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ORDER OF WORSHIP - JUNE 9, 2024




ORDER OF WORSHIP

JUNE 9, 2024 10:30 AM

THIRD 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                 “Praise Our God Above”                                   Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

CALL TO WORSHIP (Adapted from Psalm 138)

Leader: I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;

PEOPLE: On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

Leader: All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, for they have heard the words of your mouth.

PEOPLE: They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is the glory of the LORD.

Leader: For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly; but the haughty he perceives from far away.

PEOPLE: Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.

 

INVOCATION

Creator God, we marvel in awe of the expansiveness of your creation.

Your margins of diversity are boundless, and for that, we thank you.

Each of our beloved siblings are beautifully and wonderfully made, all in Your image.

Teach us to love people, just as they are, and embrace their identity fully, as you have embraced us.  Amen.

 

**OPENING HYMN              “I Love to Tell the Story”                         Red #498                  

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

We sometimes see our God as a distant figure, other times as a close friend. Know that our Lord can be everything to everyone as we look for understanding and we come together in Prayer.

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Almighty and all-merciful God, we confess to you our tendency to hold our image of you as an intimate friend, and to forget your role as sovereign of the universe. Forgive us we pray and fill us with an appropriate sense of awe and wonder at your power and creative majesty. As we draw nearer to you in understanding, let us worship and try to know you for who you are, not for what we may want you to be. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

(moment for silent personal confession)

 

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

From the abundance of God’s own righteousness, and infinite love and understanding we are forgiven, in the name of Christ our Savior, 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                      “O Breath of Life”                                      Red #299         

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Draw us close, Holy Spirit, as the Scriptures are read and the Word is proclaimed. Let the word of faith be on our lips and in our hearts, and let all other words slip away. May there be one voice we hear today — the voice of truth and grace. Amen

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                Genesis 3: 8-15                                Rob Ferguson           

NEW TESTAMENT READING                              2 Corinthians 3:13-5:1                    

GOSPEL READING                                                Mark 3: 20-35          

 

SERMON:                                          What’s Come Over Him?                 John Redman, CRE

 

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 

It is right to share our abundance with those who have less or need more. May what we offer here help to be the answer of the prayers of others in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

OFFERTORY                        “I Will Give Thanks with My Whole Heart”          

 

**DOXOLOGY                      Traditional                                                                  Red #809

 

**PRAYER OF THANKS 

Gracious God, accept our gifts that they may be used wisely in your service for those who hunger, or thirst, or merely seek a greater understanding of your love. This we gratefully pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

**HYMN OF PARTING        “Spirit”                                                       Blue #319 (Verse 1) 

BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE                          “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”               Mary Lee Farris, Piano

 

Blessings!

 

 

 

John Redman, CRE

Mobile: (914) 474-0722

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Session

Moderator: John Redman

Co-Clerks of Session: Libby Syzmanowicz & Mary Whidden

President of Corporation: James Phillips

 

Class of 2024                         Class of 2025                         Class of 2026

Janice Anderson                    Merle Hennessey                  Nancy Thomas

Jeff Bousche                          Dave Young                           Mary Whidden

Rob Ferguson                        Brittany Brooks                      Sheila O’Donnell

 

Deacons

Moderator: Alana Gervais

Co-Moderator: Cathy McCarty

 

Class of 2024                         Class of 2025                         Class of 2026

Alana Gervais                        Jane Miller                              Donna Trafagander

Arminda Porretto                   Bob Beams                            Sue Sloat                               

Sue Young                             Gayle McKenzie                    Cathy McCarty

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