Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

“Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last”

PreludeIn Somer, Whan the Daye is Lange (Trad. Scottish)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Congregational IntroitAngels We Have Heard on High (Vs. 1) UMH 238

1. Angels we have heard on high sweetly singing o’er the plains, and the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

* Call to Worship

L: Laugh! Children of God!
Let tears of joy baptize your eyes and your cheeks.
Give God thanks and celebrate!
It’s great to be alive!
P: It’s great to be alive!
L: Dance! Children of God!
Lose yourself in the choreography of the Spirit.
Life is a dance and God is the orchestra.
It’s great to be alive!
P: It’s great to be alive!
L: Embrace! Children of God! Open your arms and feel close to each other.
It is in our openness where life takes on meaning.
It’s great to be alive!
P: Give God thanks and celebrate! It’s great to be alive!

* Opening HymnLet All the World in Every Corner Sing UMH 93

Let all the world in every corner sing: my God and King!

1. The heavens are not too high, God’s praise may thither fly; the earth is not too low, God’s praises there may grow. Let all the world in every corner sing: my God and King!

2. The church with psalms must shout, no door can keep them out. But, more than all, the heart must bear the longest part. Let all the world in every corner sing: my God and King!

Prayer of Invocation

Lord of the dance, creator of whirling winds and shimmering flames, move in us this day. Breathe life into our songs of praise. Set our hearts ablaze to your word. May our worship bring joy to you, Lord. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

A Reading from the Psalms – Psalm 150 (RSV)                                                  Eleanor Packard, Liturgist

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his exceeding greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with timbrel and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

Litany with Response

L: In the beginning……
P: The dance began to swirl and ponder.
L: In the beginning, all was dark.
P: And the dance cast forth bright light.
L: In the beginning, the earth burst forth with wondrous things, creatures of all sorts, mountains and hills, vast seas and rivers, valleys and desert areas.
P: And the Lord of the Dance saw that it was good and blessed it all.
L: In our beginning, God blessed us.
P: And the dance went on, through our lives, into all that we have done.
L: Sometimes the dance was slow and plodding; at other times it was sprightly and fast.
P: Yet in the midst of it all, the Lord of the Dance is with us.
L: This dance, called Life, is everywhere – in the light and in the dark. It is in places of hope and in places of deepest sorrow and tragedy.
P: How shall we dance our dance for God?
L: We shall live lives of hope and peace, bringing the good news of Jesus Christ and all that he taught to us, so that others may join the dance.
P: Praise be to the Lord of the Dance, the Lord of Creation, the Lord of Life! Amen.

* Hymn To God Be the Glory UMH 98

1. To God be the glory, great things he hath done! So loved he the world that he gave us his Son, who yielded his life an atonement for sin, and opened the life-gate that all may go in. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood, to every believer the promise of God; the vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

3. Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done, and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son; but purer, and higher, and greater will be our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice! O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son, and give him the glory, great things he hath done!

Invitation to the Word (2 Samuel 6)

L: Just as King David danced unashamed as the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem, let our hearts dance with unrestrained joy as we prepare to hear God’s word spoken afresh today. (B. J. Beu)

A Reading from the Old Testament – 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-19

David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim. They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark. David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

It was told King David, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord. When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.

Sermon – “God’s Dance Floor”                                                                                              Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory Canticle of Prayer (Erik Routledge, arr. BSM)

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.

* 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

God of extravagant grace who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing – what can we offer in return? Surely nothing less than a similar extravagance. Bless and accept these gifts and our lives as our response to your gracious acts towards us. May we reflect such graciousness in all our dealings with others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

* Closing HymnLord of the Dance (Vs. 1-3) UMH 261

1. I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun, and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth. At Bethlehem I had my birth. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

2. I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee, but they would not dance and they would not follow me; I danced for the fishermen, for James and John; they came to me and the dance went on. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

3. I danced on the sabbath when I cured the lame, the holy people said it was a shame; they whipped and they stripped and they hung me high; and they left me there on a cross to die. Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.

* Dismissal with Blessing

Children of God, go forth dancing, singing, and praising.
Dance joy into sorrowful places!
Sing hope into places of despair!
Praise God this day and always! Amen!

* Congregational ResponseLeaning on the Everlasting Arms (Vs. 3) UMH 133

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms. Leaning (Leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), safe and secure from all alarms; leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning (leaning on Jesus), leaning on the everlasting arms.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* PostludeAllegro Molto (Thomson)

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