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As we begin to worship today, let us take a moment to center ourselves, remembering the waters of our baptism:
In Baptism we were joined to Christ and made members of one body. In the community of the people of God, we have learned of God’s purpose for us and for all creation.
*Call to Worship
I will praise the Holy One, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Holy One.
With God by my side, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one witness decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures by your side.
Source and Sovereign, Rock and Cloud
*Invitation & Prayer of Confession
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Kyrie Eleison, “Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.”
*Assurance of Grace
Believe in the Good News of the Gospel:
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by god.
*Passing of the Peace
Since we have been reconciled to God, let us also be reconciled to one another.
The peace of Christ be with you.
And also with you.
The congregation is invited to exchange signs of peace.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Since I laid my burden down. (2x)
I’m so happy, O, so happy
Since I laid my burger down. (2x)
Encountering the Word
For the word of God in Scripture,
for the word of God among us,
for the word of God within us,
Thanks be to God.
“An Ode to Truth”
A Nashville native, Jenny Cook spent several years working in the nonprofit sector and has frequently served with local youth ministries. Jenny is a graduate of Furman University (2014) where she studied graphic design.
Born in the Night, Mary’s Child
Responding to the Word
Prayers of Supplication and Intercession
O God, in your loving kindness,
Hear our prayer.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.
Praise God, all creatures high and low.
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word, and Spirit one.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise
The prayer continues, and concludes with the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father-Mother, 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 sins, as we forgive the sins of others. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
You, Lord, are Both Lamb and Shepherd
*Dismissal and Prelude
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