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ORDER OF WORSHIP, JUNE 16, 2024 10:30 AM

ORDER OF WORSHIP

JUNE 16, 2024 10:30 AM

FOURTH 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                 “All Things Are Yours”                                                    Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Let us come to worship God

PEOPLE: God who is the sower of the seed that gives life.

Leader: God who brings fruitfulness and abundance.

PEOPLE: God who carries us through the challenges that life brings.

Leader: God who enables us to serve fully and freely.

PEOPLE: Let us offer our thankful hearts in praise.

 

INVOCATION

Dear God-For your generous outpouring of creative love we praise your holy name. We praise you for

the sunshine and rain which lead to growth, and for your gifts of creativity in human life. Your Holy

Spirit comes with the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness

and self-control. You come with seeds that bear fruit in our hearts and minds and lives. We praise

you for your generous outpouring of love. Amen.

 

**OPENING HYMN              “Let there be Peace on Earth”                                Insert                        

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

God gathers and prepares us for worship. Let us confess the sins that detract and distract us from

God’s path.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God forgive for the times when we have not let your seed of life be planted in us, when we’ve closed our hearts and minds to the receiving of your gifts flowing out of your love for us. Forgive us when we’ve chosen to go our own way and not followed where you lead us. Forgive us when we’ve been put off by the challenges of this world and have neglected caring for your creation and felt too daunted to take the action that is needed. Amen.

 

(moment for silent personal confession)

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

May God, the Sower of good seeds, free us from all that troubles and binds us. May Jesus, the giver

of new life, pour out his forgiveness upon us. May the Holy Spirit lift us up and open us to new

possibilities Be at peace, God forgives you. Thanks be to God. Amen

 

**GLORIA PATRI                                                                                                      Red #805

 

**PASSING OF THE PEACE

 

**AFFIRMATION OF FAITH - APOSTLES CREED (as adapted by John Redman)

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was born of a young peasant woman, trained as a carpenter, and baptized by His cousin John. He taught many, He healed many, and He angered many. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He defeated death and He offers us grace and love in the name of God the Father Almighty; from that time through all time to come. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit; the universal Church of Christ; the Communion of sharing our gifts with others; the forgiveness of our sins; the Grace of God’s love, and that each soul may have life everlasting. Amen.

 

**HYMN OF PRAISE                      “Fairest Lord Jesus”                                               Red #115        

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

May the words that are spoken, and the thoughts of our hearts offer us your seeds of hope and love, that your word of new creation may be planted in us, O God our loving creator. Amen

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                Ezekiel 17:22-24                              Cathy McCarty           

NEW TESTAMENT READING                              Psalm 92 1-4, 12-15            

GOSPEL READING                                                Mark 4:26-34 

 

SERMON:                                         Seedy People                                           Mary W



hidden

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Gracious God, keep in our hearts all those whose names you already know and who ask for healing in their own quiet ways, let us pray together as our redeemer taught us, 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

 

OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS 

These summer days, when earth produces of itself, first the stalk and then the full grain. We

celebrate the abundance of our loving God, and offer up a part of that abundance now in the name of

Jesus, Amen.

 

OFFERTORY                        “Give to the Winds Your Fears”     

 

**DOXOLOGY                      Traditional                                                                  Red #809

 

**PRAYER OF THANKS 

Most generous God, you have blessed us with gifts to serve and share. May the offerings we present

today be used to further your kingdom and flourish your fields and forests and beloved community. Amen.

 

**HYMN OF PARTING        “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”                                  Red # 708

                                                           

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE                          “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us”                        Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

Blessings!

 

 

 

John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954

 


 

 

 

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