July 21, 2019 at 10:00 am


Approaching God




Welcome, Signing of Friendship Pads & Announcements


Call to Worship  (based on Matthew 11:28-30)

Pastor: Jesus invites us: “Come, to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Gathered People: We come, weary with the worries of the world; burdened with the worries of our daily lives.

Pastor: Jesus instructs: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Gathered People: We come to lean on Jesus, to learn from Jesus, to find rest and renewal for our souls!

All: We come, rejoicing in the power and grace of our Savior to lift our burdens and to fill us with new life as we share Christ’s ministry in caring for others!


*Hymn   # 175     Seek Ye First


Prayer of Confession (unison)

Almighty God, you have created all things, and provide us with resources sufficient that all might eat and have shelter. You have provided guidance that we might live with one another in peace. Yet, we confess that we do not always follow your way. We do not always respond to your mercy with mercy toward others. We prefer our own ways. We are distracted by our own desires. We resist change. We disdain differences. Forgive us, we pray. Lead us once again into the path of hope and joy which you desire for all people.

(a time for confessing our personal sins in silence)


Assurance of Pardon

Pastor: Friends, today and each day is a day for new life! Through the grace of God in Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, our burdens are lifted, and new life is offered. Believe and declare the good news of God’s grace!

Gathered People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Thanks be to God!


*Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost!

   As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be

     world without end! Amen. Amen.


*Passing the Peace


Hearing God’s Word


First Scripture Lesson      Colossians 1:9-14         (p. 1142)


Children’s Time           


Gospel Lesson   Luke 10: 38-41                             (p. 1006)


Sermon          “Lord, Make Her Help” - a narrative sermon


Our Response to God


*Hymn  # 803        My Shepherd Will Supply My Need


*Affirmation of Faith (in unison)

We believe that God’s life-giving Word and Spirit has conquered the powers of sin and death, and therefore also of irreconciliation and hatred, bitterness and enmity, that God’s life-giving Word and Spirit will enable the Church to live in

new obedience which can open new possibilities of life for

society and the world.

(from the Confession of Belhar, 1986)


Offertory and Offering

   Music offering by Donna Davis


* Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise God all creatures here below.

Praise God above ye heavenly host.

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


The Prayers of the People & The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

   Your kingdom, come.

Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

   Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

   Lead us, not into temptation,

   but deliver us from evil.

For yours is the Kingdom, and the power,

   and the glory forever. Amen.


*Hymn  # 306   Bless Be the Tie That Binds


*Declaring the Mission God has given us (unison)

Mission Statement on front of bulletin


* Benediction


*Please stand in body or in spirit

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