Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Morning Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Would I have answered when you called,
Come, follow, follow me!”?
Would I at once have left behind
both work and family?
Or would the old, familiar round
have held me By its claim
and kept the spark within my heart
From bursting into flame?

O Christ, I cannot search my heart
through all its tangled ways,
Nor can I with a certain mind
my steadfastness appraise.
I only pray that when you call,
“Come, follow, follow me!”
You’ll give me strength beyond
my own to follow faithfully.

by Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. and Roy Hopp

 

Prelude — Prelude on Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams)

 

Words of Welcome and Announcements Lay Leader, John Strawbridge

 

* Call to Worship

Leader:      To the fisherman Jesus said:

People:      “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”

Leader:      To the tax collector Jesus said:

People:      “Follow me.”

Leader:      To the rich man Jesus said:

People:      “Come, follow me.”

Leader:      To you and to me and to all of us Jesus says:

People:      “Follow me.”


* Song – Jesus Calls Us Hymnal 398

1. Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea; day by day his sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me!”

2. As of old the apostles heard it by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.

3. Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more!”

4. In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease, still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these!”

5. Jesus calls us! By thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call, give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.

 

Time of Morning Prayer

Pastor:        The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you

Pastor:        Let us pray as we listen

Special Music– – Canticle of Prayer (Erik Routledge)

We do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.
Ask, and it will be given you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
For all who ask receive, and all who seek find;
and to those who knock it will be opened.

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.

F
or 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.


Scripture Lessons - Julie Flinchum, Liturgist

From the Hebrew Scripture                                                                                            Exodus 3:1-15

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”

But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’:

This is my name forever,
and this my title for all generations.

 

From the Gospel                                                                                                                     Mark 1:16-20

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

 

Reader:  This is the Word of God for the people of God.
People:  Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon – “Called to Respond”                                                  Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring

 

* Song of Discipleship – Here I Am, Lord Hymnal 593

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain. I have wept for love of them. They turn away. I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

3. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them. My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

 

* Affirmation of Faith – A Modern Affirmation Hymnal 885

LEADER: Where the Spirit of the Lord is,

There is the one true church, apostolic and universal,

Whose holy faith let us now declare:

ALL:    We believe in God the Father,

Infinite in wisdom, power, and love,

Whose mercy is over all his works,

And whose will is ever directed to his children’s good.

We believe in Jesus Christ,

Son of God and Son of man,

The gift of the Father’s unfailing grace,

The ground of our hope,

And the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit

As the divine presence in our lives,

Whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance

Of the truth of Christ,

And find strength and help in time of need.

We believe that this faith should manifest itself

In the service of love

As set forth in the example of our blessed Lord,

To the end

That the kingdom of God may come upon the earth. Amen.

 

Pastor’s Time with Young Disciples

 

Glorifying God with our Gifts and Offerings

Invitation to Share in God’s Kingdom Work

Music to receive the offering

Prayer of Dedication  (Unison)

Leader:    Let us pray together:
People:
Giver of every gift,
We are thankful for the blessings you have shared with us.
We are amazed that you invite us to participate in your holy work.
We respond to your invitation with joy and gratitude,
offering our gifts of financial support for the work of your church
and the gift of our lives that you may employ our time and talents
as you desire to accomplish your purpose through us.
We offer these gifts in the name of Christ who call us to live sacrificially.  Amen.

* Presenting our GiftsFreely, Freely Hymnal 389

1. God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his love as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

2. All power is given in Jesus’ name, in earth and heaven in Jesus’ name, and in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share his power as he told me to. He said, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.”

 

* Benediction

Leader                Go now, follow where Christ calls you
and proclaim the message God gives you.

Pastor:               May God be your strength and shield;
May Christ Jesus give you courage and companionship for his mission;
And may the Spirit empower you to use the gifts you have in God’s holy work.

All People:       We go in joy and peace to love and serve the Lord,  Amen.

 

Congregational Response – Where He Leads Me Hymnal 338

1. I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling, I can hear my Savior calling, “Take thy cross and follow, follow me.” Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

2. I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him through the garden, I’ll go with him, with him all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

3. I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him through the judgment, I’ll go with him, with him all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.

4. He will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory, he will give me grace and glory, and go with me, with me all the way. Where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow, where he leads me I will follow; I’ll go with him, with him all the way.


Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

* PostludeWhom Ye Adore (Jackson)

 

* Please Stand as You are Able

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