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Pentecost                                                                    June 8, 2014


* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)


Welcome and Announcements                  (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)


Sharing Our Joys and Concerns


* Call to Worship    adapted from Psalm 104   (Read responsively)

O Lord, how manifold are Your works!

In wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.

Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable,

living things both small and great.

There go the ships, and Leviathan, which You formed to play in it.

These all look to You, to give them their food in due season.

When You open Your hand and give it to them, they gather it up and are filled with good things.

When You hide Your face, they are dismayed.

When You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.


* Affirmation of Faith        “The Apostle’s Creed”

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.  AMEN.


* Prayer of Invocation


* Hymn of Adoration           “Breath on Me, Breath of God”           Red Book # 393


Invitation to Confession


Admitting Our Sin to God  

Eternal God, in Whom we live and move and have our being, Your face is hidden from us by our sins, and we forget Your mercy in the blindness of our hearts. cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires. with lowliness and meekness may we draw near to You, confessing our faults, confiding in Your grace, and finding in You our refuge and strength; through Jesus Christ the Lord.  (silent, personal confession)  AMEN


Assurance of Pardon     

    Leader   . . . Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel! 

    ALL:            In Jesus Christ we are forgiven


* Responding with Praise               “Gloria Patri”                            Blue Book #579

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning; is now and ever shall be. World without end, Amen! Amen!


Time with Young Disciples


Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

 Our Father, 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. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  AMEN.


* * * Responding to God’s Grace * * *


Bringing Our Tithes and Offerings


* Singing Our Praise and Gratitude     “The Doxology”                Blue Book   #592

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!


* Prayer of Dedication     


* Hymn of Preparation  “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart”  Red Book # 390

* * * Listening to God’s Word * * *


OLD TESTAMENT LESSON           Numbers 11:24-30             pew Bible pg. 120


* GOSPEL LESSON                           John 7:37-39                      pew Bible pg. 893


MESSAGE TEXT                                Acts 8:26-40                       pew Bible pg. 917


MESSAGE                          “An Unexpected Conversion”     Pastor Raymond M. Tear


* Hymn of Closing                “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”   (sing twice)    Red Book # 391


* Receiving the Blessing


* Choral Response                   “Three-fold Amen”                         Blue Book # 586


* Postlude                       


* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.


WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this morning’s worship. Please remember to sign the blue attendance pad.


LITURGISTS NEEDED Be the first to volunteer for July! Please use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall by the water fountain.


FLOWERS – If you would like to sponsor flowers for the chancel in loving memory or in honor of a loved one or of a special occasion, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board by the drinking fountain in the Narthex. Cost: $24/Sunday.


PLEASE PRAY World Christian Concern has developed a 30 day guide for Christians to pray for Muslims during Ramadan, which will be June 28 – July 27. Complimentary copies of this prayer guide are available on the table in the narthex. Despite the publicity the violent jihadists receive, the Holy Spirit is quietly and powerfully at work among Muslim peoples. Let us pray for His work.


Our worship should not be confined to times and places; it should be the spirit of our lives.


Birthdays & Anniversaries This Week

Today:  Beverly Killmer


Today’s Participants

Liturgist: Elder Don Killmer

Fellowship Hostess: Mun Sparks

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