*CALL TO WORSHIP Kathy Selzer We come here today not because we are clever but because God welcomes the slow learners. We come here not because we are wise, but because God loves us in spite of our folly. We come knowing that the greatest persons will be found among those who humbly serve like Jesus did, and that the brightest ideas and the deepest truth will come from those who see themselves as little children in Christ’s school. O Lord, open up our mind and our hearts and enable our lives to declare your praise. *OPENING PRAYER (unison) O God, your word to us is the good news of Jesus Christ. Yet too often our words to others are not good news. We use your gift of speech to boast about our accomplishments. We use our words to speak harshly and to criticize. We put down other people who are different. Forgive us, O Lord. Help us to choose our words carefully and faithfully, and to use them for the good. May our words be like fresh water from a spring that gives life, health, and joy. Amen *GATHERING HYMN O, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing UMH # 57 PSALM Psalm 19:1-2, 5 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 Breathe On Me, Breath Of God UMH #420 NEW TESTAMENT James 3:1-12 MESSAGE Taming the Tongue Pastor Evelyn *SENDING SONG Pass It On UMH #572 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.