Sunday, August 8, 2021

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
August 8, 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;
Let Heaven rejoice, let earth be glad,
And praise surround the throne.

 

Call to Worship

L: We are caught up in the trials and tribulations of our everyday lives.
P: The world seems to swirl around us, as a whirlpool, pulling us downward.
L: Bad news blasts us from every direction.
P: We need God’s healing touch right now.
L: Help us to believe in your healing love, O Lord.
P: Help us to focus our lives on your redeeming presence.
L: Enable us to reach out to each other and to our community.
P: Give us the strength, determination, and commitment to speak your word of peace. AMEN!

 

Opening Hymn “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” UMH 127

1. Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

2. Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.

Strong Deliv’rer, strong Deliv’rer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s Destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

 

Call to Confession (Leader)

God longs for us to be faithful children, God begs us to live as role models for a world desperate for hope. But, we know how often we raise up trouble by our words, our actions, our failures. Let us speak truthfully in love about our lives, as we come to the One whose love is as constant as the air we breathe.

 

Unison Prayer of Confession

We know the mistakes we have made, Just God, the harsh words we have spoken, the hurt we have inflicted on those around us. Like children who run from one distraction to another, we chase after the easy temptations of the world. Chewing on bread made out of the ashes of our brokenness, we act as if we were allergic to your Word. We continue to do all those things which break your hurt, not wanting to look in the mirror and see our true selves.
Forgive us, Cradler of Compassion. Grace us with the new life gifted in the Bread. Heal us with the joy and gladness of the Cup. Craft us new hearts, which beat with one another, and as one with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

 

Words of Assurance

L: Seeing our brokenness, God puts us back together; knowing our hunger for hope, God feeds us with Christ; hearing our prayers, God chooses to forgive us. Hear the Good News: we are forgiven.
P: One hope, one faith, one baptism, one Body – these are the gifts God gives to us, in this moment and in all the moments to come. Thanks be to God. 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.

 

Old Testament Lesson I Kings 19:4-8 The Message

3-5 When Elijah saw how things were, he ran for dear life to Beersheba, far in the south of Judah. He left his young servant there and then went on into the desert another day’s journey. He came to a lone broom bush and collapsed in its shade, wanting in the worst way to be done with it all—to just die: “Enough of this, God! Take my life—I’m ready to join my ancestors in the grave!” Exhausted, he fell asleep under the lone broom bush. Suddenly an angel shook him awake and said, “Get up and eat!” 6 He looked around and, to his surprise, right by his head were a loaf of bread baked on some coals and a jug of water. He ate the meal and went back to sleep. 7 The angel of God came back, shook him awake again, and said, “Get up and eat some more—you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.” 8-9 He got up, ate and drank his fill, and set out. Nourished by that meal, he walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. When he got there, he crawled into a cave and went to sleep.
The Word of God for the people of God…..THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon “Strength In Our Time of Need”         Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “As Pants The Hart” (Methodist Gallery Hymn, c. 1808,  arr. BSM)

As pants the hart for cooling streams
When heated in the chase,
So longs my soul, O God, for thee,
And thy refreshing grace.

For thee, my God, the living God,
My thirsty soul doth pine:
O when shall I behold thy face,
Thou majesty divine?

Why restless, why cast down, my soul?
Hope still, and thou shalt sing
The praise of him who is thy God,
Thy health’s eternal spring.

To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom we adore,
Be glory, as it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

 

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 “Because He Lives” UMH 364

1. God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
REFRAIN: Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives.

2. How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and the joy he gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days because He Lives.
REFRAIN

3. And then one day, I’ll cross that river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to vict’ry
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns.
REFRAIN

 

Benediction

L: The steadfast love of God goes with you.
The redeeming power of Christ sustains you.
P: We have been forgiven and renewed.
We face another week with confidence.
L: Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving.
Live in love as Christ demonstrated God’s love.
P: We want to share the gifts of God with others.
We seek to build up the body of Christ.

L: Jesus said, “Whoever believes has eternal life.”
Whoever eats the living bread will live forever.
P: We have been taught to live as God’s children.
We can experience eternal life even today. Amen.

 

Choral Benediction “Amen” (Storer)

Amen

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Postlude

 

Shanna, after her vacation, will be back in the office on Tuesday (8/10).

 

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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