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Welcome to First Christian Church June 17, 2012 10: 00 a. m.
Sunday, June 17 7: 30 a. m. – gather and leave for Work Camp, Joplin MO 9: 00 a. m. – Coffee & Conversation/ Tea Club 10: 00 a. m. – Worship / Nursery Care 2: 00 p. m. – Walden Place 7: 00 p. m. – Boy Scout Mtg Monday, June 18 4: 30 p. m. – Executive Committee Mtg. 5: 30 p. m. – Elders Mtg. Work Camp – Joplin, MO
Tuesday, June 19 Work Camp – Joplin, MO Wednesday, June 20 Work Camp – Joplin, MO Thursday, June 21 11: 30 a. m. – Cluster 12 Mtg. 5: 30 p. m. – Ladies Night Out – IC Village Inn 7: 00 p. m. – Arrow Chapter Boy Scout Mtg Work Camp – Joplin, MO
Saturday, June 23 Work Camp – Joplin, MO Sunday, June 24 9: 00 a. m. – Coffee & Conversation/ Tea Club 9: 00 a. m. – FCC Book Club Mtg: “Middle Church” 10: 00 a. m. – Worship / Nursery Care 11: 00 a. m. - Potluck 7: 00 p. m. – Boy Scout Mtg
Fill out a prayer card… Light a candle.
Please complete the green attendance card and place it in the offering plate as part of your personal offering. Thanks!
Prelude “” Al Zimmerman Acolytes: Jack Fitzpatrick-Jensen Marina Eisenmenger Acolytes light the candles, symbols of the Divine Presence with us.
Call to Worship L: To those who creep towards the kingdom God says welcome. C: To those who rush towards the kingdom God says welcome.
L: To all of you, however you come, in speed and sloth, God says welcome. ALL: Welcome to the door and the arms that are always open wide.
Opening Hymn “Wake, the Dawn Is Now Full Rising” #239
Wake, the dawn is now full rising, By the Spirit we are roused; Seeing, touching, hearing feeling, Christ’s new life in us is housed.
Alleluia! Praise the Spirit who for earth a church designs. Alleluia! Praise the prophets who forenamed these holy times.
Rise and stand in noon’s high glory, Christ is here in new array, Crowns of fire our count’nance brighten; Winds of hope refresh our way.
Alleluia! Raise the singing, now one tongue God’s love employs. Alleluia! Raise the praises now one body lives with joy.
Rest while evening shadows lengthen; God’s own church is now full born. Know the peace by Spirit given, Share the hush of pilgrims worn.
Alleluia! God, we wonder at your greatness still untold. Alleluia! Awed, we ponder all your gifts that still unfold.
Scripture Readings 1 Samuel 15: 34 -16: 13 Corinne Stanley
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. 35 Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel. Samuel Anoints David
1 The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons. ’ 2 Samuel said, ‘How can I go? If
Saul hears of it, he will kill me. ’ And the Lord said, ‘Take a heifer with you, and say, “I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. ” 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you. ’
4 Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, ‘Do you come peaceably? ’ 5 He said, ‘Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice. ’ And
he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, ‘Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord. ’ 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height
of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ’ 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one. ’
9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, ‘Neither has the Lord chosen this one. ’ 10 Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, ‘The Lord has not chosen any of these. ’ 11 Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Are all your sons here? ’ And he said,
‘There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep. ’ And Samuel said to Jesse, ‘Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here. ’ 12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said,
‘Rise and anoint him; for this is the one. ’ 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
Gospel Reading Mark 4: 26 -34 Corinne Stanley
The Parable of the Growing Seed 26 He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself,
first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come. ’ The Parable of the Mustard Seed 30 He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of
God, or what parable will we use for it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the
birds of the air can make nests in its shade. ’ The Use of Parables 33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34 he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
Congregational Response “Be Still, and Know” CP#89
Be still and know I am God Almighty; I will be with you in the stillness of your soul.
Children’s Time Sara Riggs
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer Lord’s Prayer Bette Klein (using ‘sins’ and ‘sin against us’)
Special Music "" Al Zimmerman
Message “The Mustard Seed” Bruce Fischer
Call to Discipleship People who would like to unite with First Christian Church by transfer of membership or baptism, or who would like to renew their commitment, are invited to come forward during this hymn.
Hymn of Invitation “Where He Leads Me” vs. 1, 3 #346
I can hear my Savior calling, “Take my cross and follow, follow me. ”
He will give me grace and glory, And go with me, with me all the way.
Offering Invitation to Stewardship
Offering Music Al Zimmerman
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God with body, mind, and soul; Praise God with words and deeds of love; Praise be for God's eternal love. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving Martha Hedberg-Latta
The Sacrament of Communion
Invitation to Communion All who are followers of Christ are invited to partake in this act of remembrance, fellowship and hope. The Bread and Cup represent the life, passion, resurrection and living presence of Jesus Christ.
Communion Hymn “Here, At Thy Table, Lord” #384
Here at thy table, Lord, this sacred hour, O let us feel thee near, in loving power; Calling our thoughts away from self and sin. As to thy banquet hall we enter in.
Sit at the feast, dear Lord, break thou the bread; Fill thou the cup that brings life to the dead; That we may find in thee, pardon and peace; And from all bondage win a full release.
Come then, O holy Christ, feed us, we pray; Touch with thy pierced hand each common day; Making this earthly life full of they grace; Till in the home of heaven we find our place.
Communion Prayer Martha Hedberg-Latta
Words of Institution
Communion Music “” Al Zimmerman
Closing Hymn “You Are the Seed” (vs. 1 with refrain) #478
You are the seed that will grow a new sprout; You’re a star that will shine in the night; You are the yeast and a small grain of salt, A beacon to glow in the dark.
You are the dawn that will bring a new day; You’re the wheat that will bear golden grain; You are a sting and a soft, gentle touch, My witnesses where’er you go.
Go, my friends, go to the world, Proclaiming love to all, Messengers of my forgiving peace, Eternal love.
Be, my friends, a loyal witness, From the dead I arose; “Lo, I’ll be with you forever, Till the end of the world. ”
Postlude “” Al Zimmerman
All are invited to coffee and doughnuts in the lower level following worship.
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