Mill Plain UMC Sunday May22,2022
The Sacred Covenant of Marriage
Joyful joyful we adore thee
When Love is Found
Blessed be the tie that binds
Sunday May 22, 2022
Call to Worship
Worship Assistant: Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
People: For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.
God of all peoples,
you are the true light illumining everyone.
You show us the way, the truth, and the life.
You love us even when we are disobedient.
You sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
We rejoice in your life in the midst of our lives.
We praise you for your presence with us, especially in moments of solemn covenant.
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SONG Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Young Disciple’s Moment
Presentation of Offerings
New Testament Ephesians 5:21-33
Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendour, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind—yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.
Song When Love Is Found
Message: The Sacred Covenant of Marriage
Loving God, you have bound us to you in a sacred covenant, promising to be our God as we are your people. You formed us a social beings, granting us other people to be our companions, for truly it is not good for us to be alone. Grant that our ties to each other may be informed by your love for us and that our love for our mates may reflect your love for us. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Song Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Bear witness to the love of God in this world so that those to whom love is a stranger will find in your generous friends.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.