9th Sunday after Pentecost – 8/7/22

Call to Worship
L: Come! Come and worship, you who woke early and you who slept late; you who come often, and you who don’t. Whether we are first or last or somewhere in between, there is room for all of us in God’s kingdom, and more than enough grace to go around.
All: Let’s worship God together!

Song – Victory in Jesus – UMH 370
Eugene M. Bartlett CCLI# 1259
I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory,
how he gave his life on Calvary to save a wretch like me;
I heard about his groaning, of his precious’s blood atoning,
then I repented of my sins and won the victory.
O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever! He sought me and bought me with his
redeeming blood; he loved me ere I knew him and all my love is due him; he plunged me to
victory beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about his healing, of his cleansing power revealing; how he made the lame to walk again
and caused the blind to see; and then I cried, “Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit,” and
somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory.
I heard about a mansion he has built for me in glory, and I heard about the streets of gold beyond
the crystal sea; about the angels singing and the old redemption story, and some sweet day I’ll
sing up there the song of victory

Alleluia – UMH 186
Jerry Sinclair CCLI# 16811
He’s my Savior.
I will praise him.

(All) Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Matthew 20:1-16
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.   And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’   They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received a denarius. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Message – Pastor Gayle

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.

Prayer of Confession:
(All) 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

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 – Just As I Am, Without One Plea – UMH 357
Charlotte Elliott William B. Bradbury CCLI# 23206
Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee. O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Just as I am, thy love unknown hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea, thine alone, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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 – Fill Us with Your Love, O Lord
Gene Closner CCLI#168028
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy.
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy.
Teach us to number our days aright that we may have wisdom of heart.
Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants.
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy.
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy.


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. Contact Pastor Gayle: email: gayleporias@vaumc.org or phone: 703.980.1029

Today: Cross Cultural Discussion following worship

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.

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 August 14. See insert for list.

Nominations Meeting August 9th 1pm
Finance Committee August 9th 7pm.

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