Sunday, August 18, 2019
An Ecumenical and Inclusive Fellowship of the United Methodist Church

Informal Worship

Informal Worship Service

We refer to our 8:00 AM Sunday Morning Worship service as our Informal Service. It is a pretty much "laid-back" service with Pastor in shirt sleeves and the Congregation too. We do more singing than they do at the Traditional Service and more of the old favorites too. Pastor's sermon message is the same of course, just a more informal presentation.
Those serving Christ in Worship during the morning Worship are:
Organist: Dick Smith, Liturgist: Ken Lewis, Reader: Young Hines,
Greeters & Ushers: Helen & Richard Kronen, Alberta Burton, Ron Smith, Bruce Berard, Phil Reed, Dean Epperson, J.R. & Chris McGillen, Jim Kinhart,
Sound: Zach Berard & Barbara Berard,
Announcements: LouEtta McClaflin & Kristie Marton

A Typical Order of Worship for an Informal Worship Service:

Order of Worship for 8:00am (*denotes when to stand if you are able)

Welcome, Passing the Peace of Christ, Announcements

Organ Prelude “O Jesus, Thou Art Standing” by Ellen Jane Lorenz
Sharing the Light of Christ

Opening Prayer

*Call To Worship
Liturgist: The light of a candle is enough to chase away the darkness.
Community: Let your light shine brightly through us, O God.
Liturgist: Drops of water will bring a seed to birth.
Community: Refresh us with your overflowing love.
Liturgist: One song can drive despair away.
Community: Sing your song in us and through us, again and again in this New Year.
Liturgist: Words of truth prevail and heal.
Community: Plant your truth deep so our words may echo your peace.
All: Here in this place, may we see light to heal our dark-ness, feel love to be refreshed and renewed,
hear a song to lift our spirits and know a word to give us peace and strength.

*Hymn #400 “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Community in Prayer and Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer is #895 in the Hymnal
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 forever. Amen.

Prayer Response “Sweet Hour of Prayer”
“Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! the joys I feel, the bliss I share of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires for thy return! With such I hasten to the place where God my Savior shows his face, and gladly take my station there, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!”

Scripture from Mark 1:4-11 (pg. 34 NT)

*Hymn #347 “Spirit Song”
Sermon “Beloved and Baptized”

Reaffirmation of Christian Baptism

Tithes/Offerings “As The Dew From Heaven” Joseph Daynes
Doxology & Prayer of Thanksgiving
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit,
Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Invitation to Prayer and Christian Discipleship
During the closing hymn, you are invited to come to the altar for
prayer as you are moved by the Spirit.

*Hymn #723 “Shall We Gather at the River”

*Closing Prayer—in unison
Loving God, you have called us by name, inviting us into new holy living in Jesus Christ. By your grace and mercy, we are a people of faith and of calling. We have been baptized in Christ and now you send us forth to share and live the Good News in all the world. Dispatch us from here into the world to live with Christ, and to live for Christ. Amen.

Taking the Light of Christ into the World
*Closing Blessing “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”

*Organ Postlude “Heroic March” by Elizabeth Van Woert