August 22, 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
 "Creating God, Your Fingers Trace "
UMH #109
(In-Person Only)

Welcome and Sharing of Announcements

A Time to Make Connections
(In-Person Only)


*Call to Worship
Liturgist: Children of God: welcome!
People: Welcome to this place of love and grace,
Liturgist: Welcome to this place of hope and perseverance.
People: God invites all of us to be a part of the beloved community,
Liturgist :God invites all of us to share in the good news:
People: We are welcome, just as we are. We are loved, just as we are.
Liturgist: In gratitude for all of this, let us worship God.
People: Let us worship God with the fullness of our being.  
(Beth Merrill Neel)

*Opening Prayer
Creating God, you are the source of summer’s splendor— the beauty and fragrance of delicate flowers, and sweet sound of birdsong. We come to you this morning with delight and gladness, grateful for all of your wonders. As the fields produce their harvest, may your love grow within us, that we too may produce a harvest of love, hope, and joy. Amen.
(Ministrymatters: https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3026/worship-elements-august-29-2021)

Opening Hymn
     "You Are My Hiding Place"
TFWS #2055

Joys and Concerns
(in-person only)

Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer

Prayer Response
 “You Are My Hiding Place”
 TFWS #2025 

Message in Music
“I'll Fly Away”
Albert E. Brumley
Mark and Jane Beatty

ATTENTION TO THE WORD OF GOD
Liturgist:
Scripture Readings
Psalm 137:1-9
Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem
1 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we
remembered Zion.
2 On the willows[a] there we hung up our harps. 3 For there our captors asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! 6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy. 7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem’s fall, how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!”8 O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us! 9 Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!

Isaiah 40:1-8
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3 A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.

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

Message
Invitation to the Old Testament (7):
Exile and Response
 Pastor Seok-Hwan

We Respond
A Time for Reflection: Pastor Seok-Hwan

*Offertory Prayer

God of light and beauty, every gift is from you. Even our ability to give is a blessing of your love. We offer you what we have and what we are. Use our gifts to give birth to a world of righteousness where none are in need and where all draw close to your grace. Amen.
(Ministrymatters: https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/3026/worship-elements-august-29-2021)

*Closing Hymn
  "You Are MIne" 
TFWS #2218

The Blessing and Sending Forth

Postlude
Comfort Ye My People
arr. Paul Manz
(In-Person Only)

Online Service
Video: Mark Beatty
Liturgist: Bev Welsh

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