PRELUDE: Prelude on ‘Sine Nomine’ (For All the Saints) by Arthur Hutchings
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP
INTROIT: Children of the Heavenly Father — Traditional Swedish Melody/arr. by Dan Forrest
Children of the heavenly Father safely in His bosom gather; nesting bird nor star in Heaven such a refuge ever was given. God His own doth tend and nourish; in His holy courts they flourish; from all evil things He spares them; in His mighty arms He bears them. Neither life nor death shall ever, from the Lord His children sever, unto them His grace He showeth, and their sorrows all He knoweth. Though He giveth, or He taketh, God His children never forsaketh; His the loving purpose solely to preserve them pure and holy. Ah. Children of the heavenly Father. [Karolina W. Sandell-Berg]
HYMN: Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart! [Marion]
SCRIPTURE LESSON: 1 John 3:1-3
SOLO: We Will See Him as He Is by Mark Gersmehl and Scott Douglas; Daphne Riddle, soprano
It’s as though we see through clouded glass; our eyes cannot see past this veil of tears, our present pain. This world can never comprehend a love that will not end, the light that always will remain. For there, beyond the edge of time, is wisdom so divine, the throne of truth, the shining way. And soon in majesty He’ll come, He’ll take His people home. And in that bright and glorious day we will see Him as He is; the Father God so Holy, the truth in endless glory. We will see Him as He is: the wisdom of the ages, the love that died to save us. We will see Him. Now all creation groans, at times we feel alone, we long to see our Father’s face. For there the shadows disappear, our eyes will then be clear to see the beauty of His face in that place. For we will see Him as He is.
SERMON: “Sneak Preview of God – and our Best Selves”
HYMN: Refiner’s Fire
CELEBRATION OF HOLY COMMUNION
INVITATION AND WORDS OF INSTITUTION
HYMN: For All the Saints [Sine Nomine]
RESPONSE: We Remember by Mark Burrows
Lord, You knew we would falter. Lord, You knew we would fall. You knew we would wander the wilderness, and struggle to hear Your call. Then You gave a gift to remind us, there is no place Your love won’t find us. The bread of life has been broken, the cup of mercy poured, the table of grace has been set for all. We remember peace. We remember hope. Your love, O Lord, we remember. You are hope for the hopeless. You are help from above — the promise of peace in a weary world, a beacon of light and love. You are faithful friend to the friendless. We are saved, for Your love is endless. The bread of life has been broken, the cup of mercy poured, the table of grace has been set for all. We remember peace. We remember hope. Your love, O Lord, we remember. We remember peace. We remember hope. We remember.
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Flowers are given today by Shelley Hellen in memory of Verdie Hellen.