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                                                                 May 15, 2022  - 11am                                                              

Gathering
Welcome
Introit: Jesus Stand Among Us VU 396
Announcements / Life and Work of The Church
Songbirds: Choruses
Call To Worship: L: We gather this day, and much is visible: All: Our smiles may show our joy; our eyes may speak of pain. L: We come to this place, seeking signs of the living God: All: We may sense something holy here; we may reach out to mystery. L: Will we see God today? Will our living make God’s love visible? All: Let us worship God, Holy Mystery, Eternal Love.
Hymn: What A Friend We Have In Jesus VU 664
Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my strength and my defence. I humble myself before You, and I declare in my weakness You are strong. There is no other like You. Thank You for clothing me in Your power and righteousness. I am enough because of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour VU 671
Prayer of Confession:
Holy God, we will be honest: this is really hard. It is really hard to wear masks, to avoid public gatherings, to spend so much time watching screens. We’re losing patience and we’re losing hope and we’re losing our grip on faith. We’re caught between the selfishness of wanting to do whatever we want without regard for others and wanting to be helpful and generous. Please help us. Help us to lean on you and each other when things get hard and when we get depressed. Remind us every day that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Encourage our hearts, and help us to be your people, to the best of our ability in these strange days. This we pray in the name of Jesus, who is with us always. Amen.
Words Of Assurance:
(Romans 8:1-2)
Brothers and sisters, there is now no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed us from the power of sin that leads to death. So be at peace. Through Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
Thanks be to God !
Listening To God’s Word … Wanda Sparkes
Philippians 4: 4-13
Isaiah 40: 26-31
Psalm 23 VU 749 Sung Response #2 … Karen
Message: God Is My Strength In All Things
Pastoral Prayer
Offertory Invitation
Doxology

Offertory Prayer:
God and Father of all, we praise you that all things which come to us are yours. We are thankful that you provide for us financially, you provide for us spiritually, and you provide for us in so many other ways. We cannot begin to list the ways you bless us. We know you don’t need anything material from us, but you desire our reverence. And so, blessed Lord, we give you our tithes and offerings now, but more importantly, we give you our love and our esteem. Amen.
Songbirds: Choruses
Hymn: God Be With You Till We Meet Again VU 422
Benediction (Unison)
No matter how frightening the world may become; no matter how frightening the individual circumstances of your life may be today or may become tomorrow, you need not be afraid, for God is with you. God goes before you to guide you, beside you to be your best friend, behind you to protect you, beneath you to support you, and above you to give you vision and courage and hope. If you will remember that, then the peace of Christ that passes all understanding will be with you too. Amen