Order of Worship
April 22, 2018
GOD GATHERS US
Music for Reflection and Praise
Welcome (please pass the friendship books)
Call to Worship
The ripe fruit on the vines, the full leaves on the trees, the sweet smells of the earth;
God’s passionate love surrounds us.
A married couple caressing one another, a father holding a new born, two friends embracing one another, a teacher comforting a student, a nurse tending a wound.
God’s passionate love flows through us.
We gather to celebrate the bonds of relationship, the beauty of caring for one another, the gift of our sexuality.
We gather to praise our Maker, Source of all being, whose love is made known to us in Jesus Christ, who offers us life abundant.
Opening Prayer: #740 HWB (Blue)
Hymns: #12 HWB (blue) Come, let us all unite to sing
#55 HWB (blue) Cantemos al Senor (Let’s sing unto the Lord)
Prayer of Confession, Lament, and Hope:
We celebrate our sexuality and the joys of intimacy.
We give thanks for this good and precious gift.
We lament the many ways that our sexuality leads to pain.
Our hearts ache for couples who have struggled with infertility;
for people whose desire for sexual intimacy remains unfulfilled;
for those who experience estrangement because of same-sex attraction;
for those who have been victims of sexual abuse;
for those affected by the distorting and destructive effects of pornography.
We remember, O God, your invitation to healing.
In you, our wounds are patiently tended.
In your care, we are gently led toward wholeness.
Visit us with your all-encompassing embrace.
Grant us fullness of life. Amen.
GOD SPEAKS TO US
Sharing with the children
Hymn: #34 STJ (green) Loving Spirit
Scripture reading: Song of Songs (select verses from chapters 1 and 2)
Message: Our Song of Songs
Hymn: #89 HWB (blue) For the beauty of the earth
Sharing and Prayers of the People
Offering our gifts
Prayer of Thanksgiving
GOD GOES WITH US
Sending song: #122 STS (purple) Let all creation dance
Music for Reflection Linea Rochford
Worship Leader Karen Martens Zimmerly
Song Leader Lyubov Slashcheva
Children's time Faye Gerig
Scripture readers Rhonda & Lance Miller
Proclaimer Karla Stoltzfus Detweiler
Offertory Hakim Issah
Ushers Mo & Dwight Gingerich
Caleb Gingerich, Mia Graber
Toddler Care* Noreen Gingerich, Maria Portillo
Greeters Michael & Deb Loss
Nicole & Nate Elliott
Sound John Yutzy
Librarian Deb Loss
Visuals banner pieced by Pam Miller, Kathy Ropp