Sunday, July 30, 2017

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Morning Worship at 10:00
am

*Please Stand, As You Are Able

 

Security is mostly a superstition.

It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of humanity as a whole experience it.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

-Helen Keller

 

Prelude In illo tempore Gregorian

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

 

Introit We Bring the Sacrifice of Praise Kirk Dearman

We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord.
And we offer up to you the sacrifices of thanksgiving;
and we offer up to you the sacrifices of joy.


* Call to Worship

Leader: The presence of God is in this place.

People:   The presence of God is everywhere.

Leader:  We open our hearts to receive the presence of God in this place, at this time.

People:  We seek ways to express the presence of God in all places, at all times.

Leader:  We gather here to remind ourselves and each other that God is everywhere at all times.

People:  God is in all people, in all things, in all places, and in all circumstances.

ALL:  To see God where we expect to find god, we open our eyes.
To see God everywhere, we must open our hearts.

 

*   Song How Great Thou Art Hymnal 77

1. O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder consider all the [worlds] thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the [rolling] thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

3. And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin; Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!

4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art, how great thou art!


Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor:  The Lord be with you.

People:  And also with you

Pastor:  Let us pray as we sing

Prayer Song O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go (Verses 1 & 2) Hymnal 480

1. O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.

2. O Light that followest all my way, I yield my flickering torch to thee; my heart restores its borrowed ray, that in thy sunshine’s blaze its day may brighter, fairer be.

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer: (You may pray either version printed below 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 kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
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.

Prayer Song O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go (Verses 3 and 4) Hymnal 480

3. O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow thru the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be.

4. O Cross that liftest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee; I lay in dust life’s glory dead, and from the ground there blossoms red life that shall endless be.

 

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

 

Special Music Behold a Broken                 World Max Miller

Behold a broken world, we pray, where want and war increase,
And grant us, Lord, in this our day, the ancient dream of peace:

A dream of swords to sickles bent, of spears to scythe and spade,
The weapons of our warfare spent, a world of peace remade;

O Prince of peace, who died to save, a lost world to redeem,
And rose in triumph from the grave, behold our waking dream.

Bring, Lord, your better world to birth, your kingdom, love’s domain;
Where peace with God, and peace on earth, and peace eternal reign.

 

Scripture Lessons Laura Gamble is the Reader

From the Hebrew Scripture Psalm  119:129-136

Your decrees are wonderful;
therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.
With open mouth I pant,
because I long for your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your custom toward those who love your name.
Keep my steps steady according to your promise,
and never let iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from human oppression,
that I may keep your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears
because your law is not kept.

From the New Testament Romans 8:26-39

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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

People:  Thanks be to God.


Sermon “Inseparable”   Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

 

*   Song of Response And Can It Be That I Should Gain Hymnal 363

1. And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood! Died he for me? who caused his pain! For me? who him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? Amazing love! How can it be that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2. ‘Tis mystery all: th’immortal dies! Who can explore his strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries to sound the depths of love divine.’ Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more.’ Tis mercy all! Let earth adore; let angel minds inquire no more.

3. He left his Father’s throne above (so free, so infinite his grace!), emptied himself of all but love, and bled for Adam’s helpless race.’ Tis mercy all, immense and free, for O my God, it found out me!’ Tis mercy all, immense and free, for O my God, it found out me!

4. Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature’s night; thine eye diffused a quickening ray; I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; my chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee. My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

5. No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in him, is mine; alive in him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine, bold I approach th’eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own. Bold I approach th’eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own.


* Affirmation of Faith From Romans         Hymnal 887

LEADER: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Shall tribulation or distress,

Or persecution or famine,

Or nakedness or peril or sword?

ALL:    No!

In all things we are more than conquerors

Through the One who loved us.

We are sure that neither

Death nor life,

Nor angels, nor pincipalities,

Nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor powers, nor height, nor depth,

Nor anything else in all creation,

Will be able to separate us from the love of God

In Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering

Prayer of Dedication

Majestic God, we are amazed that you count us among your children.
You have adopted us as brothers and sisters of Christ your Son.
Open our eyes to see every human being as your beloved child.
Send your Spirit to guide us to live as citizens of your heavenly kingdom.
Let our church embody a generous way of giving to others in this world,
which will one day be conformed to your reign.
We ask this for the sake of Jesus, our risen Savior. Amen.

*  Presenting our Gifts Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow Hymnal 94

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
praise God, all creatures here below: Alleluia! Alleluia!0
Praise God, the source of all our gifts! Praise Jesus Christ, whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


* Sending Out to Serve

Leader: God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power.

Pastor:  Fearlessly go into the world,
knowing that nothing in it can separate you from God’s love.

ALL:       We go proclaiming the presence of God, the victory of Christ,
and the power that is ours through the Holy Spirit.  Amen


Congregational Response I Know Whom I Have Believed Hymnal 714

1. I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me he hath made known, nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for his own. But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.

2. I know not how this saving faith to me he did impart, nor how believing in his word wrought peace within my heart. But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.

3. I know not how the Spirit moves, convincing us of sin, revealing Jesus through the word, creating faith in him. But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.

4. I know not when my Lord may come, at night or noonday fair, nor if I walk the vale with him, or meet him in the air. But I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto him against that day.


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell


* Postlude Allegro con slancio Welles

 

 

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