Worship for August 15, 2021, The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE GATHERING

* Stand if willing and able

Gathering Music: Hymn #631 “In the Presence of Your People~ Pastor Scott

Welcome and Announcements    

Prelude: Loneliness” by Aram Khachaturian ~ Pastor Scott

* Call to Worship 

One: The God of wisdom sent Jesus Christ, the bread of life

Many: To teach us his ways, feed us with his flesh and blood, and fill us with the Holy Spirit.
All: Thanks be to God!

One: Let us pray together:

* Prayer of the Day    

God our Living Parent, we give you thanks for sending our Lord Jesus Christ to give his life as bread for the world.  Fill us now with your Spirit that we may make the most of the time, understanding your will and expressing your wisdom in the midst of the people you have chosen.  Amen.

* Hymn of Praise: #409 “God is Here!” ~ Pastor Scott

* Invitation to Healing

Let us admit that we often neglect to submit all our will to God, even though God is gracious and merciful and keeps covenant with us.

* Prayer of Wholeness

All-knowing yet Gentle God, we are your children; but we often turn from your wisdom and walk in our own ways.  We have lived carelessly and squandered time.  We have been foolish and failed to understand your will.  We have been sunk into our own desires.  Forgive us and fill us with your Spirit.  Clear our minds from clutter that we may discern what is right and walk in your ways.

                                                 Please continue in silent prayer

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

* Assurance 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 Lord be with you!

And also with you!

Please share a sign of peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

* Sung Response: #591 “Halle, Halle, …(chorus twice) ~ Pastor Scott

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn of Response: #628 “Praise, I will Praise you, Lord” ~ Scott

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Great God of steadfast love, we study your works and delight in your ways. Illumine our understanding by your Holy Spirit, that we may revere your name, grow in wisdom, and discern the way to go. Amen.

First Reading: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 p. 417, 419 (OT)

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

Epistle Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20 p. 262 (NT)

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

Gospel Reading: John 6:51-58 p. 133-134 (NT)

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

Reflection: TL 8-15-2021 Collaboration-Applying the Fourth Task~ Pastor Scott

Questions for Reflection

“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you’” (1 Kings 3:5).  If God said to you, “Ask what I should give you,” how would you respond?

What collaborators are available to us in reaching out to our community, our visitors, our neighbors?  What about other faith groups?  How now, should we live?

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

* Hymn: #761 “Called as Partners in Christ’s Service”

* Affirmation of Faith: ~ John 6:35, 11:25,

Jesus said: “I am the bread of life.” “I am the resurrection and the life.” “It is the Spirit that gives life.”

Intercessory Prayers of the People

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

Minute for Mission

Invitation to the Offering

Christ, our living bread, has given his flesh for the life of the world. Filled with the Spirit, let us offer our gifts of thanksgiving to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Offertory: The Lost Doll by Bela Bartok. ~ Pastor Scott

* Doxology Hymn #608 ~ Pastor Scott

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/The Lord’s Prayer

We give thanks to you, God, for sending your Son Jesus to be living bread for the world. Breathe on these gifts we bring – be they of our earnings, our toil, our talents, our time – and through them may your life feed, strengthen, and bless this world, through Christ, our bread of life.  Amen.

SENDING

* Closing Hymn: #743 “O God, You Are My God” ~ Pastor Scott

* Charge

Be filled with the Spirit and make the most of the time. Walk in wisdom and grow in understanding of God’s will, feeding on Jesus Christ, our living bread.

* Blessing

May the God of steadfast love feed you, fill you with the Spirit, and guide you with wisdom; in the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

* 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 for refreshments and conversation following worship.

Household Prayer this week: Morning

I praise you, Lord, and give you thanks for the gift of this new day.  Fill me with your Holy Spirit.  Let your songs fill my heart.  Give me a discerning mind to walk in your ways, making the most of the time as I go about among your people.  Amen.

Household Prayer this week: Evening

Gracious and merciful God, I have gone out and come in today seeking to do your will, yet there is so much that I do not understand or discern.  I commit to you my questions, concerns, and anxieties.  Grant me peaceful sleep as I rest in your wisdom and steadfast love.  Amen.

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