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Webster United Church of Christ

June 23, 2024

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

ORDER OF SERVICE

Welcome 

 

WE INVITE GOD’S PRESENCE INTO OUR HEARTS

 

Ringing of the Bell

 

Gathering Music

 

Centering Music “Sanctuary”

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.

 

Moment of Silence

 

*Call to Worship

One:    Jesus is our light,

All:       our true light and life, which came into the world.

One:    Jesus is the Lamb of God,

All:       who takes away all of our sin.

 

*Opening Hymn #118 “Of the Parent’s Heart Begotten,” vs. 2 & 3

 

*Opening Prayer (Unison)

God of Joy, in you there is no darkness at all.  Reveal to us again and again the reality-altering truth of what Jesus did for us.  Fill our hearts with wonder at what his sacrifice accomplished for us.  Help us to see and feel deep gratitude for this un-repayable gift, that we might with joy proclaim it to all the world in everything we do and say.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

  

Children’s Time 

One: People of God, what is your prayer for our youth?

All: Our prayer is that they grow up to be like Jesus--strong and brave, full of grace and truth! And, we pray that we will help them. Amen.

Shared Prayer:  Prayer of Jesus (sins)

Unison Singing (while youth depart) “This Little Light of Mine” #524

 

WE PRAYERFULLY ENTRUST OURSELVES TO GOD

 

Silent Prayer of Confession

 

Words of Encouragement

The good news is that Jesus died to cleanse us from sin, and because of this, our joy can be complete.

 

Joys and Concerns

 

Prayers of the People

 

Congregational Response “Be Still and Know” #743

 

WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

 

Scripture   I John 1:1—2;2; *John a:1-9, 29

 

Message

WE OFFER GRATITUDE TO GOD

 

Invitation to Give and Share 

Holy and eternal God, you have given us all that we possess, both material and immaterial. We now return to you a portion of your gifts as a sign of our love and faithfulness to you and to the work of the church in the world. Accept these gifts and use them on behalf of all who suffer want.

 

Gathering of Gifts 

 

*Song of Praise “We Give You but Your Own” #785

We give you but your own, what e’er the gift may be; all that we have is yours alone, we give it gratefully.

 

*Litany (unison)

One:    In the beginning was the Word—Jesus Christ.

All:       Through Jesus was all of creation brought into being.

One:    Jesus was and is the light that cannot be overcome.

All:       In Jesus there is no darkness at all.

One:    John declared of him, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

All:       If we confess our sin, Jesus will forgive us and call us back into love.

One:    Jesus tells us that it’s okay if we’re not perfect, and encourages us lovingly to try again.

All:       We have heard the good news. Our joy is complete.

 

WE GO FORTH AS GOD’S PEOPLE

 

*Closing Hymn “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light,” vs. 1-2 (United Methodist Hymnal)

 

*Blessing

 

*Blessing Response #809 “God Be with You”

 

Sending Music

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