First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Gracious and eternal God, I want to see what you see and love what you love.
Purify my heart so that I can see and know your mission in the world,
and give me the courage to join in the work you are doing, through Jesus our Lord,
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Honoring Boy Scout Sunday and introducing the troop.
Today is Boy Scout Sunday….. Troopmaster, Scott Anderson will introduce the troop.
A Scout’s Oath
“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”
PRELUDE He Leadeth Me William B. Bradbury/arr. Richard Kingsmore
*CALL TO WORSHIP (responsively)
When we seek justice for the other, when we love kindness more than ever,
we live as God asks us to live.
When we walk humbly through life, when we offer mercy to those who hurt us,
we are the blessing God hopes we will be.
When we are willing to look foolish by following Jesus, when we choose weakness rather than power,
we reflect the One who is in our midst.
Let us worship and praise God together
* HYMN: #366 Love Divine, All Love Excelling vs 1,2, & 3
CALL TO CONFESSION: PRAYER OF CONFESSION: (said in unison)
What have we done to you, dear God?
We dishonor you every time we treat another with disrespect.
We shatter your heart when we find it easier to break our word, then to take the risk to keep it and honor you.
We fill your ears with the gossip and slander we speak about those around us.
You are merciful enough to forgive our foolishness;
you are strong enough to overcome our weakness.
you are loving enough to heal the hurt we cause to you and to others.
And so, we thank you for giving us new hope and new life in Jesus Christ.
A time of silent confession and personal prayer follows.
Prayerful Response #698 (twice)
Take, O take me as I am, summon out what I should be’
Set your seal upon my heart and live in me.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
What has God done to us - shown mercy! What has God done for us - forgiven us! This is the good news for us.
We will not boast, for it is not our doing. We will give thanks to God for such grace and hope. Alleluia. Amen!
*GRATEFUL RESPONSE # #591 (twice)
Halle, Halle, Halle-luja, Halle, Halle, Halle-luja!
Halle, Halle, Halle-luja, Halle-luja! Halle-luja!
*PASSING OF THE PEACE
The Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Matthew 5:21-26; Deuteronomy 30:15-20
MESSAGE: Choose Life So You Might Live
HYMN #733 We All Are One in Mission
CALL FOR THE OFFERING
OFFERTORY Resting in God’s Arms Mark Hayes
DOXOLOGY # 607
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
*HYMN #821 My Life Flows On
CHARGE AND BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE I Will Arise and Go to Jesus Walker’s Southern Harmony,1835 Setting by John Carter
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*Stand if you are able
Bold Print, Congregation participates.
Interim Pastor: Rev. Gail E. Monsma email@example.com
Liturgist: Steve McCloskey Music: Theresa Vaughn
Technology Help: Chuck Williams, Andy Thorburn, Tom Shoemaker, Nathaniel McCloskey
Usher: Laura Wells
First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw
Office Hours: (T,W&T 9-3)
PO Box 435
120 Pine Street,
Paw Paw, MI 49079