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Call to Worship – Celebration of August 13th, 1727
– Psalm 133
Liturgy for August 13th Festival
From “Singing from the Heart: A Shorter Moravian Hymnal and Liturgies” with the permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, Moravian Church in North America.
All praise, dear God, for founders who built this church by grace,
our mothers and our fathers, whose legacy we trace.
Renew us now for service that we may hallow all,
possessions, time, and talents, to answer to your call.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
The whole earth is full of your glory!
You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. You created all things, and by your will you brought them forth.
To you, the One who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might, forever and ever!
We know God as the Holy Spirit, who reveals the truth about God.
The world cannot receive the Spirit because it cannot see or know him. But we know him, because the Spirit remains with us and is in us.
God’s Spirit joins with our spirits to declare that we are God’s children.
The Holy Spirit is the helper who stays with us forever.
Holy Spirit, still creating, Christ’s one church in tongues of flame,
move within us and inspire us, more to serve God’s holy name.
Let us never claim your blessings, come as trophies we deserve;
make the goal of all our striving, not to glory, but to serve.
When the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we receive power, and we become God’s witnesses.
The fruit that the Spirit brings to the lives of those who follow Christ is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The diverse and empowering gifts of the Spirit are given to each one for the common good. None of us is useless to God. None of us is sufficient by ourself. We serve through the body of Christ, and we depend on the people of Christ.
The Spirit’s gifts are given to equip believers for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.
Lord Jesus Christ, Head of your body the church, we thank you with humble hearts that to fulfill our heavenly Father’s good will for the salvation of all, through the power of the Holy Spirit you came upon the members of our church in years past, to unite them in love and service to proclaim your name to all the world.
We ask you today that through this same Spirit, you will anoint us to love you and each other, so that with our words and with our actions, we may bear true witness to you as Lord and Savior, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
We covenant with hand and heart to follow Christ, our Lord;
with world, and sin, and self to part and to obey his word;
to love each other heartily, in truth and with sincerity,
and under cross, reproach, and shame, to glorify his name.
Prayers of the People
Offerings our Gifts/Remembering God’s Gifts.
Hymn 819. “For the Life that You Have Given”
Scripture 1 John 4:1-13, Luke 12:49-56 Deana Zosky
Hymn 397. In Essentials Let us be United.
Special Music. Allesyn Wesner, solo.
Holy Communion for Pentecost pg. 222