Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 28, 2019
Chiming of the Hour
Prelude: We Pray Now to the Holy Ghost D. Buxtehude
Joys and Concerns | Silent Prayer
Introit: Jesus Stand Among Us
Abby Adam, soprano
Call to Worship
ONE: The Holy One is eager to restore us to right relationships — reaching out right now to claim us now as God’s own.
MANY: We are here to meet the God who welcomes us. We gather to experience God’s steadfast love.
Listen! for God will speak to those who want to hear. Turn your hearts towards the one who saves.
We bow our hearts to receive God’s mercy. We open ourselves to the source of peace.
God will answer us and will give what is good. God restores us to faithfulness and righteousness.
We come asking, searching, and knocking. We seek the shalom that only God can provide.
Unison Prayer of Invocation
Living God, we come as your children to be reclaimed and blessed. We need the inner strength that comes to us through worship. All week long we have wrestled with emptiness and deceit on every hand. Take away the noisy clamor that would make us captives of human traditions. Turn us toward the source of our salvation, toward your steadfast love and faithfulness. Amen.
✠ Hymn: #175 Seek Ye First LAFFERTY
Call to Confession
Unison Prayer of Confession
O God, bring our evil to awareness so we can address it and be rid of its burden. Forgive our iniquity and pardon our sin. Turn us away from false pride and violence, from lies and hardness of heart. Erase the record that stands against us. Restore us to a right relationship with you and with those from whom we are alienated. Grant us also the capacity to extend forgiveness to all who have wronged us. Have pity on us now, O God.
Moment of Silent Prayer
Assurance of God’s Love
ONE: To all who turn from sin in sorrow, to all who turn to God in hope, this is God’s word of grace: we are accepted, we are forgiven, we are loved.
MANY: God’s gifts for God’s people:
thanks be to God. Alleluia! Amen.
✠ Gloria #583 GLORIA (Taizé)
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!
Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!
Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-13
(Pg. 88 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)
A Testimony of Service Olivia and Caleb May
Offering of our Gifts
Anthem: Ave Maria Franz Schubert
Abby Adam, soprano
✠ Doxology: #609 LASST UNS ERFREUEN
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures high and low.
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word and Spirit one.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
✠ Unison Prayer of Dedication
In the name and in the spirit of Jesus,
we bring our gifts to you, O God.
Help us to give, with them,
a ready mind,
a willing spirit,
and a joyful heart. Amen.
✠ Hymn: #713 Touch the Earth Lightly TENDERNESS
Gospel Reading: Hosea 1:2-10
(Pg. 1023 in the Old Testament in the pew Bible)
Sermon: Not What You Expected Pastor John Nelson
Pastoral Prayer| Silent Prayer | Lord’s Prayer (debts)
✠ Hymn: #722 Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak
Response: Thus With Quickened Footsteps Abby Adam
Postlude: Toccata in A Minor Benedetto Marcello
(✠ The congregation may stand.)
We seek to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds and love our neighbors as ourselves. This Church is Open to all for participation, membership, leadership and employment regardless of race, ancestry, class, gender identity, physical and mental ability or sexual orientation. We Affirm each individual as a child of God, celebrating the total identity of each person.
As an Open and Affirming Congregation, we commit to work toward ending ignorance, fear, hatred, prejudice, and discrimination against any person.
Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey,
you are welcome here!
If you are visiting us today, Welcome! Please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to our Pastor or to one of the Deacons. Fill out a welcome card in the pew to be put on our email list.
Please see an usher if you would like to use a hearing device. Join us in the Parish Hall for refreshments and fellowship following worship.
Many thanks to:
Carol Magowan for serving as our lay reader; Stephanie Tierney & Pat Palmer for serving as ushers; Abby Adam for bringing special musical gifts this morning.
Dale Sapp, Marty Finkle, Sean Clegg, Bolton Hull, Roberta Fay, J. Kevin Carroll, Siddhi, Evan Adsit, Marty Sorenson, Terry Roy & family, Petee Robinson, Leonard Kaufman, Dick Taber, Tom Splaine, Joe K., Peter & Linda, Paula & Herman, Anne & Bill, Jan & John Hazard, Pauline, Sonya’s mother.
Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge
Wednesday: 9 am Staff Meeting
Next Sunday: 11:30 am Church Council
Calling All Canners
This summer you may discover an abundance of fruit or cucumbers in your garden. If so, plan to make some jams, preserves, or pickles for the Fall Festival in October. These home-made items are very popular with visitors to the Country Kitchen during the week-end event. All proceeds from the Fall Festival at our church are given to the Board of Christian Action to donate to local organizations . It’s a win-win for everyone!
Church Office Update
We have implemented a new security measure for the Church House: if any of our staff is in the building alone, then the Library Street door will remain locked. If you stop by during office hours and find the door is locked, please press the button to the left of the door to call the office. The staff person will then come down and welcome you!