illumination
Lesson from Luke 18:9-14
Choir Anthem: The Tallis Canon; Douglas Wagner
Sermon: Powerful Questions Series: What Good Is Prayer?
We Respond to God’s Call
Hymn 399: Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
Prayer for Blessing of the Offering
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Hymn 315: A mighty fortress is our God
Benediction and Amen
Sing Amen 264
Postlude: A mighty fortress is our God; Gordon Young