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, the pulpit returns to the worship space, or, if it could not be moved last week, may be used this week.
The service for today is built on the model of an early twentieth-century Methodist preaching service (1905 Methodist Hymnal). The pastor (“minister” in 1905 language) may take a more active role than last week. 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.
On screen as people enter, or in a printed bulletin at the very top of the service order, these words should appear:
Let all our services begin exactly at the time appointed, and let all our people kneel in silent prayer on entering the sanctuary.
Singing from The Methodist Hymnal (the people standing)
“All Praise to Our Redeeming Lord” UMH 554
“Blessed Assurance” UMH 369
“Blessed Assurance” (My King Is Coming) CCLI #6527149
The Apostles Creed (recited by all, still standing)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his 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,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again 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.
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
Prayer Collect for the Day (Thematic 1)
The Lord’s Prayer (repeated audibly by all, both minister and people kneeling)
Psalm 138 UMH 853
Gloria Patri UMH 70
Scripture for the Day 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20
Worship in the Presentations of Tithes and Offerings
“O for a Heart to Praise My God” UMH 417
“Broken Vessels” (Amazing Grace) CCLI #7019974
The Sermon Why?
Prayers of the People (the people kneeling)
Singing from the Methodist Hymnal
Invitation to Christ or to Join with the Church
“Come Ye Sinners” UMH 340
“Come Ye Sinners” CCLI #7035184
Doxology and Benediction
“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” UMH 94
New Doxology CCLI #5075025
Pastor or Lay Leader (wording for Lay Leader noted in parentheses):
We all face transitions
we do not want,
that we know may not be for the best,
but we cannot avoid.
In every transition,
even those we cannot stand,
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.