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  • Rev. Cathy Surgenor

July 11 Worship

Hello Union Church Presbyterians,

Worship this Sunday, July 11 will be in-person and streamed on YouTube to view at home. We will share prayers, songs, and reflections.

HOW TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE: YouTube broadcast will begin at 10:25 am.

For ALL devices:

IN PERSON FELLOWSHIP TODAY. We are phasing out virtual fellowship.


Union Church, Newburgh NY

July 11, 2021 10:30 am



We are glad that you are joining us today and hope you feel God’s blessings. If you do not have a church home, we sincerely invite you to be a part of the Union Church fellowship.


FELLOWSHIP TIME Hots needed. Please contact the office for more information.

USHERS: Thank you to all the volunteer ushers for July and August. The usher list is posted above the flower chart in the entryway. Pastor John suggests signing up for two weeks at a time. If you would like to usher, please contact Dan and Karen Olson.

REMINDER: Summer services will continue at 10:30 am.

SAVE THE DATE: Habitat for Humanity Walk Sunday, September 12. Details to follow.

SAVE THE DATE: Spaghetti Dinner Friday, August 6 from 4-7pm. $8 for dinner and $2 for dessert. Call the office to reserve your order.

BARN SALE: Saturday Oct 2. Donation drop off is suspended for July to allow time for volunteers to sort donations. Thank you for the donations! Contact Jeff Bousche (845) 913-8434 for more information.

FOOD PANTRY: OPEN Mon. July 19 and Wed. July 21 from 9:30-11:30 am. Serving LOTS of people! If you would like to help, contact Kathy or Debby.


PRELUDE Blessed Assurance Played by Joseph Bush

on the Union Church Piano

CALL TO WORSHIP Based on Psalm 92

Leader: It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre and the ringing of bells.

People: The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.

Leader: In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing that the LORD is upright; my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in God.

ALL: Let us worship our God!


Ever living God, you have guarded and guided our ancestors so that your Word is still proclaimed. May we, this morning, trust in your presence and allow our hearts to swell with thanksgiving. May we share our joy through praise and song so that all present are connected through your Holy Spirit.


If we confess our sins and bring them unto the Lord, He will forgive us. With honest and humble hearts, let us call to mind the failings that are stored up in us no matter how big or small. Let us pray.


Lord, I am an incomplete being searching far and wide to be made whole. Though I try as hard as I can, I will never find completeness in the worldly things I acquire to fill the void. Help me to get to know you Lord. Fill my heart with the peace that goes beyond my understanding. Call to me, that I may come to you with a repentant heart. Help me to see that your kingdom has come near and that it is You, and only You, whom I’ve been looking for all along.

(A moment for silent personal confession)


Sisters and Brothers, believe in the Good News of the Gospels. In the name of our Lord, we are forgiven. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI Traditional, Second Century


HYMN OF PRAISE Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above

Gross Point Michigan Virtual Choir


Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on us. Open us to your life-giving Word. Quiet the voices within us that do not align with your will. Focus our minds on the message you intend for us so we may see the joy sin your good news. Amen.



OLD TESTAMENT 2 Samuel:1-5,12-19 John Safran

NEW TESTAMENT Ephesians 1:3-14

GOSPEL Mark 6: 14-29

SERMON “Daring to Proclaim Good News” Rev. Cathy Surgenor


Lord of our lives, trusting in you we dare to continue in faith as our world begins to open. You are a God who heals minds and spirits as well as bodies. Let us not forget what we have lost but let us also remember what we have learned and gained in the last year. We continue to pray for those who are still suffering especially in places where the vaccine is not available. Those devasted by the collapse of condos in Surfside. Those frightened by storms and lashing trees. Help us be here for each other — acting as your hands and feet in a hurting world.

We celebrate also, with those who are able to travel and connect with those they have missed. Those who celebrate marriages and anniversaries with friends and families. Friends who feel free to venture into new spaces or start new jobs. In all times and places, you are here for us, God, and we are grateful.

United as a family of faith and as the Body of Christ we lift these prayers up to you, God our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Finally, hear us pray the prayer Christ taught us,

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.

OFFERTORY ANTHEM To God Be The Glory Played by Joseph Bush

on the Union Church organ


Let us all consider what we have been blessed with and how we can best share it with those in greater need, even as we gift our church for its greater work to the Glory of God and the undying love of Jesus.


Because we have talents and time to share, we give you thanks Lord. Because we have mercy and kindness to share, we give you thanks. Because we have enough money to share, we give you thanks.

DOXOLOGY Played by Dr. Kris Rizzotto


POSTLUDE O God Our Help in Ages Past



Rev. Cathy Surgenor

Pastor Contact:

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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