Sunday, July 3,2022

LOVELY LANE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

JULY 3, 2022

10:15A.M

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements                             Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Choral Introit    “Rise Up, Ye Saints of God” (Walter)

Rise up, ye saints of God!

Have done with lesser things.

Give heart and mind and soul and strength

To serve the King of Kings.

 

Call to Worship for Independence Day

L: We came from all places and all peoples to gather here today.
P: Some of us traveled across the ice, others came later in boats,
still others of us waded rivers or arrived in planes.

L: We found a land blessed.
P: Blessed with mountains and valleys, rivers and oceans,
fertile earth, wonderful woods, and promising cities.

L: Here, a dream was born.
P: A dream of freedom from all oppression,
A dream of hope for our children,
A dream of people in community under God.

L: We have turned to nations and peoples who gave us birth:

P: Send us the voiceless.
Send us the fearful.
Send us the oppressed.
L: And so the dream continues…
P: And so the dream of America continues…
God, help us to do your work until your dreams come true

 

Opening Hymn  “O God, We Thank You for This Land (“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”) Vs. 1, 3 & 4

Words By: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

1.O God, we thank you for this land and for the good on which we stand:
for people down through history who sought to make us kind and free,
for immigrants from every place who built this land with strength and grace.

3. We thank you, God, for those who pause to see and challenge unjust laws;
for those whose vision leads the way to bring a gentler, nobler day;
for those who answer your great call to value, love and welcome all.

4. As we give thanks for this our land, may we, with others, take a stand:
May we a justice-vigil keep, and never let our conscience sleep;
For silence is complicity, and all are bound till all are free.

 

Old Testament   2 Kings 5:1-14    The Message

1-3 Naaman was general of the army under the king of Aram. He was important to his master, who held him in the highest esteem because it was by him that God had given victory to Aram: a truly great man, but afflicted with a grievous skin disease. It so happened that Aram, on one of its raiding expeditions against Israel, captured a young girl who became a maid to Naaman’s wife. One day she said to her mistress, “Oh, if only my master could meet the prophet of Samaria, he would be healed of his skin disease.” 4 Naaman went straight to his master and reported what the girl from Israel had said. 5 “Well then, go,” said the king of Aram. “And I’ll send a letter of introduction to the king of Israel.” So he went off, taking with him about 750 pounds of silver, 150 pounds of gold, and ten sets of clothes. 6 Naaman delivered the letter to the king of Israel. The letter read, “When you get this letter, you’ll know that I’ve personally sent my servant Naaman to you; heal him of his skin disease.” 7 When the king of Israel read the letter, he was terribly upset, ripping his robe to pieces. He said, “Am I a god with the power to bring death or life that I get orders to heal this man from his disease? What’s going on here? That king’s trying to pick a fight, that’s what!” 8 Elisha the man of God heard what had happened, that the king of Israel was so distressed that he’d ripped his robe to shreds. He sent word to the king, “Why are you so upset, ripping your robe like this? Send him to me so he’ll learn that there’s a prophet in Israel.” 9 So Naaman with his horses and chariots arrived in style and stopped at Elisha’s door. 10 Elisha sent out a servant to meet him with this message: “Go to the River Jordan and immerse yourself seven times. Your skin will be healed and you’ll be as good as new.” 11-12 Naaman lost his temper. He spun around saying, “I thought he’d personally come out and meet me, call on the name of God, wave his hand over the diseased spot, and get rid of the disease. The Damascus rivers, Abana and Pharpar, are cleaner by far than any of the rivers in Israel. Why not bathe in them? I’d at least get clean.” He stomped off, mad as a hornet. 13 But his servants caught up with him and said, “Father, if the prophet had asked you to do something hard and heroic, wouldn’t you have done it? So why not this simple ‘wash and be clean’?” 14 So he did it. He went down and immersed himself in the Jordan seven times, following the orders of the Holy Man. His skin was healed; it was like the skin of a little baby. He was as good as new.

The Word of God….Thanks Be To God

 

Prayer of Confession:

Merciful God, in all our celebration, fireworks, parades, and gatherings we have proclaimed liberty and freedom. Yet our hearts are chained by anger, doubt, terror, and fear. We live in those chains, often not knowing that there is really any other way. We have become accustomed to our imprisonment. Forgive us when we turn away from your freeing love. Help us to place our trust in you and serve you by working with others for peace and hope for all. These things we ask in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

 

Words of Assurance

Reach out! Stretch your Spirits! God’s love has freed you from oppression and fear! You have been made whole in God’s eternal love. 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 them fill your hearts 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 10:1-12, 17-20  NIV

10 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. 5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. 8 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. 9 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

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

 

Sermon     ”For the Healing of Our Souls”                                                        Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory   “Gather Us In” (Haugen)

Here in this place the new light is streaming,

Now is the darkness vanished away;

See in this space our fears and our dreaming,

Brought here to you in the light of this day.

 

Gather us in, the lost and forsaken;

Gather us in, the blind and the lame;

All to us now, and we shall awaken;

We shall arise at the sound of our name.

 

We are the young, our lives are a myst’ry;

We are the old who yearn for your face;

We have been sung throughout all of hist’ry,

Called to be light to the whole human race.

 

Gather us in, the rich and the haughty;

Gather us in, the proud and the strong;

Give us a heart, so meek and so lowly,

Give us the courage to enter the song.

 

Not in the dark of buildings confining,

Not in some heaven, light years away –

Here in this place the new light is shining,

Now is the kingdom, and now is the day.

 

Gather us in and hold us forever;

Gather us in and make us your own;

Gather us in, all peoples together,

Fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

In the offering of our gifts, as well as the living of our days, may we not grow weary of doing what is right, but commit to speaking up for the voiceless, healing the broken, feeding the hungry, and all those mercies which are such a part of your heart and hopes for all your children.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

 

Closing Hymn   “For the Healing of the Nation”   UMH 428   Vs. 1,2 & 3

1. For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord;
for a just and equal sharing of the things that earth affords;
To a life of love in action help us rise and pledge our word,
help us rise and pledge our word.

2. Lead us forward into freedom; from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness fear will die and hope increase,
fear will die and hope increase.

3. All that kills abundant living, let it from the earth be banned;
pride of status, race, or schooling, dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice may we hallow life’s brief span,
may we hallow life’s brief span.

 

Benediction

L: Having rested in God’s embrace, go out and comfort the restless.

Having been comforted by God’s grace, go out to embrace the weary.

Having been renewed by the Gospel, go out and be Good News to the world.

P: We are one and we are many; for we are sustained by the love of God,

the grace of Jesus, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

Choral Benediction    “I Will Trust In The Lord”

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, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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