Chiming of the Hour
Greeting & Lighting of Christ Candle
Dr. J. Michael Parnell
Holy Spirit Thou Are Welcome/Surely the Presence
Litany & Invocation
Leader: Open your hearts to God’s loving mercy.
People: Lord, come into our hearts this day.
Leader: Having received God’s mercy, bring that love to others.
People: Lord, be with us as we reach out to others in compassion.
Leader: Feel your spirits filled with the goodness of God.
People: Lord, we thank you for the many blessings which you pour into our lives.
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Op-’ning to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays, Stars and angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea, Singing bird and flowing fountain Call us to rejoice in Thee!
Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest, Wellspring of the joy of living, Ocean-depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our Brother- All who live in love are Thine; Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the joy divine!
First Lesson & Pastoral Prayer
Sweet Hour of Prayer – Medley
On Eagle’s Wings
And God will raise you up on eagle’s wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine as the sun, And hold you in the palm of His hand.