Sunday, August 22, 2021

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

August 22, 2021



Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements               John Strawbridge


Choral Introit Be Joyful in the Lord (Donald Moore)

Be Joyful in the Lord, all ye lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness,
And come before His presence with a song. Amen.


Call to Worship

L: Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does its successive journeys run;

P: His kingdom spread from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more.

L: Let every creature rise and bring honors unique to our King;
P: Angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen!


Opening Hymn “Standing on the Promises” UMH 374 (1-3)

1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

3. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]


A Reading from Paul’s Letters   Ephesians 6:10-20  (New Revised Standard Version)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12  For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able  to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything to stand firm.  14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness,  15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.  16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.  To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.  19  Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains.  Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

This is the Word of the Lord. 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.


The Gospel Lesson:  John 6: 56-69   (New Revised Standard Version)

56 “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.   57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died.  But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”  59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” 61 But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? 62  Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to to where he was before?  It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.  64 But among you there are some that do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe and who was the one that would betray him  65 And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.”

66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.  67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”  68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  69 We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD


Sermon “No Turning Back”         Dr.   Emora Brannan


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “Hopkins” (The Wandering Sheep) (Henry Schwing – first organist of Lovely Lane, 1889)

I was a wandering sheep,
I did not love the fold,
I did not love my Shepherd’s voice,
I would not be controlled;
I was a wayward child,
I did not love my home,
I did not love my Father’s voice,
I loved afar to roam.

Jesus my Shepherd is;
‘T was He that loved my soul,
‘T was He that washed me in His blood,
‘T was He that made me whole.
‘T was He that sought the lost,
That found the wandering sheep.
‘T was He that brought me to the fold,
‘T was He that still doth keep.


No more a wandering sheep,
I love to be controlled;
I love my tender Shepherd’s voice,
I love the peaceful fold.
No more a wayward child,
I seek no more to roam;
I love my heavenly Father’s voice
- I love, I love his home!


Offering Prayer (All)

We celebrate the opportunity to share what we have with those who have needs. Bless these gifts, O God, and our lives as we offer them as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. He who loved us and gave himself up for us invites us to live in love. May your Spirit strengthen us to witness to his love in all we do and say. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen


Closing Hymn “Soldiers of Christ, Arise” UMH 513

1. Soldiers of Christ arise, and put your armor on,
Strong in the strength which God supplies thru his eternal Son;
Strong in the Lord of Hosts, and in his mighty power,
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.

2. Stand then in his great might, with all his strength endued,
But take to arm you dor the fight the panoply of God;

That having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,
Ye may o’er-come thru Christ alone and stand entire at last.

3. Pray without ceasing, pray, (your Captain gives the word)
His summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
To God your every want in instant prayer display,

Pray always, pray and never faint, pray, without ceasing pray.

4. From strength to strength go on, wrestle and fight and pray,
Tread all the powers of darkness down and win the well-fought day.
Still let the Spirit cry in all his soldiers, “Come!”
Till Christ the Lord descends from high and takes the conquerors home.


Benediction & Blessing by the Minister


Choral Benediction “Amen” (Storer)



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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