Sunday, July 18, 2021

Eight Sunday After Pentecost
July 18, 2021
10:15am

COME AWAY WITH ME Mark 6: 30-32
Come away with me to a lonely place,
where I may kneel and give my pain to the wilderness.
Come away with me to a lonely place,
where I may shout my lurking doubts at the wilderness.
Come away with me to a lonely place,
where I may leave my gnawing fears with the wilderness.
Come away with me to a lonely place,
where I may claim the peace that waits in the wilderness.
Come away with me to a lonely place,
where I may wrestle with God who calls from the wilderness.
B D Prewer 2002

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements    John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit Sing and Rejoice (Bradbury)

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

 

Call to Worship

L: Come away and rest for awhile.
Leave behind your busyness to be fully present to God.
P: We have come for relief from life’s turmoil.
God gathers us as a shepherd gathers his sheep.
L: God’s steadfast love surrounds us here.
We are reminded of God’s enduring faithfulness.
P: This is God’s house, and we are God’s children.
God invites us to feel at home in this place.
L: We have a covenant with our Creator.
This is a time for renewal of our promises.
P: God calls for righteousness and justice.
God offers us goodness and mercy all our days.

 

Opening 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.

 

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Patient God, we wait all year for the summer months when we can rest and relax. Our schedules change from the demands of weekly living, to times which are supposed to be devoted to leisure. But we have redefined leisure to mean a flurry of activities. We need some time to rest, to sit quietly and listen to the beautiful sounds of the world.

Forgive us when we are determined to crowd every moment of our lives with activity. Help us to find a quiet center with you where we can just relax and not try to get everything done as though life was some sort of a contest. Give us peace for a little while. Refresh our souls so that we can truly serve you, not out of exhaustion but out of enthusiasm. Be with us this day, for we ask these things in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Words of Assurance (Leader)


God’s love awaits you. It has been lavished upon you as a gentle summer rain, refreshing your souls, opening your hearts, healing your wounds. Rest in God’s eternal love. 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 6:30-34,53-56

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. 53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon “He Had Compassion For Them”            Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory Stand By Me (Carolyn Hamlin)

Storms appear, shadows come over me,
Depths of despair would claim each new day.

There, in the darkness when I’m tempted to lose my way,
I have a pilot Who knows the sea.
I call His name in each troubling hour;
Promise is mine of His saving power.
He gives the peace that calms my soul;
Safe is the harboring when I on Him call.

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.
No other source can my refuge be.
Thou, Creator of the Heavens, and Ruler of the seas,
In the eye of the tempest, stand by me.

Trials come and trials go: the only refuge I can know
Is in His ever-loving care;
The sovereign Master hears my prayer.

Stand by me, oh, stand by me.
No other source can my refuge be.
When the storms of life surround
And their wrath would bring me down,
Thou, Who rulest wind and water,
Thou, Who knowest all about me, stand by me.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Living Lord Jesus, we give thanks for all that you have done for us and
continue to do for us through the gift of your Spirit. You welcome us as part of your family, members of God’s household. Help us always to show our gratitude, not only through these gifts but also through our acceptance of others and as a welcoming and loving community of faith. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen

 

Closing Hymn “O Lord, When Your Apostles” Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

Tune “Lead On, O King Eternal”
1. O Lord, when your apostles went out to work for you,
Great needs were all around them and there was much to do.
The world knew pain and sickness — and Herod ‘s violent reign.
Your people wept in sadness; your children cried in pain.

2. Yet in the midst of struggle when many were oppressed,
You told your weary workers to go and find some rest.
For as the crowd pursued them in home and town and street,
Christ Jesus, you spoke to them: “Friends, come and rest and eat.”

3. O Lord, when you saw suffering, you taught and healed and freed,
For you had great compassion on those who were in need.
Yet may your church remember your call to “Come away!”
For in those times we’re strengthened to serve another day.

 

Benediction

L: Live with hope, for God is with us every day.
Live in peace, for God turns us from hostility.
P: We are one in Christ, who died for us.
We are one in the Spirit who creates community.
L: Renew your covenant vows with God and people.
Celebrate the oneness of humanity in Christ.
P: We have daily access to God our Parent.
We are citizens with the saints in God’s family.
L: There are people in the marketplace awaiting good news.
Go to people you know who need your healing presence.
P: We seek to recognize the needs around us.
We commit ourselves to help as God gives us strength. 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

 

Postlude

 

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
Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com