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As you enter the sanctuary, you are invited to prepare for worship:
Thou who hast first loved us, O God, alas!
We speak of it in terms of history as if Thou hast only loved us
first but a single time, rather than that without ceasing,
Thou hast loved us first many times and everyday
and our whole life through.
When we wake up in the morning and turn our soul toward Thee—
Thou art there first—Thou hast loved us first;
if I rise at dawn and at the same second turn my soul toward Thee
in prayer, Thou art there ahead of me, Thou hast loved me first.
When I withdraw from the distractions of the day and turn my soul
in thought toward Thee, Thou are the first and thus forever.
And yet we always speak ungratefully as if Thou hast loved us
first only once. – Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
• CALL TO WORSHIP
Whithersoever we turn our eyes,
there is not an atom of the world in which we cannot behold
some brilliant sparks at least of God’s glory.
But we cannot at one view take a survey of this most ample and beautiful machine in all its vast extent,
without being completely overwhelmed with its infinite splendour.
For the exact symmetry of the universe is a mirror,
in which we may contemplate the otherwise invisible God.
– John Calvin (1509-1564)
• HYMN #12 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
GATHERING AT THE FONT
JOYS AND CONCERNS
OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING
OFFERTORY Praise Him! Craig Courtney
St. Andrew’s Choir
• HYMN #609 Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
As we begin this prayer, you are invited to place your hand over your heart:
O God, what will you do to conquer
the fearful hardness of our hearts?
Lord, you must give us new hearts,
tender hearts, sensitive hearts,
to replace hearts that are made of marble and of bronze.
You must give us your own Heart, Jesus.
Come, lovable heart of Jesus.
Place your Heart deep in the center of our hearts
and enkindle in each heart a flame of love
as strong, as great, as the sum of all the reasons
that I have for loving you, my God.
O holy heart of Jesus, dwell hidden in my heart,
so that I may live only in you and only for you.
Lord, hear my prayer. — silent prayers of confession — – St. Claude La Colombiere, Jesuit (1641-1682)
• ASSURANCE OF GRACE AND LOVE
Grandparenting God, you see our sin as symptomatic stutter,
self-effacing struggle to ignore
the confounding reality of your willful vulnerability:
“I love you because I can’t do anything else.
I made you, every last part of you:
all that’s hidden and all that’s revealed,
all that’s muddled and even all that’s clear.
You are, at the risk of repeating myself, dear to me.
You are precious in my eyes because…
just because you are mine.
That’s enough for me. And it will have to do for you.
Wrestle with it until you get tired
and then relax and give in.
Take a deep breath and enjoy.” Michael Moynahan, Jesuit
PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.
SONG OF ILLUMINATION Hymn #456 Listen, God is Calling
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 18, 22, selected verses
HYMN of RESPONSE #70 What does the Lord Require of You?
SCRIPTURE: Acts 17, selected verses
• HYMN #710 We Lift Our Voices
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. Amen.
• HYMN #749 Come! Live in the Light!
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP
Today’s Worship Leaders
Pastor Rev. Cathi King
Lay Leader David Hammond
Director of Music Ministry Francisco Fernandez
Ushers Beth & Ed Yeary
Greeter April Gunder
Audio Kevin Burchett
Childhood Education Staff Samantha Huff