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Prelude:                                                                                          Tina Andersen

Lighting the Path & Ringing of the Bells

Welcome & Greeting

*Call to Worship                                                                         Worship Ways, UCC

Leader:        You, O God, know our hearts

People:        Guide our hearts, O God.

Leader:        You, O God, see our ways.

People:        Shape our ways, O God.

Leader:        You, O God, call our spirits.

People:        Call on us, O God, as we call on you.

*Prayer of Praise and Adoration (Unison)                                         Worship Ways, UCC

        Happy are we, O God, when our hearts are full,
        our ways are yours, our spirits enlivened by your call. 
        Happy are we, O God, when our lives are guided by delight.
        We gather here today to delight in you, holy God. 
        We gather to draw on all you would give us
        to be more fully yours.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

        

*Opening Hymn:                         Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                             BEECHER                                                         

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down:
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be:
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory,
'til in heaven we take our place,
'til we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

*Passing the Peace – please greet one another by waving to others in our church family.

Announcements, Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer 

Offering Music:                                     May Song                                Avery & Tina Andersen                                                    

*Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self

God, with what we bring to you

we demonstrate our deepest love.
Receive our gifts – our very best –

as sweet offerings before you.
May they be the blessing to others

that they have been for us.  Amen.

        Offerings may be placed in the white collection bin behind the last center pew as you         leave service today, mailed in or donated online.

Scripture Background

Scripture Lesson:                        Matthew 22:34-46 (NRSV)

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

        

Message:                                              Riddles                              Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

*Closing Hymn:                         Lord, I Want to Be a Christian      I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN                                                

1 Lord, I want to be a Christian
in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be a Christian in my heart.

3 Lord, I want to be like Jesus
in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be like Jesus in my heart.

2 Lord, I want to be more loving
in my heart, in my heart.
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.
In my heart, in my heart,
Lord, I want to be more loving in my heart.

*Carrying the Light into the World: The Blessing, Alleluia & Benediction

Pastor:         Due to Covid-19, please exit the church by starting with Section A - and maintain                 physical distancing in the building and fellowship with each other outside. Thank You.

Postlude:                                                                                        Tina Andersen

Mission Statement:

To live as Jesus lived:  Love without Judgement. Welcome without Exception

Serve with Compassion. Teach by Example.

Vision Statement:

God’s community of unconditional love, made real for everyone, everywhere.

*Please rise as you are able.