Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ Prelude – Taobh an t-Samhraidh (Trad.)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit – This 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: How are you this morning?
P: It would be easy for us to say “fine, thank you”, but the truth is that there are lots of things going on in our lives, lots of time crunches and pressures.
L: You have come to the right place. Rest for a minute. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Just relax and let your heart be open to God’s word for you.
P: That sounds good to us.
L: Feel the healing, soothing power of God’s love for you.
P: Lord, we rest our minds, spirits, and hearts in your compassionate love. AMEN.

* Opening HymnCome and Find the Quiet Center TFWS 2128

Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see
All the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.

Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base,
Making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,
Raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.

In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain,
Let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain:
There’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care,
In the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

From the demands and pressures of this past week, we come, O Lord, seeking rest and renewal. Hear the cries of our hearts, our prayers, our needs. Heal and restore us. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Anthem At the River (Aaron Copland)   Tod Myers, Bass

Shall we gather by the river,
Where bright angel’s feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?

Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

Reading from Psalm 15: 1-5 Ethan Cottrill, Liturgist

O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?

Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart;
who do not slander with their tongue,
and do no evil to their friends,
nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;
in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
but who honor those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
who do not lend money at interest,
and do not take a bribe against the innocent.

Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Prayer of Confession Ethan Cottrill, Liturgist

L: Patient Lord, we schedule our lives down to the very second.
P: We crowd in as much activity as we can and then wonder why we are so stressed out and tired. We are afraid to miss out on anything. And when it comes time to be with others we spend our time worrying about details rather than longing for the visit.
L: Forgive us when we get so caught up in the details and miss the opportunity to sit at your feet, learning, listening, growing in our faith.
P: Help us to place ourselves in your care. Slow us down, just a bit, so that we can see the wonders you have placed before us and truly enjoy and share the blessings you have given to us. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Words of Assurance Ethan Cottrill, Liturgist

On the seventh day of creation, God rested, creating a Sabbath, a time set apart for rest, to learn, to listen, to be quiet and at peace. Let Sabbath take root in your heart and in your life. Be at peace in God’s love for you. AMEN.

* HymnI Need Thee Every Hour UMH 397

1. I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord; no tender voice like thine can peace afford. I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

2. I need thee every hour; stay thou nearby; temptations lose their power when thou art nigh. I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

3. I need thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide, or life is vain. I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

4. I need thee every hour; teach me thy will; and thy rich promises in me fulfill. I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

5. I need thee every hour, most Holy One; O make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son. I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 10:38-42
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Sermon – “Is Someone in the Kitchen with Martha?”   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)

Lord Jesus, in your name we offer these tangible tokens of hospitality for the care for others. As Martha was concerned for human physical needs, so we care for the hungry and homeless. As Mary was hungry for spiritual bread, so we, too, would share words of life and hope with the lonely and discouraged. Bless these gifts as evidence of our love for you and all God’s people, we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnWe’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations UMH 569

1. We’ve a story to tell to the nations, that shall turn their hearts to the right, a story of truth and mercy, a story of peace and light, a story of peace and light. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

2. We’ve a song to be sung to the nations, that shall lift their hearts to the Lord, a song that shall conquer evil and shatter the spear and sword, and shatter the spear and sword. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

3. We’ve a message to give to the nations, that the Lord who reigneth above hath sent us his Son to save us, and show us that God is love, and show us that God is love. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

4. We’ve a Savior to show to the nations, who the path of sorrow hath trod, that all of the world’s great peoples might come to the truth of God, might come to the truth of God. For the darkness shall turn to dawning, and the dawning to noonday bright; and Christ’s great kingdom shall come on earth, the kingdom of love and light.

* Benediction

L: Choose this day a life of listening and trusting.
Let God have first place on your daily agenda.
P: We will give ear to promptings of the Spirit.
We seek to hear God’s teachings and warnings.
L: Let your faith be evidenced in all your dealings.
Share humbly and caringly the hope that is in you.
P: We believe others can hear the Word of God through us.
We will be careful to represent the gospel faithfully.
L: You have chosen well; receive God’s blessing.
Give thanks each day for God’s gracious favor.
P: Thanks be to God for both comfort and judgment.
Praise God for both reassurance and challenge. Amen.

* Choral ResponseGod Be With You Til We Meet Again (Vs. 1) UMH 673

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.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeFinale in G (Blake)

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