Opening Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Prayer with Confession
We look to you to give us our food in due season;
When you open your hand, we are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, we are dismayed.
When you send forth your spirit, you renew the face of the ground.
We confess our sins before God and one another.
Pause for silence and reflection.
Merciful Lord, We come before you with open hearts. We do not always follow our Savior’s lead. We insist on our own way, putting worldly things before you. We doubt, we discriminate; we scatter—preferring darkness to the brilliance of your truth. For all this we ask your mercy and forgiveness, that our spirits may be renewed. Amen.
As a loving shepherd gathers his sheep, so our Lord protects and cares for us. As patient as a parent for a wayward child, so is God’s mercy for us. Let us rejoice that we have received forgiveness, and that every day our Lord seeks to renew us in the image of our Creator, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sermon: “Before the Fall”
Greg Van Dunk
Hymn of the Day: “Take My Life, That I May Be”
We Worship God with Tithes and Offerings
Closing Hymn: “Lord Jesus You Shall be My Song”
Blessing and Dismissal
Thank you for worshipping online with us! Today’s benediction is modified from what one of my (Pr. Kevin’s) friends posted on Facebook yesterday:
Worship is online but this doesn’t mean your church community is closed. It just means we’re not gathering in person in order to protect each other, and especially the most vulnerable among us.
Your pastors and staff are still here for you.
As one person said yesterday,
Conversations aren’t canceled.
Relationships aren’t canceled.
Love isn’t canceled.
Self-care isn’t canceled.
Hope isn’t canceled.
Be safe–may God protect you and your loved ones this week!
Marked with the cross of Christ forever we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world!
Thanks be to God.