*Those that are able are invited to stand


Gathering and Welcome


Introit                                 “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above”                              Choir


*Hymn                                     “For the Healing of the Nations”                                       #428

in The United Methodist Hymnal


*Opening Prayer

            Precious God, surround us with your presence so we may breathe deeply of this moment and discover a fountain of joy, a river of light, a stream of hope.

            Precious God, come in word and silence, in song and prayer, and lead us to the heights of glory.

            Precious God, visit us now with your peace and power that make all things new. Renew the earth, and renew us by your grace. In Jesus we pray. Amen.


*Chorus                                       I’ve Got Peace Like a River”                                        #2145

in The Faith We Sing

I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace in my soul. (x2)

I’ve got joy like a fountain…

I’ve got love like an ocean…


*Passing the Peace




Children’s Sermon   



Scripture                                                                                                           Matthew 5:38-48


Message                              Violence and Nonviolence                Rev. Kelly Smith



Prayer Hymn                     “Make me a Channel of Your Peace”                                  #2171

in The Faith We Sing


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer



Offering Prayer


Offering Our Gifts and Tithes




*Closing Song                   “Let There Be Peace on Earth”                                           #431

in The United Methodist Hymnal


*Closing Prayer




*Chorus                                              “Go Now in Peace”                                                     #665

in The United Methodist Hymnal

Go now in peace, go now in peace;

may the love of God surround you

everywhere, everywhere you may go.




Next week is World Communion Sunday-

an annual celebration observed by several Christian denominations that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.

On World Communion Sunday our special offering helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve.


September 30, 2018