STEWARDSHIP DEDICATION SUNDAY

PRELUDE:  “Come Follow Me,” said Christ the Lord by Sigfrid Karg-Elert

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL TO WORSHIP

INTROIT:  O Holy Savior arr. by Aneurin Bodycombe

O Holy Savior heavenly Friend whose love sustains the weary, on Thee I cast all guilt and fear, how peaceful when Thou art near.  While helpless here in life I stray, for me my Lord is pleading, His loving hand will show the way, and help me now I pray.  In sinful paths I trod, I wander lonely, my sin I cast on Thee, O Savior set me free.  Lord Jesus, be my Friend and Guide, in Thee my soul is trusting, beside me stay and comfort still, then I will fear no ill.  Amen. [from various Scriptures]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Great God of Every Blessing  [Aurelia]

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE LESSON:  Matthew 25:14-30

ANTHEM:  The Love of the Lord by Michael Joncas; Marcus Carline, bass solo

All that I counted as gain.  Now I consider as loss, empty and worthless to me in the light of the love of the Lord.  Riches and honors will fade, earthly delights disappear, fade like the grass of the field in the light of the love of the Lord.  What more could bring us hope than to know the power of his life?  What more could bring us peace than to share in his suffering and death?  What more could be our final wish than to live in the love of the Lord?  Silver and gold have I none, no land to count as my home, yet wealth beyond measure I own in the light of the love of the Lord.  Faith is the wealth I possess, finding its source in my God:  faith in the promise of Christ is the light of the love of the Lord.  [Philippians 3:7-11]

SERMON: “Taking the Risks of Love”

HYMN:  God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending  [Beach Spring]

PRAYER

HYMN:  Lord of All Good  [Toulon]

INVITATION AND BENEDICTION

BENEDICTION RESPONSE: He Will Hold Me Fast by Matthew Merker/arr. by James Koerts;  Desiree Flores, alto solo

When I fear my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast; when the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast.  I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path; for my love is often cold; He must hold me fast.  He will hold me fast; for my Savior loves me so.  Those He saves are His delight, Christ will hold me fast; precious in His holy sight, He will hold me fast.  He’ll not let my soul be lost; His promises shall last; bought by Him at such a cost, He will hold me fast; for my Savior loves me so, for my life He bled and died, justice has been satisfied.  Raised with Him to endless life, He will hold me fast ‘til our faith is turned to sight, when He comes at last!  He will hold me fast; for my Savior loves me so, He will hold me fast.  [Ada Habershon]

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Flowers are given today by Jenny Wolfe Schwing in memory of Pat Wolfe’s birthday.

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