Sunday, June 22, 2018

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Walls that divide are broken down; Christ is our unity!
Chains that enslave are thrown aside; Christ is our liberty!  – Walter Farquharson

PreludeSonnes Rise (Sarum)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitOne Bread One Body (Chorus only) UMH 620

1. One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.

2. One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.

3. One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord. Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all.

* Call to Worship

When politics call us to take sides,
Christ calls us to serve one another.
When issues threaten to divide us,
Christ calls us to love one another.
When injustice and oppression seem to overwhelm us,
Christ takes on our burdens at the cross.
Come, join in worship together,
For we are one faith, one body in Christ, and we need one another. Amen.

* Opening HymnIn Christ There is No East or West UMH 548

1. In Christ there is no east or west, in him no south or north; but one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.

2. In Christ shall true hearts everywhere their high communion find; his service is the golden cord close binding humankind.

3. In Christ is neither Jew nor Greek, and neither slave nor free; both male and female heirs are made, and all are kin to me.

4. In Christ now meet both east and west, in him meet south and north; all Christly souls are one in him throughout the whole wide earth.

Prayer of Invocation

Lord, we gather here this morning with lives that are filled with activity and movement.
We rush from one thing to another as though we are going to run out of time to accomplish everything. Help us to let go of the hectic times and the stresses and find our rest in you. Relax our spirits and refresh our souls. Remind us that there will always be things to do and places to go, but that we need the rest of spirit that you provide. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Call to Reconciliation (Leader)

Do we really want God to dwell within us, or are we only willing to ‘rent out’ space for a brief visit? Our actions, our words, our silence, our fears all show the presence, or absence, of God in our lives. Let us empty ourselves of all which burdens us, and welcome the One who lives with us forever. Please join me as we pray,

Unison Prayer for Forgiveness

Steadfast God, we confess that we are so busy putting up walls between ourselves and others, we cannot see the home you are building for all of us. We spend so much time noting the differences between us and others, while you are embracing everyone as your child. We run to welcome those who look, talk, and act like us, and you throw open your doors to the stranger, the alien, in our midst.
Forgive us, Faithful Heart. By your grace, help us to see the household you are building for all people: there are no plastic protectors on the furniture; there are no rooms that are off-limits; and even the smallest child is welcome to sit at the big peoples’ Table and be fed by your grace. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, our peace, our hope, our Lord, our Savior.

Assurance of Pardon

Do you remember? At one time, you were without Christ; you were the stranger, the outsider, and the alien. But now, in Christ, you have been brought home, living in God’s household of hope and peace.
God’s covenant with us is everlasting; God’s steadfast love is forever; God’s forgiveness makes us new and whole. Thanks be to God. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel – Mark 6:30-34, 53-56  Elizabeth Brannan, Liturgist

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

* HymnThey’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

1. We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity
May one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love by our love
Yes they’ll know we are Christians
By our love
2. We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
We will walk with each other
We will walk hand in hand
And together we’ll spread the news
That God is in our land (Chorus)
3. We will work with each other
We will work side by side
We will work with each other
We will work side by side
And we’ll guard human dignity
And save human pride (Chorus)
4. All praise to the Father
From whom all things come
And all praise to
Christ Jesus His only Son
And all praise to
The Spirit who makes us one (Chorus)

A Reading from the Epistles – Ephesians 2:11-22 (NIV)

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Sermon – “Walls That Divide Are Broken Down”                                                           Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryWoe Unto Them Who Forsake Him (from “Elijah,” Mendelssohn)        Madeleine Gray

Woe unto them who forsake Him. Destruction shall fall upon them, Mezzo Soprano
for they have transgressed against Him, though they are by Him redeemed,
yet they have spoken falsely against Him; from Him they have fled.

* 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

Living Lord Jesus, we give thanks for all that you have done for us and continue to do for us through the gift of your Spirit. You welcome us as part of your family, members of God’s household. Help us always to show our gratitude, not only through these gifts but also through our acceptance of others and as a welcoming and loving community of faith. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

* Closing HymnWalls That Divide

1. Though ancient walls may still stand proud
and racial strife be fact,
though boundaries may be lines of hate,
proclaim God’s saving act!

Walls that divide are broken down;
Christ is our unity!
Chains that enslave are thrown aside;
Christ is our liberty!
2. When vested power stands firm entrenched
and breaks another’s back,
when waste and want live side by side,
it’s Gospel that we lack. (Refrain)
3. The truth we seek in varied scheme,
the life that we pursue,
unites us in a common quest
of self and world made new. (Refrain)
4. The church divided seeks that grace,
that newness we proclaim,
a unity of serving love
that lives praise to God’s name. (Refrain)
5. This broken world seeks lasting health
and vital unity.
God’s people, by God’s Word renewed,
cast off all slavery. (Refrain)

* Dismissal with Blessing

Now go, to greet stranger and dear friend equally.
We will share God’s steadfast love as we seek to live in faithfulness.
Now go, to share Christ’s compassion with everyone.
We will tear down dividing walls and build bridges of hope.
Now go, to live as one as the Spirit gathers you with others.
We will build communities that welcome all, especially the outsiders.

* Choral ResponseThere’s Something About That Name UMH 171

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! There’s just something about that name! Master, Savior, Jesus! Like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Let all heaven and earth proclaim: Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there’s something about that name!

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* PostludeSteadman Doubles (Rose)

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