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First United Methodist Church of Hampton
110 E Queen Street, Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 723-6577

In the name of Christ WELCOME!

Although you may be a stranger to us,
you are no stranger to God, who knows you and loves you,
and whose heart is glad at your presence here.
We sincerely hope this time of worship will bless your life.

Our Mission: To Know and Share Jesus Christ
COVID Protocols for Worship: As of August 10, 2021, due to the increase in local cases and the rise of the Delta variant, masks are required indoors for all people over the age of 2. (Individuals leading worship may remove masks temporarily for preaching or singing, but will replace their masks afterwards.) We encourage social distancing indoors, especially while arriving to and departing from worship. If you are not fully vaccinated, we ask that you hum quietly or speak the lyrics rather than singing during hymns. Thank you for doing your part to protect our most vulnerable members and those who cannot get vaccinated yet.

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Sunday, October 03, 2021
10:00 a.m.
World Communion Day

Moments for Preparing Our Hearts – Dean Shinn
*Reminder: Once the music starts it is time for quiet meditation in the sanctuary
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Welcome and Announcements – Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Centering Words – Rev. Kerry Greenhill
Praise God who gives us the bread of life.
Praise Christ who unites in the breaking of the bread.
Praise Christ who binds us together in the common cup.
Praise the Spirit who makes us one.

Prelude – Dean Shinn
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*Call to Worship (responsive) – Rev. Candee Martin
In Jesus, all Christians are one body.
But we feel isolated from one another,
separated by customs and beliefs.
In Jesus, all Christians are one body.
But we don’t worship alike.
Besides, we speak different languages.
In Jesus, all Christians are one body.
Come share the Lord!

*Congregational Hymn: In The Midst of New Dimensions
TFWS No. 2238
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1. In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of
changing ways, who will lead the pilgrim peoples
wandering in their separate ways? God of rainbow, fiery pillar,
leading where the eagles soar, we your people, ours the journey
now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

2. Through the flood of starving people, warring factions
and despair, who will lift the olive branches?
Who will light the flame of care? God of rainbow, fiery pillar,
leading where the eagles soar, we your people, ours the journey
now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

3. As we stand a world divided by our own self-
seeking schemes, grant that we, your global village,
might envision wider dreams. God of rainbow, fiery pillar,
leading where the eagles soar, we your people, ours the journey
now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

4. We are man and we are woman, all persuasions,
old and young, each a gift in your creation,
each a love song to be sung. God of rainbow, fiery pillar,
leading where the eagles soar, we your people, ours the journey
now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

5. Should the threats of dire predictions cause us to with-
draw in pain, may your blazing phoenix spirit
resurrect the church again. God of rainbow, fiery pillar,
leading where the eagles soar, we your people, ours the journey
now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

*Opening Prayer (unison) – Rev. Candee Martin
Holy Mystery, Protector of the faithful,
glorious Spirit of wonder, Bread of heaven,
you have made us a little lower than the angels
and crowned us with glory and honor.
You have called us to be your witnesses,
to proclaim the good news
in good times and in bad.
Help us to see ourselves in you,
the living body of the risen Christ,
broken and poured out to feed a hungry world. Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Genesis 18:1-8 (New Living Translation)  – Rev. Kerry Greenhill

 1The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. 2He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground.

3“My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. 4Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. 5And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.”
“All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”

6So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” 7Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. 8When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.

Children's Message – Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Prayers of the People– Rev. Kerry Greenhill

Pastoral Prayer– Rev. Kerry Greenhill

The Lord’s Prayer (spoken in unison)
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.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory forever. Amen.

Anthem Come, to the Table of the Lord Chancel Choir
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Sermon Hospitality and Welcome for AllRev. Candee Martin

Music Meditation – Dean Shinn
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Invitation to Holy Communion - Rev. Kerry Greenhill
Welcome to this sacred place we call sanctuary and to the table of Jesus Christ. In the United Methodist tradition, we believe in an open communion where all are welcome.
We place our trust in the unconditional love of God and the unlimited welcome of Jesus Christ. I invite you to join me as we lift our voices in this humble confession to God.

Prayer of Invitation (unison) - Rev. Kerry Greenhill
Source of unity and strength,
in our longing for wholeness,
we reach out to your Son,
whose touch heals our brokenness;
in our yearning for community,
we take hold of the promises of Jesus the Christ,
whose life and love bind us together as one.
From lives of separation and distrust,
knit us into one family,
where all are welcomed and honored.
As we share the bread of life
and drink the cup of salvation,
forge us anew as one people of faith. Amen.

Words of Assurance - Rev. Kerry Greenhill
God loves us enough to give us teachings to live by.
If we embrace these teachings,
we will find abundant life.
If we embrace these teachings,
we will find sweetness of life.
If we embrace these teachings,
we will find God reaching out
in love and forgiveness, welcoming us home.

The Great Thanksgiving Rev. Kerry Greenhill and Rev. Candee Martin
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.
You have made from one every nation and people
to live on all the face of the earth.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.
He commissioned us to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth
and to make disciples of all nations,
and today his family in all the world is joining at his holy table.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me."

When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
"Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ's offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

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

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

Renew our communion with your Church throughout the world,
and strengthen it in every nation and among every people
to witness faithfully in your name.
By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Receiving of the Bread and Cup

Prayer after Receiving (unison) - Rev. Candee Martin
We give thanks, O Gracious God,
that you have refreshed us at your table
by granting us the presence of Jesus Christ.
Strengthen our faith,
increase our love for one another,
and send us forth into the world
in courage and peace,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit,
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

*Congregational Hymn: I Come with Joy
UMH No. 617
WORDS: Brian Wren, 1968;MUSIC: The Southern Harmony, 1835; harm. By Charles H. Webb, 1987;TUNE: DOVE OF PEACE ©: Words © 1971 Hope Publishing Co.; Harm. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCS WorshipCast License #12794; CCLI License #11363160

1. I come with joy to meet my Lord, forgiven,
loved and free, in awe and wonder to recall his
life laid down for me, his life laid down for me.

2. I come with Christians far and near to find, as
all are fed, the new community of love in
Christ's communion bread, in
Christ's communion bread.

3. As Christ breaks bread and bids us share, each proud di-
vision ends. The love that made us that makes us one, and
strangers now are friends, and
strangers now are friends.

4. And thus with joy we meet our Lord. His presence,
always near, is in such friendship better known; we
see and praise him here, we
see and praise him here.

5. Together met, together bound, we'll go our
different ways, and as his people in the world, we'll
live and speak his praise, we'll
live and speak his praise.

*Benediction - Rev. Candee Martin
As you have refreshed us at your table,
weave us together as one body, one people --
a people of integrity in the midst of trials.
As you have shared your sacred meal with us,
strengthen us, that we may be united in faith --
a faith that spans the globe and the ages.
As you have blessed us with your loving presence,
send us forth in courage and peace,
rejoicing in the power of your Spirit. Amen.

Postlude – Dean Shinn
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  • Centering Words, Call to Worship, B.J. Beu, The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013 (2012, Abingdon Press)
  • Opening Prayer, Deborah Sokolove, The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012 (2011, Abingdon Press)
  • Prayer of Invitation, Benediction B.J. Beu, The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (Abingdon Press, 2020)
  • Words of Assurance, Joanne Carlson Brown, The Abingdon Worship Annual 2014 (2013, Abingdon Press)
  • The Great Thanksgiving for World Communion Sunday,” Copyright © 1972 The Methodist Publishing House; Copyright © 1980, 1985, 1989, 1992 UMPH. Used by permission.”
  • Prayer After Receiving, June Boutwell, The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012 (2011, Abingdon Press)
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Worship Attendance Last week
In-Person Worship: 60
Online Worship: 8
Sunday School: 24
~ Altar Flowers ~

The flowers on the altar this morning given by

Linda Minetree
in memory of
Linda's Father,
Rev. William K. Thomas


 Next Week: Brenda & Dennis Wright
The Pastor and staff
wish everyone a
happy birthday and
pray God’s blessings upon you.
4 Arnetha Alston
Guy Sager
5 Emma Stacy
Clyde Tennyson
7 Leslie Crandol
If your birthday is not listed or listed incorrectly, please accept our apologies
and let us know in the office so we can correct our records. Thank you.
If you would like to help adorn the chancel with fresh flowers in honor or in memory of someone, please call the church office at (757) 723-6577 or email the office at The price is still only $50.00 for two arrangements. We have a lot of dates available for your dedications.
Prayer Group Re-Starting & Community Office Hours

Starting in July, the prayer group is reconfiguring in hopes of fitting more people's schedules. We will meet first and third Tuesdays starting July 6, 10am - 11am in Crouse Parlor. If you are interested, I would love to know what you are looking for in a prayer group experience - please contact me to share your thoughts!

I will also begin holding community office hours at Baked Bistro on Thursdays at 10am. Look for me outside if the weather is nice, or inside if it's raining, above 90 degrees, or if the patio is too crowded. Feel free to stop by to chat, ask for prayers, or just to say hi! You can also find me at church most Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:30pm.

If you have questions or want to talk about these or other matters of faith, please feel free to contact me at or 757-751-9783 (my original cell number, 303-641-2442, still works too).

Grace and peace in Christ,
Rev. Kerry Greenhill
Minister of Discipleship and Community Engagement
Please don't hesitate to send in your prayer requests.
Also, please let me know when a prayer request may be removed.
Thank you. Blessings to All!
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Wayne and Ruth Nast’s daughter, Janet, asks for prayers for Ruth who is now in hospice care at The Chesapeake. Please lift Ruth and the family up in prayer. 9/29

Kristen Milholen’s Coworker, who was in hospice has passed away. Please lift his 3 children and his parents up in prayer as they grieve. Also please lift up another coworker who is sick with COVID and is pregnant with twin girls. Please pray for healing and for the safety for the babies. 9/28

Ashley’s dear childhood friend, Allison, was diagnosed with COVID a few weeks ago. She was pregnant at the time and due to give birth later in Sept. She has been hospitalized since last week and the doctors decided to go ahead and deliver the baby yesterday by c-section. Thankfully, the baby is doing well (7 lbs and 5 oz). However, Allison has been sedated and in ICU due to all of the stress on her organs. She and her husband also have a 2 year old daughter. Please pray for a full and speedy recovery for Allison. Also, for her newborn as well as her husband and 2 yr old daughter.  We know God hears our prayers and answers them. This family needs us now. Thank you all.
With love,
Sandra Allsbrook
Kristen Milholen asks for prayers for a co-worker at home with family in hospice and another co-worker who lost her brother tragically.
Please keep Suzann, her family and especially her dad, Ray Arp, in your thoughts and prayers.
Please lift Dennis and Brenda in prayer. Dennis was admitted to the hospital on August 21st. He is home now, but your continued prayers are appreciated. 8/29
Please pray for Ayla as she has been diagnosed with RSV. It is dangerous for little ones her age. It's basically a cold virus with breathing complications. There is no treatment except trying to keep her airways clear. Caroline is giving her saline drops, warm baths in a steamy bathroom and a humidifier at night. Caroline is also sick and it has turned into a sinus infection for her. We are in Kitzmiller, MD for the funeral service for both Ray's mom and stepdad this weekend. Please pass this prayer request on to those who might be able to pray for Ayla's breathing and quick recovery. 8/29 ~Becky Montgomery
UPDATE… Kenny has started home dialysis as of August 13. He seems to be doing OK with it. Continued prayers for us please. 8/22
~ Julie & Kenny Crocker
UPDATE: Mark Egerton's brother Glen came through leg amputation surgery well and is now on the long road to recovery. Their family greatly appreciates your continued prayers. Mark shares: "We’ve had faith in knowing God would protect and provide for him through all of this, but knowing people are continuing to lift him up to the Father is comforting as well! Please pass along our thanks and praise to others!" 8/8
Prayers and good thoughts are welcome for Dennis. Dennis had his surgery today and Brenda reports all went well. Please keep Dennis and Brenda in your prayers.7/25
Dave Raymond’s niece Linda is asking for prayers for her friend Veronica’s family who is grieving the death of Veronica's 26-year old brother. The young man, Anthony, was just married a month ago. The mother and father are named Frank and Susan.7/4
Please keep Meg Moore in your prayers as she heals from her ankle injury. Praying that Meg has a speedy recovery. 6/20
Please pray for Jay Smith. 3/28
Please keep Michele Benson's husband, Harry “Herc” Howell in your prayers. They've been told that his cancer has returned. Please pray for healing and strength through treatment. 10/25
Please continue to pray for all of the families with frontline medical professionals that put their lives at risk daily to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please continue to keep our veterans in your thoughts and prayers during these uncertain times.