THE GATHERING OF
Welcome and Announcements
Glad Jesus Lifted Me”
(Please take this time during the prelude to quiet your
hearts before God
and peacefully anticipate the movement of the Holy Spirit.)
*Call to Worship
Leader: For those who have not been welcomed before,
People: You are welcomed by Christ here.
Leader: For those who have been turned away,
People: Christ is opening the door for you.
Leader: For those who have been forgotten,
People: God cannot forget you, for God made you.
Leader: Come, join together in worship of our God.
People: You are God’s beloved. We welcome each other in
the name of Christ. Amen.
*Hymn of Praise
of Our Fathers”
WE TALK TO GOD
and the Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.
Celebrating the Witness of Our Veterans
Leader: We pause to remember those who go to war in our
We give thanks for courage, for love of country, for
those who work to bring peace to our world.
Leader: Remind us, Oh God, that the goal of any war need be
justice and peace.
On this day, we pause in worship to give thanks to God
Leader: And seek to bind up the wounds of those who served.
Enable us to know how to comfort, how to bind up their
Leader: And remind us, Dear God, that the widow, the
orphan, the widower, and the veteran – all know the cost of
Challenge us to love the warrior but hate the cost of
Leader: And we pray for a time when peace will reign and
swords become plowshares once more, that war be known only
in history books.
And we give thanks, Gracious God, that you remain
with us as we celebrate the service of all who dared to go
forth in our name. Remind us that such service is not a
movie, an adventure, nor something to be glorified. Remind
us that war is a failure by us to overcome hatred with love,
injustice with righteousness, violence with peace. We give
thanks for those who protect us from such failures. May we
truly be Your people and be makers of peace. Amen.
*Tolling of Bell