Sunday, June 26, 2022

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church


June 26, 2022

10:15 A.M.


Organ Prelude


Welcome and Announcements       Rev. Debbie Scott


Choral Introit     “Rejoice, the Lord Is King” (Wesley/Darwall)

Rejoice, the Lord is King:

Your Lord and King adore!

Rejoice, give thanks and sing,

And triumph evermore.

Lift up your heart,

Lift up your voice!

Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!


Call to Worship

L: We are here to remember together the story we share – here to remind each other of who we are – and to whom we belong.
P: We claim this rich heritage with thanksgiving and joy – acknowledging how who we’ve been, has brought us to where we are, and affirming that it is knowing who we are that with excitement, we anticipate what God is yet to do.
L: Our memories serve to light the path ahead of us not in duplicating the past, but in making real our trust in the faithfulness of our God for the future.
P: We are children of God who remembers each one of us and celebrates the passages in our lives.
L: Passages of moving on to new states of life, each presenting new possibilities.
P: We affirm that through every passage, into each new situation in life, our God goes with us. So, let us prepare for the possibilities of tomorrow by worshipping God today! Amen!


Opening Hymn  “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”  UMH 117   Vs. 1, 2, 3 & 6

1.  O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne Still may we dwell secure;

Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same.

6. O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home.


Old Testament Lesson    2 Kings 2:6-14        NIV

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on. Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”  As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two. Elisha then picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. “Where now is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. The Word of God….Thanks Be To God


Litany to Celebrate Our Anniversary

L: A community of faith conveys God’s good news of love,
P: And leads its members along pathways of faith.
L: It sows seeds of life in the soil of our hearts,
P: Causing faith and hope to sprout in our souls.
L: This congregation has been a vehicle of God’s grace,
P: Shining God’s marvelous light across the years;
L: A place for growing in relationship with the Lord,

P: For living, loving, and forgiving in the spirit of Christ.
L: We celebrate the many members of this family of faith,
P: Who have walked with the Lord through their years.
L: We remember how they have blessed us so richly,
P: Conveying God’s gift of love from their hearts to our hearts.
L: We celebrate the gift we are to one another,
P: As we learn and grow along this spiritual journey.
L: We give thanks for the togetherness we feel with one another,
P: Sharing in all of life’s joys and sorrows, its victories and defeats.

L: It is a day of great joy in the life of this congregation,
P: As we celebrate the many lives it has already touched.
L: We give thanks for the body of Christ that we are today
P: And for what God will inspire us to become tomorrow. Amen and 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.


Gospel Lesson    Luke 9:57-62  NIV

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

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


Sermon      “The Living and the Dead”   John Strawbridge, Lay Leader


Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory   “O Thou God of My Salvation” (Smart)

O thou God of my salvation,

My redeemer from all sin,

Moved by thy divine compassion,

Who hast died my heart to win,

I will praise Thee;

Where shall I Thy praise begin?


Though unseen, I love the Savior;

He hath brought salvation near,

Manifests his pardoning favor

And within me doth appear;

Soul and body

Then his glorious image bear.


While the angel choirs are crying:

Glory to the great I AM!

I with them will still be vying,

Glory, glory to the Lamb!

O how precious

Is the sound of Jesus’ name!


Angels now are hovering round us

Unperceived amid the throng,

Wondering at the love that found us,

Glad to join our holy song;


Love and praise to Christ belong.

[Note: This is taken from The Woman's Hymnal, compiled by Henry Schwing, the first Organist at the present Lovely Lane church, in 1892, for Baltimore Women's College, which became Goucher College. The tune is very familiar in another context entirely!]


Offering Prayer (All)

Gift giving God, for 250 years we have gathered together to share what we are and what we have. Help us continue this sharing of our time, talent, and treasure. May the gifts we give be gifts of Love. May they increase the power of Love in the re-creation of the world. Amen.


Closing Hymn   “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”   UMH 140

1. Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not, As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be

REFRAIN: Great is Thy faithfulness,! Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see, All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me

2. Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. REFRAIN

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside. REFRAIN


L: The Lord God is his goodness has blessed us with 250 years of mission and ministry as Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. We are a remembering people, and it is good that we remember that God has chosen us, baptized us, and brought us together as the Church of Christ in this place.
P: But we are also a people of this day, brought together by God to be a holy fellowship of believers: the Body of Christ, sharing, caring, working in the world, and living in the hope of the world to come.
L: Our eyes look back with thanksgiving. Our eyes look forward in hope. Therefore, with thanksgiving for the past and hope for the future, let us dedicate ourselves and our lives to the mission which God gives us as the Church of Jesus Christ in this place.

P: We go back out into the world to love and serve the world around us. Just as we have done for 250 years, so we continue to do so.

L: We go out held in the loving arms of God who Creates, Redeems, Supports, and Sustains us.
P: We are not alone! Thanks be to God. Amen.


Choral Benediction    “Thank the Lord” (Trad)

Thank the Lord, O thank the Lord; tell all the world what God has done.

Let all the people praise God’s name. Alleluia.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Postlude   Ryan Zhou, vocal student

“Toglietemi La Vita Ancor” Alessandro Scarlatti

“Let Beauty Awake” (from Songs  of Travel) Ralph Vaughan Williams

“Caro Mio Ben”  Giuseppe Giordani

Rising high school sophomore Ryan Zhou is a national semi-finalist in the National Association Teachers of Singing auditions and will be competing at the NATS Conference in Chicago on July 2nd.  In this annual competition, singers perform at the district and regional levels to qualify for the National Auditions: Ryan placed 1st in the Lower High School TBB category in MD/DC District in February, qualified at Regionals and in the National Quarter Finals to be passed through to these Semi Finals.

The National Student Awards event this year will be the first round in person since the start of the pandemic  – earlier in 2022 rounds were still  by video submission, and Sunday will be Ryan’s first time singing his pieces in front of a live audience. Thank you for the opportunity!



-Altar flowers are given to the glory of God, for our 250th anniversary, and in memory and honor of the families in Uvalde, Buffalo, and Ukraine. -By the Brannans

-We are happy to welcome Ben Boellner as our new office manager. He starts on Tuesday.

-Save the Date! On July 10th, Daryl Mosley, Nashville singer, will be leading worship.


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: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601









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