Sunday, June 17, 2018

Prelude

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral Introit – Almighty Father, Hear Our Prayer (Mendelssohn)

Almighty Father, hear our prayer, and bless all souls that wait before Thee. Amen.

* Call to Worship

L: In a day when so many men are absent, we cherish the love of our fathers.
P: Thank God for fathers who comfort and encourage.
L: Thank God for fathers who build character and inspire us to greatness.
P: Thank God for fathers who teach morality and model decency.
L: Thank God for fathers who lovingly convince boys to become men.
P: Thank God for brave fathers who have the courage to resist being absent.
All: Lord, on this Father’s Day, may we encourage more men in our community
to pick up the mantle of fatherhood! Amen.

* Opening Hymn – This Is My Father’s World UMH 144

1. This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, the morning light, the lily white, declare their maker’s praise. This is my Father’s world: he shines in all that’s fair; in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad? The Lord is King; let the heavens ring! God reigns; let the earth be glad!

Prayer of Invocation

Quietly, mysteriously– almost casually—worship shapes the soul; keeps it in trim; feeds it and stores up inner resources; so that when storms come—as they do at last to all—the soul will demonstrate its strength.

As we gather together on this day, at this time, in this place may we recognize and affirm: the pieces of possibility, the bits of good, we bring, allowing our individual gifts to weave a patchwork of celebration and justice. Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of life in the presenttness of God. Amen.

Anthem – God of Grace and God of Glory (John Purifoy)

1 God of grace and God of glory,
On Your people pour your power.
Crown your ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the facing of this hour. 

2 Lo! The hosts of evil round us
Scorn you Christ, assail His ways:
Fears and doubts too long have bound us,
Free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the living of these days.

3 Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be
Armored with all Christ-like graces
In the fight to set men free
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the facing of this hour.

A Time with Younger Disciples

Litany – Giving Thanks for Fathers Near and Far

L: Oh God, we thank you for fathers near,
Fathers with strong arms, and fathers with feeble knees
Present at table and at bathtub and at bedtime for prayers.
P: Thank you, God, for fathers near.
L: We thank you, O God, for fathers far away,
Fathers who ache for their families
Fathers absent because of war,
Or disease,
Or despair,
Fathers who are present and absent at the same time.
P: Thank you, God, for fathers far away.
L: We thank you, O God, for caring communities
Where mothers fill in for fathers
And fathers fill in for mothers,
And grandparents put on the apron and the towel.
P: Where aunts and uncles, and those who are absolutely no kin at all make our communities a home. Amen

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

A Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures – I Samuel 15:34 -16:13                       Jackie Noller, Liturgist

Samuel left immediately for Ramah and Saul went home to Gibeah. Samuel had nothing to do with Saul from then on, though he grieved long and deeply over him. But God was sorry he had ever made Saul king in the first place.

God addressed Samuel: “So, how long are you going to mope over Saul? You know I’ve rejected him as king over Israel. Fill your flask with anointing oil and get going. I’m sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I’ve spotted the very king I want among his sons.”

“I can’t do that,” said Samuel. “Saul will hear about it and kill me.”

God said, “Take a heifer with you and announce, ‘I’ve come to lead you in worship of God, with this heifer as a sacrifice.’ Make sure Jesse gets invited. I’ll let you know what to do next. I’ll point out the one you are to anoint.”

Samuel did what God told him. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the town fathers greeted him, but apprehensively. “Is there something wrong?”

“Nothing’s wrong. I’ve come to sacrifice this heifer and lead you in the worship of God. Prepare yourselves, be consecrated, and join me in worship.” He made sure Jesse and his sons were also consecrated and called to worship.

When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Here he is! God’s anointed!”

But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

Jesse then called up Abinadab and presented him to Samuel. Samuel said, “This man isn’t God’s choice either.”

Next Jesse presented Shammah. Samuel said, “No, this man isn’t either.”

Jesse presented his seven sons to Samuel. Samuel was blunt with Jesse, “God hasn’t chosen any of these.”

Then he asked Jesse, “Is this it? Are there no more sons?”

“Well, yes, there’s the runt. But he’s out tending the sheep.”

Samuel ordered Jesse, “Go get him. We’re not moving from this spot until he’s here.”

Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health—bright-eyed, good-looking.

God said, “Up on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.”

Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.

Samuel left and went home to Ramah.

* Hymn - Eternal Father Strong to Serve The Faith We Sing No. 2191

1 Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm does bind the restless wave,
Who bids the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea. 

2 O Savior, whose almighty word
The winds and waves submissive heard,
Who walked upon the foaming deep,
And calm amid the rage did sleep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

3 O Holy Spirit, who did brood
Upon the waters dark and rude,
And bid their angry tumult cease,
And give for wild confusion peace;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea. 

4 O Trinity of love and pow’r,
Your children shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire, and foe,
Protect them where-so-e’er they go;
Thus, evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

A Reading from the Gospels – Mark 4:26-34                                                                     Rev. Debbie Scott

He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Sermon – “Fields of Promise”                                                                                                 Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory AnthemRedemption (Josh Tinley)

Lord, redeem our broken world.

Deliver us from fear and sadness, hopelessness and pain;
Save us from our apathy, our brokenness, our shame.

Rescue us from pride and anger, selfishness and greed;
Give us hope and give us life. Restore us, set us free.

* Presentation of Offering – Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow                                  UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Offering Prayer

May the offerings brought this day be used as seeds, planted faithfully and nurtured lovingly so that God’s way may be realized anew in this world. Grant us the humility we need to plant and tend your precious garden. Amen.

* Closing HymnThis Is a Day of New Beginnings (verses 1-4) UMH 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.

* Dismissal with Blessing

Gracious God examine our hearts and shed light where love is needed
We give thanks for the gift of our lives and for this day that you have made.
Help us to overcome any shortcomings we may have, those seen and unseen.
Guide us as we look forward with hope toward all you have in store. Amen.

* Choral ResponseAmen (Trad. Danish)

Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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