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Sunday Worship Bulletin, Feb 25 2024

Veradale United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation

Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

February 25, 2024 • 10:30 a.m. 

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10:20 Gathering and Prelude

Wayne Shull, Music Director

Charlie Salt, AV

Tom Cuilla,Usher

Jerry Brines, Usher

Tom Cuilla, Scripture reader

Diane Smith, Candle lighter

Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor

Sue Ferrozzo, Fellowship Set-Up

Naomi Hanvey, Fellowship Clean-up

Rev. Genavieve Heywood, Pastor 

 

10:30am Land Acknowledgement

We worship on the unceded traditional territory of the Spokane, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, Coeur d’Alene, and other tribes. We acknowledge the history of indigenous genocide, removal, and erasure that continues to this day.  We recognize the role that Christian communities played in these injustices, and we recommit ourselves to seeking more peaceful, just, and neighborly ways of sharing this land with all who call it home.

 

Worship Begins

God loves me. . . all the time!

All the time . . . God loves me!

 

Service and Fellowship Opportunities 

 

*Welcoming the Light of Christ 

We bring forward rocks that symbolize the barriers and burdens that keep us from embracing God’s steadfast love.

 

*Hymn: Blessed Assurance 473 NCH

1 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of the Spirit, washed in Christ's blood.

Refrain: This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.

2 Perfect submission, perfect delight! Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; Angels descending, bring from above echoes of mercy, whispers of love. [Refrain]

3 Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blessed; Watching and waiting, looking above, filled with God's goodness, lost in Christ's love. [Refrain]

Call to Confession

One:  Gracious God, oil the hinges of our hearts’ doors that they may swing gently and easily to welcome your forgiving and healing Spirit. Amen

(alt 816 NCH)

Let us open our hearts to God.

 

Prayer of Confession

All: Almighty and everlasting God, always more ready to hear than we are to pray, always willing to give more that we either desire or deserve; pour upon us the abundance of your mercy; forgiving those things of which our conscience is afraid and releasing us to new life. Return us to journey in the way of Jesus. Amen alt. 834 (NCH)

 

Silent Confessions with God

 

Assurance of Pardon

One: There is no valley too dark nor mountain too high for the healing love of God. We are forgiving. Return to the journey with Christ!

 

All: Thanks be to God. Amen!

 

Community Prayer

Taize chant: Where love and caring are there is God. Where love and caring are there is God.

Prayers of Gratitude

Chant

Prayers of Concern

Chant

Silent Prayer

Chant

 The Lord’s Prayer use the translation which is meaningful to you or

 Our Father (Creator) 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.

Response: 812 (NCH) Amen. Amen. Amen. 

 

A Time of Offering

An Invitation to Share

An Offering from our American Black History by Scotty Patton

*Offering Acclamation: Hymn: “Grace Alone” v1

Ev’ry promise we can make, ev’ry prayer and step pf faith, ev’ry difference we can make is only by God’s grace. Ev’ry mountain we will climb, ev’ry ray of hope we shine, ev’ry blessing left behind is only by God’s grace.

Grace alone which God supplies strength unknown God will provide; Christ in us, our Cornerstone, we will go forth in grace alone. 

Dedication prayer: Holy One, pour out your Spirit upon our offerings of time, talent, and treasure. Bless our gifts for Rosa Parks. May the families of the MLK Center feel the love and hope we send. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen

Ask the Pastor

 

Rite of Membership

Invitation

Sentences

Questions of the Candidate

Pastor:  Do you desire to affirm your baptism into the  faith and family of Jesus Christ?

Candidate: I do.

Pastor:  Do you renounce the powers of evil and desire the freedom of new life in Christ?

 Candidate: I do.

Pastor: Do you accept Christ Jesus as your Redeemer, ultimate guide,  teacher, and perfect example of the direct, selfless, and loving path to God?

Candidate: I do.

Pastor: Do you promise, by the grace given you, to grow in Christian faith

and to be a faithful member of the church of Jesus Christ, celebrating

Christ’s presence and furthering Christ1s mission in all the world?

Candidate:  I promise with the help of God.

 

Statement of Faith

 Pastor:  Those who are able will please rise for our Statement of Faith 

 

ALL:  We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit,God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God,

and to your deeds we testify:

You call the worlds into being,

create persons in your own image,

and set before each one the ways of life and death.

You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.

You judge people and nations by your righteous will

declared through prophets and apostles.

In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior,  

you have come to us

and shared our common lot,

conquering sin and death

and reconciling the world to yourself.

You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit,

creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, 

binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.

You call us into your church 

to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,   

to be your servants in the service of others, 

to proclaim the gospel to all the world 

and resist the powers of evil,

to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,

to join him in his passion and victory.

You promise to all who trust you

forgiveness of sin and fullness of grace,

courage in the struggle for justice and peace,

 your presence in trial and rejoicing,

and eternal life in your realm which has no end.

Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.

Amen.

 

Address

Pastor:  By your baptism, you were made one with us in the body of

Christ, the church.  Today, we rejoice that your journey of faith has

brought you to be with us in this time and place.  We give thanks for every

community of faith that has been your spiritual home and we celebrate your presence in this household of faith.

Question about Participation

Pastor: Do you promise to participate in the life and mission of this family of God’s people, sharing regularly in the worship of God and enlisting in the work of this local church as it serves this community and the world.

 Candidate: I promise, with the help of God.

Welcome and Reception

Moderator: Let us, the members of the Veradale United Church of Christ, 

express our welcome and affirm our mutual ministry in Christ. 

All: We welcome you with joy in the common life of this church. We 

promise you our friendship and prayers as we share the hopes and 

labors of the church of Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit 

may we continue to grow together in God’s knowledge and love and be witnesses of our risen Savior. 

Greeting of Christian Love

Prayer 

All: O God, we praise you for calling us to faith and for gathering us 

into this church, the body of Christ. We thank you for your people 

gathered in this Veradale United Church of Christ and rejoice that you have increased our community of faith. Together may we live in the Spirit, building one another up in love, sharing in the life and worship of the church, and serving the world for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen. 

 

 

*Hymn: Have Thine One Way Lord 


Listening for God

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 NRSUE

Jabez was honored more than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.”  Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory and that your hand might be with me and that you would keep me from hurt and harm!” And God granted what he asked.

 

Message: The Prayer of Jabez by Wayne Shull

 

Meditation in Music

 

Our Light moves into the World God Loves  

Closing Hymn: When Peace Like a River (It is Well with My Soul) 438 (NCH)

1 When peace like a river, uphold me each day,when sorrows like sea billows roll,whatever my lot, you have taught me to say,"It is well, it is well with my soul."

Refrain: It is well with my soul; it is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though evil should tempt me, though trials should come, let this blessed assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and has paid life and blood for my soul: [Refrain]

3 My sin - oh, the bliss of this glorious thought - my sin - not in part, but the whole -Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more. Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! [Refrain]

4 O God, speed the day that is filled with your light, when clouds are rolled back as a scroll; The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall appear,"even so" - it is well with my soul. [Refrain]

 

Benediction and Blessing

Be Yourself.

Grow in Christ.

Live with Compassion.

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