Sunday, January 23, 2016
Burke United Methodist Church
Burke United Methodist Church
Greeting & Call to Worship
Call to Worship (based on Psalm 25)
Let us reach out with heart and soul to the Lord.
O Lord, our God, in you we place our trust.
Let us ask the Lord to lead us.
Help us O Lord to find the paths we should take.
Lead us in Your truth O God,
And we shall rejoice in your love and goodness forever! Amen!
God of all creation, our chief end is to glorify you, and enjoy you forever.
Our deep delight is in your presence, our fondest thoughts are of you,
our strongest longing is for your house.
In this time of worship, help us to become who we are meant to be--
a community that breathes thankfulness, voicing your praise in all we do.
Though we are not gathered together in body, we are one in the spirit.
The snow that blankets our area in white - and quiets an otherwise busy place -
reminds us of that you are present, with us, mighty, and powerful.
Through the filter of your son, Jesus,
we too are washed white and beloved by you.
Thank you. We love you. Amen.
The Word of God
Responding to the Word
Giving Back to God
Burke UMC relies on tithes and gifts in order to operate, offer programs, missions, and honor God through the love we share.
Thank you for your offering back to God today.
Burke UMC has an active prayer ministry team. It would be our honor to pray on your behalf. Request prayer, here.
Going Out to Serve
Prayer of Commitment
Lord, Because love is patient…Help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen,hesitant to criticize, but eager to encourage,remembering your endless patience with me.
Because love is kind… Help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful.Remind me to smile and to say “Please” and “Thank You”because those little things still mean so much.
Because love does not envy or boast, and it is not proud… Help me have a heart that is humble and sees the good in others.May I celebrate and appreciate all that I have and all that I am,as well as doing the same for those around me.
Because love is not rude or self-seeking… Help me to speak words that are easy on the ear and on the heart.When I’m tempted to get wrapped up in my own little world,remind me there’s a great big world out there full of needs and hurts.
Because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs…Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.When I want to hold onto a grudge,gently help me release itso I can reach out with a hand of love instead.
Because love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth…Help me stand up for what is right and good.May I defend the defenseless, and help the helpless.Show me how I can make a difference.
Because love always protects and always trusts… Help me to be a refuge for those around me.When the world outside is harsh and cold,may my heart be a place of acceptance and warmth.
Finally, because love always perseveres… Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others.Thank you for showing us what the word love really means. Amen.
(Written by Holley Gerth)
For Children & Families
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen. (1 Thess. 3:11-13)