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CALL TO WORSHIP Leader: O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! People: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to the Lord with songs of praise! Leader: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. People: In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. All: Let us worship God! HYMN God of the Sparrow God of the sparrow, God of the whale, God of the swirling starsHow does the creature say Awe, how does the creature say Praise? God of the earthquake, God of the storm, God of the trumpet blastHow does the creature cry Woe, how does the creature cry Save? God of the rainbow, God of the cross, God of the empty graveHow does the creature say Grace, how does the creature say Thanks?God of the hungry, God of the sick, God of the prodigalHow does the creature say Care, how does the creature say Life?God of the neighbor, God of the foe, God of the pruning hookHow does the creature say Love, How does the creature say Peace?God of the ages, God near at hand, God of the loving heartHow do your children say Joy, How do your children say Home? PRAYER OF CONFESSION So often, O God, we doubt your intention and power. We are skeptical that you would want to work through us. We often doubt if you could. We limit you by failing to realize your hidden ways, your access to the depths of our souls, in spite of ourselves. You work through us when we least expect it. What could we accomplish together if we took seriously the call to be your co-workers? Forgive us, O God, for withholding ourselves from you. Reshape our hearts until all within us yearns to do your will. We pray in Jesus’ name and for his sake. Amen. ASSURANCE OF PARDON Leader: Friends, believe the good news of the gospel, People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen. PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION OLD TESTAMENT LESSON Exodus 3:13-15 NEW TESTAMENT LESSON Matthew 14:22-33 SERMON Who is That Walking on the Water? AFFIRMATION OF FAITH From a Brief Statement of Faith We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. Amen. PASTORAL PRAYER and the LORD’S PRAYER HYMN What a Friend We Have in Jesus What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh, what needless pain we bear,All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer! Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?We should never be discouraged — take it to the Lord in prayer.Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer. Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care?Precious Savior, still our refuge — take it to the Lord in prayer.Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer!In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, thou wilt find a solace there. BENEDICTION