The Spirit of truth dwells among us. Bask in this awareness. In the Lord, we live and breathe and hove our being. Rest in this presence.
PRELUDE – “When Morning Gilds the Skies”
arr, J. Payne © 2015, Lorenz Publishing Co.
CALL TO WORSHIP – Adison and Alyssa Sadler
(This may read in unison or shared between readers in your home)
From fire and storm, we come, O God.
Gather us in, and make us whole.
From suffering and pain, we come, Holy One.
Gather us in, and make us one.
From the highways of life, we come, Great Spirit.
Gather us in, and make us your disciples.
HYMN OF PRAISE “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
Andy Archer, trumpet
HYMN TO JOY
“Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with light of day.
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine.
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.
WELCOME TO WORSHIP – Rev. Aho
SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 66:16 – 20 – Mr. Greg Hicks
CALL TO PRAYER – “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
Haven Parrott, piano
arr., S. Pethel
© 2000, Broadman Press
PASTORAL PRAYER – Rev. Aho
Hear our prayers, O God, as we gather for this time of worship.
Though, physically, we are apart; we are your church, united in spirit and truth.
Bless us with your steadfast love in times of peace and in times of trial.
Make your presence known to us this day, and receive our prayers and praise
as those who long to feel your presence.
Enliven us with your spirit of truth, and increase our faith,
even as we place our hope and trust in you. ~Amen
MUSIC FOR WORSHIP – “O God Our Help in Ages Past”
arr., D. Schwoebel
Anniversary Celebration 2018
© 2011 MorningStar Music Publishers
O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come.
Our shelter from the stormy blast and our eternal home.
Under the shadow of thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure.
Sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.
Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame.
From everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same.
A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone.
Short as the watch that ends the night before the rising of the sun.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away.
They fly forgotten as a dream dies at the op’ning day.
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Be thou our guard while life shall last, and our eternal home.
~Text by Isaac Watts
MESSAGE – “Rediscovering God With Us”
Acts 17:22 – 31
Taking an offering is an act of worship and a part of our service each week. It is important to remember that our offering not only supports the ministry of the church but is an expression of our thankfulness for all God has given us. We give today because God first gave to us.
We go in the name of God, the one who created all the nations of the earth.
We go in the name of Christ, the one who abides in love and abides in us.
We go in the name of the Spirit of truth, the one who advocates for us and guides us. Amen.
POSTLUDE – “Hymn to Joy”
arr., J. Payne
©2015 Lorenz Publishing Co