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17540 N. Avenue of the Arts
Surprise, AZ, 85378
United States


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Sunday Services

A Southern Gay Boy’s Quest for the Land of Convivialo

My sermon will follow my faith journey beginning with being outed as gay, then serving in 6 United Methodist churches, then starting and leading the Colorado AIDS Project for 17 years, followed by five years working with a right to die organization, Compassion and Choices, and then happily discovering this church. Th e sermon will be a combination of written words and musical bits and pieces from my 15 hymns and 8 musicals. Y’ALL COME! 

The Rev. Julian Rush

Order of Service

Greetings    Patricia Balfour, Worship Leader
Prelude     Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon; You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
Gathering Hymn #347    Gather the Spirit
Welcome Visitors
Lighting the Chalice  
With its beauty and grace and strength, may this flaming chalice remind us of our highest
aspirations, our deepest commitments, and our most earnest intentions.
Lighting the Peace Candle
Joys . . . Concerns
Silence, Meditation and Prayer      
Affirmation    Love is the spirit of this church and service is its law.
        This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace,
        to seek the truth in freedom, and to help one another.
Responsive Reading
Offertory    There’s a Meeting Here – Bob Gibson; 
                                             I Believe – Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman
Hymn #311     Let It Be a Dance
Sermon    A Southern Gay Boy’s Quest for the Land of Convivialo
                                                                                                   – Rev. Julian Rush, Guest Speaker
Closing Words
Sending Hymn #354    We Laugh, We Cry

Today’s Hosts

Children’s RE Director    Lisa Lawrence
Hospitality    Brooke Gaunt
Music Director    Debby Bullins
Musician(s)    Cathy Mannino
Sound    George Czeczyk, Jeff Drake
Ushers    Cynthia Bratcher, Nancy Flann