Prayer 7:13 Prayer 713
North Highland United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
 
GATHERING MUSIC                                                Marilyn Gibbs                      
 
WELCOME & OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY
 
CENTERING PRAYER
 
CENTERING SONG        God is Here Today x2             TFWS 2049
                                    
CALL TO WORSHIP                                           
Communion Liturgy
 L: God’s Spirit is with you!
 P: And also with you!
 L: Open wide your hearts!
 P: Our hearts are open to God’s presence and call.
 All: Bless us as we gather in community, and find
         nourishment in the Bread of Life.   Amen
 
*HYMN OF PRAISE           I Come With Joy                     UMH 617
 
CHILDREN’S MOMENTS
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
  PRAYER OF CONFESSION 
 Gracious God, it is good to open our hearts and confess our
 sins—against you, against our neighbors, against ourselves.
 For the wrongs of our minds, hearts, hands and spirits—
 forgive us. For our silence, lack of compassion, haughtiness,
  and self-absorption—forgive us. Have mercy upon us for
 our part, known and unknown, in the suffering of any of
 your children. Free us, Lord, from these ways of being that
 
 hold us captive. Free us to rejoice in all of life, to work for
 peace, and to walk in the way of love made known in the
 life, death, and resurrection of Christ, our Savior. Amen
 
 SILENT REFLECTION & PRAYER
 ASSURANCE OF GRACE  
 L: God’s grace is sufficient for all. That which we regret is
       redeemed and we are given the strength to live new lives.
 P:   Thanks be to God. All: Amen
 
PRAYER HYMN    Open My Eyes, That I May See         UMH 454                
 
MESSAGE        Kingdom: Challenge and Discipleship     PastorLou
     GOSPEL LESSON              John 4: 27-42                    N.T. Pg 89
     PASTOR’S PRAYER         
                                                        
SERVICE OF COMMUNION                    Words-Ruth C. Duck, adapted
 Invitation to the Table
 Communion Hymn      As We Gather at Your Table            Screen   
 Litany and Responses
 Blessing and Lord’s Prayer
  Sharing the Bread and Cup – Giving of our Offerings.
         Please bring your offerings with you as you come forward.
                           All are welcome at the Lord’s table.
 
 Prayer of the Community      Eternal God, we thank you for
 your presence in the simplicity and splendor of this holy 
 meal. By the power of your Spirit, unite us with all whom
 Christ welcomes, that we may be the servant church of the
 servant Christ, in whose name we pray.   Amen
 
*SENDING ONE ANOTHER IN PEACE
 
*SENDING HYMN         O Lord, You Called Disciples          Screen
 
 *RESPONSIVE BENEDICTION
 L: May God bless you and keep you,
 P: and bless us to give ourselves away to others.
 L: May God’s face shine upon you,
 P: that our faces may reflect an irresistible good news.
 L: May God lift up everything that is fallen in us,
 P: and give us more pieces of peace than we alone can hold!
 All: Amen
 
       *BENEDICTION RESPONSE   O Lord, You Called Disciples   Vs 4
 
*POSTLUDE