July 7 Worship Bulletin

July 7 Worship Bulletin

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Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Praise to the Lord” – Arr. by Edward Broughton

Call to Worship

  • L: Let God’s praise be heard in the midst of the congregation.
  • P: Shout praise to the Lord of hosts!
  • L: Let God’s praise be whispered in the spirits of the people!
  • P: We give you thanks for the many ways you have loved and guided us.
  • L: Let God’s praise be proclaimed wherever we are.
  • P: May we praise God in all that we do and say AMEN.

*Hymn – “Father, We Praise Thee” – UMH #680

  1. Father, we praise thee, now the night is over;
    active and watchful, stand we all before thee;
    singing, we offer prayer and meditation;
    thus we adore thee.
  2. Monarch of all things, fit us for thy mansions;
    banish our weakness, health and wholeness sending;
    bring us to heaven, with thy saints united;
    joy without ending.
  3. All-holy Father, Son, and equal Spirit,
    Trinity blessed, send us thy salvation;
    thine is the glory, gleaming and resounding
    through all creation.

*Congregational Prayer (unison)

Holy God, come into our midst and teach us to be your people. As we
receive your word and rejoice in your grace, give us the courage to share
the message of your love. Guide us out of the darkness of doubt and
confusion and into the light of faith and hope, that we may share your
light with those right here in our community. In Christ’s name, we pray.

Time with the Children and Youth

Special Music – “Jesus Loves Me” (Traditional)

Scripture Reading – 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

1All the Israelite tribes came to David at Hebron and said, “Listen: We are your very own flesh and bone. 2In the past, when Saul ruled over us, you were the one who led Israel out to war and back. What’s more, the LORD told you, You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will be Israel’s leader.

3So all the Israelite elders came to the king at Hebron. King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.

4David was 30 years old when he became king, and he ruled for forty years. 5He ruled over Judah for seven and a half years in Hebron. He ruled thirty-three years over all Israel and Judah in Jerusalem.

9David occupied the fortress, so it was renamed David’s City. David built a city around it from the earthen terraces inward. 10David grew increasingly powerful, and the LORD of heavenly forces was with him.

2 Corinthians – 12:2-10

2I know a man in Christ who was caught up into the third heaven fourteen years ago. I don’t know whether it was in the body or out of the body. God knows. 3-4I know that this man was caught up into paradise and that he heard unspeakable words that were things no one is allowed to repeat. I don’t know whether it was in the body or apart from the body. God knows. 5I’ll brag about this man, but I won’t brag about myself, except to brag about my weaknesses.

6If I did want to brag, I wouldn’t make a fool of myself because I’d tell the truth. I’m holding back from bragging so that no one will give me any more credit than what anyone sees or hears about me. 7I was given a thorn in my body because of the outstanding revelations I’ve received so that I wouldn’t be conceited. It’s a messenger from Satan sent to torment me so that I wouldn’t be conceited.

8I pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me alone. 9He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me. 10Therefore, I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassments, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong.

  • L: The Word of God, the Word of Life.
  • P: Thanks be to God!

Sermon – “Flexing Your Weakness”

*Hymn – “Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose” – UMH #153

  1. Thou hidden source of calm repose,
    thou all-sufficient love divine,
    my help and refuge from my foes,
    secure I am if thou art mine;
    and lo! from sin and grief and shame
    I hide me, Jesus, in thy name.
  2. Thy mighty name salvation is,
    and keeps my happy soul above;
    comfort it brings, and power and peace,
    and joy and everlasting love;
    to me with thy dear name are given
    pardon and holiness and heaven.
  3. Jesus, my all in all thou art,
    my rest in toil, my ease in pain,
    the healing of my broken heart,
    in war my peace, in loss my gain,
    my smile beneath the tyrant’s frown,
    in shame my glory and my crown,
  4. In want my plentiful supply,
    in weakness my almighty power,
    in bonds my perfect liberty,
    my light in Satan’s darkest hour,
    in grief my joy unspeakable,
    my life in death, my heaven in hell.

Invitation to Give
Offertory – “People Need the Lord” – By Phill McHugh and Greg Nelson
*Prayer of Dedication

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Confession
Great Thanksgiving
Serving the Bread and Cup
Prayer after Communion

*Closing Hymn – “The Voice of God is Calling” – UMH #436

  1. The voice of God is calling its summons in our day;
    Isaiah heard in Zion, and we now hear God say:
    “Whom shall I send to succor my people in their need?
    Whom shall I send to loosen the bonds of shame and greed?
  2. “I hear my people crying in slum and mine and mill;
    no field or mart is silent, no city street is still.
    I see my people falling in darkness and despair.
    Whom shall I send to shatter the fetters which they bear?”
  3. We heed, O Lord, your summons, and answer: Here are we!
    Send us upon your errand, let us your servants be.
    Our strength is dust and ashes, our years a passing hour;
    but you can use our weakness to magnify your power.
  4. From ease and plenty save us; from pride of place absolve;
    purge us of low desire; lift us to high resolve;
    take us, and make us holy; teach us your will and way.
    Speak, and behold! we answer; command, and we obey!


*Postlude – “Praise to the Lord” – Arr. by Edward Broughton

Lyrics to Special Music

JESUS LOVES ME (senior version)
Jesus loves me, this I know, though my hair is white as snow.
Though my sight is growing dim, still He bids me trust in Him.

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

Though my steps are oh, so slow, with my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may, He’ll be there to lead the way.

Though I am no longer young, I have much which He’s begun.
Let me serve Christ with a smile, go with others the extra mile.

When the nights are dark and long, in my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear, “Have no fear, for I am near.”

When my work on earth is done, and life’s victories have been won.
He will take me home above, then I’ll understand His love

I love Jesus , does He know? Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say, that I love Him every day.

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Pastor: Rev. Drew Hart
  • Liturgist: Sheila Bland
  • Choir Director: Steve Grattan
  • Organist: Kathy Cay
  • Tenor Solo: Tom Norager
  • Audio Tech: Judy Carr
  • Streaming Tech: Brian Miller
  • Computer Tech: Joe Kaidan
  • Communion Server: Caroline Hart
  • Communion Server: Barb Postill

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