Sunday, August 11, 2019

Organ PreludeThe Kynge’s Pavan (Giles Farnaby)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

Congregational Call to WorshipO How I Love Jesus (Vs. 1)   UMH 170
1. There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth; it sounds like music in my ear, the sweetest name on earth. O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, O how I love Jesus, because he first loved me!

* Call to Worship

L: Who are we?
P: We are people of faith – having heard a calling, being gifted for ministry and lovingly painted with the rainbow-hued strokes of a Master Painter.
L: Why are we here?
P: We are people of faith, seeking to live and thrive in reconciled Christian community, as one sacred body of Jesus Christ.
L: How did we get here?
P: We are people of faith following the paths of those who stepped from the shadows into the light.
L: We are people of faith. P: We are one in Christ Jesus forever!
L: We are people of faith. P: We are seekers of truth!
L: We are people of faith. P: We are givers of love!
L: We are people of faith. P: Hallelujah! Praise God!

* Opening HymnWonderful Words of Life UMH 600

1. Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life; let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life; words of life and beauty teach me faith and duty. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

2. Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life; sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life; all so freely given, wooing us to heaven. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

3. Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life; offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life; Jesus, only Savior, sanctify forever. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life. Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.

Prayer of Invocation (Unison)

L: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
P: We come convinced of many things but trusting very few. Holy God of limitless surprises, meet us here in this place as we touch that which we cannot see that which we have not dared to hope. Amen!

Receiving and Reading Prayer Requests

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemAs Pants The Hart (Methodist gallery Hymn, 1804, arr. BSM)
Camille Crossot, Soprano

As pants the hart for cooling streams
When heated in the chase,
So longs my soul, O God, for Thee,
And Thy refreshing grace.

For Thee, my God, the living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine;
Oh, when shall I behold Thy face,
Thou Majesty Divine?

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Trust God, who will employ
His aid for thee, and change these sighs
To thankful hymns of joy.

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
The God Whom we adore,
Be glory as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

Call to Confession John Strawbridge, Liturgist

L: Gracious gift-giving God, you call us to live out our faith in ways which honor you and bless our neighbors, and we recognize that worship is an essential part of our faith journey. We believe that what we do here in worship does shape our daily witness to Jesus whose disciples we profess to be. We know that our faith is most visible when we live by your kingdom values of love, justice and peace – yet it is increasingly hard to resist becoming absorbed with the values of the world.

Values dominated by money, profit and production. We hear Jesus’ words about the danger of treasuring our earthly goods more than the treasures of your kingdom, and we confess our failure to meet his challenge to live more simply and trustfully. Forgive us for being too easily motivated by profit rather than the prophetic word of scripture;
P: and hearing money and power speaking louder than the gospel.
L: Forgive us when we receive your generous gifts, O God, with pleasure;
P: while failing to invest these gifts in the service of others.
L: Forgive us when we are persuaded that more possessions mean more happiness;
P: and that a person who does or produces more, is more valued by you than the one who does not, or cannot.
L: Forgive us when we lack the courage to trade in our possessions for lives of simplicity and trust;
P: and when our material ‘treasures’ alienate us from each other, and from you, O God.
L: We pray that our hearts will be shaped and reshaped by the unfailing treasures of your kingdom, O God, and that our accountability as disciples of Christ will be evident in our worship, our witness and our service. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

L: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…. (Hebrews 11:1 NRSV) so celebrate the assurance that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.(1 Timothy 1:15 NRSV) And so, I declare to you: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven .
P: Thanks be to God!

* HymnMy Faith Looks Up to Thee UMH 452

1. My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine! Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away, O let me from this day be wholly thine!

2. May thy rich grace impart strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire! As thou hast died for me, O may my love to thee pure, warm, and changeless be, a living fire!

3. While life’s dark maze I tread, and griefs around me spread, be thou my guide; bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow’s tears away, nor let me ever stray from thee aside.

4. When ends life’s transient dream, when death’s cold, sullen stream shall o’er me roll; blest Savior, then in love, fear and distrust remove; O bear me safe above, a ransomed soul!

Reading from the Epistle – Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.

Sermon – “How Does Faith Make A Difference?”   Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering

Offertory

Presentation of Tithes and Offerings

* Doxology Praise 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)

Living God, with ‘good pleasure’ you give us gifts beyond our imagining. We offer these gifts and our lives in response and pray that they may be pleasing to you. May our hearts be shaped by the concerns of your heart and our lives be ever ready to hear and respond to Jesus’ call to faithful discipleship. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

* Closing HymnGreat Is Thy Faithfulness UMH 140

1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

* Benediction

L: Friends, Continue your journey walking in love.
P: We will care for each other as we care for the earth.
L: Seek justice and make peace. God goes before you.
P: We will live boldly, celebrating and singing! Amen!

* Congregational ResponseGo Now in Peace UMH 665
Go now in peace, go now in peace, may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.

* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAlla Marcia Giacosa (Van Denman Thomson)

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