Call to Worship:
L: Look at how good and pleasing it is when God’s people live together as one!
All: It’s like expensive oil poured over the head, running down the cheek.
L: It’s like the dew on the mountains streaming down, refreshing the land.
All: Because it is there where we gather in Jesus’ name that the Lord has commanded the blessing.
Song – Leaning on the Everlasting Arms – UMH 133
Elisha A. Hoffman and Anthony J. Showalter
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
what a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.
Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day, leaning on the everlasting arms.
What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.
(All)Almighty and ever-faithful God, we thank you for giving us another day of life in your creation here on earth. We thank you for your provision for all that is needed. As we look around at the people gathered here, we give you thanks for each one. We ask for your blessing upon this time together and on each one uniting in worship this morning. May our hearts be touched, our spirits be healed and renewed and our lives be transformed as your Spirit guides the reading and interpreting of sacred scripture. Amen.
Scripture Reading – Colossians 3:12-17
Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord [a] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ [c] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Message – Pastor Gayle
Prayer of Confession:
Most holy God, we long for your reign of justice and righteousness here on earth and understand that true community exists when we live as Jesus taught us to live with each other. Forgive us for not being able to see past our own wants and needs. Forgive us for not treating others the way we want to be treated. Forgive us for turning away from community. Forgive us for causing pain to others by our words or actions and for failing to relieve another’s suffering by not speaking up and not acting. Pour out your mercy upon us and cleanse our hearts. Renew your Spirit within us and reconcile us with you and with each other. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen
Sharing our Joys and Concerns
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.
The Lord’s Supper – The Great Thanksgiving – UMH 9
P: 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: ..And so, with all 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: ..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.
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:
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.
Song – ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus – UMH 462
Louisa M.R. Stead and Wm. J. Kirkpatrick
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, and to take him at his word;
just to rest upon his promise, and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus, just to trust his cleansing blood;
and in simple faith to plunge me neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Prayer of Thanksgiving:
(All) 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
Song – Lift Every Voice and Sing – UMH 519
James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson
Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty,
let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won.
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
thou who hast by thy might led us into the light, keep us for ever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand, true to our God, true to our native land.
Please keep in prayer: Kaye, Charline, Valerie Hoyt, Nanette, Blanche Lowery, Millie, Mary Baker, Donna and Rosier Bailey, Mary Jane Fizer, Deirdre and John, Louise and Mark Young, Marian Benson, Ellen Kuvasko, Al Firth, Margaret Franklin, Hallman 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: email@example.com or phone: 703.980.1029
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday after worship. Week day morning. Week day evening.
Scripture readings for September: Sept. 11 Genesis 6:5-22; 8:6-12; 9:8-17. Matthew 8:24-27; Sept. 18 Genesis 12:1-9. Matthew 28:19-20; Sept. 25 Genesis 39:1-23. Matthew 5:11-12
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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