May 27, 2018, 11:00 AM Trinity Sunday
Organ Prelude “America the Beautiful” by R W Thygerson
Welcome, Announcements, Opening Prayer
*Introit No.288 “Spirit of the Living God”
Spirit of the living God, fall a fresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall a fresh on me.
Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall a fresh on me.
*Call to Worship
Leader: In love and joy, God calls us together;
People: so we meet this day, as friends, as sisters and brothers in Christ.
Leader: Called together by God, we bring our offerings to God:
People: our songs, our hearts, our prayers, our lives.
All: Grateful for this opportunity to give and receive, let us worship God.
*Hymn No. 331 “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”
*Prayer of Confession (unison)
Lord, our fears and prejudices run deep. Sometimes we can only see our own point of view. We stick with those who are like us, rarely venturing outside our comfort zones. We do not hear those crying for justice and true peace. We blame those who are suffering and in need, instead of standing by them. We deny the power of Your Gospel to unite us with those who are different from us. Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear. Open us to new possibilities of life for all of Your people, and use us to enact the new life given in Christ. Hear now our prayers in silence … ……. Amen.
*Assurance of Pardon
Leader: Sisters and brothers in Christ let us proclaim the Good News:
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven, reconciled, and loved.
People: Alleluia! Amen!
*Congregational Response “This Is the Day”
This is the day This is the day That the Lord has made That the Lord has made
We will rejoice We will rejoice And be glad in it And be glad in it
This is the day That the Lord has made We will rejoice And be glad in it
This is the day This is the day That the Lord has made
*Passing the Peace: The Peace of Christ be with you; And also with you.
Moment for Mission
Prayer for Illumination
Scripture Reading (insert: unison): Matthew 18:1-9 Pew Bible p. 1158
Sermon “Who Is the Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Pastor Paul Min
Moment of Reflection
*Hymn No. 187 “Savior, like a Shepherd Lead us”
Tithes and Offerings
Call to Offering “Litany for Peace”” by: E Braughton
(If you have a prayer request, write it on a prayer card and place in offering plate)
*Doxology (No. 606) and *Prayer of Dedication
Joys and Concerns, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (Debt)
*Hymn “God Bless America”
God bless America, land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America, my home sweet home.
God bless America, my home sweet home
*Charge and Benediction
*Congregational Response No. 601 “A-men, A-men, A-men”
*Postlude “Memorial Trumpet” by: F Ritter
Scripture reading: Matthew 18:1-9:
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, asking, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
2 So Jesus called a child to come and stand in front of them, 3 and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. 4The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child. 5And whoever welcomes in my name one such child as this, welcomes me.
6“If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose his faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the deep sea. 7How terrible for the world that there are things that make people lose their faith! Such things will always happen—but how terrible for the one who causes them!
8 “If your hand or your foot makes you lose your faith, cut it off and throw it away! It is better for you to enter life without a hand or a foot than to keep both hands and both feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out and throw it away! It is better for you to enter life with only one eye than to keep both eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
This is the Word of God: Thank be to God our Lord