Ephesians 6 – 8/22/2021

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Greeting – Greet each other in the name of the Lord

Call to worship:
L: How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord of heavenly forces!
All: My very being longs, even yearns, for the Lord’s courtyards.
My heart and my body will rejoice out loud to the living God!
L: Yes, the sparrow has found herself a nest where she can lay her young beside your altars,
Lord of heavenly forces, my king, my God!
All: Those who live in your house are truly happy; they praise you constantly.
Those who put their trust in you and find their strength in you are truly happy
(Based on Psalm 84)

Songs – I Will Call upon the Lord – TFWS 2002:
I will call upon the Lord (I will call upon the Lord), who is worthy to be praise (who is worthy to be praised).
So shall I be saved from my enemies (so shall I be saved from my enemies). I will call upon the Lord!
The Lord liveth and blessed be the rock and let the God of my salvation be exalted!
The Lord liveth and blessed be the rock and let the God of my salvation be exalted!
CCLI# 11263 Michael O’Shields

Holy, Holy, Holy – TFWS 2007:
Holy, holy, holy, my heart, my heart adores you!
May heart knows how to say to you, “You are holy, Lord.”
Santo, santo, santo, mi corazon te adora!
Mi corazon te sabe decir. Santo eres, Dios!
CCLI# 4315511 Argentine folk song

Prayer:
Holy One, you sent your Son, Jesus, the Bread of Heaven to feed and nurture our spirits so that we would come to have a faith that saves us from our sins and restores us to a healing relationship with you. Jesus promised that whoever eats this bread will live forever in your courtyards and so we come with open hearts to take in this word. Bless the reading and interpretation of your word, your sacred scriptures, so that we would be nurtured by it and grow in faith and discipleship to Jesus. Amen.

Scripture – Ephesians 6:10-18:
10  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.  11  Put on the whole armor of God, so that you
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  12  For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh,
but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  13  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be
able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.  14  Stand therefore, and fasten the
belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.  15  As shoes for your feet put on
whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.  16  With all of these, take the shield of faith, with
which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17  Take the helmet of salvation, and the
sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18  Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.
To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
L: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God!

Sermon – Rev. Gayle Porias

Prayer of Confession:
Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. 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

Pastor: 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!
People: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Glory to God. Amen.

Offering and signs of reconciliation and love: Our tithes, time, talent, prayer and witness

Song – My Faith Looks Up to Thee – UMH 452:
My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away, O let me from this day be wholly thine!
May thy rich grace impart strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire!
As thou hast died for me, O may my love to thee pure, warm and changeless me, a living fire!
CCLI# 43334 Ray Palmer and Lowell Mason

Prayer of dedication:
O God, most merciful and gracious, of whose bounty we have all received, accept this offering of your people. Remember in your love those who have brought it and those for whom it is given, and so follow it with your blessing that it may promote peace and goodwill among all peoples, and advance the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (UMC Book of Worship)

Prayer of Intercession

The Lord’s Supper:
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.

The Great Thanksgiving:
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
P: Lift up your hearts
All: We lift them up to the Lord
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven we praise your name and join in their unending hymn:
All: 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.
P: 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 have birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. At his ascension you exalted him to sit and reign with you at your right hand.

Words of Institution: On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took break, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples and said: Take, eat, this is my body which is give 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:
All: 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 to 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 God, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Sharing the Bread and Cup


Song – Let Us Break Bread Together – UMH 618:
Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees).
Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees).
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me, (on me).
Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees).
Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees).
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me, (on me).
Afro-American Spiritual CCLI Song #7128525

Prayer of Thanksgiving: 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 for others, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Benediction: Go forth in peace. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

Song:
Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees).
Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees).
When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me, (on me).

Cokesbury UMC CCLI License # 21178338

Announcements:
2021 Charge Conference has been set for Sunday, October 24 following worship.

– The Finance Committee will be providing a monthly Cokesbury Financial Health report.
For 2021 to date:
Actual Expenditures: $72,429 (church operations and ministries- COM)
Tithes and Offerings received: $58,641
Shortfall: $13,788

– The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly at the church on Mondays at 5:30pm in the church Fellowship Hall – all are invited to join and participate!
Please send or share all prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle so we may give each concern prayerful attention. 

– Gardeners are invited to provide loving care to Cokesbury’s gardens on Friday, August 27 from 8am-11am.
Bring your gardening tools. Bottled water and snacks will be available.