June 16, 2019 – 11 am
WELCOMING AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
If you are a visitor, we are pleased to have you with us today. May our worship together be meaningful to us all!
(Life and Work of the Church)
Please come and join us for Coffee & Conversation immediately following this morning’s service in the auditorium downstairs.
Call to Worship:
L: The name of the Lord is majestic!
P: The mountains tower and the seas roar in praise of God!
L: When we look at the heavens, we rejoice in God!
P: The moon, stars, planets, solar systems are a delight to us!
L: Come, let us shout our praise to God!
P: Lord, thank you for this awesome creation! AMEN.
HYMN: VU#315 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
OPENING PRAYER (In Unison)
Spirit of Wisdom and Hope, we witness your glory in the heavens and hear your call to us. We are sometimes overwhelmed by the thought of your compassionate care. Open our hearts this day to hear and respond in joy to your call, that we may serve you faithfully all our days. AMEN.
HYMN: VU #368 Holy Spirit Truth Divine
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (In Unison)
God of Creation, Jesus Redeemer, Holy Spirit who guides and sustains us, hear our prayers this day. We know the many ways in which we have failed to do the tasks which you have set before us. We have often chosen our comfort over service to you. Our fears and doubts lay claim to our lives and we shrink from the opportunities you give to us. Forgive us for the many failings. Lift and restore us to your grace. Put our feet on the pathways of service, offering justice and peace to all people. Heal us, 0 gracious One, for we ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ. AMEN.
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS (Minister)
Rejoice! Do not doubt! God has poured love, hope and forgiveness on you. You are healed and forgiven in Jesus’ Name. The Holy Spirit empowers you to ministries of healing and hope. Rejoice!
Thanks be to God!
SPECIAL MUSIC … Bob, Randy, Donny & Lorne …
“He Took My Place”
THE WORD OF GOD PROCLAIMED
Scripture Readings … Peggy Brown
Psalm 8 … (Not Responsive)
Romans 5: 1-5
Please stand for the Gospel
John 16:12-15 … Minister
Response: Praise be to Christ. The living Word.
SERMON: “Finding Promise in the Dark”
PASTORAL PRAYER AND THE LORD’S PRAYER
OFFERTORY HYMN: VU#580 Faith of Our Fathers
OFFERTORY PRAYER: (In Unison)
O Lord, we rejoice with thankful hearts, that you have given us this beautiful world in which to work and play— a world full of your wisdom and majesty; we offer praise with deepest gratitude, that you have blessed us with your bounty. As we return a portion of your blessing to us, use these offerings and tokens of our devotion: to increase wisdom in the world, to protect the created order, to bless the vulnerable, to heal the sick, and to comfort the afflicted. Amen.
THE SENDING FORTH
CLOSING HYMN: VU #642 Be Thou My Vision
We go out as a people, to find promise in dark situations. We are the light of the world, to show others how to live a life that is hopeful and promising. We depend on the provisions of God, to inspire us and shape our resilience. Bless us O God, with the spirit of recreation incredible hope to face the future. Amen.
Go in peace! Go with the knowledge that God, the Creator loves you, Jesus, risen Lord, gives you grace and the Holy Spirit, your Comforter, are with you always! Bring peace wherever you go and to all you meet. AMEN.