Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
February 23, 2014
*Those that are able are invited to stand
Welcome and Announcements
Entering into worship
All: Almighty God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything
we have done but because of your own purpose and grace, give us your Holy Spirit so that
we may know and abide in your presence more fully this day. Be pleased to dwell in us,
Lord Jesus, in whom we pray. Amen.
*Opening Hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” #384
*Hymn “Surely the Presence of the Lord” #328
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. I can feel His mighty power and His grace.
I can hear the brush of angels’ wings. I see glory on each face.
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.
Welcoming God’s children
Scripture Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Anthem “Show Me the Way” Choir
A Time for Prayer
(You are invited to share your prayer concerns with the congregation by writing them on the
Prayer Request cards in the pews and placing them in the offering plate.)
Joys and Concerns
Prayer Hymn “Be Thou My Vision” #451
Intercessory Prayers of the People
Loving God, hear our prayer.
Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into
temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Moving into God’s word
Scripture Matthew 5:38-48
Sharing our blessings
Offering our Gifts and Tithes
God of Unimaginable Love, you sent your Son into our midst that we might see his way of love,
which is so different from what the world has shown us. It calls us to give with extravagant
generosity and to love those who wrong us. Holy God, bless the offering we give, and may
what we share this morning be used to bring your compassion and grace to those who need
it the most. May people know we belong to you by the way we love and the way we give.
In the name of Christ, who gave all for us. Amen.
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Taking the Word to the World
*Closing Hymn “Help Us Accept Each Other” #560
*Hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” (Verse 1 only) #2129
in The Faith We Sing
I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus,
I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.
OUR PRAYER LIST
Carolyn Hartner - recovering from infection
Jeremy Viehland and family - whole house was sick
Joel (Diana's brother) - recovering from gall bladder surgery, harder than expected
Residents of Cape Cod - dealing with damage after difficult storm
Stanley (Eric’s Grandfather) - recovering from hip replacement surgery
Chuck (church custodian) - awaiting a hip replacement
Eric Barto (Neighbor of Jean McQuade) - quadruple bypass surgery
Keri McGlaughlin and family—passing of friend Buck Cunningham
Ongoing Prayer Requests:
George- battling stomach cancer; Pat Spencer- continued healing; Aimee (Jen Alfieri’s cousin);
Steve (friend of Gail)- continued healing in rehab; Flo (cousin of Jean McQuade)- lung cancer;
Baby Gavin- brain tumor and mom Ashley- cysts; Sister and father of Jill Franke (Jen Alfieri);
Lily -chemo; Mary Ellen (Sharon’s sister)- cancer; Steve (John McQuade co-worker)- prostate cancer;
Mike (Tammy’s friend)- non Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Sydney-diagnosed with Leukemia;
Tina Whitehead and her work for human dignity; Our military and their families
Ken Thompson, Harriet Fuller, Nancy Radovic, Norma Wood, Bea Crawford, Nell Harper