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Opening Order of Service Updated March 30, 2006
10:30 a.m.Prelude

Greetings & Announcements

Chimes

Introit

Call to Worship

*Opening Hymn

*Responsive Reading
(Words printed in bulletin, led by Worship Leader)

*Invocation & Lordís Prayer

*Gloria Patri
(Worship Leader may be seated)

Childrenís Moment
  1. Please gather in the Pastorís office at 10:15 for prayer with the Elders, Diaconate and Pastor. We will process from the back of the sanctuary during the Prelude, and you may be seated by the lectern.
  2. The Pastor will have a time of announcements and then invite the congregation to greet one another. The chimes will let people know they should return to their seats.
  3. Following the Introit rise (on Sundays when the choir is not singing please read the bulletin to see if there is music at this moment or if the Call to Worship follows the Chimes). Begin with the Call to Worship. The Call to Worship is an invitation to join together in a time of worship. The Psalms or other scriptures are appropriate as are other introductory words which prepare the congregation to be open to Godís Spirit. Please keep the Call to Worship under two minutes.
  4. Announce the Opening Hymn. Ask those who are able to stand.
  5. Continue with the Responsive Reading found in the Order of Service.
  6. Continue with the Invocation. The Invocation is a prayer of the recognition of the presence of God in our midst. It is also a time to ask God to make us open to that presence and spirit. It is not a prayer of thanksgiving, petition or intercession. Please keep it to approximately one minute.
  7. Conclude the Invocation by inviting people to join in the Lordís Prayer with words such as: ďLet us join together in the prayer our Lord taught us, sayingÖĒ
  8. As we sing the Gloria Patri turn toward the large cross above the communion table. Following the song please invite the children to come forward for the Childrenís Message. Then you may either be seated behind the lectern or return to the congregation.
  9. Please feel free to call Tim (352-1292) or visit the office with any questions or for assistance in the planning process. We have many resources here at the church.















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