Sunday, July 7, 2019

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ Prelude – Salus Aeterna (Sarum)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

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: We are called together this day to praise God.
P: We ask that God will put us in pathways to service to others.
L: The Lord will walk with us as we faithfully witness to Christ’s love.
P: Open our hearts, Lord, to receive your words and will.
L: Come, let us worship God!
P: Let us sing our praises to God our Redeemer and Healer. Amen.

* Opening Hymn Come, We That Love the Lord UMH 732

1. Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known; join in a song with sweet accord, and thus surround the throne.

2. Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly King may speak their joys abroad.

3. The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets before we reach the heavenly fields, or walk the golden streets.

4. Then let our songs abound, and every tear be dry; we’re marching through Emmanuel’s ground, to fairer worlds on high.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

Most holy God, in Christ Jesus you have shown us a light and love which is overwhelming. As we worship you, let us not be frightened by your glory but spellbound by your love. In quiet confidence, may we take authority over all those negative influences that burden, handicap and seek to ruin humanity. Empower us with your Spirit that we may be enabled to take charge of our own lives, without looking over our shoulder or fearing what lies around the next bend. Through Christ our Savior. Amen!

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemNow The Silence (Carl Schalk)                                                                   Camille Crossot, Soprano

Now the silence, now the peace, Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, now the plea, Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, now the power, Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;
Now the body, now the blood, Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, now the songs, Now the heart forgiven, leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation, Now the Son’s epiphany;
Now the Father’s blessing, Now, now, now.

Prayer of Confession (All) Sefi Abedoh, Liturgist

Merciful God, in all our celebration, fireworks, parades, and gatherings we have proclaimed liberty and freedom. Yet our hearts are chained by anger, doubt, terror, and fear. We live in those chains, often not knowing that there is really any other way. We have become accustomed to our imprisonment. Forgive us when we turn away from your freeing love. Help us to place our trust in you and serve you by working with others for peace and hope for all. These things we ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Words of Assurance Sefi Abedoh, Liturgist

Reach out! Stretch your Spirits! God’s love has freed you from oppression and fear! You have been made whole in God’s eternal love. AMEN.

* Hymn Just A Closer Walk With Thee TFWS 2158

1. I am weak but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Refrain: Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2. Thro’ this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee. [Refrain]

3. When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore. [Refrain]

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 10: 1-12
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

Sermon – “Two By Two”                                                                                                            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)

Merciful God, we offer these gifts in gratitude for the free gift of your amazing grace. We pray that you will bless and accept them and our lives as we go from here infused with your love and grace. Empower us anew with your Holy Spirit that we may graciously anoint the lives of others with your love. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Great Thanksgiving

Invitation

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer After Receiving (All)

Holy God, we give you thanks that we have been fed and renewed by Christ’s life in us and we go now to share that life with others. Send us forth equipped with the power of your Spirit to follow Jesus and to spread the message of his love and compassion to all whom we meet. Amen.

* Closing Hymn Here I Am, Lord UMH 593

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin my hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain. I have wept for love of them. They turn away. I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone. I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

3. I, the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them. My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide till their hearts be satisfied. I will give my life to them. Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

* Benediction

L: Walk by the Spirit, showing the fruit of the Spirit, Giving thanks to God in all circumstances.
P: We will call to mind the many deeds of God. We will meditate on the wonderful works of God.
L: As those who belong to Jesus Christ, Inherit the realm of God and share it.
P: God walks with us on our daily journey. God makes a path for us through deep waters.
L: God grants true freedom to those who love, Who walk in faithfulness all their days.
P: We accept the prophet’s mantle to empower us. We receive the Spirit’s gifts to guide us. Amen.

* Choral Response God Be with You til We Meet Again (Vs. 1, Congregation)                     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 Postlude Allegro Fiero (Jackson)

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