BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-5)
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)
DEEP BLUE SONG
CALL TO WORSHIP
Today we gather around a bountiful table to celebrate the freedom of God.
From all around the world we come, to rekindle our spirits
and receive strength for our common tasks.
Bread from the earth and fruit from the vine, they are gifts to us of God’s presence.
Let us be bound in love, walk together in truth, and be united in purpose.
For the earth and all its fullness belong not to us, but to the Lord.
God of our lives, your Word is one of communion, not division. Your gifts are gifts of abundance, peace, and freedom, not scarcity, violence, and oppression. We thank you that in Christ you have given us the greatest gift: you gave us yourself. As we gather today, may your gifts and your presence be received with joy and humility. Amen.
* HYMN #457 “As We Gather at Your Table”
* HYMN #625 “I Feel the Winds of God”
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Almighty God, give us ears to hear your story in these words of Scripture; give us eyes to see your story in the faces of those that surround us; and give us faith enough, that by your grace, we might serve you until the end of our days. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Revelation 2–3, selected verses
SERMON United Parts
* OFFERING HYMN # 542
Heavenly Father, we give thanks that you have provided enough for all. In this season of sharing, may we learn to live with less, so that these gifts may grow even greater in Jesus’ name. Amen.
* CLOSING HYMN # 657 “He Leadeth Me”