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July 26, 2020
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Order of Worship
July 26, 2020

Gathering as the Body of Christ

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

Call to Worship 
(Nancy Burns)
Liturgist: What does the Lord require of you? 
People: To do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. 
Liturgist: With what shall we come before the Lord? 
People: With speech that is gentle, and words that build up.  
With actions that bring peace, and works that lift up the lowly. 
Liturgist: Come, let us worship the Lord our God in spirit and in truth. 
People: All are welcome here! Opening Prayer
Mic 6, Ps 15, 1 Cor 1
The Abingdon Worship Annual 2017, p. 27

Opening Prayer
(Nancy Burns)
God of Justice, you call us to shine the light of your abundance into our world. Equip us, we pray, to feed those who hunger for bread and thirst for love. God of Compassion, you call us to shine the light of your grace into our world. Inspire us, we pray, to include the lonely, the marginalized, and the friendless in our circle of fellowship. God of Liberation, you call us to shine the light of your joy into our world. Free us, we pray, from our fears, that we might enter into joyful service.
The Abingdon Worship Annual 2017, p. 33

Opening Hymn - “Be Still, My Soul - UMH #534
Based on Psalm 46:10

Scripture Readings
(Nancy Burns)

Matthew 5:1-4,
1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

Psalms 126:1-6
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

Message - " Tears as Anguish and Tears as Gift " - Pastor Seok-Hwan

Message in Music
“Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
Nancy Burns, soloist
by Thomas A. Dorsey

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer 

Prayer Response
“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” - UMH #133 (vs 3)
What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. 
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Offertory Prayer 
Loving God, faithful and gracious forever, you love us more than we love ourselves. You believe in us more that we believe in ourselves. You call us to walk with Christ and be more than we ever thought possible. Take our gifts. Receive our thanks. Accept our praise. Amen.

Closing Hymn - " Spirit Song " - UMH #347

The Blessing and Sending Forth
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