Second Samuel 18 – 8/8/2021

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Greeting – Greet each other in the name of the Lord

Call to worship:
L: I cry out to you from the depths, Lord. My Lord, listen to my voice!
All: Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy!
L: My whole being hopes and I wait for God’s promise.
All: My whole being waits for my Lord- more than the night watch waits for morning.
L: O people, wait for the Lord because faithful love is with the Lord; great redemption is with our God!
All: The Lord is the one who will redeem us.

Songs – O How He Loves You and Me:
O how he loves you and me. O how he loves you and me.
He gave his life, what more could he give? O how he loves you. O how he loves me.
O how he loves you and me.
Jesus on Calvary did go, his love for sinners to show. What he did there brought hope from despair. O how he
loves you; O how he loves me; O how he loves you and me!
Kurt Kaiser CCLI# 15850

Fairest Lord Jesus – UMH 189:
Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature, O thou of God and man the Son,
thee will I cherish, thee will I honor, thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations! Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration, now and forevermore be thine.
Joseph August Seiss. Arr. Richard Storrs Willis. CCLI# 27800

Prayer:
Almighty God, creator of all things seen and unseen, Jesus, your Son taught that he is the Bread of life and the Living water and whoever comes to him will never go hungry and those who believe in him will never be thirsty. We have come together this day with our hunger and our thirst, seeking spiritual nourishment from you. Feed us with your words of grace and holiness. Satisfy our thirsty souls with the power of your Holy Spirit that renews and refreshes us and restores us to health and well-being. Amen.

Scripture – Second Samuel 18:5-9, 31-33:
5  The king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders concerning Absalom. 6  So the army went out into the field against Israel; and the battle was fought in the forest of Ephraim.  7  The men of Israel were defeated there by the servants of David, and the slaughter there was great on that day, twenty thousand men.  8  The battle spread over the face of all the country; and the forest claimed more victims that day than the sword. 9  Absalom happened to meet the servants of David. Absalom was riding on his mule, and the mule went under the thick branches of a great oak. His head caught fast in the oak, and he was left hanging [c]  between heaven and earth, while the mule that was under him went on.  15  And ten young men, Joab’s armor-bearers, surrounded Absalom and struck him, and killed him. 31  Then the Cushite came; and the Cushite said, “Good tidings for my lord the king! For the Lord has vindicated you this day, delivering you from the power of all who rose up against you.”  32  The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” The Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up to do you harm, be like that young man.” 33 [g]  The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
L: The word of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God!

Sermon – Rev. Gayle Porias

Sharing the peace

Offering: Our tithes, time, talent, prayer and witness

Songs – In Times Like These:
In times like these you need a Savior. In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
This Rock is Jesus, yes, He’s the One. This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
In times like these I have a Savior. In times like these I have an anchor.
I’m very sure, I’m very sure, my anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
This Rock is Jesus, yes, He’s the One. This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
Ruth Caye Jones CCLI# 11940

I Need Thee Every Hour – UMH 397:
I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine can peace afford.
I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.
I need thee every hour, in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
I need thee, O I need thee; every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.
Annie S. Hawks and Robert Lowry CCLI# 78811

Prayer of dedication:
Gracious Lord, we thank you for all the ways you have blessed us in the past and are blessing us now. At times we struggle and have a hard time seeing the future. We trust you and we know you are good and are faithful. And so we commit ourselves to your future for us by giving up our financial resources, our time, our talents and abilities, our prayers and our witness. Pour out your blessing upon these that we offer and use them to fulfill your purpose in us. Amen.

Prayer of Intercession

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.

Benediction

Song – O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee UMH 430:
O Master, let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free;
tell me thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.
Teach me thy patience still with thee in closer, dearer company,
in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong.
In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way,
in peace that only thou canst give, with thee, O Master, let me live.
Washington Gladden and H. Percy Smith CCLI# 3404818

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