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Whose Call is It?

Order of Service
Location: Park View Mennonite Church
Date: Oct. 24, 2004 (Ministry Sunday)

We Gather

Gathering hymn
Prelude: “In God’s Garden” (Cuellar) and “Arabesque” (Debussy)

Call to worship:
169 I to the hills will lift my eyes [based on Psalm 121]
50 Praise the Lord, sing hallelujah

We Confess

Old Testament reading: Genesis 32:22-31
Litany of Confession:

Leader: Lord, we confess we have not always heard your call, been faithful in ministry or passionate in mission.
People : Bless us, O Lord.
Leader: We have not always entered into the struggle of vocation. We have not responded to your invitation to the journey.
People : Name us, O Lord.
Leader: As we see God face to face, hear our confession of inadequacy, fear and misunderstanding.
People : Wrestle us, O Lord.
Leader: Place us in situations where you speak to us, work with us and through your grace, reach out to us.
People : Touch us, O Lord.

Silence

Leader: May the Lord bless you, call you by name and send you forth as transformed followers of the Way.
People : Send us, O Lord.

All: Amen.

Hymn: “Set your troubled hearts at rest” [insert]

We Hear

Children’s time
Epistle reading: II Timothy 3:14-4:5
Sermon: “Whose Call Is It?” - Del Glick

We Respond

Litany of Thankfulness:

Leader: For the gift of your Son, the suffering servant, who showed us the path of obedience and service.
People : Lord, we give thanks.
Leader: For the gift of your Spirit that continually transforms us and molds us for your use.
People : Lord, we give thanks.
Leader: For the blessings of our community of faith, where we can worship you and build one another up.
People : Lord, we give thanks.
Leader: For men and women that you call to be leaders of your flock, equipping us for your service.
People : Lord, we give thanks.

Leader: Gracious God, we thank you this day for the callings on each of our lives and especially for those whom you call to be pastors. Grant them grace, humility, strength and wisdom for their ministry. Show us how to nurture and encourage them. Help us to be sensitive to those your Spirit is calling into pastoral ministry for the future. Give us the creativity and wisdom needed to nurture them in their calling. May all that we do be motivated by our love for you and our desire to glorify you with our lives. Amen.

(written by Sue Eby, Office of Church Partnerships , 2003)

Hymn: “We will follow Jesus”
Offering with sung response
Offertory: “Nocturne” (Chopin)
Response: 384 We give thee but thine own
Prayers of the congregation

We Are Sent

Announcements
Benediction
Sending hymn: “Now go in peace”

Notes

*Participants: worship leader · song leader · sermon · piano · readers · children’s’ time · table display
**All hymns from Hymnal, a worship book, unless otherwise noted


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