8th Sunday after Pentecost – 7/31/22

Call to Worship
L: God says, “If my people who are called by my name”
All: Will humble themselves and pray
L: and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways
All: I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.
L: Now my eyes will be open and my ears be attentive to the prayers being offered in this place.
All: Loving God, we claim your promises to us today. Heal our land. Heal us. Help us to seek your face in worship this day.

Song – Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven – UMH 66
Henry F. Lyte and John Goss
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, to the throne thy tribute bring; ransomed, healed, restored,
forgiven, evermore God’s praises sing. Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
Praise the Lord for grace and favor to all people in distress; praise God, still the same as ever,
slow to chide and swift to bless. Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious now God’s faithfulness
Fatherlike, God tends and spares us; well our feeble frame God knows; motherlike, God gently
bears us, rescues us from all our foes. Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely yet God’s mercy flows.

Praise the Name of Jesus – TFWS 2066
Roy Hicks, Jr.
Praise the name of Jesus. Praise the name of Jesus.
He’s my Rock, he’s my Fortress, he’s my Deliverer, in him will I trust.
Praise the name of Jesus.

(All) In Micah 6:8 You say, “O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Today we choose to walk humbly with You. We choose to live by Your Holy Spirit and to follow Your lead. Help us to hear You clearly, for we do not want to walk by pride or self-sufficiency, we want to walk with You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Scripture Reading – Luke 18:9-14
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other, for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Message – Standing Outside of Community Pastor Gayle

Call to Prayer
L: The God of strength moves within us
All: the God of courage hears our distress
L: The God of hope reveals wholeness to us;
All: the God of healing touches us when we are broken.
L: When the pain overwhelms us, when the burden is too heavy,
All: we turn to our God, who is loving and present.
L: When there is loneliness, when there is isolation,
All: we turn to our God, who is loving and present.
L: For God created us, redeemed us and sustains us,
All: and we are not alone. Lead us in your ways, O God, and bring us your healing touch.

Song – Be Still and Know – TFWS 2057
John Bell CCLI# 4524625
Be still and know, that I am God. Be still and know, that I am God.

Scripture – James 5:13-16
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up, and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

Prayer of Intercession
Invitation: You are invited to come forward to receive prayer, anointing with oil and laying on of hands. You may kneel at the altar rail or remain standing.

Song – Sweet Hour of Prayer – UMH 496
William Walford and William B. Bradbury
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! that calls me from a world of care,
and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief,
and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! the joys I feel, the bliss I share
of those whose anxious spirits burn with strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place where God my Savior shows his face,
and gladly take my station there, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! thy wings shall my petition bear
to him whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face, believe his word, and trust his grace,
I’ll cast on him my every care, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Prayer of Thanksgiving
L: O God, for your love for us, warm and brooding which has brought us to life
All: We give you thanks
L: For your love which has awakened us, energized us and given us a heart that sings
All: We give you thanks
L: For your love for us, compassionate and patient, which has carried us through our pain, wept beside us in our sin, and waited with us in our confusion
All: We give you thanks.
L: For your love for us, strong and challenging, which has called us to risk for you, asked for the
best in us, and shown us how to serve.
All: We give you thanks.
L: For the healing, restoration, and reconciliation that you have brought forth and are bringing forth
All: We give you thanks
L: O God, we celebrate that your Holy Spirit is present deep within us, and at the heart of all life. Forgive us when we forget your gift of love made known to us in Jesus, and draw us into your presence.
All: Amen

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 – Do, Lord, Remember Me – African-American Spiritual
Do, Lord, oh, do, Lord, oh, do, remember me;
do, Lord, oh do, Lord, oh do remember me;
do, Lord, oh, do, Lord, oh do remember me, way beyond the blue.
I took Jesus as my Savior, won’t you take him too?
I took Jesus as my Savior, won’t you take him too?
I took Jesus as my Savior, won’t you take him too? Look away beyond the blue.
I got a home in glory land that outshines the sun.
I got a home in glory land that outshines the sun.
I got a home in glory land that outshines the sun. Look away beyond the blue.
Do, Lord, oh do, Lord, oh, do, remember me;
do, Lord, oh do, Lord, oh do remember me;
do, Lord, oh, do, Lord, oh do remember me, way beyond the blue.

Benediction – God has created us for community. Jesus Christ has invited us into his community. Now may the Holy Spirit empower and guide us to live in community with each other. A community of mutual love and respect, service and humility. Holding each other in respect and grace. May the love of God surround us. May the grace of Christ heal us. May the power of the Holy Spirit sustain us.

Please keep in prayer: Valerie Hoyt, Nanette, Blanche Lowery, Millie, Mary Baker, Eunice Bonner, Donna and Rosier 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 and vision of Cokesbury. 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. Weekday evening. Sundays following worship. We will be reading The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas.

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. Work day Saturday August 6th 9:30 am-noon. All men are invited to participate.

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.

Administrative. Council meeting today following worship

Next Sunday August 7th Cross Cultural Discussion following worship

Nominations Meeting August 9th 1pm

Finance Committee August 9th 7pm.

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