~ SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT ~

July 04, 2021

Independence Day

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

God of the nations, as we come together to worship, we thank you for the blessings that we have been given: the freedom to worship and share the Gospel; the opportunity to work, study, and play; the sacrifice of those who fought to secure our freedom. Most of all, we thank you for freedom from sin and for the grace and power to live for you. Amen. 

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor:   Take a moment to find God’s image within you.

People: For some of us, the image may seem unfamiliar.

Pastor:   Take a moment to silently name your insecurities.

People: For some of us, these weaknesses seem intense. 

Pastor:   Take a moment to prayerfully claim your identity in God.

People: God walks alongside of us.

Pastor:   Whether we are fragile or robust,

People: God’s steadfast love shines brightly in our hearts.  

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. The Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p.159) 

Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition

GATHERING HYMN

“Called As Partners In Christ's Service”

 

Called as partners in Christ's service,
Called to ministries of grace,
We respond with deep commitment
Fresh new lines of faith to trace.
May we learn the art of sharing,
Side by side and friend with friend,
Equal partners in our caring
To fulfill God's chosen end.

Christ's example, Christ's inspiring,
Christ's clear call to work and worth,
Let us follow, never faltering,
Reconciling folk on earth.
Men and women, richer, poorer,
All God's people, young and old,
Blending human skills together
Gracious gifts from God unfold.

Thus new patterns for Christ's mission,
In a small or global sense,
Help us bear each other's burdens,
Breaking down each wall or fence.
Words of comfort, words of vision
Words of challenge, said with care,
Bring new power and strength for action,
Make us colleagues free and fair.

So God grant us for tomorrow
Ways to order human life
That surround each person's sorrow
With a calm that conquers strife.
Make us partners in our living,
Our compassion to increase,
Messengers of faith, thus giving
Hope and confidence and peace.

BEECHER

Jane Parker Huber, 1981 / John Zundel, 1855

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God, if we carry excess baggage on life’s journey, teach us to travel more simply.  If our possessions own us, free us to trust you and share with others.  If our need for control keeps us anxious and demanding, help us to relax.  If we carry loads of guilt, may we hand them over to you, trusting you to forgive us. God, make us simple: simple in trust, simple in life, simple in commitment to you.  Prepare us for your mission.  We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who sends us out into the world.  Amen.

From "Touch Holiness" ed. by Ruth C. Duck

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD'Sn. FORGIVENESS 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

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.

FIRST READING

Ezekiel 2: 1-5

The Vision Of The Scroll

He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord God.” Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

GOSPEL READING

Mark 6: 1-13

The Rejection Of Jesus At Nazareth

He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

HYMN

“This Is My Song"

 

This is my song, O God of all the nations,

A song of peace for lands afar and mine.

This is my home, the country where my heart is;

Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;

But other hearts in other lands are beating

With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,

And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;

But other lands have sunlight, too, and clover,

And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.

O hear my song, O God of all the nations,

A song of peace for their land and for mine.

FINLANDIA

Lloyd Stone, 1934 / Jean Sibelius, 1899

TEACHING TIME

MORNING PRAYERS

     Pastor: Let us turn our hearts to God in our morning prayers…the Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

     Pastor: Let us pray…

CHANCEL CHOIR ANTHEM

"Bread Of Heaven, Wine Of Heaven"

 Joseph Martin 

OFFERING

     Invitation

     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! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Pastor: Luke the evangelist wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

People: In company with all believers, in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

Pastor:   God be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor:   Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them to God.

Pastor:   Let us give thanks to God most High.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Pastor:   In our times of victory or vulnerability, there are seats for us all . . . At the table of Christ, we renew our energy.

                        Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. The Abington Worship Annual 2021 (pp. 160-161)

Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

 

Response: “Holy Holy Holy”

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full, are full

Of the majesty of thy glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

                     Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!             

                                    

WORDS OF INSTITUTION & LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

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.

 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD & POURING OF THE WINE

 

SHARING OF THE ELEMENTS

                                    

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 

We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of your son Jesus Christ.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen!


PARTING HYMN

“O Beautiful For Spacious Skies” 

 

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

MATERNA

Katharine Lee Bates, 1895 / Samuel A. Ward, 1882

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Thursday, July 08

3:00PM – Property Team

Friday, July 09

8:30AM - PSEC Hike/Bike Event

Schuylkill River Trail

Sunday, July 11

9:00AM - Worship Service @ St. John's

10:30AM - Worship Service @ St. Mark's

Wednesday, July 14

4:30PM - Worship & Music Team

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The PSEConference is sponsoring a Hike/Bike Event on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10. The trail will begin in the Schuylkill Association and travel through all associations, ending in the Philadelphia Association. There are many ways to participate: hike or bike all or part of the trail; cheer the hikers or bikers on; donate food, snacks, or drinks; and keep hikers and bikers in your prayers. For more information, contact Sue Gipe.