~ Outdoor Worship Service ~

August 22, 2021

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE

St. John's UCC, Schuylkill Haven & St. Mark's UCC, Cressona

Island Park Pavilion

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PRELUDE MUSIC - Guitar Trio

CENTERING WORDS

How lovely is the dwelling place of God! May our hearts become a place where God's Spirit lives. May our words become bold words of love and grace. And may our worship be worthy of the Lord.

 Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. The Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p. 193). Abingdon Press, Kindle Edition.

 

PROCLAMATION OF THE PEACE OF CHRIST

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP 

     Leader:  Welcome to this holy space where God's Spirit dwells among us!

     People: We come longing to feel the presence of God.

     Leader:  Open your hearts, for this is a place of prayer and healing.

     People: This is a place of joy and faith. 

     Leader:  This is the place for you.

     People: Thanks be to God!

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. The Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p. 193). Abingdon Press, Kindle Edition.

    

GATHERING HYMN

“For The Beauty Of The Earth”

For the beauty of the earth, 
For the beauty of the skies, 
For the love which from our birth 
Over and around us lies. 

Lord of all, to thee we raise 
This, our hymn of grateful praise. 

For the beauty of each hour 
Of the day and of the night, 
Hill and vale, and tree and flower, 
sun and moon, and stars of light.

Lord of all, to thee we raise 

This, our hymn of grateful praise. 

For the joy of ear and eye,

For the heart and brain's delight,

For the mystic harmony

Linking sense to sound and sight

Lord of all, to thee we raise 

This, our hymn of grateful praise. 

For the joy of human love, 
Brother, sister, parent, child, 
Friends on earth, and friends above, 
For all gentle thoughts and mild,

Lord of all, to thee we raise 

This, our hymn of grateful praise. 

DIX

Folliott S. Pierpoint  / William Henry Monk

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Gracious God, we often forget that you dwell in our hearts. We fail to notice that your Holy Spirit is present in our lives at all times. In our forgetfulness, we stumble and fall, we turn away from you, we believe in worldly goods instead of your truth. Remind us again that you are Spirit and life; you are all we need. Help us turn toward your love, your healing, and your truth. In the name of the one who brings life, we pray. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. The Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p. 193-194). Abingdon Press, Kindle Edition.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

FIRST READING

Psalm 84

The Joy Of Worship In The Temple

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young - a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. Go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed oneBetter is one day in your courts than better a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor, No good thing does he withhold from those who walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

 

CHOIR ANTHEM

"Praise Him! Praise Him!"

Combined Choirs

St. John's UCC & St. Mark's UCC

JOYFUL SONG

Franny Crosby / Chester G. Allen

SECOND READING

Ephesians 6: 10-18

The Whole Armor Of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

 

TEACHING TIME

TIME FOR MUSIC

MORNING PRAYER & LORD’S PRAYER

     Leader: The Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

PARTING HYMN

“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” 

 

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee,
Op'ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day.

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays.
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Thou the Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the Joy Divine.

Mortals join the mighty chorus
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o'er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
joyful music lifts us sunward

In the triumph song of life.

HYMN TO JOY

Henry van Dyke / from Ludwig van Beethoven

BENEDICTION

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Sunday, August 29

9:00AM – Worship Service, St. John’s UCC

10:30AM – Worship Service, St. Mark’s UCC

11:30AM-3:00PM - 29th Annual BBQ, St. Mark's UCC

Monday, August 30

6:00PM - Consistory Meeting

Sunday, September 05

9:00AM - Holy Communion Service 

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The 2021 Gift & Basket Raffle will be a part of this year's Schuylkill Haven Borough Day on Saturday, September 25! This is a great opportunity to support your church by donating cash, gift cards, or other gift items and baskets for the raffle. There will also be a special preview night on Friday, September 24 from 6-8PM. Lets work together to make this year's Gift & Basket Raffle a fun event that supports the ministries of Saint John's Church! If you have any questions or are interested in helping, please contact Ann Rich or Mickey Casey.

We will be having our 2nd annual winter clothing giveaway on Saturday, October 23. Clean, gently used or new clothing can be dropped off at the church on Sunday mornings or during office hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM-3:00PM). There will also be two evening drop off opportunities on Thursday October 7 and 14 from 5-7PM. Help support this important outreach ministry if you are able.

St. Mark's UCC will be selling home-made pies and cakes at this year's Schuylkill Haven Borough Day. Stop by the church stand and support your church!