WELCOME AND CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION
PRELUDE “Adagio” Baldassare Galupi
*CALL TO WORSHIP - from Psalm 30: 4-5
Leader: Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones,
People: and give thanks to his holy name.
Leader: For his anger is but for a moment;
People: His favor is for a lifetime.
Leader: Weeping may linger for the night,
People: but joy comes with the morning.
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
*HYMN 331 “God of the Ages, Whose Almighty Hand”
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Merciful God, in all our celebration, fireworks, parades, and gatherings we proclaim liberty and freedom. Yet our hearts are chained by anger, doubt, terror, and fear. We live in those chains, often not knowing that there is really any other way. We have become accustomed to our imprisonment. Forgive us when we turn away from your freeing love. Help us to place our trust in you and serve you by working with others for peace and hope for all. These things we ask in Jesus’ Name…
Silent Prayers of confession
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away see everything has become new! All this is from God, to whom we have been reconciled through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5: 17, 18a).Through Jesus we are forgiven, we are healed, we are restored.
Thanks be to God!
*GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” #581
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.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Psalm 30; II Kings 5: 1-19
SERMON: “United By God” Rev. David McDonald
*HYMN 792 “There Is a Balm in Gilead”
*AFFIRMATION OF FAITH The Nicene Creed Page 34
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
OFFERTORY “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” Dale Wood
RECEIVING OF GOD’S TITHES AND OFFERINGS
*DOXOLOGY “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” #606
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 337 “My County, ‘Tis of Thee”
SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer
Communion of the People
Prayer after Communion
*HYMN 338 “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”