Welcome to Summer Worship at Mount Zion-Finksburg
Summer Worship 9:55 a.m.
Sunday, August 13, 2017

There are worship activity bags in the vestibule for children to use during worship!

Pre-Worship Thoughts
"When we take the Eucharist or Communion we dip the bread into a cup, enacting and remembering Jesus gift of himself. His body, His blood for the life of the world. Our bodies, our lives for the life of the world…….These rituals are true for us because they're true for everybody. They unite us, because they unite everybody…..These are signs, glimpse and tastes of what is true for all people in all places in all times - we simply name the mystery present in the world, the gospel already announced to every creature under heaven." (Rob Bell "Love Wins").

*WORDS of SCRIPTURE & SONG
Scripture Lesson Psalm 27 Verses 3-5, 13-14.
Congregation: L This is the day that the Lord has made
C Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Hymn (#674)
"See the morning sun ascending, radiant in the eastern sky, hear the angel voices blending in their praise to God on high. Alleluia! Alleluia! Glory be to God on high!"
*OPENING WORDS

*HYMN
(Hymnal #374)
"Standing on the Promises"

*OPENING PRAYER

SONG
(Hymnal #277)
"Tell me the stories of Jesus, I love to hear, things I would ask him to tell me if he were here. Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea, stories of Jesus, tell them to me."

MESSAGE
Summer Meditation Series + The Parables of Jesus - Today+ What is The Meaning Behind the Parables - "Parable of the Loving Father" Luke 15.11-32 - Please refer to the (yellow) Scripture Insert

WE WELCOME OUR YOUTH & CHILDREN
Congregation singing (Faith We Sing, songbook) "2233
Where Children Belong"

SONG
(Hymnal #171)
"There's Something About That Name"

THE TABLE OF THE LORD + Holy Communion. All, regardless of church or denominational affiliation are invited to the Table of the Lord. We have set the table but Jesus is the host. He is the one who calls us to eat and drink with him and with one another. Please come at the direction of the ushers returning by the side on which you are sitting. You may stand or kneel. You are invited to support our Community Service Fund with the envelope in each worship bulletin which helps local people with emergency needs.

Song After All Have Communed
(Verse One #364)
"Because He Lives"

WELCOME BACK TO MOUNT ZION BRIAN BLAKE!
Assistant Principal Sharp-Leadenhall School, Baltimore City

SHARING OUR JOYS AND CONCERNS

Morning Prayer

L The Lord is with you C And also with you
L Let us pray together as we sing together
Prayer Song (Faith We Sing, songbook 2193)
"Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your spirit in this place. Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us power, send us grace."

Morning Prayer and Our Lord's Prayer

ANNOUNCEMENTS & INFORMAL MOMENTS

RECEPTION OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
L God is good! C All the time! L And all the time! C God is good!

*DOXOLOGY
(Hymnal#95) "
Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings…"

*OFFERING PRAYER (Unison)
Most Holy God, may your presence be with us in the morning worship and when we leave this place and go back into the world. Consecrate our gifts that we have given today to the up-building of your church here on earth. In the name of the Lord of the Church, Christ Jesus. Amen.

CLOSING SONG
(Faith We Sing, songbook #2226)
"Bind us together, Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken. Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, bind us together in love. There is only one God, there is only one Lord. There is only one body, that is why we sing. Bind us……………….."

*OUR CLOSING SONG
(Worship & Song, songbook #3183).
"As we go, may your Spirit go before us. As we go, may we follow where you lead. May we live what we have learned, share the message we have heard, and be a light unto the world, as we go."