July 24 Worship Bulletin

July 24 Worship Bulletin

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This morning we welcome Pastor Kim Bos to our pulpit while Pastor Drew is on vacation. Pastor Kim Bos is the executive director and campus pastor for the Wesley House at Ferris State University. Kim is a product of Michigan State’s Wesley Foundation, where she experienced her call into ministry, and she considers herself deeply blessed to be called to disciple and do life with young adults. In her free time Kim loves going on adventures, reading, baking, knitting, playing games, and walking her dog, Maybelle. Her husband, Wil, was in the Air Force for 11 years, but they are thrilled to have returned home to Michigan. There is nowhere she’d rather be than in a pulpit or at the beach.

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Open My Eyes, That I May See” – Arr. by David H. Hegarty

*Call to Worship

  • L: Good and merciful God, you call us who walk the roads and wander the paths to gather as a community,
  • P: speak to us in these complicated times.
  • L: We are people of the covenant,
  • P: called to care for one another without exception or expectation.
  • L: Within and beyond our walls, our neighbors are struggling.
  • P: We are struggling too.
  • L: Just as Jesus drew near to the broken hearted, walked with the downtrodden, and declared liberty for those who were slaves to sin and death,
  • P: send us. Encourage us to come near in your name.
  • L: Open our hearts to receive new strength and to open our lives to new understanding.
  • P: Gather us near to you, oh Lord.

*Opening Hymn – “Lord, You Give the Great Commission” – UMH# 584

  1. Lord, you give the great commission:
    “Heal the sick and preach the word.”
    Lest the church neglect its mission,
    and the gospel go unheard,
    help us witness to your purpose
    with renewed integrity.
    With the Spirit’s gifts empower us
    for the work of ministry.
  2. Lord, you call us to your service:
    “In my name baptize and teach.”
    That the world may trust your promise,
    life abundant meant for each,
    give us all new fervor, draw us
    closer in community.
    With the Spirit’s gifts empower us
    for the work of ministry.
  3. Lord, you make the common holy:
    “This my body, this my blood.”
    Let us all, for earth’s true glory,
    daily lift life heavenward,
    asking that the world around us
    share your children’s liberty.
    With the Spirit’s gifts empower u
    for the work of ministry.
  4. Lord, you show us love’s true measure:
    “Father, what they do, forgive.”
    Yet we hoard as private treasure
    all that you so freely give.
    May your care and mercy lead us
    to a just society.
    With the Spirit’s gifts empower us
    for the work of ministry.
  5. Lord, you bless with words assuring:
    “I am with you to the end.”
    Faith and hope and love restoring,
    may we serve as you intend
    and, amid the cares that claim us,
    hold in mind eternity.
    With the Spirit’s gifts empower us
    for the work of ministry.

*Prayer

Time with the Children

Special Music – “As The Deer” – Arr. by Joel Raney

Invitation to Give & Prayer of Dedication

Musical Response of Praise – refrain of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” – UMH #140

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Scripture Reading – Luke 10:25-37

25A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?”

26Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?”

27He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

28Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.”

29But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. 31Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. 32Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. 33A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. 34The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day, he took two full days’ worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, ‘Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.’ 36What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?”

37Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

  • L: The word of God; the word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God.

Sermon – “More Than Box-Checking”

*Hymn – “God Made from One Blood” – FWS# 2170

  1. God made from one blood all the families of earth,
    The circles of nurture that raised us from birth,
    Companions who join us to walk through each stage
    Of childhood and youth and adulthood and age.
  2. We turn to you, God, with our thanks and our tears
    For all of the families we’ve known through the years,
    The intimate networks on whom we depend
    Of parent and partner and roommate and friend.
  3. We learn through our families how closeness and trust
    Increase when our actions are loving and just.
    Yet families have also distorted their roles,
    Mistreating their members and bruising their souls.
  4. Give, Lord, to each family in conflict and storm
    A sense of your wisdom and grace that transform
    Sharp anger to insight which strengthens the heart
    And makes clear the place where rebuilding can start.
  5. Then widen that wisdom and grace to include
    The races and viewpoints our families exclude
    Till peace in each home bears and nurtures the bud
    Of peace shared by all you have made from one blood.

Special Music – “Lamb of God” – Arr. by Joel Raney

*Closing Hymn – “Where Charity and Love Prevail” – UMH# 549

  1. Where charity and love prevail,
    there God is ever found;
    Brought here together by Christ’s love,
    by love are we thus bound.
  2. With grateful joy and holy fear
    true charity we learn;
    Let us with heart and mind and strength
    now love Christ in return.
  3. Forgive we now each other’s faults
    as we our faults confess;
    And let us love each other well
    in Christian holiness.
  4. Let strife among us be unknown,
    let all contention cease;
    Be Christ the glory that we seek,
    be ours his holy peace.
  5. Let us recall that in our midst
    dwells God’s begotten Son;
    As members of his body joined,
    we are in him made one.
  6. Love can exclude no race or creed,
    if honored be God’s name;
    Our common life embraces all
    whose Maker is the same.

*Benediction

*Postlude – “Love, Love, Love”

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Liturgist: Scott Crawford
  • Organ/Piano: Kathy Cay
  • Rev. Elisabeth Danielsons, Deacon
  • Rev. Kim Bos