There are OFFERING BASKETS, at the back of the center aisle, where you can deposit your TITHES, OFFERINGS, and blue WELCOME CARDS.
COMMUNION packets are also available there for those who would wish to use those for today’s COMMUNION.
• The GATHERING •
PRELUDE • Mike Meadows
“REJOICE, YE PURE IN HEART!” (arr. Douglas E. Wagner)
*CALL TO WORSHIP • from PSALM 145 • Pastor Rick Vale
LEADER: I exalt You, my God the King,
And praise Your name forever and ever
PEOPLE: Yahweh is great and is highly praised
His greatness is unsearchable
LEADER: I will speak of Your splendor and glorious majesty
And Your wonderful works
PEOPLE: The LORD is gracious and compassionate
Slow to anger and great in faithful love
LEADER: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom
Your rule is for all generations
PEOPLE: My mouth will declare Yahweh’s praise
Let every living thing
Praise His holy name forever and ever
*SONG OF PRAISE FOR THE DAY • 517 LOVE DIVINE, ALL LOVES EXCELLING
*INVOCATION, GREETING TIME, & RESPONSE • Psalm 19:14
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be
World without end. Amen.
“GLORIA PATRI” • Charles Meineke
• The WORD •
SONG OF PRAISE for THE WORD • Don Lynch
“SWEET, SWEET, SPIRIT” (Doris Akers)
THE FIRST READING Nita Arnold, Elder
For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
*THE GOSPEL READING & LESSON • Pastor Rick
JOHN 6:1-14 • BREAD: FISH & SHIPS
After this, Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). And a huge crowd was following Him because they saw the signs that He was performing by healing the sick. So Jesus went up a mountain and sat down there with His disciples.
Now the Passover, a Jewish festival, was near. Therefore, when Jesus looked up and noticed a huge crowd coming toward Him, He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these people can eat?” He asked this to test him, for He Himself knew what He was going to do.
Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread wouldn’t be enough for each of them to have a little.”
One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish — but what are they for so many?”
Then Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”
There was plenty of grass in that place, so they sat down. The men numbered about 5,000. Then Jesus took the loaves, and after giving thanks He distributed them to those who were seated — so also with the fish, as much as they wanted.
When they were full, He told His disciples, “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.” So they collected them and filled 12 baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves that were left over by those who had eaten.
When the people saw the sign He had done, they said, “This really is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” Therefore, when Jesus knew that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He withdrew again to the mountain by Himself.
The TIME OF PRAYER will end with the reciting of THE LORD’S PRAYER together.
Our Father, which 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, the power & the glory forever. Amen.
CELEBRATING NEW MEMBERS TO CENTRAL • Pastor Rick
Susan Akers • Becky Bathauer • Bill & Susan Herbig
Cris Isenbarger • Julie Morse • Levi Wagner
• The TABLE •
INVITATION TO THE TABLE • Pastor Rick
COMMUNION PRAYER • Steve Pugsley, Elder
“WORDS OF INSTITUTION” AND RECEIVING OF COMMUNION
All are welcome to participate in COMMUNION today.
RECEIVING COMMUNION UP FRONT: Use a side aisle to go to one of the two COMMUNION stations. A gloved DEACON will place the bread in your hand. Dip your piesce of bread into the cup, held by the ELDER, and consume the elements there before returning to your seat by way of the center aisle.
• our WORSHIP ends, & our SERVICE begins •
PRAYER OF BLESSING & *DOXOLOGY
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen
Thomas Ken • Louis Bourgeois
THE BENEDICTION • Numbers 6:24-26
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH CONGREGATION
Voting to receive the slate of Officers for the 2021-2022 Church Year, presented by the Administrative Board.
POSTLUDE • Mike Meadows
“WE’VE A STORY TO TELL TO THE NATIONS” (H. Ernest Nichol)