Sunday, July 14, 2019

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludeOmones populi (Sequence)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral IntroitThis Is the Day (Congregation)  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

L: The world cries to us in its distress. How shall we answer?
P: We cannot pass by as though nothing is wrong.
L: How shall we answer?
P: We cannot become so focused on ourselves that others mean nothing to us.
L: How shall we answer?
P: We shall be the neighbor in service, reconciliation and compassion wherever we can.
In Jesus’ Holy Name. AMEN.

* Opening Hymn Immortal, 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)

Lord of justice and mercy, we come to you this day seeking your healing and reconciling love. Help us to be open to your word, your presence, your compassion. Clear our hearts of those things which block your will. Keep us focused on your enabling power so that we, having been healed, may more fully serve you. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemCome, O Thou Traveler Unknown (Ye Banks and Braes, arr.Young/BSM)

Come, O Thou Traveler unknown, Scott Nunn, Tenor
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.
‘Tis Love! ‘Tis Love! Thou diedst for me;
I hear Thy whisper in my heart.
The morning breaks, the shadows flee;
Pure, universal Love Thou art.
To me, to all, Thy mercies move;
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.

Reading – Psalm 25:1-10                                                                                                   Jessika Williams, Liturgist

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Prayer of Confession Jessika Williams, Liturgist

L: Lord, sometimes we are confused. We hear the bad news continually shouted on TV, radio, in the newspapers, magazines.
P: The whole world seems to be shrieking in pain. Innocent people are being destroyed by the whims of the wicked.
L: Disease and pestilence reign supreme in too many parts of the world. We turn an indifferent ear to the cries of others, often because we are so overwhelmed by the needs and feel helpless in the face of such chaos.
P: We close our eyes. We walk away, often crossing over to the side of self-importance and indifference because we are afraid to become involved.
L: Our society is quick to sue and slow to heal. We succumb to those pressures in our fear.
P: Help us, O Lord. Heal our spirits as well as our bodies. Open our hearts and our eyes to see you, O Christ, that we may be empowered to service rather than apathy. Forgive us, Lord, forgive us. Make us ready to truly become your disciples. For we ask these things in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Words of Assurance Jessika Williams, Liturgist

Do not be afraid. God’s love is reaching out to you, to touch your hurt and wounds and to provide healing. Receive God’s blessing and be assured of God’s eternal love for you. AMEN.

* HymnStand By Me (Vs. 1, 2, & 5)  UMH 512

1. When the storms of life are raging, stand by me; (stand by me) when the storms of life are raging, stand by me. (Stand by me) When the world is tossing me, like a ship upon the sea, thou who rulest wind and water, stand by me. (Stand by me)

2. In the midst of tribulation, stand by me; (stand by me) in the midst of tribulation, stand by me. (Stand by me) When the host of hell assail, and my strength begins to fail, thou who never lost a battle, stand by me. (Stand by me)

5. When I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me; (stand by me) when I’m growing old and feeble, stand by me. (Stand by me) When my life becomes a burden, and I’m nearing chilly Jordan, O thou Lily of the Valley, stand by me. (Stand by me)

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 10:25-37

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Sermon – “The Road to Jericho”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

Offertory

Offering ResponsePraise 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)

Loving, justice-seeking God, we make this offering of money, and of ourselves as followers of Jesus. We ask that you will work through us in the power of your Spirit to break down the barriers between the “haves and have-nots,” between the insiders and outsiders. Reform us, we pray, and draw us together as neighbors all, in your one family of humanity. Amen.

* Closing HymnWho Is My Neighbor? (Carolyn Winfrey Gillette)

LOBE DEN HERREN 14.14.4.7.8 (“Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”)

1. “Who is my neighbor?” A lawyer asked Jesus, to test him.
So Jesus told him a story to answer his question:
Lonely the way… Lonely the traveler one day…
Robbers attacked him and left him.

2. First down the road came a priest who just chose to ignore him.
Next came a Levite who wouldn’t do anything for him.
Then one despised, Hated in everyone’s eyes,
Knelt down to heal and restore him.

3. Tending the wounds of the man, the Samaritan labored.
He was the one with compassion, the one in God’s favor.
Not by a creed But by responding to need,
He proved to be the good neighbor.

* Benediction

L: Friends of Christ, carry God’s love into the world.
You have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
P: May the Holy Spirit inspire our songs.
May God’s love in Christ empower our deeds.
L: Sing of the victory of self-giving friendship.
Witness to the saving power of love.
P: In Christ, we are no longer servants but friends.
We are learning to love as we have been loved.
L: God judges the world with righteousness.
Our efforts are accepted with steadfast faithfulness.
P: We clap our hands with appreciation and joy.
The law of love is reigning in our hearts. Amen.

* Congregational Response God 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.

2. God be with you till we meet again; neath his wings securely hide you, daily manna still provide 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.

3. God be with you till we meet again; when life’s perils thick confound you, put his arms unfailing round 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.

4. God be with you till we meet again; keep love’s banner floating o’er you, smite death’s threatening wave before 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

* Organ PostludeLaudemus (Barton)

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