Estes Park United Methodist Church
May 30, 2021
Order of Worship
Prelude – Blessed Assurance -arr. Mary McDonald
Call to Worship
Leader: Great is the Lord!
People: God’s greatness is beyond our understanding.
Leader: Yet God has revealed God’s self in Jesus Christ.
People: Through Jesus we have come to know the absolute love of God.
Leader: Lift up your hearts and praise the Lord!
People: May God continue to bless God’s people with peace. AMEN.
Opening Prayer (Unison)
Opening Hymn – To God be the Glory – #98 UMH
Prayer of Confession
We are so like Nicodemus, Lord. We come to you, hiding in the shadows of our own fears and terrors. We want you to give us peace and hope in our hearts. We want to know that everything will be all right. But when we come it is for our own sake, and not to learn what you would have us be and do in this world.
Forgive our selfishness, Lord. Calm our fears and heal our spirits. Let us truly listen to you so that we may be witnesses to your peace and justice which you seek for the world. Clear away the clutter in our lives and place us on paths of service to you. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader: God’s love of the world is so great that God sent Jesus that we may truly live lives of peace and hope. Listen with your hearts as well as your ears. God’s love is poured out for you that you may have new life in service and witness.
People: Praise be to God! Amen!
Prayer of Blessing
Scripture Lesson – John 3:1-17
Sermon – A Visitor in the Night
Memorial Day Prayer
Prayer Response: “We lift up thankful hearts”
Closing Hymn - We are God’s People – #2220 (TFWS)
Postlude – Lord, I Lift Your Name on High – arr. Mark Hayes
Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz
Liturgist: Cay Lacey
Zoom Worship Liturgist: Rev. Dale Beck
Director of Music: Jim Flanigan
Pianist: Nancy Gunter
Videographer: Jim Ecklund