June 16, 2024

Prelude -  The Reconciliation Song

Call to Worship

You, loving God, are the ground of our being and the river of life.  O let our gratitude be great, let our praise be plentiful, let our worship be wonder-full!  Through Christ Jesus your ever-living Son we gather in peace to praise You.  Amen!

Hymn - Sanctuary

Invocation and Lord's Prayer

Happy are we when we walk in Your ways God.  Happy are we when we receive Your forgiveness.  Happy are we because we are made whole through Jesus Christ who taught us to pray: 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Scripture Reading - Acts 15:36-41

36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

Joys and Concerns

Father God, thank you for loving us through all the seasons of our life.  Thank you for doing all that was necessary for us to be reconciled to You that we may have peace and an abundant life now and forever with You.  Lord, strengthen us as we share Your love with others and as we seek to mend relationships with our brothers and sisters.  We ask for this strength and witness through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Hymn - Here I Am, Lord

Sermon - Battles with Believers?

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Hymn - Be Strong in the Lord

Benediction

Let us go now sharing the good news of Jesus and be reconciled to one another in all things.  Amen.

Postlude - When We All Get to Heaven

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