The worship space should be arranged as if it is in a period of construction throughout this series, culminating with the finishing of the space on Week 5.
For this week, most “regular” worship furnishings should be absent—no Lord’s Table, no font, no pulpit, no lectern, no (unattached) crosses.
The service for today is built to be lay-led, on the model of morning prayer. The role of the pastor today is to preach and offer the blessing. We recommend that a child (trained and capable of reading aloud well) read the Scriptures throughout the rest of this series. If the pastor is absent (as will be the case in some places because of annual conference), a layperson may preach and offer the final blessing using the appropriate modifications as noted.
Silence may be observed. When worship begins, a leader may rise and say:
CALL TO PRAISE AND PRAYER
Leader: O Lord, open our lips.
People: And we shall declare your praise.
Song of Praise
“Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above” UMH 96
“Crags and Clay” CCLI #6189422
AH = The Africana Hymnal
BOW = United Methodist Book of Worship
CCLI = Christian Copyright Licensing International, SongSelect
TFWS = The Faith We Sing (2000)
UMH = United Methodist Hymnal
W&S = Worship & Song (2011)
SOZ = Songs of Zion
Readings Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 (UMH 854)
Song: “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry” TFWS 2051
I Samuel 3:1-20 (NRSV)
“Song of Zechariah” UMH 208
“When Everything Falls” CCLI #5490411
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
The Lord’s Prayer
BLESSING AND PEACE
Pastor or Lay Leader (wording for Lay Leader noted in parentheses)
Our lives are full of transitions.
Amidst all change,
at every stage of transition,
God’s saving love for us and all creation
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you (us) and remain with you (us) always. Amen.
Signs of peace are exchanged.