Sunday, August 1, 2021

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
August 1, 2021
10:15am

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit   “This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made” (Chapin)

This the day the Lord hath made;
He calls the hours His own;7
Let Heaven rejoice, let earth be glad,
And praise surround the throne.

 

Call to Worship

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.
“Whoever comes to me will never be hungry.”
Whoever comes to Christ will never be thirsty.
“Lord, give us this bread, always.”
May we come to God with hungry hearts;
May we come to Jesus with thirsty souls.
May we find fulfillment in the body of Christ;
May we worship God, knowing the fullness of God’s love for us.

 

Opening Hymn    “Amazing Grace”   Vs. 1, 2, & 6 UMH 378

1. Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch; like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

2. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

6. When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.

 

Old Testament Lesson Exodus 16:2-15 NIV

2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we, that you should grumble against us?” 8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” 9 Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” 10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. 11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” 13 That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.
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    John 6:24-35   NIV

24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” 29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon “The Bread That Gives Life”                          Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory   “Now The Silence” (Schalk)

Now the silence, now the peace,
Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, now the plea,
Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, now the power,
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;

Now the body, now the blood,
Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, now the songs,
Now the heart forgiven, leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation,
Now the Son’s epiphany;
Now the Father’s blessing,
Now, now, now.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Use the gifts which we offer to you, Holy God, to restore joy to the despairing, to give food to the hungry, and willing spirits to us, that we might be servants to all your people. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn    “Come, We that Love the Lord” UMH 732 Vs. 1, 3, & 4

1. Come, we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known;
join in a song with sweet accord, and thus surround the throne,

3. The hill of Zion yields a thousand sacred sweets,
before we reach the heav’nly fields, or walk the golden streets,

4. Then let our songs abound, and ev’ry tear be dry.
We’re marching thro’ Immanuel’s ground, to fairer worlds on high,

 

Benediction

L: Christ, the bread of life, sends you out to feed others.
Whoever comes to Christ will not be hungry or thirsty.
P: We will share our lives with brothers and sisters.
We seek to offer them the bread from heaven.
L: Join the saints in building up the body of Christ.
Seek to equip others for the work of ministry.
P: We find unity in our relationship with God.
We seek to grow toward the full stature of Christ.
L: The Spirit will go with you and dwell with you.
Receive with joy the salvation Christ offers each day.
P: We are being healed even as we serve.
We are empowered daily as we share love. Amen.

 

Choral Benediction “Amen” (Storer)

Amen

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude

 

Trustees Meeting

The meeting will take place via Zoom at 6:30 PM on August 3rd.

 

The Bread of Life by Malcolm Guite

Where to get bread? An ever-pressing question

That trembles on the lips of anxious mothers,

Bread for their families, bread for all these others;

A whole world on the margin of exhaustion.

And where that hunger has been satisfied

Where to get bread? The question still returns

In our abundance something starves and yearns

We crave fulfillment, crave and are denied.

 

And then comes One who speaks into our needs

Who opens out the secret hopes we cherish

Whose presence calls our hidden hearts to flourish

Whose words unfold in us like living seeds

Come to me, broken, hungry, incomplete,

I Am the Bread of Life, break Me and eat.

 

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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