Anniversary Sunday / Father’s Day
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you have come to believe in vain. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.
- Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The Church Gathers
Organ Prelude: “Domus Domini” Ambrosian
Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)
† Choral Introit: “The Lord Is In His Holy Temple” Karl Harrington
The Lord is in His holy Temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.
† Call to Worship (The Bidding)
Beloved in Christ, we bid you welcome to Lovely Lane United Methodist Church: Baltimore City Station, to join with us in the celebration of the 244rd Anniversary of the founding of this congregation on June 22, 1772, by John Wesley’s official assistant, Joseph Pilmore, being the first Methodist Society established in Baltimore City and eventually worshiping on Lovely Lane. Let us offer God our praise and thanksgiving for this great congregation and for the centuries of Christian devotion which have hallowed its life in five buildings at four locations; praying that we in our generation may worthily witness to the truth of Jesus Christ. Let us pray also that this, The Mother Church of American Methodism, and the life which is centered upon it may serve the unity of all Christian people, contribute to the welfare of this great City, and promote peace and harmony among all humankind.
May God’s blessing be upon us all now and for all the days to come. Let us now rise and make this Church Building, erected as the Centennial Monument to the founding of the Methodist Church in our Nation, glad with our songs of praise to Almighty God who has brought us even to this day.
† Hymn: “Blow Ye the Trumpet Blow” No. 379
Blow ye the trumpet, blow! The gladly solemn sound
let all the nations know, to earth’s remotest bound:
Refrain: The year of jubilee is come! The year of jubilee is come! Return, ye ransomed sinners, home.
Jesus, our great high priest, hath full atonement made;
ye weary spirits, rest; ye mournful souls, be glad: (Refrain)
Extol the Lamb of God, the all atoning Lamb;
redemption in his blood throughout the world proclaim. (Refrain)
Ye slaves of sin and hell, your liberty receive,
and safe in Jesus dwell, and blest in Jesus live: (Refrain)
Ye who have sold for nought your heritage above
shall have it back unbought, the gift of Jesus’ love: (Refrain)
The gospel trumpet hear, the news of heavenly grace;
and saved from earth, appear before your Savior’s face:
The year of jubilee is come! The year of jubilee is come! Return to your eternal home.
Morning Prayer (unison)
Almighty God, upon your Son Jesus Christ you built your Church. Bless again this your congregation. You have watched over us from its beginning, you have filled it with your Holy Spirit in days gone by, you continue to empower and enable it even to today. Increase its ministry and mission and sustain it till the end, through Jesus Christ our foundation. Amen.
To Hear the Word
Hebrew Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-15a Lee Enos is the Liturgist.
Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
At that place he came to a cave, and spent the night there. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” Then the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael as king over Aram.
Anthem: “Dear Lord & Father Of Mankind” C.H.H. Parry from “Judith”
Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord, Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee! O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity Interpreted by love!
With that deep hush subduing all Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call, As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
From the Epistles: Galatians 3:23-29
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
Sermon: “Love your Enemies” Rev. Travis Knoll
Luke 8:26-39: Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”— for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss. Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
To Respond in Faith
† Hymn: “O Young and Fearless Prophet” No. 444
O young and fearless Prophet of ancient Galilee,
thy life is still a summons to serve humanity;
to make our thoughts and actions less prone to please the crowd,
to stand with humble courage for truth with hearts uncowed.
We marvel at the purpose that held thee to thy course
while ever on the hilltop before thee loomed the cross;
thy steadfast face set forward where love and duty shone,
while we betray so quickly and leave thee there alone.
O help us stand unswerving against war’s bloody way,
where hate and lust and falsehood hold back Christ’s holy sway;
forbid false love of country that blinds us to his call,
who lifts above the nations the unity of all.
Stir up in us a protest against our greed for wealth,
while others starve and hunger and plead for work and health;
where homes with little children cry out for lack of bread,
who live their years sore burdened beneath a gloomy dread.
O young and fearless Prophet, we need thy presence here,
amid our pride and glory to see thy face appear;
once more to hear thy challenge above our noisy day,
again to lead us forward along God’s holy way.
† Our Mission: (unison)
We understand as our mission:
To celebrate the vision of God’s Good News in Jesus Christ in liturgy,
learning & life through the revitalization of our congregation,
the restoration of our building, the strengthening of our traditions,
while recognizing our unique presence & mission in the city.
We feel this is where God’s Spirit is leading our congregation at this time in our history.
The Collection of Tithes and Offerings
Offertory: “Shout to the Lord” Darlene Zschech
My Jesus, my Savior, Lord, there is none like You.
All of my days I want to praise The wonders of Your mighty Love.
My comfort, my shelter, tower of refuge and strength;
Let every breath, all that I am, Never cease to worship You.
Shout to the Lord! All the Earth, let us sing; Power & Majesty, praise to the King! Mountains bow down & the seas will roar at the sound of Your Name!
I sing for joy at the work of your hands, Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand; Nothing compares to the promise I have in You.
† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) No. 393
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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.
And Scatters to Be the Church in the World
† Hymn: “Forward Through the Ages” No. 555
Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine;
gifts in differing measure, hearts of one accord, manifold the service, one the sure reward.
Refrain: Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.
Wider grows the kingdom, reign of love and light; for it we must labor, till our faith is sight.
Prophets have proclaimed it, martyrs testified, poets sung its glory, heroes for it died. (Refrain)
Not alone we conquer, not alone we fall; in each loss or triumph lose or triumph all.
Bound by God’s far purpose in one living whole, move we on together to the shining goal. (Refrain)
† Dismissal with Blessing
Go now, to love even God’s enemies, as he does.
We go now, to be God’s people.
† Choral Response: “May the Words of Our Mouths” Donald Moore
May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight. Amen.
† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell
† Organ Postlude: “Festal Postlude in F” Beerton