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Prelude:                                                                                          Tina Andersen

Lighting the Path (Please light a candle to begin your worship.)

Welcome & Greeting

Call to Worship                                                                       Liturgist, Carrie DeFuss

Leader:        Love, without it we are like clanging cymbals,

People:         Love!

Leader:        We can speak like prophets, but we still have to

People:        Love!

Leader:        We can preach and pray, thank God everyday, but we must

People:        Love!

Leader:        Be patient and kind, with no envy in mind,

People:        Love!

Leader:        Don't be rude or resentful; don't insist on your own way,

People:        Love!

Leader:        How can we live without it today?

People:        Love!

Leader:        We pause today so God can remind us to

People:        Love!

Prayer of Praise and Adoration         (Unison)                                     

God of Gods:
We worship today to hear your good news,
to hear of faith, hope and love
ringing out from your realm.
We know that doubt, fear, and hatred
can shake even the strongest parts of us.
Shape us into faithful people of hope,
fill us with your love that passes all understanding.

We join to live the love of Jesus. Amen.

Opening Hymn:                         Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                              BEECHER                                                 

1 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.

2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into every troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit,
let us find the promised rest;
take away our love of sinning,
alpha and omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray, and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

4 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,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Time for the Young and Young at Heart                                 Luke DeFuss & Barb Thurlby

Announcements, Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer 

Prayer Chorus                               Spirit of the Living God                                  LIVING GOD

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

        Melt me , mold me, fill me, use me.

        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Offering         Offerings may be made at or mailed to the church office.


Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self (Unison)

Bless these offerings, O God, returned to you.

Multiply and use them to bring the word and the touch of Jesus

to our lives and around the world. Amen.

Images of Love                                        

Scripture                                 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NRSV)                                         

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.


Message                                 What’s Love Got To Do With It?              Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

Closing Hymn                            Blest Be the Tie That Binds                                  DENNIS

1 Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love:
the fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.

2 When we are called to part,
it gives us inward pain;
but we shall still be joined in heart,
and hope to meet again.

Carrying the Light into the World: Alleluia & Blessing

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.

Yorkville Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

409 Center Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560-1015

        Phone:  630/553-7308                        E-mail:

        Website:                Facebook:

        Ministers: The Congregation                                 Pastor:  Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes

        Director of Christian Education: Barb Thurlby                Administrative Assistant: Liz Cronshaw

        Building Manger: Mary Ellen Anderson                        Custodian: Laurie Strong

        Choir Director: Doug Trumble                                 Children’s Choir Director: Sondra Shatters

        Organist: Tina Andersen                                Pianist:  Lori Runkle        



        1.        This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday! We are offering drive-thru ashes on                                 Wednesday from Noon - 1:00 p.m. and at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.                                                           Ash Wednesday Service will be online at 6:00 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube.

        2.        A CE Meeting will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom!