Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

How we treat others is the ultimate test of our love for Christ.

Prelude Brian Tracey, Guest Organist

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral Introit – Come Christians, Join to Sing (vs. 1) UMH 158

1. Come, Christians, join to sing: Alleluia! Amen! loud praise to Christ our King: Alleluia! Amen! Let all, with heart and voice, before his throne rejoice; praise is his gracious choice. Alleluia! Amen!

* Call to Worship

L: Why have you come to this place?
P: We have come to find Jesus.
L: Why have you come today?
P: We are tired in body and spirit.
L: Jesus bids you sit and be at ease.
P: Will we find wholeness here?
L: Jesus gathers the fragments of our lives, that nothing may be lost.

* Opening Hymn O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (vs. 1-4) UMH 57

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all of the earth abroad the honors of thy name.

3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;’ tis music in the sinner’s ears,’ tis life, and health, and peace.

4. He breaks the power of canceled sin, he sets the prisoner free; his blood can made the foulest clean; his blood availed for me.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord, we come into your presence this morning with the busy schedules of summer activities crowding our lives. Our souls need to be fed & yet we seem powerless to find nurture & feeding that will sustain us. Open our ears, our eyes, & our hearts this day to hear your words of hope & healing for us. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

A Reading from the Old Testament Deuteronomy 26:1-11   Jeanni Galloway, Liturgist

When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, “Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: “A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labor on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.” You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

Prayer of Confession

We confess our pride, O God. We confess that we want to do things our way & at our pace. We confess that in our rush to live our lives we knock over those in our way or let go of others holding us back. Forgive us for not seeing our neighbor in need. Forgive us for causing others to stumble. Forgive us of our sins of pride & selfishness. Call us into Your ways of love & mercy. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

God knows we want to do things our own way, and it’s hard to stop and remember that God knows best. But when we put our trust in God, we find our spirits renewed. Take a breath. Pause. Slow down. Remember that Christ is with you. Forgive yourself, and forgive others. Know God’s love, and take time to see God’s beauty in creation all around you. Amen.

* HymnHelp Us Accept Each Other UMH 560

1. Help us accept each other as Christ accepted us; teach us as sister, brother, each person to embrace. Be present, Lord, among us, and bring us to believe we are ourselves accepted and meant to love and live.

2. Teach us, O Lord, your lessons, as in our daily life we struggle to be human and search for hope and faith. Teach us to care for people, for all, not just for some, to love them as we find them, or as they may become.

3. Let your acceptance change us, so that we may be moved in living situations to do the truth in love; to practice your acceptance, until we know by heart the table of forgiveness and laughter’s healing art.

4. Lord, for today’s encounters with all who are in need, who hunger for acceptance, for righteousness and bread, we need new eyes for seeing, new hands for holding on; renew us with your Spirit; Lord, free us, make us one!

A Reading from the Gospel Matthew 18:1-5, 10-14

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

“Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

Sermon – “The Offering of Hospitality”   Rev. Dr. Stacey Nickerson, Board of Child Care

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryAwake, O Sleeper (Max Miller)
Lauren MacDonald Hyland, Mezzo Soprano & Tod Myers, Bass

Awake, O sleeper, rise from death,
And Christ shall give you light,
So learn his love- its length and breadth,
Its fullness, depth, and height.

To us on earth he came to bring
From sin and fear release,
To give the Spirit’s unity,
The very bond of peace.

For us Christ lived, for us He died,
And conquered in the strife.
Awake, arise, go forth in faith,
And Christ shall give you life.

* 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 (All)

From a laptop and a daycare center, from retirement and teaching, from construction work and nursing, from all the places where we derive a living, we offer you our gifts, God of grace, so they might become part of all the fruits of hope and of healing, of peace and patience, which you give to others throughout the world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnGod of Grace and God of Glory UMH 577

1. God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power; crown thine ancient church’s story; bring her bud to glorious flower. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, (of this hour) for the facing of this hour.

2. Lo! the hosts of evil round us scorn thy 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, (of these days) for the living of these days.

3. Cure thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to thy control; shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, (kingdom’s goal) lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

4. Save us from weak resignation to the evils we deplore; let the search for thy salvation be our glory evermore. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore, (we adore) serving thee whom we adore.

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: Go out to share what you have received. God will multiply the gifts that you give away.
P: We will turn away from fear of scarcity. We will celebrate and share our abundance.
L: God meets you amid the storms of life, God goes with you through the terrors of the night.
P: We are embraced by God’s steadfast love. We will look up and not be afraid.
L: May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith. May the Holy Spirit strengthen your inner being.
P: To God be the glory in the church forever. May Christ be honored in all we say and do.
Amen and Amen.

* Choral ResponseBlessed Be the Tie That Binds (vs. 4) UMH 557

4. When we asunder part, it gives us inward pain; but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude Brian Tracey, Guest Organist

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