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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
and adore the living God;
will you pray with all your power,
while we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit
of the Holy One comes down;
Christians, pray, and holy manna 
will be showered all around.

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,
Let us love each other, too;
let us pray for all earth’s people.
till our God makes all things new.
Christ will call us home to heaven,
at the table we'll sit down;
Christ will welcome us, and serve us
living manna all around.

*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 Background

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,
in the midst of the darkness shining,
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us.
Set us free by the truth you now bring us;
Shine on me. Shine on me.


2 Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
From the shadows into your radiance;
By the blood I may enter your brightness;
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness;
Shine on me. Shine on me



Shine, Jesus, shine
fill this land with the Father's glory,
Blaze, Spirit blaze,
set our hearts on fire.
Flow, river, flow,
flood the nations with grace and mercy.
Send forth Your Word,
Lord, and let there be light.

3 As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness,
Ever changing from glory to glory,
Mirrored here, may our lives tell your story.
Shine on me. Shine on me.


*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.