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• CALL TO WORSHIP
as a group,
as a community of faith –
we gather in this place;
to be with God and with each other.
Because we know –
it is God’s grace,
it is God’s love,
it is God’s welcome,
that makes this home.
Thanks be to God!
GATHERING AT THE FONT
JOYS AND CONCERNS
OFFERING OF THANKSGIVING
Prayer of Dedication
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CALL TO CONFESSION –Jan RIchardson
I know how long you have been waiting
for your story to take a different turn,
how far you have gone in search
of what will mend you and make you whole.
I bear no remedy, no cure, no miracle
for the easing of your pain.
But I know the medicine
that lives in a story that has been broken open.
I know the healing that comes
in ceasing to hide ourselves away
with fingers clutched around the fragments
we think are none but ours.
See how they fit together, these shards
we have been carrying—how in their meeting
they make a way we could not find alone.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Lord, hear my story, my confusion, my anger, my disappointment.
Lord, feel my sadness, my worry, my fear.
Lord, restore my hope, my faith, my future, my rest in you.
Lord, search my heart and know me, heal me and hold me, I pray:
You are invited into a time of silent prayer.
• ASSURANCE OF GRACE AND FORGIVENESS
This saying is sure and worthy of our full acceptance:
The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting.
The love of the LORD is steadfast and sure.
The presence of the LORD is never failing.
We are loved. We are forgiven. We are set free.
Thanks be to God!
• PASSING OF THE PEACE
The peace of the Lord be with you. And also with you.
SCRIPTURE MARK 1:21-28
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Today’s Worship Leaders
Pastor Rev. Cathi King
Lay Leader Mary Beth Reasoner
Guest Accompanist Pat Emery
Ushers The Michilin Family
Greeter Laurie Burchett
Audio Kevin Burchett
Childhood Education Staff Samantha Huff & Laura Wingate
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP
Even in the desert,
even in the wilderness,
May you keep it.
Light the candles,
say the prayers:
and be our guest. —Jan Richardson
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.