PRELUDE: I Call to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ by J.S. Bach
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
HYMN: O Lord My God (How Great Thou Art) [How Great Thou Art]
INTROIT: My Song is Love Unknown by Mark Schweizer
My song is love unknown, my Savior’s love to me; love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be. O who am I, that for my sake my Lord should take frail flesh and die? Christ came from Heaven’s throne, salvation to bestow; but people scorned, and none the longed for Christ would know: but O my Friend, my Friend indeed, who at my need His life did spend. Here might I stay and sing, no story so divine; never was such love, dear King! never was grief like Thine. This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise I all my days could gladly spend. [Samuel Crosman]
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
ANTHEM: God Whose Giving Knows No Ending by Lloyd Larson
God, whose giving knows no ending, from your rich and endless store: nature’s wonder, Jesus’ wisdom, costly cross, grave’s shattered door, gifted by you, we turn to you, offering up ourselves in praise; thankful song shall rise forever, gracious donor of our days. Skills and time are ours for pressing toward the goals of Christ, your Son: all at peace in health and freedom, races joined, the church made one. Now direct our daily labor, lest we strive for self alone; born with talents, make us servants fit to answer at your throne. Treasure, too, you have entrusted, gain through powers your grace conferred; ours to use for home and kindred, and to spread the Gospel Word. Open wide our hands in sharing, as we heed Christ’s ageless call, healing, teaching, and reclaiming, serving you by loving all. Amen! [Robert L. Edwards]
SERMON: “Giving from God’s Giving”
HYMN: As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought [Forest Green]
CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION
INVITATION AND WORDS OF INSTITUTION
HYMN: We Pray for Peace by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
We pray for peace, O God of love and justice, as once again we face a time of war. The meek and humble try amid the crisis to love and build, to nurture and restore. May leaders hear the truth of prophets teach us that gifts of peace are well worth struggling for.
We pray for peace, O Christ who calmed the waters, who stilled the storm, who stilled the disciples’ fear. You spoke with love and with amazing power; be with us now when trouble is so near. May leaders see the miracle you offer that words and deeds can calm the nations here.
We pray for peace, O Spirit here among us; your love emboldens, judges and restrains. Take any hate and acts of impulse from us; make leaders wise amid competing claims. May we seek peace, O God of love and justice; may love and mercy be our highest aims.
BENEDICTION RESPONSE: We Give You Praise by Hank Beebe
We give you praise, and worship you! We give you love, and honor due. But, most of all, we give you thanks! [Psalm 92:1]
POSTLUDE: If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee by J.S. Bach
Presbyterian Disaster Relief (PDR): God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP” — Give. Act. Pray. The needs of the Ukrainian people are great. The PDR’s response to the situation in Ukraine will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead. Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line & mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700.
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