Sunday, July 11, 2021

Salome With The Head Of St. John The Baptist - LadyKflo

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
July 11, 2021

Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements


Choral Introit Sing and Rejoice (Bradbury)

Sing and rejoice: let all things living now sing and rejoice.


Prayer of Invocation (All)

God is always near to bless us, especially in these moments of worship. God is within us, to strengthen us; above us, to protect us; beneath us, to uphold us; before us, to direct us; behind us, to keep us from straying; round about us, to keep and defend us! It is with grateful hearts that we acknowledge God’s presence now! Amen.


*Opening Hymn “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing” UMH 93

Let all the world, in every corner, sing, my God and King!
The heavens are not too high, His praise may thither fly,
The earth is not too low, His praises there may grow,
Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and king!

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and king!
The church with psalms must shout, no door can keep them out;
But, above all, the heart must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and king!


A Prayer of Longing and Confession

L: We long for Christ’s reign on earth; we will know release from all that keeps us bound.
P: Where we lack freedom, O God, give us the courage to risk change.
L: We long for Christ’s reign on earth; the poor and powerless will get a fair deal.
P: Where we lack generosity, O God, encourage us to share.
L: We long for Christ’s reign on earth; the vulnerable ones will gain confidence.
P: Where we lack acceptance, O God, open our eyes to see the downtrodden.
L: We long for Christ’s reign on earth; those held back and restricted will feel free.
P: When we lack a liberating attitude, O God, enable us to work in fresh ways.
L: We long for Christ’s reign on earth; the faithful will be joyful and active in the community.
ALL: When we lack involvement, O God, open us up to new initiatives of compassion and community support.
Time of reflection and silent prayer…….
L: Work patiently to bring closer the reign of Christ.
P: We will need new attitudes, fresh visions, and a change of heart.
L: God will grant you strength – spiritual, emotional, and practical.
P: We are ready!
L: Pardon, peace, and a new determination are yours.
ALL: Thanks be to God! Amen!


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 Mark 6:14-29 NIV

14 King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 Others said, “He is Elijah.” And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.” 16 But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!” 17 For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” 19 So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20 because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him. 21 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.” 23 And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.” 24 She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered. 25 At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27 So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28 and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29 On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon “Speaking Truth to Power”        Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “What Does The Lord Require” (Bayly)

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)

God of extravagant grace who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing – what can we offer in return ? Surely nothing less than a similar extravagance. Bless and accept these gifts and our lives as our response to your gracious acts towards us. May we reflect such graciousness in all our dealings with others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen


Closing Hymn “ In Halls of Wealth and Power” Words Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

Tune: “Lead On, O King Eternal”

In halls of wealth and power where shadowed deals are made,
The heartless ones devour; the helpless are betrayed.
The ones who make decisions seem confident and strong
Yet sometimes blur divisions between the right and wrong.

When Herod chose to wander from living as he should,
John preached with mighty thunder, “Repent and do the good!”
Then power danced with anger; revenge went dancing, too.
When they all join together, what evil they will do!

O God of love and justice, when we feel sure and strong,
May power never tempt us to venture toward the wrong.
In all of our endeavors, give wisdom, Lord, we pray,
That we may love our neighbors and seek your kingdom way.

**”In Halls of Wealth and Power” is inspired by the story of the killing of John the Baptist and a call to use power for love and justice. (2015)



L: Remember each day that you are chosen by God.
Be open to the spiritual blessings available at all times.
P: We are cleansed and free, purified and made whole.
Great is our God and greatly to be praised!
L: Dwell in the mystery of God’s will for you.
Dare to reach out in love to those who share your world.
P: We will seek God’s counsel daily.
We will open our hearts to others’ pain.
L: The Holy Spirit goes with you to empower you.
The love of Christ sustains you in all circumstances.
P: We have been blessed and fed in this place.
We will share with others the joy we have known. 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 of the Bicentennial Bell




We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Monday – Friday; 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601



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