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Bulletin, August 6, 2023

ORDER OF WORSHIP

August 6, 2023 10:30 AM

TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST


If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.


**Kindly stand if you are able



WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 17)

Leader: Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of

deceit.

PEOPLE: From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.

Leader: If you try my heart, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;

PEOPLE: As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the

violent.

Leader: My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

PEOPLE: I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.

Leader: Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their

adversaries.

PEOPLE: As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be

satisfied. Praise the Lord!


INVOCATION

We are in awe of your magnificent power displayed through the entire universe, for through you all things were made, and all things have their being. Lord, may we know the presence of the Holy Spirit here with us today. May we be open to your leading, sensitive to your speaking and alert to your calling. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.


**OPENING HYMN: “Love Divine, all Loves Excelling” Red # 558


CALL TO CONFESSION

We try, but we always seem to come short of your expectations, Dear Lord. Let us confess our sins together.


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty God, you love us, but we do not love you fully. You call, but we do not always listen.

We often walk away from neighbors in need, wrapped in our own concerns. God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you move toward us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

(a moment for silent personal confession)



ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

Our God knows us and loves us as a parent; in the same manner he forgives us. Amen


**HYMN OF PRAISE: “We Come as Guests Invited” Red # 784


PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth.

Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life;

through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.


SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Genesis 32: 22-31 Debby and Paul Hill

GOSPEL READING: John 6: 51-58


SERMON MESSAGE Wrestling! John Redman, CRE


PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their own

healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who taught to pray,

saying:


LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who 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

COMMUNION HYMN “Break Thou the Bread of Life” Red # 315


HOLY COMMUNION

Invitation to the Table

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Words of Institution

Concluding Prayer


PASSING OF THE PEACE


**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

APOSTLES CREED (Traditional)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only

Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under

Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The Holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.


OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

We give freely from the bounty we have been given by our Gracious God. May what we offer in these moments help to become the very blessing and hope that others need. This we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


OFFERTORY “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”


**DOXOLOGY (Traditional)


PRAYER OF THANKS

Lord God, we thank you for these gifts. As we follow in faith, may we find ways to honor you by giving of our treasure, our time and our talents to glorify you and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


**CLOSING HYMN: “May the Grace of Christ our Savior” Red # 841


BENEDICTION

May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and may the blessing of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you in this day and in all those days to come. Amen


POSTLUDE “Be Thou My Vision” Mary Lee Farris, Piano




John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954 Fax: (845) 562-0955


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