Sunday, July 4, 2021


Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
July 4, 2021
Fourth Of July Weekend


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: We gather this morning appreciating our freedom to worship God.
P: May God continue to bless the Church of Christ in this land.
L: We draw near to the God who rules over all nations
P: May God continue to bless our country and all the countries in the world.
L: We seek to live in harmony and peace together with all peoples on the earth.
P: May God continue to establish peace on earth and help us understand that it begins in our hearts.
L: Come, let us worship the Lord!


Opening Hymn “For This Land In All Its Wonder” 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!


Old Testament Lesson Ezekiel 2:1-5 NIV (Ezekiel’s Call to Be a Prophet)

1 He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” 2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 3 He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them.
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 Mark 6:1-6

1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith. Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon “A Prophet Without Honor”          Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory   ”God of Grace and God of Glory” (Purifoy)

God of grace and God of glory,
On Your people pour your power.
Crown your ancient church’s story,
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the facing of this hour.

Lo! the hosts of evil round us
Scorn you Christ, assail His ways:
Fears and doubts too long have bound us,
Free our hearts to work and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the living of these days.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be
Armored with all Christ-like graces
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage
For the facing of this hour.


Offering Prayer (All)

Receive and bless these gifts and our lives, O God, which we offer in response to your steadfast love revealed so clearly in Jesus. As he transformed people’s lives with the healing power of his love, so may lives continue to be transformed through these gifts, our love and our witness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen


Closing Hymn “This Is My Song” UMH 437

1.This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine;
this is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine:
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine:
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.

3. May truth and freedom come to every nation;
may peace abound where strife has raged so long;
that each may seek to love and build together,
a world united, righting every wrong;
a world united in its love for freedom,
proclaiming peace together in one song.*

*Third stanza by Georgia Harkness.



L: Walk by the Spirit, showing the fruit of the Spirit,
Giving thanks to God in all circumstances.
P: We will call to mind the many deeds of God.
We will meditate on the wonderful works of God.
L: As those who belong to Jesus Christ,
Inherit the realm of God and share it.
P: God walks with us on our daily journey.
God makes a path for us through deep waters.
L: God grants true freedom to those who love,
Who walk in faithfulness all their days.
P: We accept the prophet’s mantle to empower us.
We receive the Spirit’s gifts to guide us. Amen.


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

Till we meet at Jesus’ feet,
Till we meet, 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


**The office will be closed on Monday in recognition of the July 4th holiday.




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