July 21, 2019, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “God’s Desire for Our Attention”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Throughout time, God has called prophets who see what God sees and speak for God.
Worship gathers us in and draws our attention to the will of the Lord.
It is time to regather, regroup, and reorganize our priorities.
We open ourselves to God’s words of affirmation and challenge.

Opening Prayer led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Holy God, you have been loving and patient with us, but we confess we too often ignore you. You want us to do your will, but we are busy or distracted, fearful or unaware. We tolerate injustice and uphold the status quo. We assume everything is fine if we are comfortable and fail to notice the struggles of those around us. Forgive our apathy. Make our eyes see and our hearts know what grieves you. Give us courage to respond through the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.

Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Scripture reading, Amos 8:1-12, read by Tom Taft.

Sermon, “Look a Little Closer”, Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Community Response, Rev. Dan Schwerin.

Prayer of Dedication
Generous God, we are thankful for the abundance of your creation and offer now our gifts and tithes in response. Guide our lives and the use of this offering to share your love and serve your people. Amen.

Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
We are called to accountability by the prophets of God.
May our words and deeds spread justice and mercy throughout all creation.
We are called to look a little closer, to love a little deeper.
May we walk humbly with the God of our past, present, and future. Amen.

July 14, 2019, Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Theme: “Old Ways Won’t Open New Doors”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God came to Amos showing him a crooked wall ready to fall.
Worship offers us an encounter with truth that sets us free.
May the Sabbath clear our eyes to injustice that cannot stand.
Come, Holy Spirit, renew us to be your people in the world.

Opening Prayer led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God of creation, we give thanks for your providence for all people. We confess our ways are not your ways. We have grown accustomed to bigotry and comfortable with injustice. Our eyes no longer measure what is crooked. Our economics do not reveal your solidarity with the poor, and we have mistreated the stranger in our land. Forgive us, we pray. Free us to live with justice and mercy, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!


Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Scripture reading, Amos 7:7-17, read by Veronica Radowicz..

Sermon, “Old Ways Won’t Open New Doors”, Rev. Dan Schwerin..

Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas..

Prayer of Dedication
Generous God, we give thanks that your love is at every impasse. Make our offering justice and mercy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
We are sent with the courage to do justice, and the power to offer mercy.
May we follow the Spirit wherever love would lead us. Amen.

July 7, 2019, Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Theme: “Immerse Yourself in What the Prophet Knows and It Will Be Your Healing”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Elisha called Naaman to surrender, to trust, and be immersed in the ways of God.
Something in us resists our own well-being. Pride separates and harms us.
All are invited to a table where Christ makes all things new.
Worship opens us to knowledge of God enough to share. Thanks be to God.

*Confession, Assurance, Pardon, and Peace (unison)
God of Creation, we give thanks that you bless every life with steadfast love. We confess we have misspent freedom and wasted grace. Our prejudices and patterns do not reveal your love for all people. We have ignored your solidarity with the stranger and sojourner. Forgive us, we pray. Free us to live for justice and mercy, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s steadfast love.
As far as the east is from the west, so far does God remove our transgressions from us.
Hear the good news: we are saved by grace through faith.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Glory to God. Amen.

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Scripture reading, 2 Kings 5:1-14, read by Elizabeth Casciato.

Sermon, “Immerse Yourself in What the Prophet Knows”, Rev. Dan Schwerin.

The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
…And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise Your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
…And so, in remembrance of these Your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
…Through Your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in Your holy Church, all honor and glory is Yours, almighty God now and forever. Amen.
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 those who 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.

Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Prayer of Dedication
Christ of the table, we give thanks for your healing love and challenging grace.
Make our lives communion in the world, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Blessing, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
We are sent out as world changing disciples of Jesus.
We go with the One who is for us, alongside us, and within us. Thanks be to God.

June 30, 2019, Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “The Companionship of God and Each Other”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship led by Sharon Bloss
In ancient days, God called frightened, brave, and ordinary people like Elijah and Elisha.
They answered the call and served God well.
In our days, a mantle of faith is ready to be passed to the next generations.
Could we be the frightened, brave, and ordinary people God calls to service today?

Opening Prayer led by Sharon Bloss
Holy God, you have revealed yourself through scripture and creation, through the prophets and saints among us. But we have turned away when we should have listened to your call. We have kept our faith private when it should have been shared. We have remained silent in the face of injustice when we should have spoken up. We have protected ourselves when we should have taken a risk. Forgive and free us that we would know the movement of your Spirit in and through our lives. Amen.
Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!

Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Scripture reading, 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, read by Cynthia Stevens.

Sermon, “Passing the Mantle”, Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Community Response, led by Sharon Bloss.

Prayer of Dedication
Generous God, you offer us gifts in abundance: gifts of time, resources, skills, and love. We gratefully receive these and offer back to you a portion. Bless our offerings and use them for your work of peace, mercy, and justice. Amen.

Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas..
We could linger in the shadows of prophets and saints who have gone before us.
But God calls us to go boldly into the world in the service of Christ.
May we pick up the mantle of discipleship and companion each other on the journey.
May the God of our past, present, and future go with us. Amen.

June 23, 2019, Second Sunday After Pentecost.
Theme: “God Calls Us out of the Cave”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God’s Spirit meets us where we are, in order to call us forward in love.
Worship offers us an encounter that renews our baptism.
God spoke to Elijah with a still, small voice that gave him boldness to leave the cave.
Come, Spirit, come and renew us to be your people in the world.

Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God of creation, we give thanks that your providence is concerned for the whole world. We confess we have often withdrawn from your voice and been silent when a prophet is needed. We have been distracted by lesser things and wasted our potential for good with false gods. Too many in our midst are hungry, afraid, excluded, and mistreated. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for your justice and mercy, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.

Children's Time, (Commissioning for a Mission Trip).

Scripture reading, I Kings 19:1-15a, read by Sarah Meyrose.

Sermon, “Get out of Your Caves”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

A Service of Baptism, Della Elizabeth Rice.
Congregational Profession of Faith
Do you, as Christ’s body, the church, reaffirm both your passion for a life in Christ and your commitment to love God and neighbor? We do.
Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include all these persons now before you in your care?
We give thanks to the Spirit for the faith that has been working in you. We pledge to you our care, our challenge, and our support as sisters and brothers, servants, guides, and deliverers of God’s grace. Together with you and with all the people of God, we seek the unity of the Spirit in the striving for and celebrating justice, meaning and wholeness. May our common journey serve the glory of God in the coming of God’s new creation.
Commendation and Welcome
Members of the household of God, it is our joy to welcome our new sister in Christ. I commend these persons to your love and care. Do all in your power to increase their faith, confirm their hope, and perfect them in love.
We give thanks for all that God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of the United Methodist Church, we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministry of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness, that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

Prayer of Dedication
Loving God, we give thanks for the power of your voice to call us forward for good. Make our offering justice and mercy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
We are sent to follow the Spirit, wherever Love would lead us.
May healing be our way in the world. Amen.

June 16, 2019, Trinity Sunday
Theme: “Living Your Life in Awe”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship, led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Today we recognize all aspects of God.
May God, the Son and the Holy Spirit forever be remembered as one.
Each with their own role, but together in the same mission.
To be love in a world that might not know love.

Opening Prayer, led by Sam Mutschelknaus .
Majestic and Sovereign God, when you created the heavens we felt insignificant. When you formed the beasts of the earth, and granted us dominion, we felt power. Forgive our stubborn and proud hearts. May your loving Spirit show us our place. Give us the courage to share our thanksgiving, through the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!

Children's Time, given by Tekla Fingland.

Scripture reading, Psalm 8, read by Veronica Radowicz.

Sermon,“Participating in God’s Creation”, given by Sam Mutschelknaus.

Community Response, led by Sharon Bloss.

Prayer of Dedication
Loving God, all that we are and all that we have comes from you, so we offer back to you a portion of the gifts we have received. Bless and guide the use of this offering that your vision will be lived out in our humble mission and ministry. Amen

Blessing led by Sam Mutschelknaus..
Holy God, Give us grace through the mysterious Trinity, the power of your divine majesty and in unity of your steadfastness.
Bring us at last to see in your eternal glory.
One God, now and forever.
Through all places and in all things. Amen.

June 9, 2019, Pentecost
Theme: “A Tongue Rested on Each of Them (Acts 2:3)”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Pentecost celebrates God breaking into our differences with the Spirit’s understanding.
A tongue of fire rested on each of them.
The Spirit is here to make us a people to mend the world.
Come, Spirit, come and renew us for understanding and ministry.

Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God of creation, we give thanks that your providence is concerned for the whole world. We confess too much of life is living for ourselves. We have been ungenerous with the poor and sojourner in the land. We recognize our systems do not extend the fierce solidarity you have with all people. We have believed the lie that injustice is good enough. Forgive us, we pray. Free us to follow where you would lead us to evidence truth, healing, and beauty. Renew your people to be a light to the nations, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is with us!

Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Scripture reading, Acts 2:1-21, read by Tom Taft.

Sermon,“A Tongue Rested on Each of Them”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

Community Response, Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Prayer of Dedication
Loving God, we give thanks for the power of your Spirit to make us a people who mend the world. Make our offering justice and mercy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
We are sent to follow the Spirit, wherever Love would lead us.
May healing be our way in the world. Amen.

June 2, 2019, Seventh Sunday of Easter.
Theme: “Possibility Brings Moral Freedom”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Call to Worship.
Luke says Paul and Silas were bound and locked in the innermost cell.
Possibility was with them in ways that whispered freedom.
All are invited to a table where Christ sees the possibilities in all of us.
Worship opens doors to new life and hope. Thanks be to God.

Confession, Assurance, Pardon, and Peace (unison)
God of Creation, we give thanks that you bless every life with steadfast love. We confess we have grown numb to falsehood. Pursuit of idols has harmed the earth and air we breathe. We have defined people by things past and labeled others by our differences. Our prejudices and patterns do not reveal your love for all people. Forgive and free us to live for justice and mercy, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s steadfast love.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far does God remove our transgressions from us.

Hear the good news: we are saved by grace through faith.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Glory to God. Amen.
Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!


Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Scripture reading, Acts 16:16-34, read by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Sermon,“Possibility Brings Moral Freedom”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
…And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise Your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
…And so, in remembrance of these Your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
…Through Your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in Your holy Church, all honor and glory is Yours, almighty God now and forever. Amen.
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 those who 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.

Community Response, Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Prayer of Dedication
Christ of the table, we give thanks for your generous love and challenging grace. Make our lives communion in the world, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
We are sent out as world changing disciples of Jesus.
We go with the One who is for us, alongside us, and within us. Thanks be to God.

May 26, 2019, Sixth Sunday of Easter.
Theme: “Listening to God, Listening to Others”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Sharon Bloss .
Scripture tells us women gathered at the river, a place of prayer.
We gather for worship and prayer, reflection and praise.
Lydia’s heart was open to listening, and her life was never the same.
We open our hearts to listen for the good news of Christ.
Opening Prayer, led by Sharon Bloss .
God of transformation, you are still speaking, but we are not always listening. You offer a vision of wholeness, but we resist living into it. We create divisions between “us” and “them.” When you call us to move beyond our comfort zones, we fear what is unfamiliar and refuse to budge. We prefer the plans we have made. Forgive our stubborn hearts. Make us listen deeply to you and our neighbors. Give us the courage to share the gospel in word and deed, through the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Acts 16:9-15, read by Tom Taft.
Sermon,“Crossing Over”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response given by Sharon Bloss.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

May 19, 2019, Fifth Sunday of Easter
Theme: “The Measure of a Church is its Capacity to Love”.

Introit: Eternal Triune God, words; Charles Wesley, music; George Elvey, offered by the Chancel Choir.
Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Mark Blum.
God is present with a love that calls us to new life and generous living.
Worship allows scripture to read mortal patterns in new ways.
The Spirit is here to lead the church in its work of love and justice.
Come, Spirit, come, and renew us to transform the world.
Opening Prayer, led by Mark Blum.
God of creation, we give thanks that your providence is concerned for the whole cosmos. We confess our love has become more tribal and small-fisted. We have become distracted by lesser things and numb to great falsehood. Your church must confess its struggle to love all people. O God, we have rebelled against your love. Forgive us, we pray. Free us to follow where you would lead us to evidence truth, healing, and beauty. Renew your people to be a light to the nations, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Anthem: "Da Pacem, Domine (Grant Us Peace, O Lord)", John Purifoy, offered by the Chancel Choir.
Scripture reading, Acts 11:1-18, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Sermon,“The Soul Can Feed All Day”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

May 12, 2019, Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Theme: “There is New Life where Word and Deed Come Together”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead.
With God’s help we find new life and share it with others.
God is present to upend broken systems and offer us vision for healing.
May worship renew the church to transform the world.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God of creation, we give thanks for your grace calling every life toward love and justice. We confess we have been distracted by lesser things and inwardly focused. The good we have professed with our lips is often absent from our actions. Our power arrangements and systems do not bear witness to your solidarity with the poor and discarded. We have kept your voice at arm’s length, and turned aside from the sojourner in the land. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience. Renew your people to be a light to the nations, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Acts 9:36-43, read by Tom Taft.
Sermon,“There is New Life when Words and Deeds Come Together”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

May 5, 2019, Third Sunday of Easter.
Theme: “The Joy of Encouraging New Life”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The risen Lord found Saul with new life on the Damascus Road.
Christ is present with redemption for all people.
All are invited to a table that restores our broken world with love.
Christ is the host and Christ is the guest. Thanks be to God.
Confession, Assurance, Pardon, and Peace (unison)
God of Creation, we give thanks that you are in every life for good. We confess we have been led astray by distraction and falsehood. We acknowledge, O Lord, we have lived too much for ourselves and forgotten the joy of living for others. We have been stingy with forgiveness and forgotten your heart for mercy. Our economics and patterns do not reveal your love. Forgive us, we pray. Renew your church with peace. Free us to live for justice and mercy, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s steadfast love.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far does God remove our transgressions from us.
Hear the good news: we are saved by grace through faith.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Glory to God. Amen.

Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Acts 9:1-6, read by Sandy Zinos.
Sermon,“Second Mountain People”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
…And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise Your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

…And so, in remembrance of these Your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
…Through Your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in Your holy Church, all honor and glory is Yours, almighty God now and forever. Amen.
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 those who 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.
Community Response, Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Christ of the table, we give thanks for your generous love and challenging grace. Make our lives communion in the world, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
We are sent out as world changing disciples of Jesus.
We go with the One who is for us, alongside us, and within us. Thanks be to God.

April 28, 2019, Second Sunday of Easter.
Theme: “Resilient Faith”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Mark Blum.
As the disciples hid in fear, the risen Christ appeared among them.
We gather for an experience of God in this sacred space.
Jesus said, "Peace be with you" and breathed the Spirit into his followers.
Let everything with life and breath praise the Lord!
Opening Prayer, led by Mark Blum.
God of new life, you appear to us in unexpected and generous ways. But we confess that we feel vulnerable and do not want others to know. We have doubts, but are afraid to voice our questions. We are suspicious of our neighbors and fail to trust the goodness before us. Too often, we erect walls to hide behind. Forgive us, O God. Break through the barriers of our hearts and minds that we would receive your peace through the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, John 20:19-31, read by Elizabeth Casciato.
Sermon,“May You Be Well”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday.
Theme: “Moving Forward as Easter People”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
(from John 20 and Psalm 118).
Early, on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed...
As yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God of life, we give thanks for the glorious resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Grant us daily that we may die to sin in order that we may live with him in the joy of resurrection. Forgive us those things we have done and those we have left undone. Free us that the power of your love would live on our lips and become the work of our hands. Renew the body of Christ, that we may live as your beloved community, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, John 20:1-18, read by Veronica Radowicz.
Sermon,“Go and Tell and Do”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

Welcome to this podcast of our Good Friday service of worship held April 19, 2019.
A Service for Good Friday, A remembrance of hymns and scripture.

The hymns noted below were sung in the worship service but are not included in this recording.
Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.

Philippians.2.6-11
Though he was in the form of God, he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
But he emptied himself, by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.

When he found himself in the form of a human,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore, God highly honored him
And gave him a name above all names,

So that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth,
And under the earth might bow
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
HYMN “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” UMH 297
OPENING PRAYER (unison)
Come to Christ that living stone,
Rejected by the world, but in God’s sight chosen and precious.
We have responded to Christ’s call,
And seek to be built into a spiritual house,
a living reminder of God’s presence on earth.

Once we were no people, but now we are God’s people, called out of the darkness into God’s marvelous light.
Therefore we sing with the church in all ages:
Blessed be your name, O God, our Redeemer.
By your mercy we have been born anew to a living hope.
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

HYMN “Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy” UMH 340vv.1,4
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Isaiah 52:13-53:12
HYMN “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” UMH 298v.1,4
THE GOSPEL LESSON Mark 15:16-21
HYMN “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” UMH 301v.1
THE GOSPEL LESSON Mark 15:22-32
HYMN “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” UMH 301v.2
THE GOSPEL LESSON Mark 15:33-41
HYMN “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” UMH 301v.3
THE GOSPEL LESSON Mark 15:42-47
HYMNS “Were You There” UMH 288v.4-5
THE LORD’S PRAYER (unison)
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 those who 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.
HYMN “The Old Rugged Cross” UMH 504
PRAYER FOR GOOD FRIDAY UMH 284

April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday.
Theme: “The Stones Will Cry Out”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Our king comes to us humbly, riding on a donkey.
The presence of Jesus challenges our allegiances and loves.
God is present to upend broken systems and offer us vision for healing.
May worship renew the church to transform the world.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God of creation, we give thanks for your steadfast love in every life. We confess Palm Sunday reveals how our ways are not your ways. You ride into Jerusalem with courage. We confess too much accommodation to injustice. You respond to harm with nonviolence and mercy. Your grace reveals how we could be more generous. Forgive us our timid and safe devotion. Free us for joyful obedience that we may live as a light to the nations, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 19:28-40, read by Mary Winkelman.
Sermon,“The Stones will Cry Out", given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

April 7, 2019, Fifth Sunday in Lent.
Theme: “We are here to be changed by relationships”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Mary and Martha and Lazarus were at the table. Even Judas was invited.
We are here to be sustained by the One who makes us whole.
All are invited to a table that restores our broken world with love.
Christ is the host and Christ is the guest. Thanks be to God.
Confession, Assurance, Pardon, and Peace, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
God of Creation, we give thanks that you have called us to the table as a sign of grace and generous love. We confess we have struggled to live with justice and kindness. We have made religion too small and tight-fisted. We have turned to false gods and material securities. We have failed our brothers and sisters, and forgotten you are in the face of the other. Forgive us, we pray. Renew your church with your steadfast love. Free us to live for justice and mercy, in the power and love we know as Christ. Amen.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is God’s steadfast love.
As far as the east is from the west, so far does God remove our transgressions from us.
Hear the good news: we are saved by grace through faith. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Glory to God. Amen.
Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, John 12: 1-8, read by Veronica Radowicz.
Sermon,“We Are Here to be Changed by Relationships” given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

March 31, 2019, Fourth Sunday in Lent.
Theme: “Steadfast Love Surrounds Us”.

Italicized text in this liturgy invites the entire congregational voice.
Call to Worship, led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Jesus tells us that when the father recognized the son, he was full of compassion.
God… full of grace, runs out to meet us.
Whether we feel we are worthy or not, tempted, anxious, or confused.
Gracious God, seeker of the lost, embraces us as sons and daughters.
Opening Prayer, led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
God of out stretched arms, you welcome us in this place. You invite us to experience forgiveness, community, reconciliation, and an overwhelming sense of love that you pour upon all. May we share it with one another, and may we leave this place to share it with the world. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Christ is with us! Christ is with us, indeed!
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, read by Sarah Meyrose.
Sermon, “Pulling The Prodigal Home” given by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Sam Mutschelknaus.

March 24, 2019, Third Sunday in Lent.
Theme: “The Fruit of our Life with God”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 13:6-9, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Sermon, “Attention is the Rarest and Purest Form of Generosity” — Simone Weil, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

March 17, 2019, Second Sunday in Lent
Theme: “to gather…as a hen gathers her brood under her wings (Luke 13:34)”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 13:31-35, read by Nanc Ihrcke .
Sermon, “Under Her Wings”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

March 10, 2019, First Sunday in Lent
Theme: “Pausing for Lent”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 4:1-13, read by Mary Winkelman.
Sermon, “Into the Wilderness”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

March 3, 2019, Transfiguration Sunday.
Theme: “Listening for a Voice in the Cloud”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Confession, Assurance, Pardon, and Peace , led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 9:28-36, read by Veronica Radowicz.
Sermon, “When Everything Next is Hard, We Will Be Led by Love”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

February 24, 2019 Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany.
Theme: “Act and Proclaim the Lord’s Goodness”.

Call to Worship, led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Opening Prayer, led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Children's Time, Presentation of 3rd Grade Bibles, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas. ??
Scripture reading, Luke 6:27-38, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Reflection, “Deliver Good News Through Goodness”, given by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Sam Mutschelknaus.

February 17, 2019, Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany.
Theme: “God’s Preferential Option for the Poor”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 6:17-26, read by Tom Vigo.
Message titled, “Blessed Are the Poor”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

February 10, 2019, Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany.
Theme: “Be Not Afraid”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 5:1-11, read by Nanc Ihrcke.
Message titled, “Be Not Afraid”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

February 3, 2019, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.
Theme: “Communion for Every Life”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 4:21-30, read by Veronica Radowicz.
Message titled, “More Than Gracious Words”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

January 27, 2019, Third Sunday After the Epiphany.
Theme: “Callings”.

Call to Worship, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 4:14-21, read by Maya Jones.
Reflection, titled, “Naming and Claiming the Call”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

January 20, 2019, Second Sunday After the Epiphany.
Theme: “Transformative Callings”.

Call to Worship, led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Opening Prayer, led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, John 2:1-11, read by Wilson Wright.
Reflection, titled, “An Awareness of Transformation”, given by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Reflection, titled, “My Hour Has Not Yet Come; A Transformative Calling”, given by Sharon Bloss.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Sam Mutschelknaus.

January 13, 2019, First Sunday After the Epiphany.
Theme: “Callings”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's Time, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, read by Nanc Ihrcke.
Reflection, titled, “Voice Moments”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Reflection, titled, “The Voice of Call”, given by Melissa Freiberg.
A Litany for Commissioning.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Sam Mutschelknaus.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

January 6, 2019, Epiphany Sunday.
Theme: “They Knelt Down and Worshiped…””.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Matthew 2:1-12, read by Mary Winkelman.
Message titled, “They Knelt Down and Worshiped”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

December 30, 2018, First Sunday after Christmas.
Theme: “Jesus is Here Listening and Asking Questions”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Children's time, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading,Luke 2:41-52, read by Veronica Radowicz.
Message titled, “Jesus is Here Listening and Asking Questions”, given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

December 23, 2018, Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Theme: “The Way of Faithfulness”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 1:39-55, read by Tom Taft.
Message titled, “To Be Faithful”, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

December 16, 2018, Third Sunday of Advent. 
Theme: “Bear the Fruit of a Life Turned Toward God”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 3:7-18, read by Sandy Zinos.
Message titled, “Bear the Fruits of a Life Turned toward God” (Luke 3:8), given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

December 9, 2018, Second Sunday of Advent.
Theme: “Prepare the Way of the Lord”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Scripture reading, Luke 3:1-6, read by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Message titled, “Prepare Through Repentance, and Move Through Justice” given by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Ministry Moment, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Sam Mutschelknaus.

December 2, 2018, First Sunday of Advent.
Theme: “Your Redemption is Drawing Near”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Confession, Assurance, Pardon, and Peace, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Luke 21:25-36, read by Veronica Radowicz.
Message titled, “Your Redemption is Drawing Near (Lk 21:28)” given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

November 25, 2018, Christ the King Sunday.
Theme: A House of Prayer for All People”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, 2 Samuel 23:1-7, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message titled, “There is no Rock Like our God” (Isaiah. 56:7) given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

November 18, 2018, The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “There is No Rock Like Our God”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, 1 Samuel 2:1-10, read by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Message titled, “There is no Rock Like our God” given by Rev. Dan Schwerin..
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

November 11, 2018, The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “God’s Restoration and Nourishment”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17, read by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Message titled, “From Empty to Full” given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Nanc Ihrcke.
Blessing led by Rev. Greta Hietpas.

November 4, 2018, The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “The Unforeseen Reversals of God”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Rev. Greta Hietpas.
Scripture reading, Ruth 1:1-18, read by Sandy Zinos.
Message titled, “The Unforeseen Reversals of God” given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Rev. Greta Hietpas..
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

October 28, 2018, The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “We Answer Blessing by Waking Up”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Bonnie Marcks.
Scripture reading, Job 42:1-6, read by Nanc Ihrcke.
Message titled, “We Answer Blessing by Waking Up” given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

October 21, 2018, The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “New Life in the Whirlwind”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.<br />
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Elizabeth Ross.<br /><br />
Scripture reading, Job 38:1-7, 34-41, read by Tony Linz.<br />
Message titled, “New Life in the Whirlwind” given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.<br />
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.<br />
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.<br />

October 14, 2018, The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Theme: “Steadfast Faith”.

Call to Worship led by Sam Mutschelknaus .
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Sam Mutschelknaus.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Bill Peterson.
Scripture reading, Job 23: 1-9, 16-17, read by Cynthia Stevens.
Message titled, “Struggling in the Dark" given by Sam Mutschelknaus.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Blessing led by Sam Mutschelknaus.

October 7, 2018, The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
Theme: “For Everyone Born a Place at the Table”.

Call to Worship led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
Opening Prayer, spoken in unison and led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Children Are Sent to Serve, given by Elizabeth Ross.
Scripture reading, Job 1:1; 2:1-10, read by Tom Vigo.
Message titled, “For Everyone Born a Place at the Table” given by Rev. Dan Schwerin.
The Great Thanksgiving - Communion, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Sam Mutschelknaus.
Community Response, led by Rev. Dan Schwerin and John Sheaffer.
Blessing led by Rev. Dan Schwerin.

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