We begin and prepare for worship by centering ourselves, remembering the waters of baptism.
In baptism, we are joined to Christ and made members of one body— a people seeking to live faithfully into God’s purpose for us and for all creation.
*CALL TO WORSHIP From Psalm 30
Sing praises to the Holy One, God’s faithful ones,
and give thanks to God’s holy name.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
You have turned my mourning into dancing;
you have taken off my sackcloth
and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.
O Holy One my God,
I will give thanks to you forever.
*HYMN 246 Christ is Alive! TRURO
*INVITATION TO CONFESSION
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+
in whom we know the power of redemption,
you stand among us in the shadows of our time.
As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,
uphold us with knowledge of the final morning
when, in the glorious presence of Christ Jesus,
we will share in his resurrection,
redeemed and restored to the fullness of life
and forever freed to be your people. Amen.
*ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Believe the Good News of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are loved and befriended by God.
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
And 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.
*CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE Hymn 243, Be Not Afraid
SCRIPTURE READING 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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.
SERMON The Elephant in the Room Travis Chavis
*HYMN 835 Just a Closer Walk with Thee CLOSER WALK
INVITATION TO THE OFFERING
Let trumpets sound and voices sing!
Let all on earth their praises bring! Alleluia! Alleluia!
For Christ has conquered sin and death
And given life eternal breath.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
INVITATION TO THE TABLE
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.
God of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life, but above all for your boundless love in the redemption of the world by Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
With thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup,
remembering Jesus’ suffering and death,
proclaiming the Good News of his resurrection.
let your Spirit move in power over us,
and over these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may be for us
the communion of Christ’s body and blood.
Strengthened by this holy meal,
may we live for that day
when all peoples are free, all divisions healed,
and the whole of your creation sings your praise together.
And we give thanks to you in all things, O God, as we pray together saying:
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.
WORDS OF INSTITUTION
SHARING THE BREAD AND CUP
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
*HYMN 463 How Firm a Foundation FOUNDATION
*Please rise in body or in spirit.
+Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers,
copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts
The Session of the Church:
Class of 2019: Mark Taylor, Brett Withers
Class of 2020: Alan Stephenson, Tom Eldridge
Class of 2021: Greg Gardner, Heidi Hall
Melinda Sanders, Moderator
We thank those who served in and prepared for worship today:
Travis Chavis, Preacher
Jeff Moles, Director of Music Ministries
Elizabeth Welliver, Liturgist
Steve Fay and Cliff Mundy, Offering Takers