Prelude

Call to Worship: (Psalm 105 1-7, 45b)

One: Let us celebrate God’s loving presence with us.
All: We sing praises and share the stories of faith.
One: Our hearts rejoice as we seek God’s blessings.
All: Remember the stories of faithfulness and hope. God’s presence brings us joy and praise.
One: Our hope is in the name of the Lord God.
All: Praise the Lord!

Hymn 328 “This is my Maker’s world”

Gathering Prayer – followed by Lord’s Prayer

Assurance of God’s Peace: (Romans 8)

One: God is for you! Who can be against you?
All: Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
One: Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
All: No, for in all these things we are more than conquerors through Jesus who loves us.
One: For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present,
All: nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
One: will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All: Truly the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with us now and ever more! The Peace of Christ is with You!

(we share a sign of peace)

Peace Invocation: “May the Peace of Christ Be With You”

May the peace of Christ be with you;
may the love of Christ dwell deep in you heart.
May the spirit enlighten your way;
may you live in the comfort of God’s care.

Fun with the Young at Heart

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Presentation of our offering:

Offerings may be given in prayer and service and with financial gifts…
Ways to Give to Knox

Offertory:  “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (Robert Robinson): Laura Ashfield and Dave Neigh

Hymn “For the life that you have given”

Prayer of Dedication:

For food in a world where many walk in hunger,
For friends and family and a warm, welcoming, inclusive community celebrating our joy as children of a loving God,
For faith, such as we have, in a world of uncertainty and confusion,
And for generosity in a world where many hold fast to what they believe to be their treasure.
Lord we are grateful. We dedicate our lives to compassion, sevice and love in Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Scripture:

Romans 8:27-28, 31-39
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46

Hymn of the Month:  102 “When I lift up my voice”

Message: “Going for the Gold”

Musical Reflection: “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit”
(Spiritual, Unknown): Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Pastoral Prayer

Hymn 133 “Go, tell it on the mountain”

Benediction and  Choral Closing “Walk with me”