Sunday, July 28, 2019

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Organ Prelude In illo tempore (Gregorian proper)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Congregational IntroitThis Is the Day 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: Come! Join the fellowship of God’s people—
people who gather as faithful disciples of Christ.
P: We seek the One who frees us from uncertainty and doubt.
L: Come! Join the welcome of God’s people—
people who meet together for justice and peace.
P: We seek the One who is trustworthy, the One who gives us what is good.
L: Come! Join the celebration of God’s people—
people of the One who was, and is, and shall ever be.
P: We raise our voices in praise & honor to God, and worship the One who is faithful. Amen.

* Opening HymnIt’s Me, It’s Me, O Lord UMH 352

1. It’s me (it’s me), it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. (Hallelujah, Lord, it’s me!) It’s me (it’s me), it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. 1. Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer. Not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.

2. Not the preacher, not the deacon,…

3. Not my father, not my mother,…

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord of Hope and Peace, we have come this day asking for your mercy. Grant us your pardon. We have come this day seeking peace in our lives; grant us peace. Teach us how to be compassionate disciples for you. For we ask this in Christ’s name. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

Sacrament of Baptism UMH 39

AnthemWhat Does The Lord Require? (Erik Routley, arr. BSM)                 Camille Crossot, Soprano

What does the Lord require for praise and offering?
What sacrifice of praise or tribute bid you bring?
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

Rulers of earth, give ear! Should you not justice know?
Will God your pleading hear while crime and cruelty grow?
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

Masters of wealth and trade, all you for whom men toil,
Think not to win God’s aid if lies your commerce soiled.
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

All who gain wealth by trade, for whom the worker tolls,
Think not to win God’s aid, if greed your commerce soils.
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

How shall our lives fulfil God’s law so hard and high?
Let Christ endue our will with grace to fortify.
Then justly, in mercy, we’ll humbly walk with God.

Responsive Litany Sasha Bailey, Liturgist

The Lord’s Prayer has enriched Christians’ discipleship for almost two thousand years. There are many ways to understand this prayer. The following litany was written to recognize the connections between Luke 11:1-13 (Jesus’ teaching on prayer), and the worst environmental disaster in US history (the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico) and the need for all of us to make changes now to lessen the growing global environmental disaster known as Climate Change.  – Rev. Bruce and Carolyn Gilette

L: Loving God, we remember that Jesus taught us to pray saying, “Our Father…”
P: You created us, you made this world, and you called your creation very good. Yet often we forget that you are our loving Parent who continues to bless your world.
L: Jesus told us that you are “…in heaven…”
P: Yet we fail to live in awe of you. We take you for granted, and we don’t see the awesome beauty of the world you have made.
L: We pray, “Hallowed be your name…”
P: We confess that our reverence for you does not always lead us to care reverently for your earth, sky and sea.
L: We pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”
P: We confess that we often put our own interests first-exploiting your creation, and living for our own convenience and self-interest.
L: We pray, “Give us today our daily bread.”
P: We confess that we consume more than our share of the world’s resources, while billions go hungry every day and your whole creation suffers.
L: We pray, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”
P: We confess that we see these words only in spiritual terms, while the Bible is filled with teachings about economic justice and creation care.
L: We pray, “Save us from the time of trial.”
P: Help us to resist the temptations of spending more, using more, acquiring more, and wasting more.
L: We pray, “Deliver us from evil…”
P: Free us from greed and self-centeredness that separate us from you and others.
L: We pray, “For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.”
P: Help us to know that in caring for your wonderful world, we are working for your kingdom, being good stewards of your creative power, and giving you glory.
L: We pray, “Amen.”
P: We end our prayers with “Amen,” a word that means “let it be so.” We know we can be faithful disciples by your grace. Amen!

* HymnPrecious Lord UMH 474

1. Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

2. When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near, when my life is almost gone, hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

3. When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my hand: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 11:1-13

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Sermon – “Teach Me How to Pray”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts and 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)

Gracious God, we have prayed “your kingdom come and your will be done on earth…” We offer these gifts and our lives as signs of our commitment towards the living out this prayer. Strengthen us with the Holy Spirit so that we move forward in faith and with enthusiasm as followers of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnTake Time to Be Holy UMH 395

1. Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; abide in him always, and feed on his word. Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak, forgetting in nothing his blessing to seek.

2. Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; spend much time in secret with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like him thou shalt be; thy friends in thy conduct his likeness shall see.

3. Take time to be holy, let him be thy guide, and run not before him, whatever betide. In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord, and, looking to Jesus, still trust in his word.

4. Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul, each thought and each motive beneath his control. Thus led by his spirit to fountains of love, thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

* Benediction

L: Reenter your world as children of the living God. Greet your neighbor as God’s valued creation.
P: God sends us out as bearers of peace. We will honor God’s Word above everything.
L: With steadfast love & faithfulness, God strengthens you. You will receive what you need for each day.
P: We will not hesitate to search and ask. We will be persistent in prayer.
L: God will answer you and give you what is good. Doors will be opened and good gifts will be received.
P: We rejoice in the opportunities God gives us. May the glory of God be recognized among us! Amen.

* Choral ResponseGod 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.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro Festivo (Markham)

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