Welcome! We are glad that you are worshiping with us.
Tolling of the Hour
Means of Grace
Welcome and Announcements
*Songs of Gathering
Prayer of Confession
The Lord shelters and protects us. The Lord gives us Life! Yet, we need to bring our burdens and Sin and leave them at the foot of the cross. Let us pray:
Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from You, for we have done wrong. We have lived for ourselves, and apart from You. We have turned from our neighbors and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world and we have scattered Your sheep. In Your great mercy forgive our sins and free us from our burdens, that we may choose Your will and obey Your commandments; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
(Let us confess in silence to God the burdens of our hearts)
Hear the Good News! The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Thanks be to God.
Moments with the Children
- Acts 4:5-12
- John 10:11-18
Sermon The Wolf and the Hired Hand
Song of Response
*Affirmation of Faith
We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God: who has created and is creating, who has become present in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God. We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope. In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God. Amen
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who are 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.
Offering of Gifts
Prayer of Gratitude
Song of Sending “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”