Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”  – Emma Lazarus
{Cast in bronze at the base of the Statue of Liberty}

Organ PreludeThe Earle of Oxenforde, His Pavan (Farnaby)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

* Choral IntroitAmerica the Beautiful UMH 696 Vs. 3

3. O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears! America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.

* Call to Worship

L: God of all Nations, call us into Your family.
P: We welcome all people of all cultures and languages, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: God of all ages past and present, call us into Your family.
P: We walk hand in hand with our seniors and our children, called to be present and share with our homebound and our young ones, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: God of Diversity, call us into Your family.
P: We embrace all people on the margins, including those of different genders and sexual orientations, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: God of the Poor, God of the Hungry, God of the Oppressed, call us into Your family.
P: We will speak up and seek justice for all those who suffer, for we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: God of Creation, call us into Your family.
P: Call us to embrace and love, to bless and uphold, to remember we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, as we gather to worship You.

* Opening Hymn – God of the Ages UMH 698

1. God of the ages, whose almighty hand leads forth in beauty all the starry band of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, our grateful songs before thy throne arise.

2. Thy love divine hath led us in the past; in this free land with thee our lot is cast; be thou our ruler, guardian, guide, and stay, thy Word our law, thy paths our chosen way.

3. From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, be thy strong arm our ever sure defense; thy true religion in our hearts increase; thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

4. Refresh thy people on their toilsome way; lead us from night to never-ending day; fill all our lives with love and grace divine, and glory, laud, and praise be ever thine.

Prayer of Invocation

Loving God, we are yours. We come as we are, with our cares and concerns. We long to touch you and find healing in your embrace. Strengthen our faith and heal our brokenness, that we may worship you with joy. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Psalter – Psalm 130:1-8

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
from all its iniquities.

* HymnBe Kind to One Another Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

AURELIA 7.6.7.6 D (“The Church’s One Foundation”)
(Used by Permission – Her latest hymn lifts up prayers for expanding circles of kindness in God’s world.)

Be kind to one another, be tender-hearted too —
forgiving one another, as Christ has pardoned you.
Refrain from any gossip, for gossip is a sin.
Be open to new friendships, and welcome people in.

Be kind in all your speaking and hear what others say.
Be open to Christ’s teaching, and in all matters, pray.
Be gentle, loving, faithful and keep a humble mind.
Remember what is truthful. In everything be kind.

Be kind within your circle, but look past what you see;
Be kind to those in trouble — the poor, the refugee.
The world is filled with violence; write letters, call out sin!
Don’t ever sit in silence and let the evil win.

O God of love, you’ve taught us. You’ve shown us what to do:
Be just, commit to kindness, walk humbly here with you.
Your Spirit gives us courage to truly live this way.
May love become our message; may kindness win the day.

A Reading from the Gospels – Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Sermon – “With Liberty and Justice For All”                                                                     Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory – Now The Silence (Carl Schalk)                                           Madeleine Gray, Mezzo Soprano

Now the silence, now the peace,
Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, now the plea,
Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, now the power,
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;
Now the body, now the blood,
Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, now the songs,
Now the heart forgiven, leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation,
Now the Son’s epiphany;
Now the Father’s blessing,
Now, now, now.

* 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

Receive and bless these gifts and our lives, O God, which we offer in response to your love revealed so clearly in Jesus. As he transformed people’s lives with the healing power of his love, so may lives continue to be transformed through these gifts, our love and our witness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Sacrament of Holy Communion
A Communion Prayer for Independence Day (Dr. Marcia McFee Worship Design Studio)

Invitation

This week, people across this country will come together around tables: picnic tables, kitchen tables, dining tables… and whether it’s BBQ, fried chicken, Mom’s favorite homemade dish, hot dog stand, potluck, whatever is in the pantry or whatever they could afford, many will pause to remember the value of independence and hopefully enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. Today we gather around another table to remember what true freedom really means. All are invited to this Table of Freedom. You don’t have to earn it or fight for it. You simply have to accept the chair pulled up already for you. Yet, as we prepare ourselves for this feast, we are called to admit the complexity that lies at the edges of our celebrations.

Prayer of Confession

For all the ways we colonize each other–
with expectations, beliefs, judgments, and our own fear…
God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

For all the ways we squander right relationship–
grabbing to “have” more while some go without…
God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

For all the ways we abuse our freedom–
engaging hateful speech towards those not on “our” side…
God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

For all the ways we deny equality–
deeming some “in” and others “out…”
God, in your mercy, forgive and transform.

Silence

Words of Assurance
Sung ChorusIt is Well with My Soul (Chorus Only)                                                                        UMH 377

Jesus said, “I have come to set the prisoner free.”
No matter what binds you this day, freedom is yours through new life in Christ.
In the name of him who came to loose the chains, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven, set free. Glory to God! Amen!

The Peace

When our lives are set free, we are able to reach out to stranger and friend.
I invite you to pass the peace of Christ among you, saying, “Freedom is coming, yes I know!”
[as the Peace comes to an end, begin the song chorus]

All sing It is Well with My Soul (Chorus) UMH 377

The Great Thanksgiving

The Liberating God be with you!
And also with you!
Lift up your hearts with joy!
We lift them up to God!
Let us give praise to the Author of Freedom!
It is right to give our thanks and praise!

It is right, and a good and holy thing
to give our praise to you this day,
Liberator of all Humankind.

You unleashed your creative power
and a world blossomed.
You bestowed upon every living thing
life and breath, color and movement.

No matter how many battles we wage
within and between ourselves and against you,
your promise, vision and gift of peace and abundance continues.

[vamp of the song starts underneath]

And so we lift up our voices in celebration of You!
Holy, holy, holy are You!
We join all the prophets and saints!
Heaven and earth are full of your glory!
We join the parade of justice!
Blessed are they who come in the name of the Lord!
We add our cries and exclamations!
Hosanna in the highest!

All sing It is Well with My Soul (Chorus) UMH 377

Holy are you and blessed is your son, Jesus.
To those who were imprisoned
by status, law, illness, poverty, gender, age, disease,
he said, “your belief has set you free. You are a child of God.”

He invited disciples, friends and strangers alike to his tables. [lift the bread]
He proclaimed God’s grace to all with whom he broke bread. [lift the cup]
He proclaimed God’s love to all with whom he shared the cup.

And he told us to remember:
It is Well with my Soul

All singIt Is Well With My Soul (Chorus) UMH 377

[musical vamp continues underneath…. ]
Holy Spirit, transform this meal and transform this body
so that we might be free to love without condition,
invite without hesitancy,
go without reservation
and proclaim your freedom to all the world!
Let the people say, “Amen!”

All singIt is Well with My Soul UMH 377

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul
It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer After Receiving – For Our Country UMH 430

1. O Master, let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free; tell me thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.

2. Help me the slow of heart to move by some clear, winning word of love; teach me the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way.

3. Teach me thy patience; still with thee in closer, dearer company, in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong;

4. In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way, in peace that only thou canst give, with thee, O Master, let me live.

* Closing HymnThis Is My Song UMH 437

1. This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; but other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine. O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.

3. This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms: Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done. Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one. O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations; myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: Go out with the Gospel ringing in your ears with love in your heart & a spring in your step.
P: The Lover of the universe will uphold us, the Savior of the lost will enfold us,
the Spirit of joy will mold us,

L: Do not ever be afraid to welcome others. Bring your welcoming, accepting spirit to all those whom you meet. May God go with you on your journey this week and all of your days.

* Choral ResponseLet There Be Peace on Earth UMH 431

1. This is my song, O God of all the nations, a song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; but other hearts in other lands are beating with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean, and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine; but other lands have sunlight too, and clover, and skies are everywhere as blue as mine. O hear my song, thou God of all the nations, a song of peace for their land and for mine.

3. This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms: Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done. Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him, and hearts united learn to live as one. O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations; myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Fiero (Jackson)

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