Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
August 4, 2019

Chiming of the Hour


Prelude: Jesus Christ, Our Savior J.S. Bach

Joys and Concerns | Silent Prayer


Call to Worship (from Psalm 107)

ONE: O give thanks to our God who is good,

Whose steadfast love endures forever!

MANY: The people God loves have been gathered in from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

Some have wandered, finding no safety, hungry and thirsty.

In their trouble they cried out to God
who delivered them from distress.

Let us thank our God for steadfast love
for all humankind.

For God satisfies the thirsty, and fills the hungry with good things. O give thanks to our God who is good, whose steadfast love endures forever!

Hymn: #625 How Great Thou Art O STORE GUD

Call to Confession

Unison Prayer of Confession

What does God see within us and among us? Do you suppose that God is concerned? frustrated? angry? What defenses have we created to keep God out of our lives? How have we turned away from the life God intends for us? Now is the moment to come out of hiding — for God, who searches the heart, already knows us wholly and yet loves us wholly. 

Moment of Silent Prayer

Assurance of God’s Love 

Gloria #583 GLORIA (Taizé)

Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!

Glory to God, glory to God, alleluia, alleluia!

Responsive Psalter: Psalm 107:1-9, 13

ONE: O give thanks to our God, Who is good, 

MANY: Whose unfaltering love endures forever.

Let those redeemed by the Most High say so, 

Those whom God delivered from adversity 

And gathered in from the lands, 

From the east and from the west, 

From the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes, 

Finding no way to an inhabited town;

Hungry and thirsty, their lives ebbed away.

Then they cried out to the Holy One in their distress, 

And God Most High delivered them from peril;

The Almighty led them by a direct path, 

Until they reached an inhabited town.

Let them thank the Holy One for this unfaltering love, 

For these wondrous actions toward humankind.

Yes, the Redeeming God satisfies the thirsty, 

And fills the hungry with good things.

Let those who are wise give heed to these things,

And ponder the Creator’s unfaltering love.

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-21

(Pg. 90 in the New Testament in the pew Bible)

Offering of our Gifts 

Anthem: All the Earth Sing Forth J.S. Bach/Hopson

Doxology: #609 LASST UNS ERFREUEN 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow; 

praise God, all creatures high and low.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise God, in Jesus fully known:
Creator, Word and Spirit one.

Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Unison Prayer of Dedication

Loving and merciful God, we offer these gifts in gratitude for your blessings in our lives. You are the source of our hope and our peace; you make us and sustain us. We give, seeking to deepen our generosity and to extend the reach of your healing grace. Bless these gifts that they might be used in ministries of restoration and reconciliation. Amen. 

Hymn: #435 There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Gospel Reading: Hosea 11:1-11

(Pg. 1032  in the Old Testament in the pew Bible)

Sermon: I am God, and Not … Pastor John Nelson


Invitation to Communion

Prayer of Thanksgiving 

Pastoral Prayer| Silent Prayer | Lord’s Prayer (debts)

Unison Prayer of Consecration

Come, Holy Spirit. Continue to pour out your life-giving, healing power on us, and on this meal that nourishes us. As we share this food and drink, may we become, for each other, the hope that Jesus has awakened in us. In this meal we celebrate the promised banquet when all shall be fed abundantly, and all shall drink from the river of the water of life. Amen.

Sharing the Meal

The cut bread on the communion plate is gluten free.
The communion wine is non-alcoholic

Prayer after Communion

One: Eternal and gracious One, though we live in a world of need, 

Many: here we have tasted your goodness 

and hungered for a world more just. 

Though afflicted by brokenness and division, 

here we have heard your call 

to be a people of healing community. 

Though daily we touch our limits, 

here we have received 

the fullness of your grace. 

Send us forth, O God, 

in faith, in hope, and in love. Amen. 

Hymn: #516 For the Bread Which You Have Broken KINGDOM

Response #70 What Does the Lord Require of You? MOON

Postlude: Piece in F Samuel Wesley

( The congregation may stand.)

Welcome Statement

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.

Many thanks to:

 Clare Rashkoff for serving as our lay reader; Kathy Mera and Stephanie Tierney for serving as ushers.

Psalm quoted from The Psalms in Worship, Mary Susan Gast, © 2002; used by permission in this service of worship.

Prayer List

Dale Sapp, family and friends of 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.


Today: 11:30 am Church Council Meeting

Monday: 1 pm Salisbury Duplicate Bridge

Wednesday: 9 am Staff Meeting

12 pm 275th Anniversary planning

Thursday: 12 pm Brown Bag Clergy lunch 4 pm Parish Hall in use

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. 


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