PRELUDE: Amy Kraft WELCOME AND GREETING: Pastor Evelyn
*CALL TO WORSHIP: Kathy Selzer Come before your God with praise and thanksgiving. The joy of God is our strength. Join with the heavens and the earth in telling the goodness of our God. The joy of God is our strength. Come let us worship God, who revives our souls. *OPENING PRAYER (unison) O wondrous God, on this holy day, we have gathered once again to celebrate your presence among us, to praise you, and to thank you for all you have given us. May this time of worship strengthen and refresh us and fill us with such joy that we cannot help but share it with everyone around us. Though we are very different people, with many different talents and gifts, make us one in your Spirit, that we may be your ministers in the world. Amen. *GATHERING HYMN-This Is My Song-UMH #437 OLD TESTAMENT LESSON: Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10
PASTORAL PRAYER: Pastor Evelyn 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, for ever and ever. Amen.
RESPONSIVE HYMN- Jesus, Joy of Our Desiring-UMH #644 *GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 4:14-21
SERMON-Blessed for Good: Pastor Evelyn
*CLOSING HYMN-Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee-UMH #89 As we sing this song together, may the prayer of our heart be that God uses each of us for the transformation of the world. *DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING: Pastor Evelyn POSTLUDE *(please take a posture of reverence for the reading of the Gospel)