June 30 Worship Bulletin

June 30 Worship Bulletin

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Today is the last message in a 4-week sermon series on prayer entitled, “No Higher Calling, No Greater Impact.” Most of us are so familiar with prayer that we hardly give it a second thought. At the same time, it’s probably something most of us don’t engage in enough, and when called upon to offer a prayer out loud in the presence of others, we become very uncomfortable. This series will address some of the basics of prayer such as what it is, what it’s for, what it’s designed to accomplish, and how we can begin to grow in our personal and coroporate prayer life. Today’s theme is the praying church. We will be considering ways to intentionally incorporate prayer into our congregational life.

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Sweet Hour of Prayer” – Arr. by James M. Stevens

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 130)

  • L: Hear this promise from God’s Word:
  • P: When we cry out to the Lord from the bottom of our hearts, the Lord listens to our voice!
  • L: Our hope is in God, whose promises never fail.
  • P: We wait for the Lord, whose faithful love is our redemption from sin.
  • L: Hear our prayer, O God;
  • P: may our worship be pleasing to you today.

*Hymn – “Soldiers of Christ, Arise” – UMH #513 (vv. 1-3)

  1. Soldiers of Christ, arise, and put your armor on,
    strong in the strength which God supplies thru his eternal Son;
    strong in the Lord of Hosts, and in his mighty power,
    who in the strength of Jesus trusts is more than conqueror.
  2. Stand then in his great might, with all his strength endued,
    but take to arm you for the fight the panoply of God;
    that having all things done, and all your conflicts passed,
    ye may o’ercome thru Christ alone and stand entire at last.
  3. Pray without ceasing, pray, (your Captain gives the word)
    his summons cheerfully obey and call upon the Lord;
    to God your every want in instant prayer display,
    pray always, pray and never faint, pray, without ceasing pray.

*Congregational Prayer (unison)

Faithful God, who liberated usfrom the grip of sin through the death and
resurrection of your Son, Jesus: instill in us an ever-growing desire to
align our lives with your perfect will and purpose, so that we would know
beyond all doubt that our efforts and endeavors are making a true
difference in this world. Use us to highlight where you are at work today.
Through Christ we pray. Amen.

*Hymn – “Soldiers of Christ, Arise” – UMH #513 (v. 4)

  1. From strength to strength go on,
    wrestle and fight and pray,
    tread all the powers of darkness down
    and win the well-fought day.
    Still let the Spirit cry
    in all his soldiers, “Come!”
    till Christ the Lord descends from high
    and takes the conquerors home.

Time with the Children and Youth

Anthem – “Teach Us to Pray” – By Pepper Choplin

Prayer of Illumination

Scripture Reading – Ephesians 6:10-20

10Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength. 11Put on God’s armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil. 12We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. 13Therefore, pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. 14So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, 15and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. 16Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.

18Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers. 19As for me, pray that when I open my mouth, I’ll get a message that confidently makes this secret plan of the gospel known. 20I’m an ambassador in chains for the sake of the gospel. Pray so that the Lord will give me the confidence to say what I have to say.

Matthew 6:9-14

9Pray like this:
Our Father who is in heaven,
uphold the holiness of your name.
10Bring in your kingdom
so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven.
11Give us the bread we need for today.
12Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you,
just as we also forgive those who have wronged us.
13And don’t lead us into temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
14“If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

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

Sermon – “So, What Now?”

Pastoral Prayer

Lord, listen to your children praying;
Lord, send your Spirit in this place.
Lord, listen to your children praying;
send us love, send us pow’r, send us grace.

*Hymn – “The Lord’s Prayer” – W&S #3068

Our Father, which 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Invitation to Give
Offertory – “Always By Our Side” – Arr. by Mary McDonald
*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn – “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” – UMH #514

  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the cross;
    lift high his royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
    From victory unto victory his army he shall lead
    till every foe is vanquished and Christ is Lord indeed.
  2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
    forth to the mighty conflict in this his glorious day.
    Ye that are brave now serve him against unnumbered foes;
    let courage rise with danger and strength to strength oppose.
  3. Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in his strength alone;
    the arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
    Put on the gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
    where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.
  4. Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
    this day the noise of battle, the next, the victor’s song.
    To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
    he with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.


*Postlude – “Sweet Hour of Prayer” – Arr. by James M. Stevens

Lyrics to Special Music

Teach Us to Pray
When we sense Your holiness, when our hearts we can’t express, when we seek Your mind to find Your way, teach us to pray. By Your goodness we are fed. From your table comes our bread. When words of thanks we forget to say, teach us to pray. When forgiveness we can’t find, revenge and power fill the mind, we condemn and we forget Your grace, teach us, teach us to pray. Though we seek Your perfect will, we fight temptation still. When from goodness we begin to stray, teach us to pray, teach us to pray, for Yours is the pow’r and majesty. Your kingdom reigns eternally. Until the coming of the endless day, when all Your children meet You face to face, oh teach us, teach us, teach us to pray, teach us to pray.

Always By Our Side
Father, hear the prayer we offer: not for ease our prayer shall be, but for strength that we may ever live our lives courageously. Be our strength in times of weakness, in our wand’rings, be our guide; through each danger and endeavor, be always by our side. Not for ever in green pastures do we ask our way to be, but the steep and rugged pathway, may we walk rejoicingly. Be our strength in times of weakness, in our wand’rings, be our guide; through each danger and endeavor, be always by our side. Not forever by still waters would be idly rest and stay, but would draw the living fountains from the rocks along our way. Be our strength in times of weakness , in our wand’rings be our guide; through each danger and endeavor, be always by our side.

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Pastor: Rev. Drew Hart
  • Liturgist: Deb Biskner
  • Choir Director: Steve Grattan
  • Organist: Kathy Cay
  • Sanctuary Choir
  • Audio Tech: Bruce Hurd
  • Streaming Tech: Brian Miller
  • Computer Tech: Joe Kaidan

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