Sunday, August 4, 2019

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ PreludePiacevole (Gurney)

Words of Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Congregational IntroitO 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 have one life, a gift from God
P: May we live this life for God by loving others
L: Turn away from the temptations of wealth and power
P: Turn away from the foolishness of this world
L: Come into this time of worship, turning your focus onto God
P: May we seek forgiveness, do justice, and love our neighbor as ourselves
L: Come, now is the time to worship
P: Come, now is the time for us to give thanks and praise to God. Amen.

* Opening Hymn Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah UMH 127

1. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more; (want no more) feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fire and cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong deliverer, strong deliverer, be thou still my strength and shield; (strength and shield) be thou still my strength and shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; death of death and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side. Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee; (give to thee) I will ever give to thee.

Prayer of Invocation (All)

God of the important and the common place, you reach into our lives through story. Open our hearts to be attentive: that seeing, we may perceive, and hearing, we may understand, and understanding, we may act. Amen.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemO Rest in The Lord (Mendelssohn – Elijah)   Madeleine Gray, Mezzo Soprano

Oh rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, and He shall give thee thy heart’s desires.
Commit thy way unto Him, and trust in Him, and fret not thyself because of evildoers.

Prayer of Confession Walter Williams, Liturgist

L: Merciful God, we live in a society that focuses on gathering things. We collect, store, gather items, gadgets, even people. We focus our energies on our collections providing adequate room for them and yet we bar the door to the needs of others, of those who have little or nothing, of those for whom life has been a constant struggle.

P: We are sorry for the ways in which we have failed you. Forgive us. Turn us around to look at the ways in which our wealth, both of substance and spirit, can be used for healing and hope. Enable us to be in ministry to those in need and to care for this world. For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Words of Assurance

L: Children of God, blessings have been poured upon you so that you may use them to help others. God walks with you and guides your steps as you reach out in compassion, mercy and justice to all in need. AMEN.

* Hymn Trust and Obey UMH 467

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of his word, what a glory he sheds on our way! While we do his good will, he abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil he doth richly repay; not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

3. But we never can prove the delights of his love until all on the altar we lay; for the favor he shows, for the joy he bestows, are for them who will trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

4. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at his feet, or we’ll walk by his side in the way; what he says we will do, where he sends we will go; never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Reading from the Gospel – Luke 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Sermon – “What’s Really Important”   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)

We dedicate our offerings, not alone for the good they can accomplish and the mission they will support, but also because giving helps us to gain perspective on what really matters. We would stop working only for food that perishes, seeking for all the food that endures for eternal life. May our lives and all we give perform the works of God. Build us up in love for one another and for all your children everywhere. Amen.

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Great Thanksgiving

Invitation

Sharing the Bread and Cup

Prayer after Receiving (All)

Holy One, who satisfies our souls with good things,
Empower us to set our minds on you,
not on things only of the earth.
Fill any emptiness and fear with your grace.
Give us the courage to set aside that which perishes,
and to live in freedom —
speaking truth,
offering bread, shelter and comfort to others,
trusting in you, our Freedom, our Truth, our Bread.
In the name of Jesus, giver all good gifts,
Amen.

* Closing Hymn Ask Me What Great Things I Know UMH 163

1. Ask ye what great thing I know, that delights and stirs me so? What the high reward I win? Whose the name I glory in? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

2. Who defeats my fiercest foes? Who consoles my saddest woes? Who revives my fainting heart, healing all its hidden smart? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

3. Who is life in life to me? Who the death of death will be? Who will place me on his right, with the countless hosts of light? Jesus Christ, the crucified.

4. This is that great thing I know; this delights and stirs me so: faith in him who died to save, him who triumphed o’er the grave: Jesus Christ, the crucified.

* Benediction

L: Christ, the bread of life, sends you out to feed others.
Whoever comes to Christ will not be hungry or thirsty.
P: We will share our lives with brothers and sisters.
We seek to offer them the bread from heaven.
L: Join the saints in building up the body of Christ.
Seek to equip others for the work of ministry.
P: We find unity in our relationship with God.
We seek to grow toward the full stature of Christ.
L: The Spirit will go with you and dwell with you.
Receive with joy the salvation Christ offers each day.
P: We are being healed even as we serve.
We are empowered daily as we share love. Amen.

* Congregational Response Go 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 PostludeSpiritoso (Mahan)

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