Sunday, July 25, 2021

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
July 25, 2021
10:15am

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcement

 

Choral Introit “Sing and Rejoice” (Bradbury)

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

 

Call to Worship

L: Why have you come to this place?
P: We have come to find Jesus.
L: Why have you come today?
P: We are tired in body and spirit.
L: Jesus bids you sit and be at ease.
P: We are hungry with nothing to eat.
L: Come and eat your fill.
P: But there are only five barley loaves and two fish.
L: There is plenty for all.
P: Will we find wholeness here?
L: Jesus gathers the fragments of our lives, that nothing may be lost.

 

Opening Hymn “When the Poor Ones” UMH 434 Vs. 1-3

1. When the poor ones who have nothing share with strangers, when the thirsty water give unto us all, when the crippled in their weakness strengthen others, [Refrain] then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

2. When at last all those who suffer find their comfort, when they hope though even hope seems hopelessness, when we love though hate at times seems all around us, [Refrain] then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

3. When our joy fills up our cup to overflowing, when our lips can speak no words other than true, when we know that love for simple things is better, [Refrain] then we know that God still goes that road with us, then we know that God still goes that road with us.

 

Prayer of Confession (All)

Almighty God, You created the heavens and the earth, and yet we doubt Your goodness. We see war and poverty, despair and oppression, and the great horrors the works of our hands have done. Yet You created us in Your image, and You have given us good works to do. Help us to undo the wrong in the world, to tear down the walls, and instead to be works of restoration, to restore the goodness of Your creative work. In the name of Christ, who continues to do good works in us, we pray. Amen.

 

Assurance of Pardon (from Lamentations 3:22-23)

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Great is God’s faithfulness, the one in whom we put all our trust, hope, and faith. Know that you are forgiven. You are a new creation in Christ. Go and do the work God has given you to do, to love one another, and care for each other. 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 John 6:1-15 NIV

6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. 14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
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Sermon “Feeding the Hungry” Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” (Kreutz)

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat,
Come give to us o saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.

As when the shepherd calls his sheep,
They know and heed his voice;
So when You call your family Lord,
We follow and rejoice.

The mystery of Your presence, Lord,
No mortal tongue can tell:
Whom all the world can not contain
Comes in our hearts to dwell

Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.
Is not the cup we bless and share the Blood of Christ outpoured?
Do not one cup, one loaf, declare our oneness in the Lord?

You give yourself to us, O Lord,
Then selfless let us be,
To serve each other in Your name
In truth and charity.

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat,
Come give to us o saving Lord, the bread of life to eat.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

God of abundant love, in you, nothing is lost. Gather our offerings,
as Jesus gathered up the baskets of leftover food. Gather our efforts,
as Jesus gathered the hopes of the people who looked for a true king.
Gather our service, as Jesus gathered people to God’s heavenly banquet. Bless the offerings we have gathered, that nothing may be lost. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn “Where Is Bread?” Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

IN BABILONE (“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”)

1. “Where is bread?” the great crowd murmured — Thousands strong, yet all in need.
“Where is bread?” your people wondered, Faced with such a crowd to feed.
Who, Lord Jesus, could have guessed it? One small boy brought food to share.
Taking what he gave, you blessed it; All were fed, with much to spare.

2. Where is bread? We know their yearning; Every day, we wish for more.
God, in time, we’re slowly learning: All we own can make us poor.
Our possessions can possess us, Leaving hunger deep inside.
Christ our Bread, come now and bless us; At your feast, we’re satisfied.

3. “Where is bread?” the call is rising; Millions cry who must be fed.
God, your answer seems surprising: “You, my Church, you give them bread.”
Bread to fill each hungry spirit, Bread for hungry stomachs, too!
Give us bread and help us share it. Richly blest, may we serve you.

 

Benediction

L: Go out to share what you have received. God will multiply the gifts that you give away.
P: We will turn away from fear of scarcity. We will celebrate and share our abundance.
L: God meets you amid the storms of life, God goes with you through the terrors of the night.
P: We are embraced by God’s steadfast love. We will look up and not be afraid.
L: May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith. May the Holy Spirit strengthen your inner being.
P:To God be the glory in the church forever. May Christ be honored in all we say and do. Amen and Amen.

 

Choral Benediction “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” (Tomer)

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

 

Sunday Flowers

The flowers are in honor of  all the July birthdays.

 

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

 

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