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Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

07/21/2024

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CENTERING MUSIC           "Have Thine Own Way, Lord"                   Arr. Diane Bish
                                                                ADELAID                                                            

MOMENT OF HOPE                                    

RESPONSIVE CALL TO WORSHIP

Psalm 23 - The Message

 

God, my shepherd!

       I don't need a thing.

You have bedded me down in lush meadows,

       you find me quiet pools to drink from.

True to your word,

       you let me catch my breath

       and send me in the right direction.

 

Even when the way goes through

       Death Valley,

I'm not afraid

       when you walk at my side.

Your trusty shepherds' crook

       makes me feel secure.

 

You serve me a six-course dinner

       right in front of my enemies.

You revive my drooping head;

       my cup brims with blessing.

 

Your beauty and love chase after me

       every day of my life.

I'm back home in the house of God

       for the rest of my life.

 

*HYMN #343               "Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life"                 (vs. 1,3&6)  

PRAYER CONFESSING OUR NEED FOR GOD'S GRACE

Leader: Eternal God, your steadfast love endures forever.

               We confess that we act as if we are in control as if you will bless whatever we     do. If we think of others at all, it is with an eye toward their usefulness to us. If           we consider your creation, it is to ponder what benefits us. We have failed to    show your love or to do justice in obedience to you.

People: We have no right to be called your children. Have mercy on us, God of         grace. Lord, have mercy. Forgive our sins, we humbly pray. Put the mind of Christ within us, O God, so that our lives take the form of a cross. Use            us to break down walls of hostility within the church, among the nations,           and around the world. Equip us to do your will, giving you glory, honor,         and praise together with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and            ever. Amen.

MOMENT OF SILENT PRAYER

SONG OF RENEWAL #288     "Spirit of the Living God"

                        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me,

                        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

                        Melt me, Mold me, fill me, use me

                        Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

 

CELEBRATION OF GOD'S GRACE

Our Lord Jesus gives us rest and peace. Our Master’s touch heals us, and his shed blood is our salvation.  In Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven. Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC                                         

CHILDREN'S MOMENT                                                                                Dale Scovill                                                                                                                       

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Leader:  Lord in your mercy,

People:  Hear our prayer.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER

As we pray together the Lord’s Prayer, you are invited to say this in whatever version is

most comforting and meaningful to you.  Here is one possible version (ecumenical version) that you can use:

   Our Father, who is in heaven, holy be your name.

               Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

               And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Yours is the

kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

 

SCRIPTURES                                  Ephesians 2:11-22                                        (Pg. 947)                                                                      

RESPONSE

Reader:      The word of the Lord

People:      Thanks be to God.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION   from Psalm 19 - responsively

Pastor:       May the words of my mouth

People:      And the meditations of our hearts

All:            Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord,

                  Our rock and our redeemer.  Amen

 

SERMON                                                                                       Rev. Sarah Reyes Gibbs

MOMENT OF SILENT REFLECTION

*HYMN #460                        "Break Thou the Bread of Life"

MOMENT OF THANKS           

OFFERING OURSELVES AND OUR GIFTS

OFFERTORY                                        "Elevation"                                                 Benoit  

*PENTECOST DOXOLOGY   By Roger Lynn                        Tune:  OLD HUNDRED

Praise God whose breath fills all the earth

Whose love reveals our sacred worth

Whose Spirit forms one family

Whose grace brings peace and harmony.  Amen.

 

*RESPONSIVE PRAYER OF THANKSGVING

Leader:  Almighty God, enthroned in eternity; crucified and risen Christ, dwelling in        heaven and with your people; powerful Holy Spirit, bringing life and truth;

People:  we thank you for calling us when we had no hope and for crowning us          with salvation. We thank you for enriching our lives with all that is good     and for providing for us in times of trial.

Leader:  Make us ever more mindful of the blessings you grant us each day; deepen our    trust in your love and mercy. Increase our thanksgiving by guiding our           offerings to help others in need.

People:  Unite us all in a community of thanksgiving, always glorifying you, O Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

 

*HYMN #320                   "The Church of Christ in Every Age"                  (vs. 1,2,3&5)

*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*PASSING THE PEACE

Leader:      The peace of Christ be with you.

People:      And with you also.

Leader:      Let us pass the peace of Christ.

People:      The peace of Christ be with you.   (To one another)

*POSTLUDE                                  "Allegro Energico"                       Christian Cappelen
                                                                                                          Arr. Mark L. Williams

*Indicates when people should stand.

Congregation will say the words in bold.

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