Sunday, June 24, 2018

Church anniversaries ought to include not only a look back with thanksgiving,
but a look forward with commitment.

PreludeIn illo tempore (Gregorian proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitWith You, O Lord (Jacques Berthier)

With You, O Lord, is life in all its fullness, and in Your light we shall see true light.

* Call to Worship

We’ve come this far by faith leaning on the Lord
Trusting in His Holy Word He’s never failed us yet.

I will lift up mine eyes to the hills, From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof
The world and those that dwell therein
On this day, we celebrate and give glory to our Living God.
We declare in one resounding voice
All: Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord
Praise Ye the Lord!

* Opening HymnA Mighty Fortress Is Our God UMH 110

1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours, thru him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever.

Prayer of Invocation

God who calls us to be the church in this place & time, we come together to celebrate Your presence among us. In this hour, as we sing and pray and listen, may you awaken in us a hope for the future. May our time together remind us why the church is needed in the world.  Amen.

AnthemHow Firm A Foundation (Tom Birchwood, on “Foundation”)

How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?
 

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, & cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
 

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

A Time with Younger Disciples

Litany

God, we’ve gathered in this place to acknowledge that we did not choose You, but You chose us, and appointed us, to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.
We praise You for choosing us and calling us out of darkness into Your wonderful light.
You have searched us and You know us, yet You continue to love and use us.
Wash away all our iniquity and cleanse us from our sin.
As we reflect upon the work You have done through us, help us never forget the message, mission, and work to which you have called us.
You are the vine and we are the branches; apart from You, we have no work of our own.
As we move forward in this ministry, we recommit ourselves to the principles of Your Word—to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, and soul.
To love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
To feed the hungry and to clothe the naked.
To work for justice on behalf of those whose voices are not heard.
All: For this is how our God is glorified, that we bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be His disciples. Amen.

Sharing Joys & Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer UMH 895

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.

A Reading from the Epistles – II Corinthians 5:11-21  (The Message)               Denzel Enos, Liturgist

That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God. God alone knows how well we do this, but I hope you realize how much and deeply we care. We’re not saying this to make ourselves look good to you. We just thought it would make you feel good, proud even, that we’re on your side and not just nice to your face as so many people are. If I acted crazy, I did it for God; if I acted overly serious, I did it for you. Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do.

Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could also be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own.

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.

* HymnO God, Our Help in Ages Past UMH 117

1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!

2. Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure; sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting, thou art God, to endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages, in thy sight, are like an evening gone; short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.

5. Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all who breathe away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

6. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

A Reading from the Gospels – Mark 4:35-41                                                                      Rev. Debbie Scott

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Sermon – “We’re All In the Same Boat”                                                                             Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory AnthemMy Shepherd Will Supply My Need (arr. Greg Larson)

My Shepherd will supply my need,
The God of love supreme;
In pastures green You let me feed
Beside the living stream.
You bring my wondering spirit back
When I forsake your ways,
And lead me for Your mercy’s sake
In paths of truth and grace.
 

When I walk through the shades of death,
You presence is my stay;
One word of Your supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Your hand, in sight of all my foes,
Does still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Your oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days.
O may Your house be my abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come,
No more a stranger nor a guest,
But like a child at home.
 

My Shepherd will supply my need;
The God of love supreme.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise 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

Gift giving God, for 246 years we have gathered in this place to share what we are and have. Help us continue this sharing of our time, talent, and treasure. May the gifts we give be gifts of Love. May they increase the power of Love in the re-creation of the world. Amen.

* Closing HymnJesus, Friend of Thronging Pilgrims CWM Rhondda

Jesus, Friend of thronging pilgrims As of those who walk alone, Look upon our crowded cities With compassion from thy throne;  Loving Shepherd, Loving Shepherd, Move among us as thine own.  Move among us as thine own.

Thou didst know the market places and the streets in days of yore; Thou could’st see beneath the pleasures Broken hearts and spirits sore; Gracious Healer, Gracious Healer, How we need thy touch once more!  How we need thy touch once more!

Send thy servants to the highways Where are heard the doleful cries; Call again the hungry masses to the feast that satisfies, For the supper, For the supper Now is spread before their eyes. Now is spread before their eyes.

By thy power be streets transfigured, Haunts of sin be purified; Rich and poor be found in concord, Zion’s courts their hope and pride; Lord of Cities, Lord of Cities, Here make healing peace abide.  Here make healing peace abide.

* Dismissal with Blessing

The Lord God is his goodness has blessed us with 246 years of mission and ministry as Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. We are a remembering people, and it is good that we remember that God has chosen us, baptized us, and brought us together as the Church of Christ in this place.
But we are also a people of this day, brought together by God to be a holy fellowship of believers: the Body of Christ, sharing, caring, working in the world, and living in the hope of the world to come.
Our eyes look back with thanksgiving. Our eyes look forward in hope. Therefore, with thanksgiving for the past and hope for the future, let us dedicate ourselves and our lives to the mission which God gives us as the Church of Jesus Christ in this place.

* Choral ResponseWhat A Mighty God We Serve (arr. Jackson Henry)

What a mighty God we serve.
Angels bow before You,
Heaven and earth adore You.
What a mighty God we serve.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude Jubilate (Van Denman Thomson)

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