PRELUDE:  Prelude on “The God of Abraham Praise” by 17th Century Jewish melody/arr. by Wilha Hutson

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

INTROIT:  Forgive Our Sins as we Forgive by Detroit/arr. by David Ashley White

“Forgive our sins as we forgive” you taught us, Lord, to pray; but you alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.  How can your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart that broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?  In blazing light your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew, what trivial debts are owed to us, how great our debt to you.  Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease.  Then, bound to all in bonds of love, our lives will spread your peace. [Rosamond E. Herklots]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Come, Sing to God (Psalm 30) [Ellacombe]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Mark 3:22-30

HYMN:  There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy [In Babilone]

 SERMON:  “Sawing Off the Branch You Sit On”

ANTHEM:  This is the Truth Sent From Above by James Kirkby

This is the truth sent from above, the truth of God, the God of love: therefore don’t turn me from your door, but hearken all, both rich and poor.  The first thing which I do relate is that God did man create, the next thing which to you I’ll tell, woman was made with man to dwell.  Then, after this, ‘twas God’s own choice to place them both in Paradise, then to remain, from evil free, except they ate of such a tree.  But they did eat, which was a sin, and thus their ruin did begin.  Ruined themselves, both you and me, and all of their posterity.  Thus we were heirs to endless woes, till God the Lord did interpose, and so a promise soon did run, that he would redeem us by his Son. [English Traditional, collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams]

CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION

INVITATION AND WORDS OF INSTITUTION

PRAYER

HYMN:  I’m Gonna Eat at the Welcome Table [Welcome Table]

RECEPTION

PRAYER

BENEDICTION

RESPONSE:  Come to Jesus by Chris Rice/arr. by Mark Hayes; Daphne Riddle, soprano

Weak and wounded sinner, lost and left to die; O raise your head, for Love is passing by.  Come to Jesus and live!  Now your burden’s lifted and carried far away, and precious blood has washed away the stain.  So sing to Jesus and live!  Like a newborn baby, don’t be afraid to crawl, remember when you walk sometimes you fall.  So fall on Jesus and live!  Sometimes the way is lonely, and steep and filled with pain, so if your sky is dark and pours like rain, then cry to Jesus and live!  O, when the love spills over, and music fills the night, and when you can’t contain your joy inside, than dance for Jesus and live!  And with your final heartbeat kiss the world goodbye, then go in peace and laugh on glory’s side.  And fly to Jesus and live!

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