Worship July 18, 2021; the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: #408 “There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit”    

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: “The Christ of Every Crisis” arranged by Fred Bock

* Call to Worship 

Come into the presence of the Most High God

With songs of praise and shouts of thanksgiving.

For our Savior heals our diseases; our Savior is our peace

We are a holy temple in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Come, let us worship God.

* Prayer of the Day    

O Trinity, 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.  Use us to build a holy place where healing and caring and joy blend in the tones of worship to your glory, Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: #39 “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

* Invitation to Healing

Even our best intentions go awry when we are not at one with God’s purpose.  Our gracious God journeys with us, even when we are afar off.  When we turn and return, God welcomes us still.

* Prayer of Wholeness

Put the mind of Christ within us, O God, so that our lives take the form of a cross.  Use us to break down walls of hostility within the church, among the nations, and around the world.  Equip us to do your will, giving you glory, honor, and praise together with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

* Kyrie: #437 “You Are the Lord, Giver of Mercy

* 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: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice)

Celebrating Joys and where we have seen God at work

Hymn: #628 “Praise, I Will Praise You, Lord”


Prayer of Illumination:

Holy Spirit, come and dwell in us.  Place Jesus Christ in us so that he is our cornerstone holding us together and making us a sacred place where steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.  Open these scriptures that we might hear, see, and know the way you would have us go.  Amen.

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a       p. 386

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Children’s Moment (If present, discuss thoughts about 2 Samuel reading)

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22   p. 259

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56         p. 58

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: “Touching Jesus” ~ Guest Pastor Warren

Please spend several moments in silent reflection


* Hymn: #753 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”

* Affirmation of Faith: Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.32-3

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission.  His human life involves the church in the common life of all people; his service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well being….So to live and serve is to confess Christ as Lord.

Prayers of the People/Intercession

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

Minute for Mission

Offertory: “Minuet” by Johann Sebastian Bach

* Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Praise Christ all creatures here below!

Praise Holy Spirit evermore!

Praise Triune God whom we adore!  Amen!

* Prayer of Thanksgiving/Dedication


* Closing Hymn: #748 “Go with Us

* Blessing and Charge

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

Lyrics found on the inside front cover of the hymnal.

Bathrooms and a diaper changing station are located in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us across the way for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Question for Reflection

God promised to build King David into a “house.” Paul told the Ephesians that in Christ they would be built into “a dwelling place for God.” How is the Holy Spirit living in you?

Household Prayer: Morning

Holy One who is Holy Three, I praise you as I rise from my bed. As the morning dew glistens and songbirds greet the day, let my prayers go up to you. Awaken my body to the wonder of life and fill my spirit with the joy of your presence. I seek your guidance as I prepare for activity; instruct me on what is necessary and what is fruitless so that I wisely use the gifts you give me. Let me see all people as your beloved children, some needing care, some needing forgiveness, all deserving dignity, respect, and hospitality. If it is your will, protect me from harm. In all events, grant me the comfort of your presence so that I can faithfully obey your will. Spare others suffering because of my sinfulness. Let me bear witness to your goodness in my words, my actions, and my silences so that you can use me to draw others into your presence. Bring us together into the time when Christ Jesus comes and all sorrows are wiped away. Then all will be one and joined to you in love by the grace of our same Lord Jesus Christ, who, together with you and the Holy Spirit, is worshiped and glorified now and forever. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Majesty of holiness, thank you for another day lived in your grace. Thank you for all whom I met who showed me your kindness. Help me to repent of my sins before I go to my bed this night. Let me receive the blessing of forgiveness and enter a period of rest with the burdens of the day lifted from me, and the comfort of your peace as a pillow for my head. If it is your will, speak to me as I sleep, and let me remember your words as I rise to a new day, giving you thanks and praise, one God in three persons forever. Amen.

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