Welcome and Announcements Reader
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.
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
*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/