In-Person Sunday Morning at 9:30 am
or
Pre-Recorded Worship Service

July 3, 2022
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Order of Worship
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST

Welcome!

*Call to Worship
Liturgist: Friends, let us worship God today, for God is great –
People: God has blessed us with life, with faith, and with community.
Liturgist: Let us worship God today, for God is good –
People: God forgives us, and encourages us, and loves us.
Liturgist: Let us worship God today –
People: Because we are God’s people.
 Liturgist: Let us worship God.
Opening Prayer
Holy God, Holy Breath, Wind, Flame, Spirit: Set our hearts on fire. Burn off all that is dry and lifeless, and grow us anew. Let your Spirit dance within our spirits, uprooting us when we have been unmoved and refreshing all that is stale in our lives. Breathe on us your peace that we will share that peace with all we meet. And hear the silent prayers of our hearts. Amen
Opening Hymn
"America the Beautiful"
UMH #696
Communion

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you. 
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. 
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a privilege, and joy to praise you, O God, because you made Life: the universe, and this earth, and the flowers we love to water in the summer, and the berries we eat like candy. You made the dogs we walk in the morning, and the cats who sit on our laps even when it’s hot. You made us, men and women, tall and short, fat and thin, lovable and flawed. We praise you for all creation this day.

And so in praise and with great thanks we join our voices to those of the heavenly host, who sing to your glory, saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

You are blessed, O God, as is Jesus our Christ, who invited all of us carrying heavy burdens to come to him. He bore our burdens; he healed us; and he saved us. He invited us to his table where we practice for the heavenly banquet that awaits us all. Great is the mystery. 

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

And now, O God, we pray for your Spirit. We pray that your Spirit will descend upon our hearts and on these gifts of bread and cup, to transform them from their daily use into a sacred meal. By your Spirit may our hunger and thirst be sated, and may we be nourished to go out into the world to bear the burdens of others. For so much, we offer grateful hearts, and following the words of Jesus, we offer together the prayer that he taught….

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Hold Fast to What Is Good by Beth Merrill Neel)

(Family share the Bread and Juice)

Prayer After Communion
Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Message in Music
“Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace)”
Jane Beatty
ATTENTION TO THE WORD OF GOD
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-11,16-20

1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two[a] others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2 He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go on your way; I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.
5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house!’ 6 And if a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on that person, but if not, it will return to you. 7 Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the laborer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9 cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’[b] 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.’ … 16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”17 The seventy-two[d] returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!” 18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19 Indeed, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
 
Liturgist: The word of God for the people of God.
People: Thanks be to God.  
Message
“Peace Be With You"
Pastor Seok-Hwan
Offering
“Let There Be Peace On Earth”
UMH #431

Doxology
UMH # 95

*Offertory Prayer
Bountiful God, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. May the offerings we bring before you this day be a sign of our commitment to labor in your vineyard. May the gifts we share with the world reflect our commitment to bring your kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.
(The Abingdon Worship Annual 2022 (pp. 162-163).
*Closing Hymn
 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” 
TFWS #2171
 
     Blessing and Sending Forth
In the spirit of Christ, bear one another’s burdens; correct one another with gentleness; and heal one another with signs of peace. Rejoice as you leave this place, for if you persevere in doing what is right, you will reap a harvest of joy, hope, and love. Go with the peace of God. 
(The Abingdon Worship Annual 2022)
Online Service

Liturgist: Bev Welsh
Video: Bill Kruger
In-Person Services

Liturgist: Bev Welsh
Usher/Greeter: Roy Higgins
Projection: Sharon Lipp
Sound: Valarie Wilder
Organist: Matt Cron
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