Worship August 1, 2021; Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Welcome to Camp Sunday!

Gathering

* Stand if willing and able

Welcome and Announcements

Centering with the Singing Bowl and Lighting the Christ Candle

Prelude: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arr. Kenon D. Renfrow   

* Call to Worship

Come into God’s Presence (a Capella round)

Come into God’s Presence singing: “Alleluia!” “Alleluia!” “Alleluia!”

Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

O God, fill our weakness with your strength; bind up our brokenness with your unity; calm our fears with your peace.  Let us be about the tasks of your love. Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: “Lord I Lift Your Name On High” CF Songs p. 32

* Invitation to Confession

Sometimes we make mistakes.  Sometimes we need to start over again and try to find ways to do what’s right.  Sometimes we need help to do this, so we pray:

* Prayer of Confession

Dear God, we would like to grow into faithful disciples of Jesus, the one who came from you to save us. Bind us together and let us bear witness to the truth that your love holds everything together in perfect unity. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

* Song: Create in Me a Clean Heart Oh God(Capo 4)

C                      G           F             C                                        G         F-C

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God; And renew a right spirit within me.

Create in me a clean heart, Oh God; And renew a right spirit within me.

F                      G                    C –                   am     F                      

Take me not away from thy presence, Oh Lord!  Take not thy

 G                        C          F             G C –            am – F

Holy Spirit from me.    Restore unto me, the joy of thy salvation,

                   G              F-C

And renew a right spirit within me.

* Assurance of Inclusion and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this good news: God is One and God is Three: Love constantly flowing in, out, and through – the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say:

Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another; the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you!

You are invited to share God’s Peace with your neighbors. 

* Sung Response: “He’s Got the Whole World” CF Songbook p. 26

Celebrating Joys: Where have you seen God at work?

Song: “Peace Like A River” ~ Campfire Songbook p. 16

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

We come to you in this quiet moment, O Lord, to hear your voice and be inspired to become better people of your Way.  Help us to listen, learn, then act for the good of your world.

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 4:1-6

Meditation on the Second Task of Transitional Ministry: TL 8-1-2021 The Second Task

Sharing our Reflections in conversation with Scripture:

Questions for reflection:

  • What feelings stirred within you as you heard/read this passage?
  • What do you find most challenging about living in community?
  • In what ways has your faith community changed and matured you?
  • What might your faith community look like in its next chapter?

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Song: “Love Canon”

Em       D      C   B7                 Em          D   C B7

Love, love, love, love;              Christians this is your call;

Em               D       C             B7                Em  D       Em    (B7)

Love your neighbor as yourself           For God loves all.

* Affirmation of Faith:

John 13:34 “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

Prayers of the People/Intercession

Call and response: “Lord, in your mercy:” “Hear our prayers.”

Song: “Give Ear To My Words” Campfire Songbook p. 37

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: “Children of the Heavenly Father” arr. Kenon D. Renfrow

Doxology

Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication

Invitation to the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts! We lift them up to the Lord! Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

This is the joyful feast of the people of God!

We come from north and south from east and west to sit at table in the kingdom of God.

This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast he has prepared. It is a right and joyful thing to offer thanks to you, O God, the source of all creation. Your holy energy flows in animals and plants, makes them move, and gives them the desire to live. You brought forth the world in love, and in your great love creation finds at last its proper end. And so with the hosts of heaven we join the everlasting hymn of praise:

Hymn #552 “Holy, Holy, Holy”

You fill our world with glory and light, and yet our mortal eyes cannot behold so bright a truth. Then you sent us Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Come to me and never be hungry.” We give you thanks that on the night before he died, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take, eat.  This is my body given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”

Jesus also said: “I am the vine, you are the branches.”  “Believe in me and never thirst.” After supper, he poured the cup and said: “This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.” Great is this mystery of faith:

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

According to Christ’s commandment:

We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory.

Let us pray together:

Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and cup, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ.  Calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we ask: That we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; that we may be faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world, that we may live in anticipation of the fullness of God’s realm.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever. Amen! All has been prepared and the table awaits.  These are the gifts of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!

Communion of the People

Hymn of Reflection #507: “Come to the Table of Grace” (Join as able)

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray together:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the worldin the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for othersin the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

SENDING

* Closing Song: “This Little Light of Mine” ~ Campfire Songbook p.

* Charge and Blessing

* Congregational Song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

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