• CALL TO WORSHIP
We are pulled in many directions.
Many duties and tasks seek to lay claim on our lives.
This day, in this place, let service to God be your choice.
This day, in this place, we open our hearts and spirits to God.
Blessed be the God of creation who has called us here.
Praise be to God who sustains and nurtures our lives. Amen.
(written by Nancy C. Townley, and posted on the Ministry Matters website)
• HYMN #463 How Firm a Foundation
JOYS AND CONCERNS
OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING
OFFERTORY Faithful I Will Be, arr. Cindy Berry
St. Andrew’s Choir
• HYMN #606 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of Israel and God of Jesus Christ, we would not be here if you had not chosen to touch our lives with your love. We cannot hide our wonder that you should choose to enter our world and our lives in person – in Jesus. Yet we confess that we sometimes have trouble in our decision-making when faced with questions of whether we wholeheartedly serve you or not. We are often tempted to put other than you first in our lives—when we are faced, often daily, with choices which affect how we live as your faithful people—choices about how we share the gifts you have given us.
Forgive us when the choices we make reflect not your glory but our own selfishness.
Forgive us when the choices we make revolve around judging or condemning others without first listening to their stories.
Forgive us when the choices we make contribute to our own prosperity and wellbeing while ignoring the needs of others.
Forgive us when the choices we make diminish our awareness of you,
O God, in the midst of those who suffer.
Gracious and loving God, strengthen us where we are weak with the renewing power of your Spirit so that the choices we make clearly reveal our identity as your faithful people, and as sincere and devoted followers of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord – in whose name we pray.
—silence is kept—
• ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Out of love for the world, God chose to share our humanity in the person of Jesus Christ, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
The good news, therefore, is this:
In Jesus Christ we are accepted, we are loved, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
(Copyright © Moira Laidlaw, posted on her Liturgies Online website)
SONG OF RESPONSE #582 Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me
• PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.
SONG OF ILLUMINATION #753 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
SCRIPTURE Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18, 25-27
HYMN #291 Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever.
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP/ANNOUNCEMENTS
• HYMN #307 God of Grace and God of Glory
You are invited to sit quietly through the postlude, reflecting on the experiences of worship today. What moved you? What will you carry with you as you leave?
May this week be a blessing to you and through you to others.