Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Morning Worship at 10 o’Clock


I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt,
rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.

-A Covenant Prayer in the
Wesleyan Tradition


The Church Gathers

Prelude (Music to prepare our hearts) –  “Worldes Blis”     Sarum


Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge


Congregational Introit — “This is the Day” No. 657

This is the day, this is the day

that the Lord hath made, that the Lord hath made.

Let us rejoice, let us rejoice

and be glad in it, and be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord hath made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day, this is the day

that the Lord hath made.

Order of Welcome for a Newly Appointed Pastor

Lay Leader:  Dear friends, today we welcome Reverend Doctor Patricia Sebring who has been appointed by our bishop to serve as our pastor at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church with all the privileges and responsibilities of pastoral ministry.
Reverend Sebring, you have been sent to live among us as a bearer of the Word of God, a minister of the Sacraments, and a sustainer of the love, order, and discipleship of the people of God.

Pastor:           Today I reaffirm this commitment in the presence of this congregation and enter into covenant to serve Christ together with you.

Lay Leader:  Brothers and sisters in Christ, as a people committed to participate in the ministries of the Church by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service, will you who celebrate this new beginning support and uphold Pastor Patricia in these ministries.

People:          We reaffirm our commitment to support you with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, and we enter into covenant to serve Christ together with you.

Lay Leader:  Scripture reminds us:  “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger,

People:            who announces peace, who brings good news,
who announces salvation.”

Lay Leader:    Let us pray.

Prayer for Pastor and People

Presentation of the Symbols of Pastoral Ministry


Water Pitcher

Chalice and Paten

Hymnal and Book of Worship

Book of Discipline



People:        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 gather at his table and then scatter into the world, may we be one in service to others in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Pastor:         Grace and peace be unto you in the name of God the Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

People:        May the power of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

All:                 ALLELUIA! AMEN.

*Song of Covenant — “A Charge to Keep I Have” No. 413

1. A charge to keep I have, a God to glorify, a never-dying soul to save, and fit it for the sky.

2. To serve the present age, my calling to fulfill; O may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will!

3. Arm me with jealous care, as in thy sight to live, and oh, thy servant, Lord, prepare a strict account to give!

4. Help me to watch and pray, and on thyself rely, assured, if I my trust betray, I shall forever die.


To Hear the Word

Scripture Lessons Leticia Enos

From the Hebrew Scripture                                                 Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to you,
when my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I;
for you are my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me abide in your tent forever,
find refuge under the shelter of your wings.Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Prolong the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!

So I will always sing praises to your name,
as I pay my vows day after day.


From the Gospel                                                               Luke 4:16-20

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.


From the New Testament              Revelation 22:1-7;12-14;16-17

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

“See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.

“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
And let everyone who hears say, “Come.”
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.


Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People:  Thanks be to God.


Musical Selection — “Woe Unto Them” from Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn

Soloist: Madeline Gray, Mezzo Soprano

Woe unto them who forsake Him.

Destruction shall fall upon them,

for they have transgressed against Him,

though they are by Him redeemed,

yet they have spoken falsely against Him;

from Him they have fled


Sermon: “Heritage, History, and Hope” Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring


Song of Commitment — “This is a Day of New Beginnings” No. 383

1. This is a day of new beginnings, time to remember and move on, time to believe what love is bringing, laying to rest the pain that’s gone.

2. For by the life and death of Jesus, God’s mighty Spirit, now as then, can make for us a world of difference, as faith and hope are born again.

3. Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring, step from the past and leave behind our disappointment, guilt, and grieving, seeking new paths, and sure to find.

4. Christ is alive, and goes before us to show and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.

[5]. In faith we’ll gather around the table to taste and share what love can do. This is a day of new beginnings; our God is making all things new.

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

To Respond in Faith

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering

Prayer of Dedication
People: Faithful God, we worship you with grateful hearts, for you have brought us from our past to our present and assure us of your presence in the future forevermore. May you use our gifts and our lives to share your faithfulness and promise every day. By your Spirit, may our church’s ministries bring hope and new life to our neighbors. We dedicate these tithes and offerings in Jesus’ name. Amen.

*Presenting our Gifts — “Praise God”                                      No. 94
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts! Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit
! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


To Receive the Sacrament

Celebration of Holy Communion


Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
Who earnestly repent of their sin
And seek to live in peace with one another.


Great Thanksgiving Pg. 15-16

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

{The pastor gives thanks appropriate to the occasion, remembering God’s acts of salvation, and concludes:}

And so,
With your people on earth
And all the company of heaven
We praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

{The pastor continues the thanksgiving. The institution of the Lord’s Supper is recalled. The pastor concludes:}

And so,
In remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
We offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
As a holy and living sacrifice,
In union with Christ’s offering for us,
As we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

{The pastor invokes the present work of the Holy Spirit and then praises the Trinity, concluding:}

All honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God),
Now and for ever.

Amen, amen, amen.


Pastor:    We offer now our prayers of intercession for the church & world…
Pastoral Prayer

Pastor: And now, as sinners redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice, let us pray:
Lord’s Prayer
(you may pray either version printed, or another that you know)

Methodist Version
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.

Modern Ecumenical Version
Our God in heaven:
your holy name be honored,
your kin-dom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our bread for this day.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from the evil one.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and always.  Amen.


Receiving the Bread

As we receive please be in an attitude of prayer for one another.

Music During Communion


Prayer of Gratitude after all have received

Eternal God,
we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us.  Let the bread and cup bind our hearts together as one with you and each other. Help us to live as those who dream God-sized dreams and live Christ-like lives through the power of your Spirit. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit to give ourselves for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


And Scatters to be the Church in the World


*Song – “Forward Through the Ages” No. 555

1. 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. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

2. 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. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.

3. 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. Forward through the ages, in unbroken line, move the faithful spirits at the call divine.


*Sending Out to be the Church Based upon Ephesians 3:15-21

Pastor:             I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through the Holy Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.

Lay Leader:    I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

All People:     Now to the One who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Congregational Response — “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”    No. 664

Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing,

the people of God from this dwelling take leave.

The service is ended, O now be extended

the fruits of our worship in all who believe.

The seed of the teaching, receptive souls reaching,

shall blossom in action for God and for all.

God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us

to work for God’s kingdom and answer the call


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


*Postlude – “Sanctificetur”                                                    Jackson


*Standing, As You Are Able



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