May 11, 2008
Call to Worship & Welcome
Opening Song: “I’ve Got a Feelin’”
Opening Prayer for the Word
Gospel reading: John 7:37-39
Discussion “If anyone thirsts”
Call to Confession
Unison: Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears and a new community of faith.
We confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit among us. We do not listen for your word of grace, speak the good news of your love, or live as a people made one in Christ.
Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit and fill us with a flaming desire to be your faithful people, doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hear the Good News
One: The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. May the God of mercy, who forgives us all our sins, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life.
One: Since God has forgiven us through Christ, let us forgive each other. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Many: And also with you.
Peace Song: “The Servant Song”
Praise Song: “Holy, Holy, Holy” (“Santo”)
Joys and Concerns
Prayer Song: “Cares Chorus”
New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:7-13
Response Song: “We are One in the Spirit”
New Testament Reading: Acts 2:1-14, 37-42
Message: “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized”
Remembrance of Baptism
Baptism Song: “Take Me to the Water”
Profession of Faith and Renunciation
One: Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?
Many: I do.
One: Who is your Lord and Savior?
Many: Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
One: Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?
Many: I will, with God’s help.
One: with the whole church, let us confess our faith.
All: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
Pouring the water and Thanksgiving prayer
Sharing our baptism remembrance (Come forward and receive a blessing with the water. Then put your hands in the water in the font, turn and touch the person behind you, saying, “Remember your baptism and be thankful.”)
Charge to the people and Benediction
Closing song: “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”
Please meet for refreshments and fellowship downstairs following altworship.