July 18, 2021
In-Person Sunday Morning at 9:30 am
or
Pre-Recorded Worship Service
To access, please visit our website at www.umcw.org/sermons
Order of Worship
BOLD indicates congregational SPEAKING participation
* stand with your heart or with your posture
GATHERING AS THE BODY OF CHRIST

Prelude
This is my Song
UMH#437
(In-Person Only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

A Time to Make Connections
(In-Person Only)

*Call to Worship

Liturgist: God has set this day before us,
People: A day set apart, a day of rest and praise.
Liturgist: God has set our lives before us,
People: A span of years in which we love, learn and serve.
Liturgist: God has set God’s seal upon our hearts
People: So that we might live fully in deep love.
Together: Let us worship God together!
(Hold Fast to What Is Good by Beth Merrill Neel)

*Opening Prayer

God of the ages,
we come into this holy space
asking for your blessing,
only to find that the abundance of your love
is already around us.
Open our eyes to see the blessing of your creation
in the beauty all around us.
Open our ears to hear the blessing of your word
as it is proclaimed in story and song this day.
Open our hearts to experience the blessing of faith
through the gentle touch of a friend
or the supportive smile of a stranger.
And open our doors,
that we may become vessels of your blessing
to a world still in need of salvation.
All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
(ministry matters Worship Elements: March 8, 2020: https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/4779/worship-elements-march-8-2020)

Opening Hymn
 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
UMH #139

"Summer of Service” Local Mission Week Report
 Linda Keefer & Mission Team

Joys and Concerns
(in-person only)

Pastoral Prayer and Lords Prayer

Prayer Response
 “Be Thou My Vision”
UMH #451 (vs 2)

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word; I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord; thou and thou only, first in my heart, great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.

Message in Music
“Enough”
Chris Tomlin & Louie Giglio
Veronica Vidoli & Jane Beatty, vocalists, and Mark Beatty, guitarist    


ATTENTION TO THE WORD OF GOD

Liturgist:
Scripture Readings:  Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 105:1-11

12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[a]

1 O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
    make known his deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wonderful works.
3 Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually.
5 Remember the wonderful works he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered,
6 O offspring of his servant Abraham,[a]
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

7 He is the Lord our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
8 He is mindful of his covenant forever,
    of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
10 which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as your portion for an inheritance.”

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

Message
Invitation to the Old Testament (2):
The Creation Story
 Pastor Seok-Hwan

We Respond
A Time for Reflection: Pastor Seok-Hwan

*Offertory Prayer

Generous God,
you shower us with gifts,
including the greatest gift of all,
your own Son, Jesus Christ.
In thanksgiving and praise,
we offer you our time, our money,
our very selves.
In these actions,
we proclaim our intention to be a blessing
in your world. Amen.

*Closing Hymn
 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
 UMH #140

The Blessing and Sending Forth
Pastor:
As you leave this place,
lift up your eyes to the Lord!
The One who sent Jesus Christ,
as salvation for all the world,
will never desert you.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in,
from this time on, and forevermore.
Go now in peace, with God’s blessing.
(ministry matters Worship Elements: March 8, 2020: https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/4779/worship-elements-march-8-2020)

Response
“May the Grace of God Go With You”
Adult Choir (singing from our homes)
Anna Laura Page

Postlude
All Hail the Power of Jesus
arr: Hal. Hopson
UMH #154
(In-Person Only)

Online Service
Video: Mark Beatty
Liturgist: Jill Lohmeier

In-Person Service
Liturgist: Nancy Keelan
Usher: Roy Higgins
Sound Board: Valarie Wilder
Projection: Sharon Lipp
Organist: Matt Cron

Adult Choir Singers:
Marge Barnett
Jane Beatty
Mark Beatty
Morgan Bott
Nancy Burns
Beth Fowler
Bella Guilmartin
Larry Guilmartin
Claire Hall
Scott Hall
Mark Johnson
Ken Muzykewicz
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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