Sunday June 26, 2016

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.

- John C. Calhoun

 

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude: “In illo tempore”  Gregorian Proper

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the minister)

†   Choral Introit: “O Thou Who Hearest Every Heartfelt Prayer” Atkinson

O Thou who hearest every heartfelt prayer,
With Thy rich grace, Lord, all our hearts prepare.
Thou art our life, Thou art our love and light,
O let this Sabbath hour with Thee be bright. Amen.

† Call to Worship

Lord God, bless the ministries of your Church.
We thank you for the variety of gifts you have bestowed upon us.
Draw us together in one Spirit, that each of us may use our differing gifts as members of one body.
May your Word be proclaimed with faithfulness, and may we be doers of your Word and not hearers only.
As we who have died and risen with Christ in baptism gathered to worship and renewal and then will scatter into the world to serve,
may we be one in service to others. Amen.

† Hymn: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” UMH 703

Refrain: Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home;
swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home.

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see, coming for to carry me home?
A band of angels coming after me, coming for to carry me home. (Refrain)

If you get there before I do coming for to carry me home;
tell all my friends I’m coming too coming for to carry me home. (Refrain)

I’m sometimes up, I’m sometimes down, coming for to carry me home;
but still my soul feels heavenly bound, coming for to carry me home. (Refrain)

The brightest day that I can say,coming for to carry me home;
when Jesus washed my sins away, coming for to carry me home. (Refrain)

Morning Prayer (unison) For Renewal of the Church UMH 574

Renew your church, Lord, your people in this land.  Save us from cheap words and self-deception in your service.  In the power of your Spirit transform us, and shape us by your cross.  Amen.

To Hear the Word

From the Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 Sefi Abedoh is the Liturgist.

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. Then they went on to another village.

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Anthem: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” Norman Gilbert

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Come, ye who hear,
Brothers and sisters, draw near,
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

† The Psalter: Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 UMH 798

I cry aloud to God, aloud that God may hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out continually; my soul refuses to be comforted.

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?

You are the God who works wonders; you manifested your might among the peoples.
You redeemed with your arm your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; the very deeps trembled.
The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.

The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings illimined the world;
the earth trembled and shook.

Your way was through the sea, your path, through the mighty waters; yet your footprints were unseen.
You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Sermon: “Transitions” Rev. Travis Knoll

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14: Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

To Respond in Faith

† Hymn: “Pass It On” UMH 572

It only takes a spark To get a fire going
And soon all those around Can warm up in the glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love Once you’ve experienced it
You’ll spread His love To everyone You want to pass it on

What a wondrous time is spring When all the trees are budding
The birds begin to sing The flowers start their blooming
That’s how it is with God’s love Once you’ve experienced it
You’ll want to sing, It’s fresh like spring You want to pass it on

I wish for you my friend This happiness that I’ve found
You can depend on Him It matters not where you’re bound
I’ll shout it from the mountain top I want the world to know
The Lord of Love Has come to me I want to pass it on

I’ll shout it from the mountain top I want the world to know
The Lord of Love Has come to me I want to pass it on

† World Methodist Social Affirmation UMH 886

We believe in God, creator of the world and of all people;
and in Jesus Christ, incarnate among us,
who died and rose again; and in the Holy Spirit,
present with us to guide, strengthen, and comfort.
We believe; God, help our unbelief.
We rejoice in every sign of God’s kingdom:
in the upholding of human dignity and community;
in every expression of love, justice, and reconciliation;
in each act of self-giving on behalf of others;
in the abundance of God’s gifts entrusted to us that all may have enough; in all responsible use of the earth’s resources.
Glory be to God on high; and on earth, peace.
We confess our sin, individual and collective, by silence or action:
through the violation of human dignity
based on race, class, age, sex, nation, or faith;
through the exploitation of people because of greed and indifference; through the misuse of power
in personal, communal, national, and international life;
through the search for security by those military and economic forces
that threaten human existence;
through the abuse of technology
which endangers the earth and all life upon it.
Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
We commit ourselves individually and as a community
to the way of Christ; to take up the cross;
to seek abundant life for all humanity;
to struggle for peace with justice and freedom;
to risk ourselves in faith, hope, and love,
praying that God’s kingdom may come.
Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory: “He That Shall Endure to the End” “Elijah,” Mendelssohn

He that shall endure to the end shall be saved.

† Presentation of Tithes and Offerings: (unison) UMH 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.

Pastoral Prayer

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: “I’m Goin’a Sing When the Spirit Says Sing” UMH 333

I’m goin’ a sing when the Spirit says sing, (3x)
and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

I’m goin’ a pray when the Spirit says sing, (3x)
and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

I’m goin’ a moan when the Spirit says sing, (3x)
and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

I’m goin’ a shout when the Spirit says sing, (3x)
and obey the Spirit of the Lord.

† Dismissal with Blessing

Response: We go now, to be God’s people.

† Choral Response: “God Be In My Head” Walford Davies

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing.

† Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

† Organ Postlude: “Finale” Sonata in B flat, Dominic Taylor

 

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