Today’s worship team:
Duty Elder: Derick Fonjong
Reader: Renate Schwarz
Organ: Katharina Zentgraf

Watchword for the Week

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11) (Moravian Daily Texts 2014)

ORGAN PRELUDE

WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP

(Psalm 119:33-40)

Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end.

Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.

Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.

Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain.

Turn my eyes from looking at vanities; give me life in your ways.

Confirm to your servant your promise, which is for those who fear you.

Turn away the disgrace that I dread, for your ordinances are good.

See, I have longed for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life.

Hymn 502 * Take my life, Lord, let it be

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk

PRAYER of APPROACH

God, we praise you that you welcome us not only as we are, but you see the potential for who we could be in you. We praise you that you have the patience to encourage us to keep on striving to be like you while loving us the way we are. It is your love that brings purpose to our lives and to all that we desire, your love that lifts us up from mediocrity to the heights of glory.

In our worship, grant us vision to capture your dream for us and then to go, in your power, to serve you by serving others.

Lord, when we are so consumed with our own need that we fail to see the needs of others,

have mercy on us.

When our heads are way up in the clouds and we trip over those lying at our feet,

have mercy on us.

When we are full of self importance and ignore what really matters,

have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us and bestow on us the ability to see as you see, with love and compassion and the will to go the extra mile to serve you.

Amen.

WORDS of AFFIRMATION

In Christ we are given new life:

The old is gone. The new is before us.

We are free to live fully in the present:

The good news of salvation is this: God sets us free to love. Amen.

Hymn 760 * Gloria / Glory to God [repeated ad lib]

Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!

Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!

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