Worship Guide Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Worship Guide

July 17, 2022

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Creating Disciples of Jesus who Transform the World

 

ENTRANCE WITH PRAISE

 

Greetings:

 

Minister: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

People: And also with you!

 

Special: “We Have Met to Praise and Worship”             Donna

 

Centering Words:

 

Even when we forget that God watches over us, God loves and redeems us.

 

*Call to Worship:

 

Leader:   Come from the busyness and the business of the day.

People:  We come to let go of the ways of the world.

Leader:   Come and turn aside the temptation to do the things that are only done in the shadows.

People:  We come to embrace what God offers us, God’s presence and unconditional love.

Leader:   Come, however hesitantly, to find refuge and the way to live in Christ’s great love. Let us pray.

 

ALL: As we come before you God, in the presence of our sisters and brothers, help us look honestly at our lives and see what you want them to be. Help us perceive the things and attitudes we need to change. As we open ourselves to your healing presence, fill us with the Spirit of your love and wholeness. Amen.

 

Hymn: Be Thou My Vision”

 

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

naught be all else to me, save that thou art.

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

 

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word;

I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;

thou and thou only, first in my heart,

great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

 

Great God of heaven, my victory won,

may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

 

Words of Assurance

 

There is nothing we can do that will make God love us any less. We can disappoint God. We can ignore God’s way.

But God is always there on the way—guiding us, calling us to live in God’s unconditional, steadfast love.

Open yourselves to this love, knowing that with God, all things can be made right.

All: Amen.

 

*New Testament Reading: Luke 10:38-42

 

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 42 there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”

 

Leader:   This is the Word of God, for the People of God

People:  Thanks be to God!

 

WORD AND RESPONSE

 

Time with Young Friends “Jesus Loves Me”

 

Children’s Message: “God Speaks to Me”

 

Hymn: How Shall I Come Before the Lord”   

 

How shall I come before the Lord,

and bow myself with heart our poured?

And shall I come with offerings?

What shall i give? What shall I bring?

 

 

Will finest gifts bring God's delight?

Will wealth bring favor in God's sight?

What must we be? What must we do?

What does the Lord require of you?

 

Let justice shine in all your ways.

Let loving kindness rule your day,

that, as this earthly path you trod,

you shall walk humbly with your God.

 

Sermon: “Living in a Bitter Day” Amos 8:1-12

 

1 This is what the Lord God showed me—a basket of summer fruit. 2 He said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me,

“The end has come upon my people Israel;

I will never again pass them by.

3      The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,” says the Lord God;

“the dead bodies shall be many,

cast out in every place. Be silent!”

4      Hear this, you that trample on the needy,

and bring to ruin the poor of the land,

5      saying, “When will the new moon be over

so that we may sell grain;

and the sabbath,

so that we may offer wheat for sale?

We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,

and practice deceit with false balances,

6      buying the poor for silver

and the needy for a pair of sandals,

and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

7      The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:

Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

8      Shall not the land tremble on this account,

and everyone mourn who lives in it,

and all of it rise like the Nile,

and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?

9      On that day, says the Lord God,

I will make the sun go down at noon,

and darken the earth in broad daylight.

10     I will turn your feasts into mourning,

and all your songs into lamentation;

I will bring sackcloth on all loins,

and baldness on every head;

I will make it like the mourning for an only son,

and the end of it like a bitter day.

11     The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,

when I will send a famine on the land;

not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water,

but of hearing the words of the Lord.

12     They shall wander from sea to sea,

and from north to east;

they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,

but they shall not find it.

 

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

 

 Prayers of the People      Joys and concerns

Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer

 

THE SACRAMENTS OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Invitation, Prayer of Confession and Pardon:

 

Christ our Lord invites to his table

all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God

and one another.

 

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you

with our whole hearts.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the

cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are    forgiven.

Glory to God. Amen

 

 The Great Thanksgiving  

 

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,

always and everywhere

to give thanks to you,

Father Almighty, creator of

heaven and earth.

You formed us in your image and

breathed into us the breath of life.

When we turned away, and our love failed,

your love remained steadfast.

You delivered us from captivity,

made covenant to be our sovereign God,

and spoke to us through your prophets.

And so,

with your people on earth

and all the company of heaven

we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

 

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son

Jesus Christ.

Your Spirit anointed him

to preach good news to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives

and recovering of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

and to announce that the time had come

when you would save your people.

He healed the sick, fed the hungry,

and ate with sinners.

By the baptism of his suffering,

death, and resurrection,

you gave birth to your church,      

delivered us from slavery to sin and death,

and made with us a new covenant

by water and the Spirit.

 

When the Lord Jesus ascended,

he promised to be with us always,

in the power of your Word and Holy Spirit.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:

 

"Take, eat; this my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."

 

When the supper was over, he took the cup,

gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

 

"Drink from this all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it

in remembrance of me."

 

And so,

in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,

we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving

as a holy and living sacrifice,

in union with Christ's offering for us,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith

 

Christ has died;

Christ is risen;

Christ will come again.

 

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,

and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,

that we may be for the world the body of Christ,

redeemed by his blood.

       By your Spirit make us one with Christ,

one with each other,

and one in ministry to all the world,

until Christ comes in final victory,

and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,

all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father,

now and forever.   Amen

 

And now with the confidence of children of God, let us stand and sing the Lord’s Prayer:

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

        hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

        hallowed be thy name.

On earth as it is in heaven.

        hallowed be thy name.

Give us this day our daily bread.

        hallowed be thy name.

Forgive us our trespasses

        hallowed be thy name.

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

        hallowed be thy name.

And lead us not into temptation

        hallowed be thy name.

But deliver us from all that is evil.

        hallowed be thy name.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory

        hallowed be thy name.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory

        hallowed be thy name.

 

Amen, amen, it shall be so

        hallowed be thy name.

Amen, amen, it shall be so

           hallowed be thy name.

 

Sharing of the Cup and Loaf

 

Moment of Prayer and Meditation

 

Prayer of Thanks

 

Eternal God, we give you thanks

for this holy mystery

in which you have given yourself to us. 

Grant that we may go into the world

in the strength of your Spirit,

to give ourselves to others,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen

 

SENDING FORTH

 

Hymn: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

 

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me

Let There Be Peace on Earth

The peace that was meant to be

With God our creator

children all are we

Let us walk with each other

In perfect harmony.

 

Let peace begin with me

Let this be the moment now.

With ev'ry step I take

Let this be my solemn vow

To take each moment

and live each moment

in peace eternally

Let there be peace on earth

And let it begin with me

 

Benediction

 

 
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