Welcome and Invitation to Silence - Rev. Karen Breckenridge
Call To Worship
Blessed be the God of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
God has given us a new birth in the living hope of the resurrection.
God has given us an inheritance that is imperishable and unfading.
In this we rejoice, even when we suffer and lament.
For although we have not seen Jesus, we love him;
although we have not seen him, we believe in him.
Blessed be the God of our Savior, Jesus Christ
God of signs and wonders,
you have revealed to us that
Jesus Christ is your son and our Savior.
Strengthen our faith,
that we may have life in Christ’s name. Amen.
HYMN #482 “Praise Ye The Lord, Almighty” vs. 1 & 3
Prayer of Confession
Let us join our voices as we confess to our God.
We are a broken people O Lord, and yet you have called us
to serve your people and lead your Church.
We have focused more on our egos
than on your will;
on our fears, instead of your faithfulness;
and on our opinions, instead of your desire that we be one.
Forgive us, O God, and guide us back into your presence,
that we may know the fullness that is life in You. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
Sisters and brothers, God is our refuge and will not abandon us.
In Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God.
That is a promise of peace and joy;
let us share that peace with one another.
Sharing of Peace
HYMN #429 “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” vs. 2 & 4
Scripture Reading - Matthew 24:3-14
Signs of the End of the Age
3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8 all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
9 “Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10 Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.
Homily - Rev. Steve Aeschbacher
The Lord’s Supper - Rev. Karen Breckenridge, Rev. Kolinus Buntaran
All communion elements are gluten-free.
Benediction - Rev. Steve Aeschbacher