• CALL TO WORSHIP – John van de Laar
In every fragment of time, O God,
You work Your acts of grace.
In every grain of earth, O Christ,
You bring Your grace to life.
In every breath of every living thing, O Spirit,
You whisper Your grace to our souls.
Open our eyes, open our ears, and open our hearts…
Open the senses of all people to Your ever-present grace;
That those who are disillusioned may hope again.
That those who are frightened may trust again.
That those who despair may rejoice again.
That those who grieve and are lost may love again.
And that all creation may be filled again with wonder
at Your gracious glory.
• HYMN #174 Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom
GATHERING AT THE FONT
JOYS AND CONCERNS
OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING
• HYMN #609 Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION – John van de Laar
So many voices,
so many signs,
so many choices and opinions
all promising wisdom
and the life it brings.
It’s tempting to listen,
tempting to try these well-marketed principles
especially now, when so much is at stake.
But, then I remember,
wisdom is not an idea,
not a method or technique,
not a formula to buy or sell.
It’s much simpler, and much more difficult than that,
for it requires the unpredictable,
the vulnerable work
of relationship with you, God.
So, here I am, to lose myself in you again,
and to let your wisdom find me.
• ASSURANCE OF GRACE AND FORGIVENESS
HYMN #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 HYMN #453 Open Your Ears, O Faithful People
SCRIPTURE Proverbs 2:1-11
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
HYMN #470 There is a Longing in Our Hearts
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, and the power and the glory forever.
• HYMN (insert) ‘Tis the Gift to Be Simple
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP
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.