Estes Park United Methodist Church
Order of Worship
Prelude – Count Your Blessings
Call to Worship
We gather in our separate places
And celebrate that we are not alone.
You, Eternal Spirit are with us
And you call us to be joined in a spirit of grace,
knowing that we do not live alone,
knowing that we cannot live fully
if we are for ourselves alone. Amen
May the prayers we share refresh our courage.
May the songs we sing lift our spirits
And may our hearts joined together
Through your Holy Spirit lead us into the mystery
of your divine presence. Amen
*HYMN – Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee 89 (UMH) 1, 4
Prayer of Confession
Leader: We are ordinary people,
each with strengths and each with weaknesses,
aware of our shortcomings.
Our lives set before us many tasks.
We are not always equal to them.
Too often we fall short of our best expectations of ourselves.
And yet, here we are, not always perfect, not always wise,
but always wondrously and mysteriously human,
Attended by our better angels, plagued with our worst impulses.
And here you are, loving us with a love that we not deserved,
Forgiving us with a grace that the world too often withholds.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader: My sisters and brothers,
it is God’s great pleasure to bring to us
the kingdom of mercy and grace,
not as a place where we may retreat,
but as a way that we may live.
People: Thanks be to God! Amen!
Prayer of Blessing
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 25: 14-30
Sermon “Parable of the Bags of Gold” Dale Beck
Closing Hymn – Revive Us Again
Guest Pastor: Rev. Dale Beck
Liturgist: Cay Lacey
Director of Music: Jim Flanigan
Pianist: Nancy Gunter
Videographer: Jim Ecklund