Bulletin for Jairus’ Daughter

Welcome and Announcements                   Reader

Prelude:

Opening Prayer

Call to Worship***               Reader

One: Loving God,   Many: we are yours.
We come as we are,  with our cares and concerns.
We long to touch you  and find healing in your embrace.
Strengthen our faith  and heal our brokenness,
ALL: THAT WE MAY WORSHIP YOU WITH JOY. AMEN.

*Opening Hymn Leaning on the Everlasting Arms                 Red Hymnal, 366

*Call to Confession                   Reader                    Let us ask God to renew our confidence in God’s goodness and grace.  

Prayer of Confession (unison): Holy God, you see us as we are.                                   

We confess that we forget that all life comes from you.                                                       We do not always seek and do your will. 

We do not live as your grateful children. We do not love as Christ loved us.

(Silent Confession)

In your mercy, forgive us, heal us and make us whole.

Set us free from our sin, and restore to us the joy of your salvation. Amen.

Words of Assurance (Romans 8:34)

Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us,

Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us.

Thank God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.                                                                                                                                                                  

Gloria Patri: (Blue #579) “Glory Be to the Father”                                         Passing of the Peace: The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (traditional)                       Blue Hymnal, p. 14

Celebration of Birthdays and Anniversaries             Reader

Offering Hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing Blue Hymnal, 356

* Doxology (Blue, #592)   Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)     Pastor Len 

God, use these gifts to heal and to honor you, In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer for Illumination Blue Hymnal, 426

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak In living echoes of Thy tone;

As Thou hast sought, so let me seek, Thine erring children lost and lone.

Hebrew Scripture Reading: Psalm 121                                                                 Reader

Gospel Scripture Reading: Mark 5:21-4                                                       Pastor Len

Message                                                                    Pastor Len

*Confession of Faith (from the Brief Confession of Faith, 1983)

We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.

Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor 

and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts,

forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.

Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified,

suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world.

God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life,

breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal.

Thanks be to God!

*Closing Hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus Blue Hymnal, 403

*Charge and Benediction                                           Pastor 

Postlude 

*Stand in body and/or spirit   

**Adapted from Bruce Prewer’s Prayers for the 21st Century; http://www.bruceprewer.com/b_p21.htm

***Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.  http://www.ministrymatters.com/                                                                                                    Cover picture: http://www.minimannamoments.com/tag/hem-of-his-garment/

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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