Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitWhat Does the Lord Require (insert) TFWS 2174
1. What does the Lord require of you?

What does the Lord require of you?
2. Justice, kindness,
walk humbly with your God.
3. To seek justice, and love kindness,
and walk humbly with your God.

* Call to Worship

L: How wonderful it is to be in a dwelling place for God!
P: The refreshing springs of God’s love cleans and restore us.

L: There is a place here for everyone. No one is turned away.
P: The least and the lost; the homeless and hopeless are always welcome in God’s house.
L: Praise to God who invites and shelters us all.
P: Praise to God who heals and sends us forth to serve. Amen.

* Opening HymnImmortal, Invisible, God Only Wise UMH 103

1. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes, most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

2. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might; thy justice like mountains high soaring above they clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

3. To all, life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest, the true life of all; we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree, and wither and perish, but naught changeth thee.

4. Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light; thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight; all laud we would render: O help us to see’ tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

* Prayer of Invocation (All)

In the beauty of this place, we have come to pray, to worship, to receive healing and hope. We come from the struggles and triumphs of the week, needing to feel the soothing presence of God. Lord, be with us this day. Calm and soothe our souls. Cause us to rejoice that you have provided a special place where we may gather to talk of your presence and love; to sing your praises; and to be empowered to go forth to serve you. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Psalter Reading – Psalm 84 by Francis MacNab                                                                 Lee Enos, Liturgist

O God, from my place in the working world, and in the wide wilderness of life, I long for that sure sense of knowing what it is all about. I yearn for that experience of joy to come to my whole body and soul. I look for your presence as a pathway to life’s fullness. Even the birds as small as a sparrow and the swallow, show me the way to your presence. Though we are often wounded and hurt in this fractured world, we discover that this world also has its source of healing. We are all enriched and our hearts are made stronger as we tap into that power that flows into us. The very sight of a spring of water arouses our anticipation of being refreshed and renewed. From all our external involvements, we hear the call of our inner spirits. O Lord of all Being you remind us that you take hold of us. A moment in your presence is worth more than many years in the wilderness of life. I will be happy to stay only at the edge of your presence than be carried away by my own self-serving pursuits. God – you stand in front of us when we fear the future. In our dark times you bring the sun to shine again. Out of our troubles you point us to the pathway of our best bliss. And as we receive: we are rich indeed!

Litany Standing on the Promises UMH 374
L: What has God promised?
P: To always be with us.
L: What are we called to do?
P: To shout and sing God’s praises, God’s faithful love for us.
All Sing: “Standing on the Promises”, Verse 1

1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let his praises ring; glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

L: Life is tough these days.
P: But God is with us.
L: Storms and terrors threaten us at every turn. Who will protect us?
P: God will protect us, as God promised.
All Sing: “Standing on the Promises”, Verse 2

2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

L: Who gives us the courage to stand in the face of tribulation?
P: Jesus Christ has given the witness by the gift of his own life.
L: What bond is there for us?
P: It is the bond of Christ’s own love, the gift of his own self for our lives.
All Sing: “Standing on the Promises”, Verse 3

3. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord, overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

L: No matter what may threaten, God is with us.
P: Hallelujah! Amen.
L: We will rest in the Savior and place our hope in him alone!
P: Hallelujah! Amen.
All Sing: “Standing on the Promises”, Verse 4

4. Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call, resting in my Savior as my all in all, standing on the promises of God. Standing, (Standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) standing on the promises of God my Savior; standing, (standing on the promises,) standing (standing on the promises,) I’m standing on the promises of God.

A Reading from the Old Testament – Joshua 24:1-3, 14-25
Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Long ago your ancestors—Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor—lived beyond the Euphrates and served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac;

“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm, and consume you, after having done you good.” And the people said to Joshua, “No, we will serve the Lord!” Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” The people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and him we will obey.” So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem.

Sermon – “Who Will You Serve?”                                                                                            Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory O Thou Who Camest From Above Lauren McDonald Hyland, Mezzo Soprano
(Victorian Gallery Hymn – Words Charles Wesley, Music Samuel Wesley)

O thou who camest from above
The pure celestial fire to impart,
Kindle a flame of sacred love
On the mean altar of my heart!

There let it for thy glory burn
With inextinguishable blaze,
And trembling to its source return
In humble prayer and fervent praise.

Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire
To work, and speak, and think for thee;
Still let me guard the holy fire,
And still stir up the gift in me.

* 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)

By our smallest actions, we become part of a bigger world. The smallest giving can be an expression of the good spirit of generosity and caring. May we be helped to carry through the doorway of each new day, this good spirit of generosity and caring.

* Closing HymnI Have Decided to Follow Jesus (insert) TFWS 2129

1. I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.
2. Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow,
Tho’ none go with me I still will follow,
Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.
3. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry till I see Jesus,
My cross I’ll carry till I see Jesus;
No turning back, No turning back.
4. The world behind me, the cross before me,
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

* Dismissal with Blessing

God is always with you. Even when times get difficult and the way is not clear, God is truly by your side. Rest in God’s strength and love. Serve God with joy. Go in peace. AMEN.

* Choral ResponseSpirit Song (Verse 1) 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.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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