Delivered By
Rev. Dr. Douglas Ralston, Sr. Pastor
Delivered On
May 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Free To Be

Prelude “


Announcements (Please sign & pass the attendance pads)


Call to Worship:


Leader: Father of glory and Architect of creation,

People: Blessed be your holy name!

People: Son of God and Son of Man, Lord Jesus,

People: We praise you!

Leader: Holy Spirit, Comforter and Counselor,

People: We revel in your presence.

Leader: Surround us now, Holy Three, as we gather.

People: Draw us deep into the mystery and glory of your eternal community.



*Opening Hymn “America" 697


1st Scripture Reading: John 8:31-36 CEB


Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They responded, “We are Abraham’s children; we’ve never been anyone’s slaves. How can you say that we will be set free?” Jesus answered, “I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. A slave isn’t a permanent member of the household, but a son is. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you really will be free.



Children’s Moment


Song for the Children “Go Now in Peace”

(The children are dismissed to one room Sunday school as we sing)


Special Music: “American Hymn”


Time of Prayer

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer


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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

Prayer of Dedication

Offertory “


*Hymn "Holy Spirit, Come, Confirm Us" 331


2nd Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:13-18, 22-26 CEB


You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses but serve each other through love. All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour each other, be careful that you don’t get eaten up by each other! I say be guided by the Spirit and you won’t carry out your selfish desires. A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do. But if you are being led by the Spirit, you aren’t under the Law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the self with its passions and its desires. If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit. Let’s not become arrogant, make each other angry, or be jealous of each other.


Message: Free to Be