4th Sunday after Pentecost – 7/3/22

Welcome

Call to Worship
L: Gather us in, Lord, and hear our prayers.
All: We have come to this place in need for healing and hope.
L: Gather us in, Lord, and heal our spirits.
All: We come here seeking guidance and strength.
L: Gather us in, Lord, and open our hearts to receive your word.
All: Open our hearts, our spirits, our souls to comprehend your word and follow you faithfully. Amen. Nancy C. Townley

Song – O God, Our Help in Ages Past – UMH 117
Isaac Watts
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home!
Under the shadow of thy throne, still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.
A thousand ages, in thy sight, are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home.

Prayer:
(All) Lord of justice and mercy, we come to you this day seeking your healing and reconciling love. Help us to be open to your word, your presence, your compassion. Clear our hearts of those things which block your will. Keep us focused on your enabling power so that we, having been healed, may more fully serve you. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Luke 10:25-37
An expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to vindicate himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and took off, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came upon him, and when he saw him he was moved with compassion. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, treating them with oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him, and when I come back I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Message

Prayer of Confession:
Lord, sometimes we are confused. We hear the bad news continually shouted on TV, radio, in the newspapers, magazines. The whole world seems to be shrieking in pain. Innocent people are being destroyed by the whims of the wicked. Disease and pestilence reign supreme in too many parts of the world. We turn an indifferent ear to the cries of others, often because we are so overwhelmed by the needs and feel helpless in the face of such chaos. We close our eyes. We walk away, often crossing over to the side of self-importance and indifference because we are afraid to become involved. Our society is quick to sue and slow to heal. We succumb to those pressures in our fear. Help us, O Lord. Heal our spirits as well as our bodies. Open our hearts and our eyes to see you, O Christ, that we may be empowered to service rather than apathy. Forgive us, Lord, forgive us. Make us ready to truly become your disciples. For we ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen. Nancy C. Townley

Words of Assurance:
Do not be afraid. God’s love is reaching out to you, to touch your hurt and wounds and to provide healing. Receive God’s blessing and be assured of God’s eternal love for you. Amen.

Prayer of Intercession

Offering Prayer

Holy Communion – 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.

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:
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 – Let Us Break Bread Together – UMH 618 Arr.
William Farley Smith
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.
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.
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.

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

Announcement

Song – Together We Serve – TFWS 2175
Daniel Charles Damon CCLI# 3379644
Together we serve, united by love, inviting God’s world to the glorious feast.
We work and we pray through sorrow and joy, extending your love to the last and the least.
We seek to become, a beacon of hope, a lamp for the heart and a light for the feet.
We learn year by year, to let love shine through util we see Christ in each person we meet.
Together by grace, we witness and work, remembering Jesus, in whom we grow strong.
Together we serve in Spirit and truth, remembering love is the strength of our song.

Benediction:
Place your hand in the hand of God. Go forth into this world in complete assurance of God’s presence and love. Bring hope, healing, and peace to all whom you meet. Go in peace and may God’s peace be with you.

Please keep in prayer: Blanche Lowery, Millie, Mary Baker, Eunice Bonner, Donna and Roshier Bailey, Tom Fabricus, 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 and vision of Cokesbury.

New groups forming in the Fall. Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Evening study we will be reading The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas. Morning group book to be determined.

United Methodist Men organizational meeting Sunday July 17th following worship. All men are invited to participate.

Dinner for Homeless July 19th . Chicken salad and potato soup. See sign-up in narthex. Food needed by July 18th .

Prayer Shawls: You may have noticed the throws on the chairs in the narthex. These were made by our won Prayer Shawl ministry. These “shawls” represent prayer and hugs for people in need. If this describes you or yours, please take one.

The Cokesbury UMC Prayer Group meets weekly Mondays at 6pm- 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.
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Serve

Welcome Table Every Second Sunday 11:30 am

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.

Ushers for Sunday worship. Please call Gordon Freeman at 703-680-4629 for information and to volunteer.

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May Offering          $8053.78
May Expenditures   $9033.85