June 9 Worship Bulletin

June 9 Worship Bulletin

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Today we begin 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 corporate prayer life.

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude – “Sweet Hour of Prayer” – Arr. by Franklin Ritter

Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 8)

  • L: You, O Lord, are more wonderful than our lips can proclaim!
  • P: When we consider the awesome works of your hands, your love for us is more than amazing!
  • L: You have trusted us with the whole of the earth and put everything we see under the care of our hands.
  • P: Lord, O Sovereign Lord, the earth is filled with your glory!
  • L: Come, let us worship our God of glory.

*Hymn – “Sweet Hour of Prayer” – UMH #496

  1. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
    that calls me from a world of care,
    and bids me at my Father’s throne
    make all my wants and wishes known.
    In seasons of distress and grief,
    my soul has often found relief,
    and oft escaped the tempter’s snare
    by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
  2. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
    the joys I feel, the bliss I share
    of those whose anxious spirits burn
    with strong desires for thy return!
    With such I hasten to the place
    where God my Savior shows his face,
    and gladly take my station there,
    and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
  3. Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
    thy wings shall my petition bear
    to him whose truth and faithfulness
    engage the waiting soul to bless.
    And since he bids me seek his face,
    believe his word, and trust his grace,
    I’ll cast on him my every care,
    and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

Time with the Children and Youth

Anthem – “Jesus Speaks to Me” – By Mark Kellner

Prayer of Illumination

Scripture Reading – Isaiah 56:4-8

4The LORD says:  To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, choose what I desire, and remain loyal to my covenant.5In my temple and courts, I will give them a monument and a name better than sons and daughters.  I will give to them an enduring name that won’t be removed. 6The immigrants who have joined me, serving me and loving my name, becoming my servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath without making it impure, and those who hold fast to my covenant: 7I will bring them to my holy mountain,
and bring them joy in my house of prayer.  I will accept their entirely burned offerings and sacrifices on my altar.  My house will be known as a house of prayer for all peoples, 8says the LORD God, who gathers Israel’s outcasts. I will gather still others to those I have already gathered.

Matthew 21:12-13

12Then Jesus went into the temple and threw out all those who were selling and buying there. He pushed over the tables used for currency exchange and the chairs of those who sold doves. 13He said to them, “It’s written, My house will be called a house of prayer. But you’ve made it a hideout for crooks.”

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

Sermon – “A House of What?”

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

*Song – “The Fragrance of Christ” – FWS #2205

Refrain: Lord, may our prayer rise like incense in your sight.
May this place be filled with the fragrance of Christ.

  1. I will thank you, Lord, with all of my heart.
    You have heard the words of my mouth.
    In the presence of the angels, I will bless you.
    I will adore before your holy temple.
  2. I will thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness and love,
    beyond all my hopes and dreams.
    On the day that I called, you answered;
    you gave life to the strength of my soul.
  3. All who live on earth shall give you thanks
    when they hear the words of your voice,
    and all shall sing of your ways:
    “How great is the glory of God!”

Invitation to Give
Offertory – “Lord, Can You Hear Us Praying?” – By Don Besig
*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn – “O Church of God, United” – UMH #547

  1. O church of God, united to serve one common Lord,
    proclaim to all one message, with hearts in glad accord.
    Christ ever goes before us; we follow day by day
    with strong and eager footsteps along the upward way.
  2. From every land and nation the ordered ranks appear;
    to serve one valiant leader they come from far and near.
    They chant their one confession, they praise one living Lord,
    and place their sure dependence upon his saving word.
  3. Though creeds and tongues may differ, they speak, O Christ, of thee;
    and in thy loving spirit we shall one people be.
    Lord, may our faithful service and singleness of aim
    proclaim to all the power of thy redeeming name.
  4. May thy great prayer be answered that we may all be one,
    close bound, by love united in thee, God’s blessed Son:
    to bring a single witness, to make the pathway bright,
    that souls which grope in darkness may find the one true light.


*Postlude – “O Church of God, United”

Lyrics to Special Music

Jesus Speaks to Me
In the presence of the Lord, Jesus speaks to me. When I bring my cares to Him, He bears them faithfully. I come to Him for mercy; I come to Him for grace, I come to Him because I need to look upon His face. In the presence of the Lord, Jesus speaks to me. When I bring my cares to Him, He bears them faithfully. When my heart is full of pain Jesus draws me near. Though the future seems so dim, He whispers, “Never fear. He is the God of mercy. He hears my every prayer; I come to Him in quietness and I will find Him there. In the presence of the Lord, Jesus speaks to me. When I bring my cares to Him, He bears them faithfully. He bears them faithfully.

Lord Can You Hear Us Praying?
Lord, when we feel like crying, you are there. Lord, when we’re scared of dying, you are there. Lord, there’s no denying you’re beside us ev’rywhere. When we need you, Lord, you are there. Someone’s praying, Lord, kum ba ya. We are praying, Lord, kum ba ya. Hear us praying, Lord, kum ba ya; O Lord, kum ba ya. Lord, we can tell you’re near us ev’ry day, ev’ry day. Lord, we believe you hear us ev’ry day, ev’ry day. Lord, we feel your spirit move within us when we pray; and we praise you, Lord, ev’ry day.
Lord, hear your children singing, kum ba ya. Lord, hear our voices ringing, kum ba ya. Lord, the joy we’re bringing comes from each and ev’ry heart. Hear us singing, Lord, kum ba ya. We will praise you, Lord, kum ba ya. Let us praise you, Lord, kum ba ya. Hear us praise you, Lord, kum bay a. O Lord, kum ba ya. Lord, can you hear us singing? Lord, can you hear us praying? Lord, hear us praying, kum ba ya.

Helping Lead Today’s Worship

  • Pastor: Rev. Drew Hart
  • Liturgist: Scott Crawford
  • Choir Director: Steve Grattan
  • Organist: Kathy Cay
  • Sanctuary Choir
  • Audio Tech: Bruce Hurd
  • Streaming Tech: Brian Miller

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