Sunday, June 23, 2019

Anniversary Sunday

Organ Prelude In illo tempore (Gregorian Proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

* Choral IntroitThis Is The House Of The Lord (Donald Moore)

This is the house of the Lord: come before His presence with thanksgiving.

* Call to Worship

L: We are here to remember together the story we share – here to remind each other of who we are – and to whom we belong.
P: We claim this rich heritage with thanksgiving and joy – acknowledging how who we’ve been, has brought us to where we are, and affirming that it is knowing who we are that with excitement, we anticipate what God is yet to do.
L: Our memories serve to light the path ahead of us not in duplicating the past, but in making real our trust in the faithfulness of our God for the future.
P: We are children of God who remembers each one of us and celebrates the passages in our lives.
L: Passages of moving on to new states of life, each presenting new possibilities.
P: We affirm that through every passage, into each new situation in life, our God goes with us.
ALL: So, let us prepare for the possibilities of tomorrow by worshipping God today! Amen!

* Opening Hymn – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God                                                                                 UMH 110

1. A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he; Lord Sabaoth, his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; the Spirit and the gifts are ours, thru him who with us sideth. Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; the body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still; his kingdom is forever.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

God who calls us to be the church in this place & time, we come together to celebrate Your presence among us. In this hour, as we sing and pray and listen, may you awaken in
us a hope for the future. May our time together remind us why the church is needed in
the world. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Time – Presentation of the L. Carroll Yingling, Jr. Collection of Wesleyana

AnthemHow Firm A Foundation (Tom Birchwood, on “Foundation”)

How firm a foundation, O saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;

I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

Litany to Celebrate Our Anniversary

L: A community of faith conveys God’s good news of love,
P: And leads its members along pathways of faith.
L: It sows seeds of life in the soil of our hearts,
P: Causing faith and hope to sprout in our souls.
L: This congregation has been a vehicle of God’s grace,
P: Shining God’s marvelous light across the years;
L: A place for growing in relationship with the Lord,
P: For living, loving, and forgiving in the spirit of Christ.
L: We celebrate the many members of this family of faith,
P: Who have walked with the Lord through their years.
L: We remember how they have blessed us so richly,
P: Conveying God’s gift of love from their hearts to our hearts.
L: We celebrate the gift we are to one another,
P: As we learn and grow along this spiritual journey.
L: We give thanks for the togetherness we feel with one another,
P: Sharing in all of life’s joys and sorrows, its victories and defeats.
L: It is a day of great joy in the life of this congregation,
P: As we celebrate the many lives it has already touched.
L: We give thanks for the body of Christ that we are today
P: And for what God will inspire us to become tomorrow. Amen and Amen!

* HymnO God, Our Help in Ages Past UMH 117

1. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!

2. Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure; sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame, from everlasting, thou art God, to endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages, in thy sight, are like an evening gone; short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.

5. Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all who breathe away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

6. O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

A Reading from the Epistles – Galatians 3:23-29
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Sermon – “Part of the Beloved Community”                                                                     Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts and Tithes

OffertoryFather Eternal (Richard Shepherd)

Father eternal and Lord of mankind, shelter Your homeless ones in the sanctuary of your love. Be a bright flame before them, a guiding star above them, a smooth path below them, a loving shepherd behind them. Let them walk even now in Your home, in the courts of the City of Christ and in the peace of Heaven.

* 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)

Gift giving God, for 247 years we have gathered in this City to share what we are and have. Help us continue this sharing of our time, talent, and treasure. May the gifts we give be gifts of Love. May they increase the power of Love in the re-creation of the world. Amen.

* Closing HymnAnd Are We Yet Alive (Vs. 1, 3, & 4)                                                                        UMH 553

1. And are we yet alive, and see each other’s face? Glory and thanks to Jesus give for his almighty grace!

3. What troubles have we seen, what mighty conflicts past, fightings without, and fears within, since we assembled last!

4. Yet out of all the Lord hath brought us by his love; and still he doth his help afford, and hides our life above.

* Dismissal with Blessing

The Lord God is his goodness has blessed us with 247 years of mission and ministry as Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. We are a remembering people, and it is good that we remember that God has chosen us, baptized us, and brought us together as the Church of Christ in this place.

But we are also a people of this day, brought together by God to be a holy fellowship of believers: the Body of Christ, sharing, caring, working in the world, and living in the hope of the world to come.

Our eyes look back with thanksgiving. Our eyes look forward in hope. Therefore, with thanksgiving for the past and hope for the future, let us dedicate ourselves and our lives to the mission which God gives us as the Church of Jesus Christ in this place.

We go back out into the world to love and serve the world around us,

Just as we have done for 247 years, so we continue to do so.
We go out held in the loving arms of God who Creates, Redeems, Supports, and Sustains us.

We are not alone! Thanks be to God. Amen.

* Choral ResponseAmen (John Storer)

Amen.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Maestoso (Birch)

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