Sunday Bulletin: Aug 20, 2017

 

He Set Me Free

 

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,

I’m following the path God laid for me,

I took His hand when I heard Him call

I turned my back and left it all.

 

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to work, or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way,

I found that place at the close of day.

 

If parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembering joy,

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Ah, yes, these things I too will miss. 

 

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow,

My life’s been full, I’ve savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

 

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief

Lift up your heart and share with me .

God wanted me now – He set me free.

 

 

Celebration of Life for Our Brother in Christ

 

Ralph E. Clauer

 

August 20, 2017 Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Leader:  Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

 

People:  For you, LORD, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling,

 

Leader:  that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

 

INTRODUCTION   “Into My Heart” (Verse 1)               FWS 2160

 

HYMN OF INVOCATION                                             UMH

Hymn 1”                                         

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

 

Leader:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

 

People:  And also with you.

 

Leader:  Mark my teaching, O my people, listen to the words I am to speak.  I will tell you a story with meaning, I will expound the riddle of things past, things that we have heard and known, and our parents have repeated to us.

 

People:  We will mark your teaching and listen to the words you speak.  We will hear a story with meaning that we have heard and known, and our parents have repeated to us.

 

 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

 

Self-revealing God, we have come to know more of you even in the contemplation of the stories we have heard before in our childhood.  We come not only to hear your word but to seek the gifts of the Spirit to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

HEARING OF THE WORD

 

FIRST READING                                                   

Genesis 45:1-15                                                       Page  74

HYMN OF PREPARATION                                   UMH   

“Hymn 2”

PSALM          “Psalm 133”                             UMH 850

NEW TESTAMENT READING

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32                            PAGE 1759

 

GOSPEL

Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28                               PAGE 1525

 

MESSAGE                                              Pastor Michael Turner

 

WITNESS:  Pastor, family, friends, and members of the congregation may briefly voice their thankfulness to God for the grace they have received in the life of Ralph and their Christian faith and joy.

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

moment of silence

 

Affirmation of faith

 

gloria patri                                                   umh 70

 

prayers of the people

 

passing of the peace           

 

offering of self and resources

 

hymn of dedication                                         UMH                              

“Hymn 3”                     

 

benediction and sending forth            fws 2160

“Into My Heart” (Verse 2)

 

as you are able – please stand to praise god

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