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 Psalm 22:25-28
From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who revere you.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek God shall praise the Holy One.
May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Holy One;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before God.
For dominion belongs to the Holy One,
and God rules over the nations.
*HYMN 802 The King of Love My Shepherd Is ST. COLUMBA
*INVITATION TO CONFESSION
May our time of confession
be what it’s like to approach still waters.
May it restore our souls.
May it center us,
offering a sense of calm amidst the clutter
and clamor in our lives.
May it open us to ourselves and to God –
a God who is always listening.
*PRAYER OF CONFESSION+
Creator of the Universe,
you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory
through the victory of Jesus Christ.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love,
and peace, to the glory of your name. Amen.
*ASSURANCE OF GRACE
By God’s great mercy
we have been born anew to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
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 Psalm 23
SCRIPTURE READING Revelation 7:2-17
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 No More Tears Jeff Moles
*HYMN 374 O Holy City, Seen of John MORNING SONG
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!
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 Comfort and Compassion,
we thank you that, through Christ Jesus,
you lead us to the water of life and table of your bounty.
May we who have received
the tender love of our Good Shepherd
be strengthened by your grace
to care for your flock
in all of the blessings of this life. Amen.
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.
*HYMN 366 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling HYFRYDOL
*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:
Jeff Moles, Preacher and Director of Music Ministries
Ashlan Jackson, Liturgist
Tracy Bell and Becky Goodman, Offering Takers