Who’s up for a summer journey? Isn’t that what many do in this season? We pack our things and our families, jump in the car, and we head off. For July and August, our summer worship is a journey of exploration and learning and ultimately a journey to discover what’s at the heart of our faith. This journey will consist of 5 side-trips, each defined by our traveling companions, who will guide us on this journey of discovery. These companions are called prophets, and they have a propensity to take us to the edge, even when we don’t really want to go. Thus, the title of our series is “Prophet Margins.” Today, our summer journey companion and guide is the prophet Isaiah. The worship theme is personal and spiritual integrity. The main point is that right worship and right living go hand-in-hand; in fact, they are one and the same.
Welcome & Announcements
Prelude – “All My Heart I Give” – By Hugh F. Livingston, Jr.
*Call to Worship
- L: God calls us here today.
- P: We bring our full selves to God: our strengths and our weaknesses.
- L: God calls YOU here today.
- P: Each of us offers all we are to God: our talents and our inadequacies.
- L: God calls every part of us to bring divine love and light into our world.
- P: We will respond to that call, trusting that God is at work within us.
*Opening Hymn – “Creator of the Earth and Skies” – UMH #450 (tune: #357)
- Creator of the earth and skies, to whom all truth and power belong,
grant us your truth to make us wise; grant us your power to make us strong.
- We have not known you: to the skies our monuments of folly soar;
and all our self-wrought miseries have made us trust ourselves the more.
- We have not loved you: far and wide the wreckage of our hatred spreads;
and evils wrought by human pride recoil on unrepentant heads.
- We long to end this worldwide strife: How shall we follow in your way?
Speak to us all your words of life, until our darkness turn to day.
Time with the Children
Scripture Reading – Luke 12:32-34
32“Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights in giving you the kingdom.
33Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out. No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys.
34Where your treasure is, there your heart will be too.
Invitation to Give & Prayer of Dedication
Special Music – “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” – By Charles H. Gabriel
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
1 The vision about Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah, Amoz’s son, saw in the days of
Judah’s kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.
10Hear the LORD’s word, you leaders of Sodom.
Listen to our God’s teaching,
people of Gomorrah!
11What should I think about all your sacrifices?
says the LORD.
I’m fed up with entirely burned offerings of rams
and the fat of well-fed beasts.
I don’t want the blood of bulls, lambs, and goats.
12When you come to appear before me,
who asked this from you,
this trampling of my temple’s courts?
13Stop bringing worthless offerings.
Your incense repulses me.
New moon, sabbath, and the calling of an assembly—
I can’t stand wickedness with celebration!
14I hate your new moons and your festivals.
They’ve become a burden that I’m tired of bearing.
15When you extend your hands,
I’ll hide my eyes from you.
Even when you pray for a long time,
I won’t listen.
Your hands are stained with blood.
16 Wash! Be clean!
Remove your ugly deeds from my sight.
Put an end to such evil;
17 learn to do good.
help the oppressed;[a]
defend the orphan;
plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let’s settle this,
says the LORD.
Though your sins are like scarlet,
they will be white as snow.
If they are red as crimson,
they will become like wool.
19 If you agree and obey,
you will eat the best food of the land.
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.
The LORD has said this.
- L: The word of God; the word of Life.
- P: Thanks be to God.
Sermon – “Learn to Do Good”
Special Music – “God Will Make a Way” – By Don Moen
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Prayer of Confession
God of Redemption, you call us to wash ourselves clean, so that our transgressions fall away. May we cease doing evil, learn to do good, and seek justice. You call us to rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, and plead for the widow. May we not forget these responsibilities you’ve set before us. We are grateful for the prophet Isaiah’s reminder that, though our sins are like scarlet, you’ll make us like snow! Even though they are red like crimson, you make them like wool! May we be obedient and willing followers, pleasing unto you.
Words of Assurance
Prayer of Great Thanksgiving
Sharing the Bread and Cup
Prayer after Communion
*Closing Hymn – “Together We Serve” – FWS #2175
- 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 until we see Christ in each person we meet.
- We welcome the scarred, the wealthy, the poor, the busy, the lonely, and all who need care.
We offer a home to those who will come, our hands quick to help, our hearts ready to dare.
- 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.
*Postlude – “More Like You” – By Scott Wesley Brown
Helping Lead Today’s Worship
- Liturgist: Rev. John Huhtala
- Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
- Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
- Rev. Drew Hart