Worship Connection for July 18th & 25th

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The 8th Sunday after Pentecost

Call to Worship & Welcoming Children   Rev. J. Matt Deal

We come to worship the one who calls us to discipleship.

We come to worship the one who brings us to Sabbath, a place of rest in God.

We come to worship the one who heals with compassion.

We come to worship the one who invites us to preach and teach the hope and healing 

word of God.

Let us worship God as we join in Christ’s life-giving work in the world.

*Opening Hymn   “The Church’s One Foundation”

*The Greeting

Call to Confession    Rev. J. Matt Deal

One: Jesus took his disciples away from the bustling crowds for Sabbath renewal.  Let us confess to God the obstacles that hinder us from finding rest in Christ.

The Prayer of Confession   Rev. J. Matt Deal

Loving God, your mercy and care comfort us because we have come up short as disciples.  We’ve failed to find time for rest and worship amid our busy schedules.  We have much in common with the crowds Jesus encountered as he sought Sabbath along the deserted sea shore.  Busyness, worry, ill-thoughts, and health consume our consciousness.  Heal our ill spirits so that we may better serve you.  Forgive the ways we have failed to make space for you in our lives.  Empower us with your Spirit, so that we may help to make holy spaces in our world; places where all of your children can find healing and rest.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen. 

A time for personal reflection and confession

Words of Assurance   Rev. J. Matt Deal

God’s grace and healing are boundless.  Rest in God and know that your are God’s beloved creation.   

Thanks be to God!  

The Passing of the Peace 

L: May the Peace of Christ be with you.

All: And also with you.

Scripture Lesson   Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

The Sermon “Rest for a While”            

The Pastoral Prayer 

Invitation to the Offering

*The Prayer of Dedication   Rev. J. M. Deal

We dedicate to you, Most Holy God, our tithes and offerings.  Consecrate our gifts so that they may continue Christ’s saving work.  Challenge us through the Holy Spirit’s council to open our whole lives up to you, so that all that we have and all that we are may serve Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

The Prayer of Our Savior(unison): 

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. 

Closing Hymn:  “Jesus Shall Reign”  

Benediction

“Go forth into the world to serve God with gladness; be of good courage; hold fast to that which is good; render to no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor all people; love and serve God, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

And may the blessing of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit remain with you forever.  Amen.

Worship Resources for this Week

Sunday, July 25, 2021

The 9th Sunday after Pentecost

Call to Worship & Welcoming Children   Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

We join together as hungry eaters to be nourished by the food that you offer us.

God of sustenance, give us this day our daily bread.

As you care for the wheat fields that turn into bread and the vineyards that labor to produce sweet wine, tend to our bodies by feeding us what we need for healthy growth.

God of abundance, give us this day our daily bread.

The rich crops that you have prepared are now ready to be harvested by our hands and our hearts. 

Holy Spirit, come! Give us this day our daily bread.

*Opening Hymn   “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”

*The Greeting

Call to Confession   Rev. J. M. Deal

One: Jesus fed the multitude and calmed the storm, restoring hope and peace to the lives of those around him.  Let us confess to Christ our shortcomings, trusting in him to restore hope and peace in our own lives.

The Prayer of Confession   Rev. J. M. Deal

Great Provider, we give thanks for your generosity that feeds our bodies and nourishes our spirits.  We admit that we have hoarded your life-giving food for ourselves.  Forgive the ways we have wasted your gifts while others starve in body, mind, or spirit.  Help us to be generous with our time, talents, and resources, so that the world might see you in our actions.  May the gifts we share eradicate hunger, fear, scarcity, and discrimination.  Guide us with your Spirit, so that others may find safety and provision in your church.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

 A time for personal reflection and confession

Words of Assurance   Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

One: Though at times we fail to be generous, your generosity toward us is never-ending! By sending Christ and the Spirit to your people, you have extended generosity beyond measure.  In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and saved.

All: Thanks be to God!  Amen.  

The Passing of the Peace 

L: May the Peace of Christ be with you.

All: And also with you.

Scripture Lesson   John 6:1-21 

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going.

The Sermon “With God There’s Always Enough”            

The Pastoral Prayer 

Prayer Response

Invitation to the Offering

*The Doxology

*The Prayer of Dedication   Rev. J. M. Deal

We dedicate to you, Most Holy God, our tithes and offerings.  Consecrate our gifts so that they may continue Christ’s saving work.  Challenge us through the Holy Spirit’s council to open our whole lives up to you, so that all that we have and all that we are may serve Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.  Amen.

The Prayer of Our Savior(unison): 

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. 

Closing Hymn:  “Sent Forth With God’s Blessing”

Important note regarding worship on July 25th:  If you are planning to attend worship on Sunday, July 25th, the Chalk the Block 5k race will be taking place beginning at 9am.  This year’s route includes the streets surrounding the church, so please use caution when approaching the church, keeping an eye out for runners and walkers. 

Pastor Matt will be on vacation from July 17th-24th.  Bill Deal will be leading worship on Sunday, July 18th and Rev. Joe Beer will be taking care of emergency pastoral calls.  Please call the church office if you need to speak with Rev. Beer. 

A Card Shower for Evelyn Walters-Shafer.  Evelyn continues to recover from recent abdominal surgery and heart procedure.  She is currently in Shadyside Hospital.  Evelyn has been a long-time member of our church and has encouraged many people over the years.  She could use a bit of encouragement now as she works to regain her health & strength.  Please consider sending a card to her home.  She loves hearing from her church family, so let’s show her some love!

Her address is: 610 Clover Hill Rd., Somerset, PA 15501.

Subscribe

Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: