Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitTake Our Bread (refrain only) UMH 640

1. Take our bread, we ask you; take our hearts, we love you. Take our lives, O Father, we are yours, we are yours. Yours as we stand at the table you set; yours as we eat the bread our hearts can’t forget. We are the sign of your life with us yet, we are yours, we are yours.

2. Take our bread, we ask you; take our hearts, we love you. Take our lives, O Father, we are yours, we are yours. Your holy people standing washed in your blood, Spirit-filled yet hungry we await your food. We are poor, but we’ve brought ourselves the best we could; we are yours, we are yours.

* Call to Worship

L: We hunger for what mere food cannot satisfy.
P: Bread of Heaven. Feed us till we want no more.
L: We work for food that perishes and wonder why we’re never content.
P: Bread of Heaven. Feed us till we want no more.
L: The faith we profess today will be tested tomorrow.
P: Bread of Heaven. Bread of Heaven. Feed us till we want no more.
L: We want to do the works of God but our souls are like heaps of dry bones.
P: Bread of Heaven. Feed us till we want no more.
L: As you fed the Hebrews in the wilderness feed us your daily bread.
P: Bread of Heaven. Feed us till we want no more.
L: Despite our many wants, feed us the only food that feeds our souls.
P: Bread of Heaven. Bread of Heaven. Feed us till we want no more.

* Opening 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.

Prayer of Invocation

Lord of love and mercy, our souls and bodies hunger for your spirit. Open our hearts and our spirits this day to receive the bread of life and the cup of salvation; that we may become more faithful disciples. It is in Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (read by Bill Murphy, ‘s a’Ghaidhlig Albannach – Scottish Gaelic)

Ar n-Athair a tha air nèamh, gu naomhaichear d’ainm. Thigeadh do rìochachd. Dèanar do thoil air an talamh, mar a nìthear air nèamh. Tabhair dhuinn an-diugh ar n-aran làitheil. Agus maith dhuinn ar fiachan, amhail a mhaitheas sinne dar luchd-fiach. Agus na leig ann am buaireadh sinn, ach saor sinn o olc; oir is leatsa an rìoghachd, agus an cumhachd, agus a’ ghlòir, gu sìorraidh. Amen.

Children’s Moment

A Reading from the Old Testament – Exodus 16:2-15                                                 Maria Allen, Liturgist

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days.” So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?” And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the Lord has heard the complaining that you utter against him—what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the Lord.”

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

Prayer of Confession

Gracious and patient Lord, we spend so much time questioning everything, including your love and faithfulness to us. Our ancient ancestors questioned your care in the wilderness, crying out in their hunger and distress; and you fed them manna – enough sustenance to carry them through each day. Today we cry out in our own wilderness, our fears, our doubts; and you have given to us Jesus Christ, the living bread. Forgive us when we spend so much time doubting. Help to erase our doubts and replace our fears with confidence in the life-giving presence of Jesus Christ. We offer this prayer in His Name. AMEN.

Words of Assurance (Leader)

You who hunger and thirst will be filled with the life-giving bread of Jesus Christ. Your souls and spirits shall be uplifted and healed. Rejoice!

* HymnLet Us Break Bread Together UMH 618

1. Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees) let us break bread together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (On me)

2. Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees) let us drink wine together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (On me)

3*. Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees) let us praise God together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (On me)

4. Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees) let us praise God together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy if you please. (If you please)

A Reading from the Gospel – John 6:24-35

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Sermon – “Bread for the Journey”                                                                                         Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory O the Depth of Love Divine (Carlton Young)               Lauren MacDonald Hyland, Soloist

O the depth of love divine, the unfathomable grace!
Who shall say how bread and wine God into us conveys!
How the bread his flesh imparts, how the wine transmits his blood,
Fills his faithful people’s hearts with all the life of God!

Let the wisest mortals show how we the grace receive;
Feeble elements bestow a power not theirs to give.
Who explains the wondrous way, how through these the virtue came?
These the virtue did convey, yet still remain the same.

Sure and real is the grace, the manner be unknown;
Only meet us in thy ways and perfect us in one.
Let us taste the heavenly powers, Lord, we ask for nothing more.
Thine to bless, ’tis only ours to wonder and adore.

* 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)

The Lord’s Supper

The Thanksgiving (sung by Rev. Debbie Scott)
The Invitation
Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer After Receiving
Gracious God, we have received abundant gifts from you.
May we give thanks for them and use them wisely.
May we love one another and form relationships of faith.
And may our greatest relationship be with the one Lord of All. Amen.

* Closing Hymn – Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast UMH 616

1. Come, sinners, to the gospel feast, let every soul be Jesus’ guest. Ye need not one be left behind, for God hath bid all humankind.

2. Do not begin to make excuse; ah! do not you his grace refuse; your worldly cares and pleasures leave, and take what Jesus hath to give.

3. Come and partake the gospel feast, be saved from sin, in Jesus rest; O taste the goodness of our God, and eat his flesh and drink his blood.

4. See him set forth before your eyes; behold the bleeding sacrifice; his offered love make haste to embrace, and freely now be saved by grace.

5. Ye who believe his record true shall sup with him and he with you; come to the feast, be saved from sin, for Jesus waits to take you in.

* Dismissal with Blessing

L: Christ, the bread of life, sends you out to feed others.
Whoever comes to Christ will not be hungry or thirsty.
P: We will share our lives with brothers and sisters.
We seek to offer them the bread from heaven.
L: Join the saints in building up the body of Christ.
Seek to equip others for the work of ministry.
P: We find unity in our relationship with God.
We seek to grow toward the full stature of Christ.
L: The Spirit will go with you and dwell with you.
Receive with joy the salvation Christ offers each day.
P: We are being healed even as we serve.
We are empowered daily as we share love. Amen.

* Choral ResponseFill My Cup, Lord UMH 641
Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Postlude

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