We will be collecting school supplies for the upcoming school year.
Here are some highlights from the bulletin:
GATHERING FOR WORSHIP
CHIMING THE HOUR Silence and Meditation
GREETING and ANNOUNCEMENTS
REAFFIRMING DANBURY COMMUNITY CHURCH’S MISSION
To share the love of Christ, we seek to welcome, accept and nurture each human being as a valued part of our lives and God’s creation.”
PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
CALL TO WORSHIP L: Come, O people! Listen for the voice of God. P: We have heard God’s voice in mighty thunder, in joyful laughter, in faithful questions. L: Come, O people! Watch for the presence of God. P: We have seen God’s presence in rolling hillsides, in busy streets, in one another. L: Come, O people! Taste the goodness of God. P: We have tasted God’s love in broken bread, in shared wine, in living water. L: Rejoice, O people! God is here. P: Let us rejoice and worship God together!
*HYMN The God of Abraham Praise PH, 488
PRAYER of CONFESSION (Unison) Holy God, you promise us a life full of blessing, but we do not always believe. You incite us to hope, but we fall back into fear. You urge us to give freely, but we cling to what we have. You call us to watch at all times for you, but we grow lazy and self-absorbed.
Forgive us. Increase our hope, enlarge our hearts, and keep us alert to the wonders you work in the world every day. For the sake of Jesus we pray. Amen.
PRAYER for ILLUMINATION
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Pew Bible, 617-618
LESSON FROM THE PSALTER Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 Pew Bible, 508-509
PASSING OF THE PEACE
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Carla Pack
*DOXOLOGY and PRAYER OF DEDICATION
SHARING OF JOYS and CONCERNS, PASTORAL PRAYER and THE LORD’S PRAYER HEARING GOD’S WORD
GOSPEL LESSON Luke 12:32-40 Pew Bible, 949
HYMN Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart PH, 326
EPISTLE LESSON Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Pew Bible, 1096
MESSAGE Running on Faith Rev. Eric Larsen
RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
AFFIRMATION of FAITH From the Confession of 1967 The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people.
His service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well-being. His suffering makes the church sensitive to all human suffering so that it sees the face of Christ in the faces of persons in every kind of need. His crucifixion discloses to the church God’s judgment on the inhumanity that marks human relations, and the awful consequences of the church’s own complicity in injustice. In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of his coming, the church sees the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all wrong. The church follows this pattern in the form of its life
and in the method of its action. So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32–33
*HYMN Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples PH, 434
*CHORAL BLESSING Go, Now in Peace Congregation *THE POSTLUDE
*Please rise, in body or in spirit
Silent Gathering Prayer
On this new day, Lord make me watchful for all that you are doing in the world; keep me faithful, that I may do your will in all things; and hold me in your grace, as I seek to do the same for all I meet. Amen.
Here at the end of the day, O Lord, help me to entrust my cares to you. Grant me grace for my failings and rest for my weary soul, that I may be strengthened to do your will and share your love when a new day dawns. Amen.