Prelude: Tina Andersen
Lighting the Path & Ringing of the Bells
Welcome & Greeting
*Call to Worship
Leader: Rejoice, for God is among us.
People: We give thanks, for in Christ we are a new people.
Leader: Bring praise for we are a community of God.
People: Bless us, O Lord, and gather us
that we may give thanks and praise.
*Prayer of Praise and Adoration
Gracious God, gentle in your power
and strong in your tenderness,
you breathe life into our being
and feed our hungers.
We pray your Spirit may enliven us
and that we may be your presence
in our families and communities. Amen.
*Opening Hymn: Christians, We Have Met to Worship
1 Christians, we have met to worship
2 Is there here a trembling jailer,
seeking grace and filled with fears?
Is there here a weeping Mary
pouring forth a flood of tears?
Tell them all about the Savior,
How in Christ the lost are found.
Pray, oh pray, and holy manna
will be scattered all around.
3 Let us love our God supremely,
*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: Special Music - Doug and Peg Trumble
*Prayer of Dedication of Gifts and Self
God of generosity, we trust these gifts
to the work of your hands and heart
Please bless them and us to your work. 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 Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (NRSV)
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake.
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.
Message: Get Contagious Rev. Timothy C. Rhodes
*Closing Hymn: Shine, Jesus, Shine
1 Lord, the light of Your love is shining,
2 Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
Shine, Jesus, shine
3 As we gaze on your kingly brightness
*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
To live as Jesus lived: Love without Judgement. Welcome without Exception
Serve with Compassion. Teach by Example.
God’s community of unconditional love, made real for everyone, everywhere.
*Please rise as you are able.