May 30, 2021
Order of Worship
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
* stand with your heart or with your posture
(In-Person only)
GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST

Prelude
(In-person only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

*Call to Worship
Liturgist: We are being called to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ!
People: Lord, guide our feet as we enter this pathway of service for you.
Liturgist: It’s not going to be easy; there are dangers out there!
People: Lord, help us to face those dangers with powerful faith!
Liturgist: Some people are going to misunderstand
People: Help us to be clear and faithful in bringing your message of redemption.

*Opening Prayer
Lord, open our hearts this day to receive your word for us. Give us courage and hope. Lord, this day we will hear of the miracles that have inspired people to be your disciples. We will hear of the disciples who are given the mandate to heal, to raise the dead, to proclaim the kingdom and the good news of God’s redeeming love. We stand in that long line of those who are called. We are ready to work for you that this broken world may be healed. AMEN.

*Opening Hymn
God of the Ages
UMH #698

Joys and Concerns
(In-person only)

Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Prayer Response
"Lord, Be Glorified"
TFWS #2150

In our lives, Lord, be glorified, be glorified
In our lives, Lord, Be glorified today.

In your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified
In your church, Lord, Be glorified today.

Message in Music
“Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist”
Dieterich Buxtehude
Lydia Solodiuk, organist
English translation: “We now implore the Holy Ghost”

ATTENTION TO THE WORD OF GOD

Scripture Reading

Matthew 9:35-36
35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Matthew 15:32-39
32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” 33 The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert to feed so great a crowd?” 34 Jesus asked them, “How many loaves have you?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” 35 Then ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, 36 he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 37 And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 38 Those who had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After sending away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.

Liturgist: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.

Message
“Jesus Before Christianity Jesus and the Poor and the Oppressed”
 Pastor Seok-Hwan

WE RESPOND

*Offertory Prayer 
Lord, we know that there is much work to be done; far more than we ever imagined. We ask that you bless these gifts that they be used for the work you have set before us, for we place our lives and trust in you. AMEN.

Closing Hymn
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
UMH #384

The Blessing and Sending Forth
When you leave this place, go with confidence in God’s gracious love and mercy. Go, ready to proclaim the good news and serve our Lord by caring for others. AMEN.

Postlude
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”
Ralph Vaughan-Williams
(In-person only)
 
In-Person
Organist: Matt Cron
Usher: Roy Higgins
Liturgist: Nancy Keelan
Projectionist: Sharon Lipp

Online
Liturgist: Mark Johnson
Video: Spencer Murata
Our Mission Statement
“God calls us to be disciples of Jesus, building community through service and fellowship and sharing the love of Christ with all.”

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“The United Methodist Church of Westford is an open and welcoming community of Christian Faith. Without any exceptions, we welcome anyone who seeks to love and to serve God.”
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