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    KNOX – A Sacred Space

 Happy Father's Day 

June 19, 2016


 * Rise as you are able

 + Remain Seated

 Prelude:  "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" by J.G. Walther, and

                             "Now Thank We All Our God" by J.C. Oley

Welcome and Introduction

Call to Worship:  VU404   “A Prayer at the Opening of Worship

Gathering Hymn: VU226    “For the Beauty of the Earth”

                                                                  tune at VU 81 (Dix)

    (The Christ Candle and bible are brought into the sanctuary)

Opening Prayer: God of all our longings, you are the fire that kindles our hearts with hope and possibility.  You fill us with desire for life, and you hear our voices whether we shout for joy or cry out with sorrow.  We trust in you and give thanks for your presence in all the stages of our lives.  Help us to be open to the movement of your Holy Spirit in our own lives and in the life of our broken and ailing world.  Amen.

Offering Our Brokenness and Our Longing to be Whole: 

Gracious God, we long to live abundantly, free of the doubts and uncertainties that hobble our lives.  In the silence now we name our own laments, our brokenness, the times when we disappoint ourselves and others. We cry out our yearning to be freed...  (silence) 

Gracious God, awaken us to your forgiveness and mend our hearts and lives, we pray in Christ’s name.  Amen.    

 Words of Assurance

Learning Time

Anthem:  “Amazing Grace” (My Chains are Gone)   

                   Words and Music: Tomlin, Giglio; with Amazing Grace

                   Words: Newton; Arr.: Joel Raney


Luke 9: 18-24 “Peter’s Confession and the Nature of Discipleship

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us, thanks be to God!

 Responsive Hymn: VU288:  “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Meditation Music:  “Faith of Our Fathers”   Knox Winds and Strings

Invitation to the Offering: Joys and Concerns and Announcements                                                          

Offering Our Gifts with a Sung Response: VU541

                                     “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”                                          

Offering Prayer and Prayers of the People

Lord’s Prayer Sung: VU960  

Commissioning and Benediction

Closing Hymn: VU586  “We Shall Go Out with Hope of Resurrection”

                 (Candle light is processed out during the final verse.)

Postlude:  “Just A Closer Walk”  arranged by Andy Clark

                                                                    Knox Winds and Strings