Sunday, August 18, 2019

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

PreludeIn illo tempore (Gregorian Proper)

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: We come to re-weave the unraveling fabric of community.
To re-connect once more with the larger human family.
P: To find once more that place of calm. To remind ourselves that we belong. And to remember what it is we belong to.
L: We come –
P: To center ourselves, to open ourselves, to remember ourselves.
And to celebrate the life we share together.
L: We come to be opened by visions that can enlist us in larger causes and more caring actions.
P: We come to hear stories that might take us into a deeper kind of integrity, and reconnect us with our better selves.
L: So may the warmer fullness that we seek fill our hearts, our minds and our souls.
P: Amen.

* Opening HymnO For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Vs. 1, 2, 3, & 7)   UMH 57

1. O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise, the glories of my God and King, the triumphs of his grace!

2. My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, to spread through all of the earth abroad the honors of thy name.

3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease;’ tis music in the sinner’s ears,’ tis life, and health, and peace.

7. In Christ, your head, you then shall know, shall feel your sins forgiven; anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.

Prayer of Invocation (Unison)

Lord of light and life, you have called us this day to open our hearts, our minds, our spirits to hear your words of encouragement, healing, and hope. Give us patience and willingness to serve you in all that we do. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemCanticle of Prayer (Erik Routley)

We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep
for words.

Ask, and it will be given you;

Seek, and you will find;

Knock, and it will be opened to you.

For all who ask receive, and all who seek find; and to those who knock it will be opened.

Call to Confession Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

Being human, we never find it easy to ask for forgiveness. But as God’s children, called to live in relationship with one another, we know we must speak of how we have hurt others, so we might be forgiven and restored to new life. Please join me as we pray,

Prayer of Confession (Unison)   Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

What more can we say, Expectant God, that you don’t know already? You long for justice for all people, but it is washed away by the flood of violence in our world. You hope that righteousness will walk with us, but you hear the clear cries of those we mistreat. You ask us to speak up for those in need, but we shut our mouths and turn away.

Forgive us, Righteous God. Have mercy when we do not bear the fruit we could. Even though we have not lived our faith to the fullest, may we receive the promises of hope and grace you have given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Assurance of Pardon Carrie Harnick, Liturgist

L: Shhh, listen! Can you hear them? The saints of heaven – those who have gone on before us – are cheering us on as we run towards the finish line of our faith.
P: Thanks be to God! The victory has already been won for us in Jesus Christ. We are forgiven. Amen.

* HymnSavior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us UMH 381

1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

2. We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray.

3. Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee.

4. Early let us seek thy favor, early let us do thy will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 12:49-53

“I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:

father against son
and son against father,
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Sermon – “What!?!”   Rev. Bryant Oskvig, Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University

Invitation to Offering John Strawbridge, Lay Leader


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)

We are drawn together when we see the sunset in the west, or the northern lights in the evening skies. We collect our thoughts and bring our gifts before you knowing that tomorrow will be a better day for all. Receive our gifts and use them to bring us closer to you. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

* Closing HymnSent Forth by God’s Blessing UMH 664

1. Sent forth by God’s blessing, our true faith confessing, the people of God from this dwelling take leave. The service is ended, O now be extended the fruits of our worship in all who believe. The seed of the teaching, receptive souls reaching, shall blossom in action for God and for all. God’s grace did invite us, and love shall unite us to work for God’s kingdom and answer the call.

2. With praise and thanksgiving to God ever living, the tasks of our everyday life we will face. Our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing God’s children of each tribe and race. With your grace you feed us, with your light now lead us; unite us as one in this life that we share. Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.

* Benediction

L: Time has now come for us to leave this sacred place.
P: As we do, may we embrace the challenges of our lives and our world…
L: And now we take our leave.
P: Before we gather here again: may each of us bring happiness into another’s life; may we each be surprised by the gifts that surround us; may each of us be enlivened by constant curiosity. And may we remain together in spirit til the hour we meet again.
L: May the love of our abundant God, the grace of the Son and the communion of the Holy Spirit enter our hearts this day, and for ever more.
P: 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

* Postlude Allegro molto (Blake)

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