Sunday, June 19, 2022

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church


June 19, 2022




Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements       John Strawbridge, Lay Leader


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

This is the day the Lord has made;

He calls the hours his own.

Let heav’n rejoice, let earth be glad

And praise surround the throne.


Call to Worship

L: Break down the barriers that divide us, O Lord.
P: Tear down the walls of hostility and fear.
L: Melt the barbed wire of anger and hatred.
P: Breathe new life into your people, O God.
L: For we are called to newness in Christ Jesus.
P: We are all brothers and sisters through God’s love.
L: Come, let us worship the God who removes obstacles from our paths.
P: Let us praise God who seeks to unite us in peace. AMEN.


Opening Hymn   “Faith of Our Fathers”  UMH 710  Vs. 1, alt 2, & 3

1. Faith of our fathers, living still, In spite of dungeon, fire and sword,
O how our hearts beat high with joy, Whene’er we hear that glorious word!
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! We will be true to thee till death!

2. Our fathers, chained in prisons dark, Were still in heart and conscience free;
And blest would be their children’s fate, If they, like them should die for thee:
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! We will be true to thee till death

4. Faith of our fathers, we will love, Both friend and foe in all our strife,
And preach thee, too, as love knows how, By kindly words and virtuous life.
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! We will be true to thee till death!

(Creating poems and hymns were the work and mission of Fredrick W. Faber. He wrote hymns that he believed would assist his fellow Christians with their faith and life.  He penned roughly 150 such hymns in his lifetime and in the opinion of many, his greatest creation was “Faith of Our Fathers.”  This is a hymn that recognizes the importance of Catholic martyrs in England who had been killed since the time of Henry VIII, who established the Church of England in the mid-16th century. )


Gospel Lesson    Luke 8:26-39   NIV

26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

The Word of God….Thanks Be To God


Litany for Father’s

For our fathers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them respect and love,

we pray to the Lord…

For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them,

we pray to the Lord…

For men, though without children of their own, who like fathers have nurtured and cared for us,

we pray to the Lord…

For fathers, who have been unable to be a source of strength, who have not responded to their children and have not sustained their families,

we pray to the Lord…

God, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response   “Spirit Song” UMH 347 Vs. 1

Oh, let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love;

Let him fill your heart and satisfy your soul
Oh, let him have the things that hold you, and his Spirit, like a dove,

Will descend upon your life and make you whole Jesus,

Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.


Epistle Lesson     Galatians 3:23-29   The Message

23-24 Until the time when we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, we were carefully surrounded and protected by the Mosaic law. The law was like those Greek tutors, with which you are familiar, who escort children to school and protect them from danger or distraction, making sure the children will really get to the place they set out for. 25-27 But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise. 28-29 In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises.

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.


Sermon   “Belonging to God’s Family”   Rev. Debbie Scott


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “Behold a Broken World” (Miller, arr. BSM)

Behold a broken world, we pray,

Where want and war increase,

And grant us, Lord, in this our day,

The ancient dream of peace:


A dream of swords to sickles bent,

Of spears to scythe and spade,

The weapons of our warfare spent,

A world of peace remade;


Where every battle-flag is furled

And every trumpet stilled,

Where wars shall cease in all the world,

A waking dream fulfilled.


Offering Prayer (All)

Merciful God, we offer these gifts in gratitude for the free gift of your
amazing grace. We pray that you will bless and accept them and our
lives as we go from here infused with your love and grace. Empower us
anew with your Holy Spirit that we may graciously anoint the lives of
others with your love. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen


Closing Hymn   “A Place at the Table”   Vs. 1, 2, &6 Worship and Song 3149

1. For everyone born, a place at the table, for everyone born, clean water and bread,

a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing, for everyone born, a star overhead,

Refrain: And God will delight, when we are creators of justice and joy,

yes, God will delight when we are creators of justice, justice and joy!

2. For young and for old, a place at the table, a voice to be heard, a part in the song,

the hands of a child in hands that are wrinkled, for young and for old, the right to belong, REFRAIN

6.For gay and for straight, a place at the table, a covenant shared, a welcoming space,

a rainbow of race and gender and color, for gay and for straight, the chalice of grace, REFRAIN



We have gathered, embraced by the love of God,

embraced by the love we share together this day.
We have gathered, inspired by the life and witness of Jesus,

inspired by the life and witness we make together as we re-member Jesus this day.
We have gathered, empowered, enlivened and encouraged by God’s

empowered, enlivened and encouraged by the community we make together.
And now, let us go, to be bearers of hope and light and love, to be

makers of peace, justice and joy.
We go in the name of God. Amen.


Choral Benediction    “Sing, Choirs of New Jerusalem” (Jarman)

Sing, choirs of new Jerusalem,

Your sweetest notes employ,

The paschal victory to hymn

In songs of holy joy!


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude



-There will be a church work day on the 25th from 9am to 12pm. Call Duncan at 410-467-3060 if you are available.

-Baltimore Pride Parade will be Saturday the 25th on North Charles and 33rd street, pass through Wyman Park and North Charles Street and will end at the block party. Everything gets started at 1 pm.

-  The 250th anniversary of the Lovely Lane congregation will be celebrated on the 26th. John Strawbridge will be preaching.

-Shanna is moving on to Goucher College full-time. Her last day was Wednesday.

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 will be closed until we find a new Administrative

Assistant. If you need something, please call Rev. Deb directly.


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601





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