PRELUDE:  Pastorale by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Julie Metz, violin

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

INTROIT:  Expression by Mark Schweizer (From “The Sacred Harp”); Julie Metz, violin

Oh, Jesus, my Savior, I know thou art mine; for thee all the pleasures of earth I resign.  Of objects most pleasing, I love thee the best; without thee I’m wretched, but with thee I’m blessed.  For thee all the pleasures of sense I’ll forego, and wander a pilgrim despised below.  Thou art my rich treasure, my joy and my love, no finer possessed by the angels above.  I find him in singing, I find him in prayer; in sweet meditation he always is near.  My constant companion, O may we never part!  All glory to Jesus; he dwells in my heart.  Then happy in Christ I regard not the crowd, though sinners despise me for singing so loud; my Jesus is precious; my soul’s all aflame; I’m raise into rapture while praising his name.  [Caleb Taylor]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Now Thank We All Our God [Nun Danket Alle Gott]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Mark 8:34-36

ANTHEM:  Take Up Your Cross by Thomas Keesecker

 “Take up your cross,” the Savior said, “if you would my disciple be; take up your cross with willing heart, and humbly follow after me.”  Take up your cross; let not its weight fill your weak spirit with alarm; Christ’s strength shall bear your spirit up, and brace your heart and nerve your arm.  Take up your cross; heed not the shame, and let your foolish pride be still; the Lord for you accepted death upon a cross on Calvary’s hill.  Take up your cross and follow Christ, nor think till death to lay it down; for only those who bear the cross may hope to wear the glorious crown.  Take your cross and follow Christ.  [Charles William Everest]

ANTHEM:  Take Up Your Cross

SERMON:  “Enrichment from Loss”

HYMN: Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said [Bourbon]

PRAYER

BENEDICTION

ANTHEM OF RESPONSE:  Will You Come and Follow Me by Tom Trenney

Come, Come.  “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?  Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?  Will you let my love be shown; will you let my name be shown; will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?”  Come.  “Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?  Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?  Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?  Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?”  Come.  “Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?  Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?  Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen, and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?”  “Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?  Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?  Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around, through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?” 

CONGREGATION JOINS THE QUARTET:

Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.  Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.  In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.  Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.  [John L. Bell and Graham Maule]

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