July 14, 2019
“We are a diverse, Christ-centered people, learning together
and reaching out to serve the community in faith, hope, and love.
*Please stand as you are able
We Open Ourselves to God and Each Other
Prelude “Pastoral” Alex Rowley
*Call to Worship
One: Praise be to the God and Parent of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has enriched us with every possible spiritual bonus.
All: The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,
the world and all who live within it.
One: God has made known to us the glorious secret of life: that in the fullness of time all things should be brought together, all things on earth and in heaven united in Christ.
All: Praise be to the God and Parent of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who in Christ has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that is available through all time and space.
*Opening Hymn “God of Grace and God Of Glory” #577
Call to Reconciliation
One: God of secret purposes and extravagant blessings, we come to praise you. We come because we want to, we sing our songs because we are glad to, we pray for your grace because we need to, and we ask for the love Christ in our hearts because without it we are a dead loss. Let us pray.
Unison Prayer for Forgiveness (read together)
O Lord our God, whose power is unimaginable
and whose glory is inconceivable, whose mercy is
immeasurable and whose love for humankind is
beyond all words, in your compassion, Lord, look down on us and on this holy house, and grant us and those who are praying with us the riches of your mercy and compassion. For to you are due all glory, honor and worship, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
One: Hear these words of scripture–
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great, O Lord, is your faithfulness.”
Passing the Peace
We invite the congregation to openly greet one another. Show a smile, shake a hand, give a hug. Let’s share God’s love with one another. During the singing of “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” please find your way back to your seat as we continue fellowship.
*Song of Response (sung while on the way back to our seats)
“Blest Be the Tie That Binds” 1 Verse # 557
Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Christian love;
the fellowship of kindred minds
is like to that above.
We Listen Together for the Divine Word
Anthem “In Heaven’s Eyes” Olivia Smith-Johnson, Soloist
Prayer of Illumination
One: Guide us, O God, by your Word and Holy Spirit,
All: that in your light we may see light, in your truth find freedom, and in your will discover peace; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
1st Scripture Reading Leviticus 19:18, 33-34, pew Bible pp 93, 94
One: Here ends the reading
All: Thanks be to God.
2nd Scripture Reading Luke 10: 25-37, pew Bible p 844
One: Here ends the reading
All: Thanks be to God.
Sermon “Make Us Merciful” Rev. Paul Dietterich
We Respond to God’s Call
*Hymn of Response “Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart” # 500
Invitation to the Offering
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Offertory “What Gift Can We Bring”
Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because God’s given Jesus Christ his son.
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”;
Let the poor say, “I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us.”
Give thanks! Give thanks! Give thanks!
Sharing Joys and Concerns
You are invited to share requests for prayer.
After each the pastor will offer: “Come Holy Spirit!”
And the people respond: “Hear our prayer!”
The Lord’s Prayer (in 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 sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
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 “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life” # 427
Benediction Rev. Paul Dietterich
In Worship Today
Pastor: Rev. Charlene Hill
Guest Preacher: Rev. Paul Dietterich
Director of Music – Organist: Joe Wilkinson
Liturgist: Ann Audrain
The Sunday Luncheon will be held today after service in Ray Hall. Join us for coffee and snacks as we gather together to fellowship and celebrate July birthdays.
1st Scripture Reading, Leviticus 19:18, 33-34 (pew Bible pp. 93, 94)
18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
33 When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
2nd Scripture Reading, Luke 10:25-37 (pew Bible p 844)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.[a] “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii,[b] gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”