At CCC, we honor and celebrate people of all races, cultures, ages, abilities, sexual orientations & gender identities.

10:30 A.M. SERVICE OF WORSHIP | FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

*Please stand as you are able
Please turn off mobile phones before worship begins

Let us now enter into the Holy One’s presence.

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

We invite you to sign & pass the red pew registers as worship begins

FOR REFLECTION

I do not need to seek God. God is already here waiting to be found, soaked in my reality.  My journey is to be one of recognizing God, always. already present,  and surfacing that presence in my daily life.

PRELUDE, “Andante,” from Two Pieces for Young Orchestra by C. M. von Weber, arr. Noah Klauss
Children’s Orchestra

*CALL TO WORSHIP
Pastor Gloria Grant

Before us each day are challenges. The choices we make craft us into who we are becoming.

May we ever open our eyes to the newness of our days.

May we sense the surge of wonder just beneath the surface of the ordinary.

May we find purpose in each breaking moment.

*HYMN OF PRAISE #28, For the Beauty of the Earth

PRAYER OF INVOCATION & THE CHRIST-SOPHIA PRAYER
Dan Pence

Divine One – Source of of struggle and blessing, we thank you that you are so willing to meet us in love here and now, as you meet our mothers and fathers, partners and lovers, siblings and children, friends and strangers on their faith journeys, as you entered our human life in Jesus Christ-Sophia.  Help us open our hearts to you in our time of remembrance and celebration that we may grow in light and love toward you and all people through the gentle wind of your Spirit. We ask in the name of Holy Wisdom, saying . . .

Our Mother who is within us, we celebrate your many names. Your wisdom come. Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us. Each day you give us all that we need. You remind us of our limits and we let go. You support us in our power and we act with courage. For you are the dwelling place within us, the empowerment around us and the celebration among us now and for ever. Amen  

MUSICAL OFFERING, Elijah Rock and Down in my Heart
The Children’s Choir

SCRIPTURE READING, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NLT)
Dan Pence

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

MEDITATIONS
Linda Phelps & Ingrid Baynes

“How has faith informed your parenting, or how has parenting informed your faith?”

CALL TO PRAYER & PASTORAL PRAYER
Pastor Gloria Grant

O Divine Lover, Your life pulses in each of our hearts, and your love permeates each of our lives.

We, your daughters and sons, praise you.

When we fall, you lift us. When we fail you restore us. When we are wounded, you nurse us. When we grieve, you weep with us.

We, your daughters and sons, praise you.

Because you are a God of compassion, we bring our prayers in faith, and with thanksgiving. Wherever there is war and violence,

we pray for peace and reconciliation;

Wherever there is crime and corruption,

we pray for integrity and lawfulness;

Wherever there is poverty and inequality,

we pray for sharing and generosity;

Wherever there is disease and death,we pray for healing and comfort.

Wherever there is oppression and tyranny,

we pray for liberation and freedom;

And wherever people need the healing touch of your grace and mercy,

we pray that we may be your hands, your embrace, and your kindness.

Individual prayers are offered at this time …

CALL TO OFFERING & OFFERTORY, Mother, Tell Me the Story
The Children’s Choir

*DOXOLOGY | OLD HUNDREDTH

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow:
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God for all that love has done;
Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Dan Pence

We offer our thanks: for all we have, for all we are. Especially the gift of our lives.

*HYMN OF GOING FORTH # 277, Holy, Holy, Holy

*BENEDICTION
Pastors Matt Braddock & Gloria Grant

POSTLUDE, “Minuet,” from Two Pieces for Young Orchestra by C. M. von Weber, arr. Noah Klauss   
Children’s Orchestra

Please join us for fellowship and refreshments in the entry lobby following the service.

A special thank you to the members and leaders of the Children’s Choir and Children’s Orchestra for participating in the service this morning, and to our special guest speakers!

Musical resources printed in our worship bulletins are used with permission under CCLI License No. 2837543

Today’s Altar Flowers are given Bob Brown in loving memory of Richard Brown.
They also celebrate all women who are mothers  and help prepare all the citizens of the world,  a world which also needs our care.

The Sanctuary Committee invites you to take a bouquet of flowers, made from the beautiful altar arrangement, to someone to whom you’d like to extend support and prayers.You will find the bouquets in the church lobby window after the worship service.

THIS WEEK IN PASTORAL CARE

As the church of God in this place, we ask your prayers for the persons listed below.  If persons no longer need our immediate prayers, please let the church office know so we can keep the list current.

Immediate Care …  We ask your prayers for Merlene Bagley; Corine Bloss; Erven Boettner; Carl Brandt; Jenni Bunch;  Jean, Randy and Ellen Caswell; Grace Dietz; Ben Gallup; Ruth Kaupert; Tina Lincoln; Doris Raber; Barbara Thorn; Alice McElhinney, mother of Alison Petersen.

In Memoriam … Steve Caudill, step-father of Trisha Lay; Elijah Simpson-Sundell; Mary Kukis, mother of Maggie Hawkins; Barry Johnson; Helen Mae Davis, granddaughter of David and Maureen Squires; Richard Skinner.

For more information on Pastoral Care needs, see our Prayer and Care Booklet, found in the lobby.

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