July 2, 2023 Bulletin
Updated: Jul 6
ORDER OF WORSHIP
July 2, 2023 10:30 AM
FIFTH 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
PRELUDE “America the Beautiful” Mary Lee Farris, Organ
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 89)
Leader: I will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
PEOPLE: I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Leader: Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance;
PEOPLE: they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.
Leader: For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.
PEOPLE: For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Most Holy Father, your gracious gift in Christ moves us to gather in worship. Stir our hearts once again with your Spirit, that we may find renewed energy to sing your praises and do your work, for our own spiritual needs and those of others. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
**OPENING HYMN: “Stand up and bless the Lord” Red #41
CALL TO CONFESSION
We too often lose sight of the unity and the redemption promised to us through the message of Jesus Christ. Let us be reminded in that as we pray together:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Forgiving God, we admit that our fragmented, selfish, and sometimes pointless lives mark our forgetfulness of your grace. Jog our memories, dear Lord, reminding us to live the truth of being as one in Christ in all our daily lives. In his name we do pray, Amen.
(a moment for silent personal confession)
ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
Living with us in flesh, Jesus abolished the barriers between heaven and earth, even as we dwell with Christ in the grace of eternal forgiveness. By this we are forgiven.
**HYMN OF PRAISE: “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” Red #486
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Calm us now, O Lord, into a quietness that heals and listens. Open wounded hearts to the balm of your Word. Speak to us in clear tones so that we might feel our spirits leap for joy and skip with hope as your resurrection witnesses. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT READING: Genesis 22: 1-14 Dan Olson
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 6: 26-30
SERMON MESSAGE Just in Time 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:
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
SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Communion Hymn: “Christ Beside Me” Red # 543
Invitation to the Table
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Words of Institution
Prayer after Communion
**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: “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” Red #295
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
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 “Battle Hymn of the Republic” Mary Lee Farris, Piano
John Redman, CRE
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