Sunday, July 17th,2022

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

JULY 17, 2022

10:15A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements      John Strawbridge, Lay Leader

 

Choral Introit    “ Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word (Ahle)

Blessed Jesus, at Thy word
We are gathered all to hear Thee.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred
Now to seek and love and fear Thee.
By Thy gospel pure and holy,
Teach us, Lord, to love Thee solely.

 

Call to Worship

L: Come, people of faith, trusting God’s steadfast love.

Take refuge in the eternal presence.

P: We want to acknowledge God first in our lives.

We seek to rely on a power beyond ourselves.

L: Gather in silent awe before the source of all things.

Climb God’s holy hill, giving thanks.

P: It is not easy to have faith in one we do not know.

It is frightening to realize God’s sovereign power.

L: Know that Christ is the image of the invisible God,

The one in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.

P: We are the church, gathered in Christ’s name.

We are the body of Christ, seeking to live faithfully.

 

Opening Hymn  “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”  UMH 133

1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms; What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms. REFRAIN

Refrain:
Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, Leaning on the everlasting arms; Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day, Leaning on the everlasting arms.  REFRAIN

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms? I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms.   REFRAIN

 

Epistle Lesson   Colossians 1:15-29    The Message

15-18 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and leading the resurrection parade he is supreme in the end. From beginning to he’s there,

Towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so expansive, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross. 21-23 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message. 24-25 I want you to know how glad I am that it’s me sitting here in this jail and not you. There’s a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world—the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church’s part of that suffering. When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth. 26-28 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message.

The Word of God….Thanks Be To God

Prayer of Confession

L: Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that the distractions and busyness of our lives make it difficult to listen deeply to your voice.
P: Transform our priorities so that we make space in our lives to be quiet and listen to you.
L: Jesus, seeker of the lost, we confess to becoming so shaped by the values of this age that your call on our lives is increasingly hard to hear.
P: Transform our values so that they are shaped by your concern for the unloved and unlovely, and for the weak and powerless in our society.

L: Jesus, friend of the poor, we confess that too often any mission and outreach planning is weighed against economic viability.

P: Transform our thinking so that we risk believing that all things are held together,

not by the bottom financial line, but by you.
L: Jesus, bearer of reconciliation, we confess that all too often in our faith communities, we harbor thoughts which estrange and make us hostile towards one another.
P: Transform our hearts so that we are filled with the desire to forgive one
another and to make peace.
L: Jesus, source of our faith, we confess that we forget all too quickly the words we say, and pray,and sing, in our time of worship.

P: Transform our lives so that they remain connected to you at all times and in all places. May the posture of our lives be shaped by listening to you; the goodness of our lives be shaped by love for you; and the service of our lives be shaped by a humility like yours. This we pray in your name. Amen

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

L: In Jesus all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Jesus all things, whether on earth or in heaven, have been reconciled to God. (Colossians 1:19,20 NRSV) Friends, believe the gospel: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven .
P: Thanks be to God!

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lords 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 our 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, O Jesus, Come and fill your lambs

Jesus, O Jesus, Come and fill your lambs.

 

Gospel Lesson    Luke 10:38-42   NIV

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

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

 

Sermon      “ Only One Thing’   Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory   “What does the Lord Require? (Routley)

What does the Lord require for praise and offering?

What sacrifice of praise or tribute bid you bring?

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

 

Rulers of earth, give ear! Should you not justice know?

Will God your pleading hear while crime and cruelty grow?

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

 

Masters of wealth and trade, all you for whom men toil,

Think not to win God’s aid if lies your commerce soiled.

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

 

All who gain wealth by trade, for whom the worker tolls,

Think not to win God’s aid, if greed your commerce soils.

Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

Because we trust in your never-ending love, Gracious God, we offer not only our thanks, but our gifts, knowing that what you have done in the past – rescuing the lost, healing the broken, feeding the hungry, loving the poor – will continue to be accomplished through our gifts.  Bless all that we offer to you, we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn   “Martha Labored in the Kitchen”  Vs. 1, 2, & 3 (“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”)

Words By Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

1. Martha labored in the kitchen; there was much yet to be done!
There was cooking, cleaning, baking — too much work for anyone.
For the Lord had come to visit; Jesus sat there as her guest.
So much work! She longed to share it, so the meal would be its best.

2. Mary sat and humbly listened to their guest her Friend and Lord.
She just thought of Jesus’ teaching not the need for bread and board.
So when Martha came complaining, seeking Mary’s help that day.
Jesus turned to her explaining, “Mary chose the better way.”

3. God, we see in her distraction  Martha lost sight of her goal;
In her grumbling and complaining, She forgot food for the soul.
For there’s always something pressing — something urgent we must do,
Yet for us there’s also blessing in the time we spend with you.

 

Benediction

God sends us from this place, with our eyes wide open.
May we see all who hope for healing and for justice.
Jesus calls us to leave this place to go to listen.
We will hear the cries of those ignored by the world;
we will open ourselves to the anguish of those around us.
The Spirit challenges us to welcome everyone as our sister and brother.
May we offer our lives and hearts to all we meet.

 

Benediction Response “I will Trust in the Lord” (Spiritual)

“I Will trust in the Lord Till I die”

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

Postlude

 

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- Friday; 8:30 AM- 2:30 PM

Email: Lovely. Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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