Sunday, July 5, 2020







Pulling Together


JULY 5, 2020


Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Fourth of July Weekend


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements                                                           John Strawbridge


Choral Introit Come, Let Us Gather (Trad., arr. Donald Moore)

Come, let us gather now to sing
Praises and thanks to God, our King.
God’s love surpasses everything.


Call to Worship for Independence Day (All)

L: We came from all places and all peoples to gather here today.
P: Some of us traveled across the ice, others came later in boats,
still others of us waded rivers or arrived in planes.
L: We found a land blessed.
P: Blessed with mountains and valleys, rivers and oceans,
fertile earth, wonderful woods, and promising cities.
L: Here, a dream was born.
P: A dream of freedom from all oppression,
A dream of hope for our children,
A dream of people in community under God.

L: We have turned to nations and peoples who gave us birth:

P: Send us the voiceless.
Send us the fearful.
Send us the oppressed.

L: And so the dream continues…
P:And so the dream of America continues…
God, help us to do your work until your dreams come true…


Opening Hymn “For This Land In All Its Wonder”

Text by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette Tune: “God of Grace, God of Glory”

1. For this land in all its wonder, for each city, farm and town,
For each mountain filled with splendor, for each place where love is found,
For the freedoms we enjoy here,
God, may thanks to you abound! God, may thanks to you abound!

2. For your peace and love unending, breaking barriers that divide;
For the joy of cultures blending as we live here side by side;
God, we thank you and we pray now:
May we all be unified! May we all be unified!

3. For your hand to lead and guide us, for your work in history,
For your vision born inside us of a just society,
God, we thank you and we pray now:
May this vision come to be! May this vision come to be!


Epistle Lesson Romans 7:15-25 The Message

14-16 I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary.
17-20 But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
21-23 It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
24 I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
25 The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
The Word of God….Thanks be to God


Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus                                                           TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson                                                                                     Matthew 11: 25-30

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The Word of God for the People of God….Thanks Be to God


Sermon “In Need of Rest”                                                                 Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory What Does The Lord Require (Erik Routley)

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.


Offering Prayer (All)

For gifts given and received, O God, we offer thanks and praise. May we share our abundance with all who have need; may we share our hope in like measure. Amen.


Closing Hymn “Come and Find the Quiet Center”                            TFWS 2128

1. Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see
All the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.

2.Silence is a friend who claims us, cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us, knows our being, touches base,
Making space within our thinking, lifting shades to show the sun,
Raising courage when we’re shrinking, finding scope for faith begun.

3. In the Spirit let us travel, open to each other’s pain,
Let our loves and fears unravel, celebrate the space we gain:
There’s a place for deepest dreaming, there’s a time for heart to care,
In the Spirit’s lively scheming there is always room to spare.



L:Having rested in God’s embrace, go out and comfort the restless.
Having been comforted by God’s grace, go out to embrace the weary.
Having been renewed by the Gospel, go out and be Good News to the world.
P: We are one and we are many; for we are sustained by the love of God,
the grace of Jesus, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Choral Benediction God Be With You Till We Meet Again (Vaughan Williams)

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.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Postlude Happy Birthday, America (Mike Love)

Imagine a day will come when all hate is done
When children around the world will just be having fun,
And all humanity will cease hostilities and the world will live as one.
Happy birthday, America
From sea to shining sea,
Try to be a guiding light
For all the world to see.
Happy birthday, America
All across the land,
Try to speak the words of peace
So the world will understand.
From Iowa’s cornfields to the mountains of Tennessee,
America’s farmers and the workers in the factories
They all share a dream of how the world could be
Built on peace and harmony.
Happy birthday, America …
From the palm trees of Hawaii to Alaska’s frontiers
Across to New England, there’s a spirit we can hear:
You can hear it in the wind, it comes from deep within:
Happy birthday, America..


Thought for the Day:

There is a soul-weariness present within and among us due to our false belief that we are in charge of the universe. Jesus invites us to exchange this heavy burden for the far lighter gift of serving him.









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