The Presbyterian Church, Coshocton
Pastor Karen Crawford
Liturgist: Janie Kinkley
Musicians: The Tubafours:
Ron Geese, euphonium; Brian Botdorf, euphonium; Ron Barkett, tuba; Jonathon Stuck, tuba
Amazing Grace – Early American melody, arr. Ron Geese
With His Stripes We Are Healed – G. F. Handel, arr. Steven Cross
Down in the River to Pray – Traditional, arr. Art Leiby
Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser, Richard Wagner, arr. Ron Geese
Greeting/Announcements: Pastor Karen
Opening Sentences: Janie Kinkley
Come to me, Jesus says. All who are weary,
come to me.
And you, who carry heavy loads,
come to me.
For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Let us draw near to Jesus, whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.
Gathering Prayer: Janie Kinkley
Hymn: His Eye Is On the Sparrow, arr. Ron Geese
Call to Confession: Pastor Karen
Prayer of Confession
Lord, we marvel at the thought of a well-fitted yoke, a burden scaled to match our frames; we do not know how to rest in the promise of such labor. Some of us are weary from unceasing responsibility; others find no welcome in the marketplace. We confound your vision for our common life. Forgive our blind striving, our stifled concern, the judgments we cast on others. Make yourself known to us in the silence. Shape your children for the commonwealth of your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Time with Children
Prayer for Illumination: Janie Kinkley
Scripture: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Janie Kinkley
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ!
Scripture: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Pastor Karen
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God!
Message Love Story Pastor Karen
Hymn: Near to the Heart of God, Cleland Boyd McAfee
Invitation to Offering/Prayer of Dedication/Lord’s Prayer
Gracious Creator, you have laced our lives with blessing. As we present our offering, we also tender our lives. Make us your bold and faithful people, willing to go forward in faith wherever you would lead us, that we might be a comfort in the world. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Solo: God Bless the U.S.A., Lee Greenwood, arr. Corey Swinderman; sung by Ron Barkett
Charge and Blessing
Postlude and Patriotic Music with The Tubafours:
Postlude, Ron Geese
Salute to George M. Cohan, arr. Ron Geese
National Emblem, E.E. Bagley, arr. Robert Wilkinson