Sunday, August 7, 2022, 10 a.m.
In-person Worship* Enter the sanctuary through the doors facing Stockley Gardens.

All must follow our Covid-19 Mitigation Plan outlined here.

Our nursery is available for children through age 3. Our nursery workers are CPR certified and fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus. 
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Thank you to Chris Taylor for sharing his gift of music with us today.


Collect from Service of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Healing: Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia

Choir Entrance #2135: "When Cain Killed Abel;" Tune: After the Fall; Words and music: One License #A-727358
  1. When Cain killed Abel in a fight, and Jacob stole another's right, when Joseph's brothers gave him chase, God wept and mourned their fall from grace.
  2. In every family, small or great, when jealousy twists love to hate, and rivals turn to enemies, God weeps at our hostilities.
  3. And when in church and world today such feelings still come into play, when brothers, sisters stand apart, God weeps for every broken heart.
  4. Good Christians, join in God's lament, weep now and mourn, be penitent, and pray to God: Forgive us all. Restore us as before the fall.

Call to Worship Adaptation of Psalm 133 and Galatians 3
  • How truly wonderful is it when the Children of God live together in peace.
  • It is like precious oil poured on our heads, for the Lord has ordained blessing on us!
  • How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!
  • It is like the dew falling on mountains, where the LORD has promised to bless us with life forevermore.
  • For no longer is there Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female.
  • For we are all one in Christ Jesus, and heirs to the promise and blessing of God! Amen.

Opening Hymn #2181: "We Need a Faith;" Tune: Crimond; Words and music: One License #A-727358
  1. We need a faith so colorblind, so free form timeworn lies, that when we look from face to face we see the eyes of God.
  2. We need an ethic of respect, an honest pledge of trust, that when we share the deepest things we feel the warmth of God.
  3. We need to act as well as speak, to see each other's sweat, that as we labor side by side we do the work of God.
  4. Come, Christians, look for character and not for shade of skin, that as we rend the walls of race we live the peace of God.

History Telling

Children's Message

Choir Anthem: "Too Often, God, Your Name is Used;" Tune: In Nomine Dei; Words and music: One License #A-727358

Scripture Reading: Amos 5:1,7-15,18,21-24 (NRSV) Click here to read the scripture.


Sermon Hymn #2182: "When God Restored Our Common Life;" Tune: Resignation; Words and music: One License #A-727358
  1. When God restored our common life, our hope, our liberty, at first it seemed a passing dream, a waking fantasy. A shock of joy swept over us, for we had wept so long; the seeds we watered once with tears sprang up into a song.
  2. We went forth weeping, sowing seeds in hard, unyielding soil; with laughing hearts we carry home the fruit of all our toil. We praise the One who gave the growth, with voices full and strong. The seeds we watered once with tears sprang up into a song.
  3. Great liberating God, we pray for all who are oppressed. May those who long for what is right with justice now be blest. We pray for those who mourn this day, and all who suffer wrong; may seeds they water now with tears spring up into a song.

Prayer of Confession
  • Responses Hymn #2134 (Refrain Only): "Forgive us, Lord;" Tune: Confesión; Words and music: One License #A-727358
  • Click here to view the sheet music.
  • Words: Forgive us, Lord

Assurance of Pardon from UMC Dismantling Racism

Affirmation of Faith
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us bring love. Where there is offense, let us bring pardon. Where there is discord, let us bring union. Where there is error, let us bring the truth. Where there is doubt, let us bring faith. Where there is despair, let us bring hope. Where there is darkness, let us bring your light. Where there is sadness, let us bring joy. O Master, let us not seek as much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love, for it is in giving that one receives, it is in self-forgetting that one finds, it is in pardoning that one is pardoned, it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life. Amen.


Communion Great Thanksgiving - Communion Liturgy Celebrating Cultural Diversity written by Rev. Mary Johnson, Baltimore-Washington Conference
  • 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.
  • ...
  • Sung Response: "Sanctus" by R. BethancourtWords and music: One License #A-727358
  • Click here to view the sheet music.
  • Words:
  • Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of pow'r, 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.
  • ...
  • Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.
  • ...
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • 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, the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
  • ...
  • Communion Choir Anthem: "O God, We Bear the Imprint;Tune: Todos los Colores; Words and music: One License #A-727358
  • Click here to view the sheet music.

Closing Hymn #519: "Lift Every Voice and Sing;" Tune: Lift Every Voice; Words and music: One License #A-727358
  1. Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring, ring with the harmonies of liberty; let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies, let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us; sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us; facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won.
  2. Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod, felt in the days when hope unborn had died; yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come over a way that with tears has been watered; we have come, treading our path thru the blood of the slaughtered, out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.
  3. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; thou who hast by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee; lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee; shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand, true to our God, true to our native land.



Daily Prayer Starter

Please set aside time each day to pray for 2-3 minutes. This week's prayer starter is: 

"O God who made us all in your own image, break down any walls that separate me from my neighbor and help me to be united with others in bonds of love…" (from Service of Repentance, Reconciliation, and Healing: Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia)

For prayer requests, contact Pastor Ryan Schaeffer.

For more information about Ghent United Methodist Church, please click here to visit our website.

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28