11th Sunday after Pentecost – 8/21/22

Call to Worship:
L: You call us to you, O God, that we may worship together.
All: You call us from our preoccupations and preconceptions that we might hear the words of life.
L: Words that call us to reflect, repent, and to be replenished.
All: May we hear your word to us as we worship.

Song – Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty – UMH 64
Reginald Heber and John B. Dykes
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Holy, Holy, Holy – TFWS 2007
Argentine folk song
Holy, holy, holy. My heart, my heart adores you!
My heart knows how to say to you: You are holy, Lord!
Santo, santo, santo, mi corazon te-adora!
Mi corazon te sa-be de-cir: Santo eres, Dios!

(All) We give you praise, O God, for all that is comes from you.  Creation flowed through your mighty hand, singing your power and praise to the universe.  Through it, you provided all that we could need or want.  For all those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, its beauty proclaims your glory and gives us a glimpse of your eternal love for us.  So bless our time together, bless the reading of sacred scripture, and bless us as we draw near to listen. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Luke 16:9-31
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.    And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.    In Hades, where he was being tormented, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side.   He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus in like manner evil things, but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.    Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’   He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ He said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

Song – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – UMH 349
Helen H. Lemmel
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face,
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace

Message – Pastor Gayle

Prayer of Confession:
(All) Compassionate God, we confess that we are a people that ignore that which is around us.  We are so focused on what we have to do and who we have to see, that we pass by those who are suffering.  We choose to turn away.  We ignore those begging for what they need to live.  We neglect those who are in need of healing.  We disregard our sisters and brothers who are oppressed by systems of our own creation. Forgive us our willful ignorance, O God.  Break through the walls that we have erected to keep us safe and secure.  Open our eyes to those who are in pain.  Open our ears to their cries of injustice.  Compel us to change the systems that imprison so many, so that all your children might live in freedom.  In the name of Jesus, we pray…

Assurance of Pardon:
Our God, who is faithful and just, sees us as we are in all our sinfulness. Our God, who is full of grace and glory, forgives us our sin and restores us. Our God, who breathed breath into us, gives us new life through our Lord Jesus Christ. All: In gratitude and thanksgiving, we give thanks to God.  Amen.

Prayer of Intercession
Our Offering – How will we serve and honor God this week?

Offering Prayer: Gracious God, you have created all that is for our provision, that we might have all we need and more.  You have entrusted us with the responsibilities of caring for your creation and each other. Bless these gifts, that through your grace, there might be enough for all. Bless our lives, that we might be your servants in this time and place, reaching out to those who are suffering, so that your love might be known. In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.


Song – He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought – UMH 128
Joseph H. Gilmore and Wm. B. Bradbury
He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
What- e’er I do, wher-e’er I be, still ‘tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me;
his faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in thine, nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, whatever lot I see, since ‘tis my God that leadeth me.
And when my task on earth is done, when by thy grace the victory’s won,
e’en death’s cold wave I will not flee, since God through Jordan leadeth me.

Benediction – May our eyes always be open to who God wants us to see. May our ears always be attentive to those God wants us to hear. May our hearts be open to receive all whom God wants us accept, love, and nurture. May the Holy Spirit equip us with the strength, courage and wisdom to follow Jesus out into the world.

Call to worship and all prayers by Rev. Tracy Brown-Spencer

Please keep in prayer: Kaye, Charline, Valerie Hoyt, Nanette, Blanche Lowery, Millie, Mary Baker, 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: gayleporias@vaumc.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 cokesburyumc@gmail.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. Friday with Friends every Third Friday 11am in Narthex. Bring bag lunch.

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 on Zoom. 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:
Hilda Barg Shelter Meal: Thursday, September 15th . A hot cooked meal for 20 people delivered between 6:15-6:30pm. In addition we take one loaf of bread, 1 lb. lunch meat, 1 lb. cheese. Menu: chicken enchiladas, black beans and rice, lettuce and tomato salad. You may also support this mission with financial support for purchase of food. Please use “Local Missions” Envelope.

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.

Clothing for Featherstone School: Size 5-8 underwear and small and medium size sweatpants for girls and boys.
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