Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

He looks at them and sees their small worldview,
longs for them to open their eyes and soften their hearts.
He knows they are itching to dismiss him, but he cannot dismiss them.
He has come for this very reason – to open eyes and redeem worldviews,
to offer a bright new way to those trapped in the shadows of the old…   -Dave Hopwood

Prelude - In illo tempore (Gregorian proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitThis Is the Day UMH 657

This is the day, this is the day that the Lord hath made, that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice, let us rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it. This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. This is the day, this is the day that the Lord hath made.

* Call to Worship

The prophets of old spoke of God’s justice, even when it was unwelcome,
Who will hear their message?
We will listen and we will hear!
Responding to God’s call, Jesus traveled, preaching and teaching all who would listen.
Who will hear his message?
We will listen and we will hear!
Christ sent out disciples two by two, to spread the good news in any place that would welcome them. Who will hear their message?
We will listen and we will hear!
God’s prophets are among us still, around the world and in these pews.
Who will hear their message? We will listen and we will hear!

* Opening HymnCome, We That Love the Lord UMH 732

1. Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known; join in a song with sweet accord, and thus surround the throne.

2. Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly King may speak their joys abroad.

3. The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets before we reach the heavenly fields, or walk the golden streets.

4. Then let our songs abound, and every tear be dry; we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground, to fairer worlds on high.

Prayer of Invocation

O God, source of all beauty and goodness, your grace comes fresh every morning. In each new day you give us light. We praise your for your never failing love that satisfies our needs and shows us the way to follow. We rejoice in your constant care, for you are faithful in love for all people, offering the world salvation through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

A Reading from the Old Testament – Ezekial 2:2-5                                              Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord God.” Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

* HymnSpirit Song UMH 347

1. O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love. Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul. O let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit like a dove will descend upon your life and make you whole. Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs. Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

2. O come and sing this song with gladness as your hearts are filled with joy. Lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name. O give him all your tears and sadness; give him all your years of pain, and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name. Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs. Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.

A Reading from the Gospels – Mark 6:1-6                                                                          Rev. Debbie Scott

He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching.

Sermon – “Hometown Blues”                                                                                                Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryCome, O Thou Traveler Unknown (arr. Carleton Young)

Come, O thou Traveler unknown,
Whom still I hold, but cannot see!
My company before is gone,
And I am left alone with Thee;
With Thee all night I mean to stay,
And wrestle till the break of day.
I need not tell Thee who I am,
My misery and sin declare;
Thyself hast called me by my name,
Look on Thy hands, and read it there;
But who, I ask Thee, who art Thou?
Tell me Thy name, and tell me now.

* 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
As we have heard, so we have seen God’s compassion in our lives. As we have seen, so we will live, offering our gifts to God, so others might know God’s steadfast love is present with them in every moment. Amen.

* Closing HymnHere I Am, Lord UMH 593

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain. I have wept for love of them. They turn away. I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

3. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them. My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

* Dismissal with Blessing

Go out now with eyes and ears open,
to hear and be heard
as you share the good news with one another.

* Choral ResponseGod Be with You til We Meet Again (Vs. 1) UMH 672

1. God be with you till we meet again; by his counsels guide, uphold you, with his sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, (till we meet,) till we meet, (till we meet again) till we meet at Jesus’ feet; (till we meet) till we meet, (till we meet), till we meet, (till we meet again) God be with you till we meet again.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* PostludeAllegro (Thomas Wayton)

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