Opening Song: “You Are My Vision”
Call to Worship
Leader: Let all the earth acclaim God.
People: Let us sing to the glory of God’s name.
Leader: Come and see what God has done.
People: Let the sound of our praise be heard.
Leader: Blessed is our God
People: who has not withdrawn from us Christ’s love and care.
All: Let us worship God.
Life of the Church
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
God of forgiveness, we pray for new life as we confess our old ways. We hear your promise that the old passes away and that you make all things new, but we hear it amid our own self-doubt. We confess our desire for guarantees when what you offer us is even greater—hope. When you call us to obedience, we set conditions. When you call us to follow, we set limits. Forgive our reluctance to leave our false comforts in order to walk in your newness of life. We pray this in your holy name.
A Moment for Silent Prayers
Song of Response: "Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God"
Assurance of Pardon
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9: 24 - 25
Sermon: “Reaching for the Gold”
Song of Response: “My Reward”
Affirmation of Faith from a Declaration of Faith
All things will be renewed in Christ. In Christ God gave us a glimpse of the new creation God has already begun and will surely finish. We do not know when the final day will come. In our time we see only broken and scattered signs that the renewal of all things is under way. We do not yet see the end of cruelty and suffering in the world, the church, or our own lives. But we see Jesus as Lord. As he stands at the center of our history, we are confident he will stand at its end. He will judge all people and nations. Evil will be condemned and rooted out of God’s good creation. There will be no more tears or pain. All things will be made new. The fellowship of human beings with God and each other will be perfected. Hope in God gives us courage for the struggle.
Prayers of the People followed by the Lord’s Prayer
Giving of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory: “Your Great Name”
Prayer of Dedication
With all that we have and all that we are, we give you thanks and praise, most holy God. Make us instruments of your love, and use the gifts we offer to extend your care to all corners of our world, a world which so needs your care; through Christ we pray. Amen.
Closing Song: “Guide My Feet” Hymn #741