Call to Worship:
L: We have gathered in God’s holy presence,
All: the One who etches grace on our hearts.
L: This is the place where God will transform us into disciples.
All: We glorify our God, who yearns for justice, not just for a favored few, but for the least of our world.
L: This is the place where God will write compassion on our souls.
All: We give thanks to God for unceasing grace; we remember God’s persistence in saving us. This is the place where God will breathe the Word into our lives.
Song – Since Jesus Came Into My Heart – TFWS 2140
R. H. McDaniel and Charles H. Gabriel CCLI#71650
What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart!
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought, since Jesus came into my heart!
Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart,
floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.
I have ceased from my wandering and going astray, since Jesus came into my heart!
And my sins, which were many, are all washed away, since Jesus came into my heart!
There’s a light in the valley of death now for more, since Jesus came into my heart!
And the gates of the City beyond I can see, since Jesus came into my heart!
Into My Heart – TFWS 2160
Harry D. Clarke CCLI# 10044
Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus;
come in today, come in to stay; come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
Out of my heart, out of my heart, shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus;
shine out today, shine out always; shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus.
(All) Holy God, with the precious jewel of holy scripture, you share with us the treasure of your heart. Engrave your covenant -your hopes, your dreams, your vision, your peace -upon our hearts, that they might beat as one with yours. Amen
Scripture Reading – Luke 18:1-8
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my accuser.’ For a while he refused, but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ ”And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Message – Pastor Gayle
Song – There Is a Balm in Gilead – UMH 375
African-American spiritual CCLI# 234002
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.
Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain.
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
Don’t ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend,
and if you look for knowledge he’ll ne’er refuse to lend.
If you can’t preach like Peter, if you can’t pray like Paul,
just tell the love of Jesus, and say he died for all.
Prayer of Intercession
Our Offering – How will we serve and honor God this week?
Offering Prayer: Loving God, we offer these gifts to you today, as thanks for the work you are doing within us and among us. As we give, we pray for the courage to increase our faith, deepen our service to you and strengthen our walk with you, today and always. Amen.
Song – They’ll Know We are Christians by Our Love – TFWS 2223
Peter Scholtes CCLI# 26997
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
we are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love;
yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand,
and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land.
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
we will work with each other, we will work side by side,
and we’ll guard human dignity and save human pride.
All praise to the Father, from whom all things come,
and all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son,
and all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one.
May the living word of the Lord dwell with you and live through you. May it fill your thoughts and deeds and fill your mouth with God’s message of love. May it sustain you in good times and bad. May it equip you for a ministry of peace and hope!
Please keep in prayer: Kaye, Charline, Valerie Hoyt, Nanette, Blanche Lowery, Millie, Mary Baker, Eunice Bonner, Donna and Roshier Bailey, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Marian Benson, Ellen Kuvasko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Willis family, Bagby family, Debbie, Lilli, Ollie, Linda, Chrissie, Toye, Wenona, people living with cancer, battling addictions, struggling with life changes, seeking the Lord. The ministry of Cokesbury. Featherstone School students, teachers, staff, parents. Contact Pastor Gayle: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 703.980.1029
Jeremiah Project Link: https://vaumc.org/resources-mentioned-in-july-12-qa-webinar/
The Way of Discipleship
Growing in Grace through study: New groups forming in the Fall. We will be reading The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas. Please indicate your availability on insert or by email to email@example.com. Sunday after worship. Week day morning. Week day evening.
Growing in Grace through fellowship and more: Welcome Table Every Second Sunday 11:30 am
Growing in Grace through fellowship, service and mission: United Methodist Men meeting every third Sunday following worship.
Growing in Grace through intercessory prayer: Prayer group meets Mondays at 6pm. All are welcome to join in prayer. Please send or share prayer concerns with Pastor Gayle.
Prayer Shawls: You may have noticed the throws on the chairs in the narthex. These were made by our own Prayer Shawl ministry. These “shawls” represent prayer and hugs for people in need. If this describes you or yours, please take one.
Growing in Grace through service:
A.C.T.S Food Pantry:
Canned Vegetables 15 oz size, Low sodium canned vegetables, Snack items, individually packed, Pop-top canned prepared meals suitable for our homeless clients, Single serve prepared food suitable for our homeless clients, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Cleaning Supplies in general, Toiletries and Personal Hygiene Items, Size 4T pull-ups, Size 6 diapers, dog food.
Featherstone School Supplies: Last day of collection today
You shop, AmazonSmile donates. Shop at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for Cokesbury UMC at no extra cost.
Venmo donations QR code on table in narthex
For Small Group meetings I’m available: Sunday after worship – week day morning – week day evening (circle as many as apply) Which day(s)? __________