PRELUDE:  This Is My Father’s World arr. by Diane Bish

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN:  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee [Hymn to Joy]

PRAYER

INTROIT: Good News Robert Leaf

Good news we are bringing, good news of a living Savior.  We are bringing joyful praises, good news we bring of Christ the King of kings.  God so loved the world he gave his Son, that all who know and trust in him shall have everlasting life.  We sing of a coming glory, to a happy people who belong to God’s great kingdom.  We sing a song of joy to all the world.  We bring good news with a song of joy!  [Barbara Leaf, based on John 3:16]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  1 Thessalonians 2:8-12

ANTHEM:  Like As a Father by Luigi Cherubini/arr. Austin C. Lovelace

Like as a father, filled with compassion, pities all his children so the Lord has mercy on those who fear him.  [from Psalm 103:13]

SERMON:  “Laboring in Love for One Another”

HYMN:  We Are One in the Spirit [They’ll Know We Are Christians]

PRAYER

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE:  Ain’t-a That Good News  African American Spiritual/arr. by John Leavitt

I got a crown up in-a that kingdom, Ain’t-a that good news!  I’m-a gon-na lay down this world, gon-na shoulder up-a my cross.  Gon-na take it home-a to my Jesus, Ain’t-a that good news!  I got a robe up in-a that kingdom, Ain’t-a that good news!  I got a Savior in-a that kingdom, Ain’t-a that good news! Hallelujah, Sing His praises, Halle, Hallelujah to the Lamb!

Flowers were given anonymously with thanks for all the men who have answered the call to spiritual fatherhood.

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